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The Hanged Man tarot card
The Ten of Cups tarot card

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The Hanged Man

Odin, the great Norse God hung from the World Tree for nine days in order to gain the wisdom and mystery of the Universe and an understanding of mankind.

So must you, in this time in your life, metaphorically take some time receiving wisdom from the Universe. When you receive this card in a reading you are being instructed to pause and to spend some time in reflection. There is something that you are missing because your life is moving too fast; slow it down significantly in order to identify what decisions need to be made in your life at this time. This card often comes up in a reading when one is being plagued by a certain level of uncertainty and therefore the Hanged Man reminds you to have faith in solace and allow yourself to gain perspective.

If you find yourself at a cross-roads and unsure which way to go next, remember that whatever choice you make you are going to be alright. Each path before you at this time is one of growth and karmic repercussions. It is easy to feel unsure because undoubtedly there is a lot of pressure around you at this time. Consider each option based on what you will have to give up as the choices you face at this time usually are accompanied by a choice of sacrifice. You must choose one or the other but in that choice one option will be denied. You will lose something in the choice you make so choose wisely.

The Hanged Man is depicted by a youth that hangs from a living tree upside down. One foot is crossed in a T-Cross position. Even though he hangs above the Earth, he is still connected through the contact with the tree. In this, the development of the soul grows stronger and he has attained some measure of perfection on this path of life. Cards 1-10 illustrate a time of learning, of fine tuning a process of connection with the Divine, now his own success is placed into his very capable hands. Now it is time for him to be brave, to make choices that will change his entire life. If you receive the Hanged Man in your reading, he symbolizes pending decisions, coming to terms with that you do not understand and taking the time necessary to learn so that decisions can be made. In a sense, you too, must hang yourself in utter stasis in order to focus on how to change your whole experience.

There are those in this world who simply ‘believe’ that they are free from the chains that bind them but continue to allow themselves to be blown by the wind from one thing to another, but you are able to receive true freedom because you know the importance of Solace. This is the Hanged Man’s message for you.

A darker aspect of this card can come from not taking advantage of what the Hanged Man has to offer. This is the feeling of desolation or loss directly related to the fear of making changes. Many of us feel that if we make the wrong decision then all will be lost and this thought process creates a never ending cycle of non-movement. The Hanged Man reminds you that the fall is a short distance. If you hurt yourself, you can get up and brush yourself off and try again. In a sense, you have tied yourself up and are refusing to benefit from the new perspective that awaits you should you only open your eyes and allow that to be.

Something to remember with the Hanged Man is that the entanglement is voluntary. Every moment that you feel stuck or unable to move, you are doing so of your own volition; which means that at any moment you could choose to untangle yourself, to let yourself down from the tree and take your next, calculated step forward. If this card has come up in your reading then it is time for you to make a decision, any decision. The stasis will smother you to death; you must pick up and make a change. Your best option is to use this time to reflect, to see the world from the perspective of the Hanged Man. The Human Brain adjusts to a different perspective after three days of exposure, therefore, if things feel upside down for you…just wait for your Brain to catch up and all will be well. Embrace the new perspective.

The Hanged Man in Love

If this card appears regarding a love situation, then now is the time for you to consider taking a step back to calculate all of your options. Sometimes we are rushing too quickly into a relationship, or standing too far back from a pursuit. You must allow yourself the time necessary to reflect on your next move. In love this card could also symbolize a level of entanglement that you are not quite ready to undertake. Consider all of your options and then allow yourself to be free.

Remember that your heart is where Love forms, it is where God thrives. The heart removes distance and has the power to simplify and bring anything that you want to you right now. Spend some time doing the opposite of what your ego tells you to do and you will have success. Be patient with yourself, accept and understand what you can and cannot do and spread a little bit of that love that you give to others to yourself. Find out what you are hiding and bring that into the light. Any movement is better than no movement at all. Do not allow your fear of love, or being loved, stop you from trying. This will only encourage stagnation.

Another aspect of the Hanged Man in love for both those in a relationship and those seeking love is that there is a choice that comes up. This card is usually seen when there are multiple options in love. Be wary of going down two paths at once as when the Hanged Man appears this is not a time of wanton love. Your situation is serious and you will find that you have serious prospects in love ahead of you. Do not waste them both by not making a choice.

The Hanged Man As Feelings

It can sometimes mean that the other person is tied up or married and the relationship may never progress. It can mean that you are waiting for something to happen but it never does. It can also signify an online relationship where you may have fun with someone but never really commit to each other. The relationship is suspended and the other person wants you to think they are pondering about taking action but when it really comes to it, they don’t. 

