The Ten of Cups represents celebration and happy times: it speaks especially of domestic fulfillment but can point to any aspect of our lives that is bringing us contentment and profound pleasure. The card also symbolizes being mindful of the positive aspects of any situation and the importance of maintaining a hopeful, open-hearted outlook.
When it appears concerning a new romance, the Ten bodes extremely well, suggesting a long-term commitment and a happy outcome. Engagement, marriage, or pregnancy could be on the cards for couples who are already enjoying a loving partnership.
The Ten of Cups indicates a peaceful period, and a time when we feel totally aligned with ourselves, our desires, and those we love around us; the card encourages us to continue to follow our heart, which always knows the right path to take.
The reversed Ten of Cups in a reading most often relates to a situation in which we don’t appreciate the chance of happiness that life is offering us. The rainbow is hidden behind clouds, unseen. It advises that a change to our mindset, or just the taking of a few little steps towards our goals, could deliver us everything we desire.
The card, when reversed, can also appear in connection with relationships in which we feel a certain misalignment has crept in: this is often the result of a lack of communication or unrealistic expectations that we or our other half could be harboring. The Ten assures us that we can bring things back into alignment again by addressing the relevant issues, whatever short-term discomfort this may bring, and that the relationship has the potential to survive these problems and subsequently go from strength to strength.
The Ten of Cups is concerned with stability, shared values, and a deep appreciation of the gifts that life can, sometimes unexpectedly, offer us. Love infuses the card, with its potential to bring joy, healing, and hope.