Inspired by the fast-approaching holiday where we all celebrate love in our own way, let’s explore another pair of love-related cards. Last week we compared the 2 of Cups and the 10 of Cups.
Today we’ll compare the 10 of Cups and the 10 of Pentacles.
These cards share a few similarities:
They are both 10s, and consequently represent the completion or fulfillment of the suit.
They are both passive suits, suggesting that they are shaped by life and reactive.
They are both generally considered happy cards.
They both represent family life, generally showing at least two generations.
How are they different, then? The key is in the most obvious difference: their suits
Cups focus on our emotions and relationships. Pentacles represent our material lives.
The 10 of Cups, then, shows the relationships and feeling that a couple or family have developed over time.
The 10 of Pentacles is about the framework of the couple or family’s daily lives at home.
Each card of minor arcana represents an aspect of the human experience. None of them are meant to represent a complete picture. There is always something not shown in the card. The 10 of Cups could represent a couple who are very much in love and committed to their long-term relationship but may be having financial concerns. The 10 of Pentacles could hint at a financially well-off couple who have grown distant or platonic and could use a little boost to their passion.
How do you differentiate these two cards?