The only one of the four Elements we truly control is the mind/Air. We alone are responsible for what happens between our ears, how we react to it, and what we do with it. We can’t help the emotional reaction to being hurt by another (Cups), but we can control how we respond to that hurt, and whether or not we return that hurt through our (s)words.
Take control of your (s)words – the ones you say to yourself and the ones you say to others. Your words and thoughts are one of the few things you truly control in life, so when this card appears in a reading, it's a message to have discipline in those areas.
The 10 of Cups represents home, family and security. In terms of family, it encompasses non-traditional family structures. (The 10 of Pentacles relates to a more traditional extended family structure). The appearance of this card in a reading brings blessings on the home front and ensures emotional safety and contentment.
When reversed, the 8 of CUps suggests a former lover may return to ask for a second chance, or you may be the one doing the asking. A new beginning is possible now.
In love, the 7 of Cups indicates an intense and passionate connection. Unless substance and commitment develop, the relationship will wane and fade out.
Friendship and loyalty are indicated in the 6 of Cups. Some people consider this a card of children and/or childhood. The protected courtyard and the guard symbolise safety and security, a sense of being looked after. In a relationship question, it can indicate that while you might have had good times in the past, they can’t be relied on to continue, or the good times may be fleeting.
When the 5 of Cups appears in a love reading, a romantic loss or setback is indicated. Other cards will need to be drawn to see if the situation can be resolved. A lover could be testing your loyalty and devotion, but only you can decide if this painful test is worth the prize.
When the 4 of Cups is drawn in a love reading as the emotional state of your desired suitor, it indictes they want space and they aren't committed to a relationship with you. So give them space from here to the Moon while you move on and find someone who is emotionally available to you.
The 3 of Wands represents friendship, celebration and reunions, all situations in which people come together to rejoice in one another’s company. It can also represent a pregnancy if it appears with an Ace card or the Empress. In relationship readings, it can represent a unique relationship structure such as polyamory or a triad.