The Key Phrase for the Ten of Cups is AN UNCONVENTIONAL AFFECTIONAL INTEREST.  We have to remember that these cards come to us from ancient history, and over the course of time, what is considered “unconventional” has changed. Even during our brief history as the USA, at one time it was considered against the law for couples of mixed race to marry and legal for Mormons to have many wives. Today, just the opposite is true:  mixed racial marriage is legal and practiced regularly, and polygamy is against the law.  Currently, American society is debating the issue of homosexual marriage, which, like mixed racial marriage may someday become legal nationwide.


What is unconventional depends upon one’s individual viewpoint. So, how do we determine what an unconventional relationship is?  When we’re reading for a querent, we simply say the word unconventional and most of the time the querent will know what is meant.  The querent may be involved in a relationship where one partner is much older than the other, one partner is married to someone else, the relationship is secret, both partners are of the same sex or belong to different races, or speak different languages…and the list goes on and on.


Some other interpretations for the Ten of Cups may be:


Avoid emotional crossfire  (a message of encouragement) 


Inconstant or changeable emotions


Numerous and unusual friends


Unexpected ocean voyage  (water signs)


Sudden love affair


Forgotten taxes  (reference to Scorpio)


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About letstalktarot

Allyn McCray began reading Tarot in 1971 after discovering a deck in an occult shop in San Francisco, California. In 1999, the American Tarot Association recognized her as a Certified Tarot Reader. During her experience as an Internet reader between 2000 and 2002, Allyn’s readings were regularly featured on the websites, Psychicnut and Roadtalk. In 2002, Allyn joined The Church of Light, aka Light.Org, a non-profit international school of esoteric studies, where she is now a Hermetician, Certified Teacher, and Minister. Allyn also serves as the Communications Director of The Church of Light and is a Section Advisor in The Order of the Sphinx.
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