Ten of Cups
This is another happiness card – alright, so what’s the difference between the Nine and Ten of Cups? Back on the Nine, you got something you wanted, or succeeded in something, and it made you happy. The Ten of Cups, meanwhile, represents the sort of idyllic existence that a lot of people long for. If the Nine of Cups is “make a wish”, then the Ten of Cups is “and they lived happily ever after.” The Ten of Cups refers to cycles completed, journeys finished and lives well lived in the company of others. Serenity and peace are in the air, and for a moment you can simply forget about all of the material troubles of the world around you. Nothing material matters here, just the happiness that has been earned through trials and obstacles. This success is not a fleeting or temporary one, but a lasting peace and harmony that can truly be enjoyed. There are no regrets over the past, no concerns for the future, so you can live in the moment and seize the day. Don’t go looking for problems, just sit back and enjoy what you have.
There’s a definite connotation of family to this card as well, as you can probably gather. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a family in the traditional sense (though that’s certainly strongly implied) – it simply signifies you’ve found people that you trust, and have settled down to share your happiness with them.
Happily ever after didn’t last as long as we’d hoped for.
The “trouble in paradise” card. Something – more specifically, someone – is causing problems here. It’s a sign that someone isn’t happy with the situation, which usually means no one is going to be happy with the situation (or as my parents might say, “If mom ain’t happy, nobody is happy”). Because of the connotation with family, this can also be a sign of family fights or children turning against their parents.