The circle of cups that signifies the Ten of Cups shows five cups along the top and five along the bottom of the card. The semi-circle of cups along the top are shining beams of coloured light into the cups sitting opposite them and vice versa. There’s a sense of reciprocity here, where for each cup sending light, there’s another receiving and sending it right back out.
The crow on the card appears to be speaking loudly and it appears that he’s rather restless. The key he holds suggests that he has THE key – the one thing – that can unlock all that we need. The flash of colour bolting into the key suggests that it’s being infused with knowledge and energy. While your ‘key’ may be different than mine or someone else’s, the hierophant is suggesting that now is the time to find the key to what you need.
The Emperor is the father. Represented by an evergreen tree, he’s the counterpart to the Empress – a deciduous tree that’s in constant flux and change. While the Empress will grow new buds and blossom in cycles, The Emperor remains solid, regardless of the time of year. He represents structure, order, and discipline. He calls to the side of us that’s protective, decisive, and truly stable. Along with this energy comes clarity of mind and in turn, decisiveness and action.
A lamb lies still with its third eye coloured and lit. Displaying a sense of calm, it’s almost as if it’s unaware of the four swords lined up, evenly spaced apart above its body. It looks serene and concentrative. The lamb is reminding us to take some time to be still. To sit with what is. To integrate. There’s a sense of stability and calm in this scene, despite the line of swords.