On the Ten of Cups we see a loving couple with their carefree children. The family home is in the background, surrounded by trees and water. A rainbow of cups is overhead blessing the scene. A cynic might scoff at this romantic picture, but I see it as a symbol of what our emotional life could be at its best. The feelings represented here are an ideal that is within the reach of each of us.

First, there is joy. Joy goes beyond happiness, contentment, enjoyment. It is the feeling that comes when we know at the deepest level that we are one with all that is, and it is good. Unfortunately, this is not exactly a common feeling! Too often we are blinded by the trials of life and overwhelmed by their challenges. Joy exists, though, and is our birthright.

Peace is another aspect of the Ten of Cups – the serenity that comes when all elements are in harmony. There is inner peace and outer peace which are reflections of each other. When you are in harmony with yourself, you experience harmony in your environment. When you see the Ten of Cups, know that an end to hostility is possible. If there is fighting around you, it may cease. If you are at war with yourself, you may find peace.

In readings, this card often signals a time of abundant blessings. It tells you that you can reach for the fulfillment you deserve, and it will come to you. Look for ways to realize joy and create peace. You may find the key to happiness in your family. Your family is the group of people you are attached to emotionally – for better or worse! If there is trouble in your family right now, work to restore harmony. The time is right for greater closeness.


General Meaning
The Ten of this suit traditionally signifies family and community, often showing a celebratory scene including many generations, crowned by a rainbow signifying the end of hard times.
See this vision — love and support extending in all directions — a huge emotional safety net for everyone.

In the Advice Position
Share abundantly with all the levels of people who are involved in this creative endeavor.
The card in the Advice position suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible.
With the Ten of Cups in this position, prioritize teamwork over your personal goals. Everyone needs to feel they made a contribution. The crew needs to feel they are all in this together, and everyone needs to be rewarded when the ship comes in.
It’s essential to follow a teamwork approach in order to maximize the benefits for yourself. The good will that will emerge from such an approach will last long after the project is over. You will be generously rewarded later if you take a selfless approach at this time.


Upright: Harmony, marriage, happiness, alignment
Reversed: Misalignment of values, broken home or marriage

On the Ten of Cups we see a loving couple united by the bonds of true, everlasting love. They not only have each other but all that they wish for in life as well, represented by the two children frolicking at their side and the small but comfortable home in the distance, surrounded by trees and water. The family home symbolises stability and homely comforts, while the green garden symbolises fertility and the river symbolises a free flow of feelings. A rainbow of cups is overhead, blessing the scene. The cups symbolise an abundance of heavenly gifts and the rainbow signifies the end of hard times and is also is considered to be a highly spiritual omen in many of the world’s religions. It is a sign that the idyllic scene we see represented has been blessed from above and reinforces the idea that the achievement of perfect love is one sure way of experiencing the glory of the heavens here on earth.

The Ten of Cups embodies happiness, joy, contentment and emotional fulfilment, particularly in the area of your relationships and family. It represents almost an idyllic state of peace, harmony and love where all your dreams and wishes have come true and you are delighting in your good fortune. Given it is a Ten, this card indicates attainment of this idyllic state so stop for a moment to appreciate everything that you have accomplished and be incredibly grateful for the blessings that fill your life right now.
With the image of a happy family and a comforting home in the background, the Ten of Cups is indicative of a harmonious and loving family life. All family members are getting along with each other and there is a lot of happiness and love shared. No-one is fighting or causing any tension. Instead, it is an environment of peace and happiness that lends itself to warm and loving relations. The presence of the Ten of Cups may even reflect an upcoming family holiday where you can rest and relax together, creating fun and happy family memories. There may be a family reunion or a family celebration where members of your extended family come together. This is a wonderful time to bond with your family and lay the foundation for a happy and harmonious future together.
The Ten of Cups is also a very positive card in terms of romantic relationships and may indicate either the beginning of a new, very happy relationship, or the ultimate satisfaction of a long-term relationship. Commitment and love are the requirements of such satisfaction, yet this card promises that with the required effort a lasting love can be built. The time will also be made for the enjoyment of pleasures, which may be shared with another person whom you love.
Outside of relationships and the family, the Ten of Cups is also reflective of your personal values system and what you believe will bring you the ultimate fulfilment and happiness in your life. This card represents a time when you are very clear on where your personal beliefs and values lie and you have successfully created a life that is aligned to those values. It may reflect a spiritual or religious person who lives in peace and harmony. It may also reflect strong family values that were instilled within you early in life which are now helping you to create a fulfilling lifestyle.
The Ten of Cups encourages you to follow your heart and go with your intuition about where the best opportunities lie. As an intuitive person, you know that you can trust your gut feeling to guide you. When you feel truly happy and inspired about something, you know that that is the way to go! Aim to seek out opportunities that make you feel fulfilled and that are aligned with your personal values, rather than simply following the path that others expect you to take. You have to do what feels right to you and you only.

Upright, the Ten of Cups is a card of happy families and deep love and respect for all involved. Reversed, however, something is getting in the way of this perfect picture and the emotional connection is being blocked. You may have been hoping for some special time with a loved one but it feels as if everything is falling apart at the seams. You may be quarrelling, not spending enough quality time together or not really respecting or caring for each other. Your hopes of a harmonious relationship are being thwarted, for now. Aim to treat each other with respect and love in order to restore harmony and peace to your relationship. Focus on how you can treat others with compassion and respect, in order for them to eventually follow suit and give you the same treatment.
The Ten of Cups reversed can also highlight when there is a misalignment of personal values. You are not living by your personal values and you are not being true to yourself. You are allowing others to determine what will and will not make you happy rather than looking within for that source of fulfilment. As a result, you are questioning whether you really believe in what you are doing. While you are madly rushing around trying to get things done, it is also very important that you address any lingering issues of values alignment with what you are doing; otherwise this may become a showstopper later down the track.
The reversed Ten of Cups may also suggest that you are neglecting your family while you pursue more material goals such as progressing your career or making more money. Your work/life balance is out of whack and you are spending less and less quality time with your family. You need to be clear about where your personal values lie and what is truly achievable. If you continue to neglect your family, you will find that relationships will suffer and you may not be able to achieve an overall sense of contentment and happiness as planned.


