Today’s card draw in the Discovering the Wild Unknown series is the Wild Unknown 10 of Cups.
I want to start off by providing an important notice, which will be included in all of this series. However, other things that will be included that you can skip to are:
- Card Description
- Considering the Card, where I look at how I would interpret certain imagery used
- Traditional Rider-Waite definition
I only include the latter as a comparison, to show how wandering down your own understanding of images and symbols can bring you to a similar meaning, though along a different path with different experiences. This is to help expand knowledge of the card.
I will not, however, be including the definitions from the guidebook, as that is not the point of this. Also, I don’t have rights to that material.
I started this series because I had read that people struggled with the deck purely because the definitions in the Little White Book were very Rider-Waite-based, and that there wasn’t much wisdom regarding the animals and symbolism chosen.
This series is to help you to decipher the meanings yourselves. I am by no means saying what I have to say about the cards are correct for anyone outside myself. However, I am providing my daily journal entries regarding the deck to act as a guide so that you can begin your own journey.
When I started tarot, I had no idea what to write in my journal, and thus didn’t. Instead I obsessively read and re-read the Little White Book belonging to the Spiral Tarot (which is why today I can completely quote the book). I didn’t trust myself to know the cards, even when I could recite the definitions. I was afraid to put the book down.
To this fear of lack of knowledge, Kim Krans, creator of The Wild Unknown, writes:
You do know enough. You’ve been a person on earth every day since you were born. You’ve experienced all the emotions and situations these cards depict. Quiet the naysayer…don’t let it prevent you from sitting down with a friend (or yourself) and using these cards to help talk about what’s going on in your life. It will be positive. It will be radical. You’ll find things start to reveal themselves through the cards that have been hidden away, covered with dust.pp. 10-11, The Wild Unknown Guidebook
Description of the Card
There are five cups at the top of the card, upside down and formed in an arch, and mirrored, are five ups down at the bottom of the card, formed in an upward curve. There is light that continues the oval created by the two sets of cups.
Each of the top cups project five colored strings. The cups furthest to the left of the card projects five red strings, the second cup from the left projects orange strings, the middle cup at the top projects yellow strings, the second cup from the right projects green strings, and the cup closest to the right projects blue strings.
Each string goes into a different cup at the bottom, so that each of the bottom cups has a red, orange, yellow, green, and blue string in it.
Outside the oval of light created by the arching cups is blackness.
Traditional Card Meaning
In the Rider-Waite 10 of Cups, there is a couple seen with an arm each around the other, while the free hand is raised toward a rainbow that arches over their home. Below it two children are dancing.
The meaning behind this card is abundence. When we consider Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, we need physical needs met such as food, then shelter, which corresponds to safety, and we need love and beloinging. Through love of self, the obtainer of this card has acheived this. Thus, this is the card of contentment and emotional fulfillment. They have what they need, at least for a little while. This is a happy card.
What I derive from the Wild Unknown 10 of Cups
Each of the top cups are sharing what they have to give. The bottom cups are receiving from each, which in turn fills them. With the giving and receiving there is a connection, a bond, almost. Each cup has something different to give.
The Cups are a suit of Water, which deals with emotion primarily, but also the unconscious and intuition. If we look at these like prime colors—red, yellow, and blue, then these cups have these to give, and everything in between—orange and green, the combination of the prime colors.
This is a card of abundance. If you can receive, then you have something to give, whether you know it or not. It creates a network or support, and keeps the community/family/whatever together because of this network.
While I know that the 10 of Cups is a card of usually emotional abundance, I think that this depiction of it brings a more communal meaning, a broader meaning, and one that I think is really neglected when we think of the power of emotional contentment. When we are secure and supported within ourselves—we have the emotional and structural support that we need as is implied in the traditional definition of the 10 of Cups, then we are in a better position to share and to continue that support with others. It’s great to find yourself in that place, but I think if you want to maintain that feeling, you need to carry it on.
This card is about sharing the overflow in order to create a community. It’s more than just family, it’s about the outer world that we live in, and how we can bring those lessons from within us, outward.
About the Deck
The Wild Unknown Tarot is a 2016 Harper One publication, created by Kim Krans. The deck is widely available at most bookstores who carry Tarot cards, but also on Amazon. Kim Krans always wrote The Wild Unknown Guidebook.