The Ace of Cups is all about love and the river of feelings that could lead to great emotional fortitude. When this card appears in a tarot reading, it often is a sign of a relationship that has just (or is about to) started. This relationship has the potential to become something great with a bit of work put in by both of the participants. This card can be the harbinger of true love and utter happiness but it’s not guaranteed. The tools for happiness and love are in your hands. The Ace can’t make you use them. Understand also that the love in this card doesn’t have to be the romantic sort. It could be the love of friendship or of self. Either way, this card provides an excellent opportunity to connect with your innermost thoughts and feelings.
The Two of Cups is usually referring to a relationship between people but it can represent parts of the self. The Two is all about harmonious love- acceptance, tolerance, forgiveness and unconditional affection. When the term “soul mate” is used, the Two of Cups is somewhere behind it. There is, however, instability to the bonds formed by this card. They have the potential to disintegrate. There will have to be effort put forth by both people to make this relationship last. Having a good deal of self love established will help the chances of a relationship with another person.
The Three of Cups continues the theme of harmony but extends it to the group at whole. This card brings with it joyous times of friendship and success in bonding. Any sadness that occurs during this time will be muted. A group of people with a common goal will achieve it easily with this influence. This card also bodes well for any kind of events that involve a group of people like weddings, festivals or parties. It is a time of recuperation and enjoyment of those around you. The love that is expressed here is sentimental, unusual and deep. If you don’t think you have that sort of people in your life, take another look.
The Four of Cups is the sign that all of this harmony and love needs to be kept in moderation. It usually appears in a tarot reading for someone who is well loved and happy. The dark side of this card is that if these things are taken for granted, they will disappear. And you will only have your own carelessness to blame. To prevent this from happening, look around and take the time to realize and appreciate what sources of love and happiness are present in your life.
The Five of Cups is what happens if you do take that love for granted and it vacates your life- grief, regret, sadness and disappointment. Sometimes the card appears in time for you to change your behavior and prevent the loss. Most often it comes after it is too late to make things right and the tragedy of a lost love befalls you. This loss will hurt but it wouldn’t have happened if that relationship was meant to sustain. The Five allows you to look around and see what is left that can be appreciated. You can’t get back what you have lost but you can prevent anything else from leaving.