Ten of Cups Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Happiness, family, happy families, reunions, homecomings, family gatherings, marriage, long term relationships, stability, security, harmony, abundance, domestic bliss, happy ever after, caring, children, fun, play, creativity, soulmates, fate, destiny, good luck, blessings, well-being, fulfilment

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the Ten of Cups Tarot card is a great card to have in your Tarot reading as it represents true happiness and emotional and spiritual fulfilment. It tells you that you will be living your happy ever after and can look forward to domestic bliss. This Minor Arcana card represents happy families, children, caring and fun. You should be feeling very happy and secure when it appears in your Tarot reading. Life should be full of true contentment. This applies to you and your circle of family and friends. Everything you need you should have in abundance and you will be feeling truly blessed. Now is a time to reap the rewards of your previous hard work. The Ten of Cups Tarot card also represents playfulness and creativity so you may find the fun factor in your life goes up a notch when this card makes an appearance. The Ten of Cups can also signify reunions, home comings or family gatherings so if you have been away from your family, friends or partner or they have gone abroad, you can expect to be reunited with them.


In a health context, if you have made some changes to improve your health, the Ten of Cups tells you that you will soon start to feel the benefits. If you haven’t made those changes, start now. It is generally a positive health card so if you have been ill recently, you should see some sort of improvement or increase in your energy levels.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot reading, if you are married, the Ten of Cups is a great omen for long term relationships and marriage and it is a soulmate card so things should be going very well when it appears. It represents a happy and harmonious relationship. If you are hoping to move to the next level of commitment or to have children this is a great card to get in your Tarot spread. If you have been separated from a lover it can indicate that there may be a reunion in the future. If you are single, the Ten of Cups can indicate that you will be starting a new long term relationship which will give you security and stability or that you are looking for that type of relationship.

Money & Career
In a career context, the Ten of Cups is a good omen. It indicates that things should be going well in work as you should have reached a point where you are reaping the rewards of your hard work. It can also indicate that you may be finding now is a time where you have the opportunity to focus on family life and enjoying the fruits of your hard work. In a financial Tarot reading, the Ten of Cups is also a good omen. Investments you made previously should be going well with this Minor Arcana card in your Tarot spread. It is a good luck and abundance card so your finances should be in an upswing when it appears.

In a spiritual context, the Ten of Cups indicates that you will be feeling very happy and positive. Those around you will also feel the benefits of the good energy radiating from you. It is also a card of good luck and destiny so you may find your spiritual path is really falling into place when this card appears.
Ten of Cups Reversed Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Unhappy home/family life, dysfunctional family, broken home, lack of security/stability, divorce, separation, conflict, disharmony, lack of teamwork, rocky relationships, keeping up appearances, non-traditional families, not wanting marriage/children, infertility, miscarriage, social services, losing your home, homesickness, isolation, foster families, family secrets, neglect, abuse​

General meaning and interpretation
In a general Tarot reading, the Ten of Cups Tarot card reversed is not a great omen. The love, harmony and contentment have disappeared and are replaced with discontent, arguments and conflict. The Ten of Cups reversed can generally refer to an unhappy home life, broken home or dysfunctional family situation. It can indicate family breakdowns, problems within a family, neglect or abuse. The Ten of Cups reversed can be an indicator of family relationships not being as stable as they may appear outwardly. There may be secrets, problems and/or disharmony and someone may be trying to keep up appearances when this Minor Arcana appears. It can also represent infertility or miscarriage. On the lighter side, it can simply represent a non-traditional family situation or a foster family. It can also signify homesickness or feeling isolated.

In a health context, the Ten of Cups reversed can indicate a lack of harmony within the body so try to keep a balanced diet and when it appears. There may be unexpected health issues or surgery with this card in your Tarot reading. If you are trying to get pregnant but are struggling to conceive, the Ten of Cups reversed can indicate fertility issues need to be addressed.

Love & Relationships
If you are in a relationship, the Ten of Cups reversed is not a great omen in a love Tarot reading. It can indicate a rocky relationship and can be an indicator of one partner not wanting commitment, marriage or children. It can also represent a breakup, separation or divorce in some case however the supporting cards would need to confirm this. The Ten of Cups reversed can also simply indicate a non-traditional relationship. If you are in a relationship and struggling to conceive, the Ten of Cups reversed can indicate that there may be issues with fertility that need to be addressed. If you are single, the Ten of Cups reversed can signify that you may be holding onto some negative patterns or beliefs in relation to love and family that are preventing you from finding a happy and healthy relationship. If you grew up in a dysfunctional family environment you may need to reflect on how this has affect your relationships as an adult and change any negative patterns so can find a healthy and fulfilling relationship.

Money & Career
In a career reading, the Ten of Cups reversed can simply indicate a career in social work or working with families. It can also indicate a lack of team work or feeling isolated in a work environment. There may be arguments or conflict in relation to work or a hectic work schedule may be having a negative effect on your family life. In a financial context, the Ten of Cups reversed can indicate lack of stability or financial security so make sure you are putting aside money for a rainy day and don’t make risky investments when it appears.

In a spiritual context, the Ten of Cups reversed can indicate that you are not sticking to your own personal moral code in some way. You need to be true to yourself and follow your spiritual path in order to find true fulfilment.