The Hanged Man in Health

In matters of the equilibrium, the Hanged Man warns to be aware of your body and to make sure that it is balanced in all things. When this card appears in your Health reading you will want to take a full inventory of your body to see what areas need balance. Consider a full body chakra cleansing, or even just verify what kind of sleep you are getting, what kind of food you are taking in, are you stretching? Are you treating your mind and your spirit as the sacred temple that it should be? The Hanged Man asks for you to take some time to ponder what you could be doing better for your body’s physical health. Often when something is completely off balance in the body this will come up in the form of tumors, sore muscles, bones that are healing incorrectly. In areas of serious health issues the Hanged Man indicates a need for professional input. Many times it will indicate a need for a second opinion in medical decisions.

The Hanged Man in Work and Wealth

The Hanged Man in matters of business addresses the need to trust your instincts. You know the answer. If you are uncertain, then take some time to consider the right move. When taking time to meditate on a potential work endeavor, you give your prophetic nature an opportunity to show you what it can do. Now is the time in your life to trust the connection between you and God. Follow the instincts in your gut and you will go far.

Reversed Hanged Man

Reversed Hanged Man in a reading

The decisions that you are making are too rash, they are not being controlled by your intuition but by a shallow, surface level desire. There is an inappropriate use of the Ego or even a downright resistance to spiritual connection. The Hanged Man tells you that it is time to stop what you are doing and connect to God or the Universe. Spiritual guidance is needed at this time and there will be no movement until this happens.

The Ten of Cups

When you have received the Ten of Cups in your reading, you are about to step into a very fortunate part of your life.

The two women on the card are holding hands, also twin flames and mirrored souls regardless of gender. This is as if two people are as one and gives a whole new meaning to the sensual dimension. This is a card that stands for family, for home and for nurturing as well as celebration. When you have received this card, you can know that everything you are wondering about or wanting is going to come into fruition for you. This means that you have nothing to worry about. Whether this is regarding love or a relationship, work and money or family, the subject of your reading will be blessed.

The image that is present on the card itself in the Rider Waite deck depicts a young couple jumping up and down and dancing with their children on a beautiful and sunny blue sky day. The rainbow signifies the passing of a storm. The worst is over, and now is the time to revel in the beauty left behind. Often times this card signifies a respectful nod to you from the Universe for making the most out of what you had to deal with. You were able to keep up with your work, and your focus, even though everything was dark and grey. You were able to keep yourself going, protecting yourself and your loved ones and ticking away at your goals. And now the clouds have parted and you are able to see the sun shining.

The whole transit that surrounds you at this time is joyful. There is a lasting happiness that is going to come from pushing through your adversities and the happiness that is coming your way is inspired from above instead from sensual pleasures previously referred to in the Nine of Cups. There is a perfection of human love and great friendship. Now is the time for you to connect to other people, to be a social butterfly and in home life to stabilize and focus on the home because the hearth is an extremely important aspect of this card.

Pay attention to your own intuition at this time, be spontaneous, listen to the beat of your heart and you will have the fulfillment that you desire and a deep connection to emotional satisfaction. At this time you will begin to feel the actualization of your personal hopes and dreams. Suddenly all of the doors are open for you; the world is full of YES. Inner peace is within your reach. There is even a possibility of travel if you play your cards right and accept some of the advantages that are being presented to you. Be open to opportunity and take advantage as often as you can to the blessings that the Universe provides. The passion that is within you is where your fortune is, therefore the more that you listen to what makes you feel a strong passion, the faster you will receive your intuitive and genius ideas that will bring you success.

You also have the ability of bringing that joy that you have pushing forward to everyone around you. Your family and the people that are close to you are important to have around. Especially with such a familial card it is very important that you are around those that nurture you and who you nurture. There is a reciprocal relationship within you and your connections that needs to be strengthened at this time because there is so much abundance in this area.

Continue to maintain your individuality even when you are around others, as this is an excellent opportunity for you to learn how to still stay you. In this you will be emotionally secure and stable, and life continues to be rich and meaningful. Now is the time to contemplate how you are living in harmony with others in your environment, and if there is anything that feels amiss, you have the spiritual backing to help you through it. Consider where you would like to find joy, and what good there is in existence already as well as what you want in the future. If you don’t have a family but would like to start one, now is the time to present to the Universe all of the ideas and goals that you have in your mind because success will follow for you.

The Ten of Cups in Love

If you are not married yet, but are in a relationship, there is an indication made by this card that marriage is in your very near future. If you are single, then you can expect for an emotional relationship and connection to blossom at record speeds at this time. You know that everything is going to work out, and you feel completely relaxed and excited at the same time.

The picture on the ten of cups indicates that there is relaxation and satisfaction. It is appropriate to think about your emotions. A relationship with another has reached a natural point of stability. This is a growing and deepening bond. It is important to make a choice at this time.

