In numerology, the number ten symbolizes the end of an old cycle and the beginning of a new one. Because of this, it resonates with a very similar energy to the number one.
The suit of Cups is the suit of Water. It is associated with the feminine, and with emotions, creativity, intuition, psychic ability, caring, and relationships.
The Ten of Cups is thus associated with great joy in its upright position.
Robin Wood's Ten of Cups shows a very happy family who has seemingly found Heaven on Earth. The circle of the rainbow shows the full-circle completion represented by the Earth. In a reading, the reader may also sense that the rainbow may symbolize joy after pain.
The Ten of Cups shows a very happy family life, a very happy marriage, or the realization of a dream. If this card appears, the reader may be, or will be, in a euphoric state. It may also symbolize an awakening or a healing.
The Celtic Deck shows a young couple who look to be just starting out. They have their "Cups stacked." A life role has ended--that of being single-- and a new one is beginning. They are becoming life partners, and possibly parents. For a single person, this card may symbolize another new, happy beginning. Perhaps they may have finally found a publisher for their novel, for example.
Like the Robin Wood deck, there is a message of hope--the clouds above are clearing, and the couple may have walked "out of the woods." This may be another message of the 10 of Cups; the questioner may have emotional clarity after being muddled. They questioner may finally be stepping into the light after a dark night of the soul.
The 10 of Cups for the Goddess Deck has the rainbow making an appearance. The "full circle" is there too; look at the reflection in the water! The water is also calm and clear. There is serenity and clarity. Kris Waldherr, who chose Venus for the Cups suit, reminds us that Venus was born from water like this. A major theme of the Cups is love, after all. The moon above, like the element of water, represents the divine feminine and emotions.
Another interpretation for the Ten of Cups, as seen in the Barbara G. Walker deck, is that love can save. Salvation can be found through strong, loving relationships with others. Unconditional love is especially potent as an agent of healing, whether this healing is physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual.
The Ten of Cups reversed may indicate dissatisfaction. The questioner may be blind to the good things in her life. The Ten of Cups may also indicate discord or disharmony, or a lack of love. There may be fighting, or the thrill may have gone out of a relationship. There may be problems between parents and children. Other cards will help the reader figure out what is happening.