emotional fulfillment

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Intro: Ten of Cups Tarot Card Meaning - emotional fulfillment

Tarot Alley uses the Rider Waite type of deck for our meanings, symbols, interpretations, etc.

When determining the Ten of Cups tarot card meaning, you should consider that it’s a Cups card and a Ten. The Suit of Cups represents emotions and relationships. Tens represent completion, exhaustion, and finality.

In this way, we can determine that the Ten of Cups represents emotional fulfilment.

Take a look at the Rider-Waite Ten of Cups displayed to the left (or above).

What is your first impression?

What’s happening in this scene? Who are the people? In what ways do you relate to this image? What do you think the rainbow means?

There’s no right or wrong answer here, just your interpretation.

Astrology: Mars in Pisces
Element: Water
Numerology: 10 (completion, exhaustion, finality)

Common Symbols

  • A Happy Family: this is not symbolism or imagery. The happy family represents a happy family!
  • Rainbow: to represent a promise.

Keywords & Concepts

  • Emotion
  • Fulfillment
  • Giddiness
  • Joy
  • Overwhelming

The Ten of Cups for Personal Growth

Affirmation: I take time to appreciate what I’ve been given.

Be grateful for the good things in your life. Celebrate your accomplishments! When you’re celebrating, give sincere recognition to those who helped you achieved them.

Ask Yourself:

  • In your own situation, what are the signs that, emotionally, things have gone too far?
  • In your situation, what’s been promised? By who? What will it take to fulfill that promise?

Interpreting the Ten of Cups

Generally, the Ten of Cups represents emotional fulfilment. Your cup is overflowing with more than you ever dreamed and you’re deeply thankful for it.

The Reversed Ten of Cups

How you read reversals is a personal choice. You can ignore reversals and read them as if the card is upright (this is what I often choose to do) or you can interpret reversals as variations of what they would mean upright. There are 3 common ways to read reversals: as a negative interpretation, as an opposite interpretation, or as a block on the upright interpretation. Check out How to Read Reversals for more information.

Typically, a reversed Ten of Cups represents overwhelming emotions. Examples include:

  • Desiring unrealistic fantasy standards
  • Experiencing emotions so intense they interfere with your ability to deal with reality
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Intense envy of others

Examples of the Ten of Cups

Specific Interpretations

Specific situations are the general interpretation (from above) used for a specific situation (love, career, etc). There is no need to memorize these (or even look them up) if you understand the general interpretation. However, here are some basic interpretations for some specific situations:


Your relationship doesn’t require anyone else’s approval or appreciation (well, except the other person in it). Do what makes you happy.


Don’t get so caught up in the next goal that you miss celebrating your achievements.


Enjoy the journey along your spiritual path. Don’t wait for something big, appreciate the small steps you take along it.

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The Ten of Cups tarot card meaning is all about emotional fulfillment. Feel your joy, appreciate your achievements, and keep your promises.

Once you feel comfortable with the Ten of Cups tarot card meaning, check out the next card in the tarot deck: the Page of Cups Tarot Card Meaning.


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