Ten of Cups Love Reconciliation

When this card appears in a love and reconciliation reading it alludes to a fulfilling and long-lasting relationship. It suggests happiness, contentment, and best of all, joy. If you are in a relationship it may indicate that you are ready to take the next step - now is the perfect time to strengthen commitment and revel in the elation of a harmonious partnership. Your bond will only cement itself over time, you are very blessed to have found a soul mate. Don’t be surprised if your partner makes a grand, romantic gesture in the near future. 

If you are single, the Ten of Cups, again points to happiness - perhaps you will reconcile with an ex, or maybe a new person will sweep you off your feet. Either way, you will enjoy the experience and find great contentment in your relationship. This new love may just last the rest of your life. 

The Ten of Cups As Feelings

The ten of cups as feelings in a love reading indicates that your dream has finally come true. You two are supposed to be together. If upright this can also mean that romance is well on its way, possibly marriage and children. Reversed as feelings this card can indicate that the relationship is false and is not bringing romantic fulfillment or support.

Seeing the Ten of Cup while trying to understand somebody’s feelings for you is a positive sign. This card encapsulates feelings of peace - the person you are asking about feels a great deal of love for you. They also trust you and feel strongly bonded to your spirit. It is a signifier of security and commitment, if the person you are inquiring after is a lover or prospective lover you should rest assured that they are wholly devoted to you, truly, you are the apple of their eye.

Ten of Cups Past

When the Ten of Cups is drawn in the past position this card generally refers to an untroubled history or previous period of satisfaction in your life. Depending on your age and situation this may reference a happy childhood or a positive experience in bringing up your own family. 

Whatever the situation, it points to a period of great harmony in your life - and one that was shared by you and others (this card rarely indicates independent happiness alone). You should feel comforted and lucky to have experienced this happy period, use this time to draw strength and comfort in challenging situations.

Ten of Cups Present 

In the present position, the Ten of Cups indicates a state of happiness and that two souls can enjoy the celebration of marriage and union - this is built on solid foundations. The psyche does not have to hide and there is complete connectedness with the divine which deep love and lust can bring. This is a fantastic time for new relationships and personal growth.

Drawing the Ten of Cups in the present position is a very positive omen. Whether you are coming out of a more difficult period or know about this happy situation through a more gentle incline you should feel blessed and satisfied to have made it into this new, bright scenario. The wonderful thing about achieving your dreams and uncovering a period of happiness is you can choose your own direction. Perhaps you simply want to appreciate this moment of bliss, or maybe this is the perfect foundation for the continuation of your goals. Whatever path feels right, keep your eyes open for opportunities and remember to be grounded by your gratitude and the support you’ve received from others along the way.

Ten of Cups Future and Outcome

Seeing the Ten of Cups in a future reading should fill you with motivation. Perhaps you are currently working hard on a project or career trajectory, maybe you are developing a relationship with a new person (platonic or otherwise). As they say, nothing worth waiting for is ever easy - but this card reminds you that it will be worth it in the long run, or even in the near future. Stay focused, devote your attention to your ambitions. Look to the mentors and influences in your life, they may help direct you on your path. There’s everything to play for and a lot to look forward to. 

The Ten of Cups in Health

Now is the time for you to revel in the success that you have made when it comes to your health. It is not the card of hard work; it is the card of enjoying where you have gotten yourself. If at this time you do not feel especially healthy, then now is the time for you to gather your wits about you and make some true goals, but you can only do that if you have been able to gather the perspective of what you have been able to accomplish that got you here. Ponder, reflect, be grateful and contemplate goals.

The Ten of Cups in Work and Wealth

If the Ten of Cups is blessing your work and wealth reading then you have nothing to be afraid of. Investments that you have made are coming through at top speed with full financial backing behind it. If you are worried about making a choice to get a new job, then you mustn’t worry any more. Now is the time for you to get what you deserve. The cards are recognizing the hard work that you have put in to get to this point, and now all you have to do is take advantage of all of the open doors that are in your life.

The Ten of Cups Yes Or No

This is a card that means “Yes” it is normally associated with a relationship that has reached a loving point. This tarot card stands for a couple that is happy. A loving bond between two souls. There is a focus on the family and each cup is full and the cup is brimming with love and emotion. The rainbow in the card symbolizes after the rain only sunshine is left.

Ten of Cups As Friendship

The Ten of Cups is a wonderful card to see in reading regarding friendship. Just as it points to love in a romance reading, here it suggests close bonds between friends and a community which loves and cares for you. 

If you have seen less of your friends of late then this card is a reminder of your deep and unbreakable relationship with your friends; you should give them time and appreciate their presence, for you can be sure they have time and gratitude for you. If seeking new friends, this card is a happy signal - you have a warm aura that naturally draws people to you, make the most of it by forging new connections with the kind and interesting people you meet.  

