Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and many people are turning their attention to love and romance. They buy pretty or flirty greetings cards and send them anonymously, as is the tradition, in the hope of attracting the attention of the person they are infatuated with. It’s a game and it’s fun, and human beings have been strutting and fluffing their feathers in order to attract a mate since Adam and Eve first adorned themselves with fig leaves.
Maybe not everyone leaves their Valentine’s card as a mystery these days, choosing to sign and declare their emotions. Most everyone is looking for love, searching for that special someone who will fire their heart with passion and be there for them come rain or shine. It’s one of the most commonly asked questions during a tarot reading, ‘Will I find love?’
At different stages in life we’re looking for different things, but with love there is only one proviso, to love and be loved. So, in a tarot reading, how do we tell if love is on its way and here to stay?
I’m focusing on the suit of Cups as it’s associated with emotions. The following tarot interpretations are in the context of someone asking about romance.
The Ace of Cups symbolises our ability to be open hearted and to love and accept love in return. Hence the Ace of Cups shows that we are ready for love, but doesn’t necessarily mean that we have someone to love. Very often the Ace of Cups will show up in a reading when someone has recovered from a broken heart and is ready to try again.
The Two of Cups is very important when looking for romance because it symbolises attraction and finding someone attractive. It’s that delicious moment of looking across the room and going ‘wow.’ We instantly feel a connection and an overwhelming desire to know this person better. We call it, falling in love.
The Three of Cups is the marriage card. Either the romance will end in marriage or he/she will already be married.
The Four of Cups is all about rejection, so you may be feeling rejected by a previous partner and be anticipating it this time round.
The Five of Cups symbolises a connection way beyond the physical. This is a psychic connection. You meet someone for the first time and you feel like you’ve known them forever. You feel how they feel, you can sense their joy and their pain. You feel so in tune with each other that for months you’ll go around joined at the hip sucking in each other’s vibes and feeling completely at one with each other. The cautionary note here is that if you’re not careful it might turn to smother love and won’t leave you any space to be yourself within the relationship.
The Six of Cups can symbolise an old flame returning. The person you meet has echoes of the past and you’ve probably already got some kind of history together, even if it’s as simple as being born in the same town, yet meeting each other many miles away. You can read more about the Six of Cups in my article on the card.
The Seven of Cups. Now, you really want to see the Seven of Cups reversed in your romance tarot reading because this is the wish fulfilment card, the dream come true. He or she really is Mr or Miss Right when you have this card show itself. When upright the Seven of Cups is all about day dreaming and imagining your ideal love, fantasising by reading romantic novels and wishing someone wonderful would appear.
The Eight of Cups symbolises looking outside your normal sphere for romance. Going to different places means that you get to meet different people, so if you’re in the habit of going to the same pubs or clubs with your friends encourage everyone to try somewhere new for a change.
The Nine of Cups is all about relaxing with friends and meeting someone new in a safe and friendly environment. Accept that party invitation, attend a friend’s wedding and don’t be shy about chatting to other guests.
The Ten of Cups symbolises contentment. It doesn’t hold the same wow factor as the Two of Cups, it’s more mellow and shows that you truly feel comfortable in someone’s company.
If you’d like to find out about the court cards in connection with romance and sexual relationships you’ll find full interpretations in my book Sex & Tarot.
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