Ten of Cups Advice

The Ten of Cups is a positive and light-hearted card when seen in a bit of advice in ones reading it can be linked to a celebration of the great collaborators in your life. It suggests you should appreciate your friends, partner, and loved ones. This is a card all about community and honoring those who have helped you on your journey. It reminds you that no man (or woman!) is an island. You will find more success and happiness in your future by maintaining your bonds with loved ones and regularly showing your affection and gratitude for their support of you. The main message of this card is to remember your roots - don’t forget where you’ve come from, or the people who helped you get you to where you are today. 

10 of Cups Tarot Card Reading


Reversed Ten of Cups in a reading

When the Ten of Cups is showing up reversed in your spread, you have a highly charged situation happening that is making you feel burned out. This happens when you allow yourself to turn emotionally inward instead of putting words out there where others can hear them. Internalization of problems, of frustrations, can only ever make it worse. You are going to need to find a way to express yourself to those you feel have wronged you otherwise you are going to get stuck in a stagnate place. Denying who you are and your inner self is not going to get you anywhere. The rainbow of this card represents a promise for you, but you have to work on making the promise that is presented, actually happen. Be clear about your dreams if you want them to exist.

Love and Romance - The Ten of Cups Reversed

The ten of cups reversed in love readings can mean that you need to take a risk to move forward with a relationship but you are not quite ready. In relationships, it is not uncommon for this card to appear when you need to avoid a final decision. There may be a lack of growth in your mental acceptance of the relationship. You could possibly choose to start over with someone else.

The Ten of Cups reversed unbalances the harmonious meaning attached to this card when upright, unfortunately, that doesn’t bode well for a love and romance reading. It infers a difficult period within a relationship or a dearth of commitment. Now is the time to take stock in your relationship and decide if this is really what you both want; be honest with yourself, remember that comfort and familiarity are not strong enough reasons to stick together. In some instances, this card points to issues not relating directly to relationships itself, for example, this could be a reference to difficulty conceiving or disagreements over having children. 

If you are not in a relationship at present, this card highlights the struggle you are experiencing in finding a committed partner. It often appears when a person is repeating past mistakes or unduly holding onto a past relationship they need to move on from. If this sounds like you, you should take the time to fully understand your issues and how you can address them. Doing so will make any future relationships stronger and less volatile. 

Ten of Cups Reversed - Family and Home

When you draw the Ten of Cups reversed in a family and home reading you are likely experiencing familial tensions or going through a period of difficulty. Whatever your particular situation, there is a sense of unease between you and other family members. This generally happens when family members fall out of step with each other; remember that you are all on the same side. Even when bitterness is buried under your interactions, the love you have for each other goes even deeper still. Relieve yourself from this period of tension by learning to compromise. Especially in domestic situations, it can become easy to get wrapped up in stubbornness or digging your heels in. Lead by example and the rest of the family is sure to lessen their grip on conflict and head towards resolution instead.

Ten of Cups Reversed - Work and Finances

When doing a work and finance spread, the presence of the Ten of Cups reversed suggests something is off balance in your career. You, or someone you work with, isn’t behaving like a team player. There may be outward arguments and conflict or the resentment may be simmering below the surface. Either way, you need to find a way to either salve or leave the situation. If you can restore balance in your work scenario that’s great, but if you can’t then you should remove yourself from it. In a financial context, this card when reversed is an indication of reckless spending or unstable income. Remember, even when you feel like you can afford to be indulgent, you never know what's around the corner - you don’t want to end up out of pocket because of a lack of restraint.

Ten of Cups Reversed - Health and Wellness

Then Ten of Cups reversed in a health and wellness reading suggests there is an imbalance in the body. Our lives are hectic and sometimes we forget to look after ourselves physically. If this strikes a chord with you then now may be the time to put some extra effort into eating well and moving more. You may also be experiencing more serious health complications if so, try not to grow disheartened. Trust in medical professionals and focus on your inner wellbeing as this can help to restore the outer body, too. 

Ten of Cups Reversed - Personal Spirituality

Seeing this card reversed in your spirituality reading points to a divergence in your spiritual journey. Have you become distracted by the material world and the day-to-day mundanities of life? If so, now is the time to get back on track. In some situations, the reversal of this card indicates a negative experience which has caused you to distrust spirituality or lose faith in your own personal development, but you should not be ruled by fear. Take the Ten of Cups reversed as a sign you need to refocus your spiritual attention, doing so will benefit you much more than avoiding it in the long run. 

Upright Ten of Cups meanings in keywords

  • Love and happy families
  • Dancing with happiness
  • Harmony
  • Love left open
  • Hearts are tender
  • Hearted souls and healing
  • Long-term relationships

Reversed Ten of Cups meanings in keywords

  • Inability to make a decision
  • Driving through situations
  • Security and disharmony
  • Missing home and family