Ten of Cups – Miles Franklin Award

The tens represent the culmination of a suit’s energy. As such, the Ten of Cups shows an ultimate realization of the watery, emotional suit of cups. This is a card of kinship to the universe, a connection to yourself, and a sense of joyful belonging.

The most outstanding difference between the Nine and Ten of Cups is that while the nine is a card of emotional happiness and fulfillment which is enjoyed alone the ten is a card of emotional happiness and fulfillment enjoyed collectively.

The Ten of Cups typically symbolizes your happy ever after, of the kind you read about in Fairy Tales. The Rider Waite deck shows a family embracing under a wide rainbow. The card is associated with traditional family life, love and white picket fences. The implication is that this is what we all yearn for. But do we? Is this even a realistic dream for many? One only has to look at the increase in mental health issues in the lead up too, and on traditional family celebration days, to know that for a growing number this is not a practical, or achievable ideal.

Fortunately there are a number of artists who depict the Ten of Cups in fresh ways, acknowledging other, less turbulent, types of love and joyful emotions. Cards like the one featured here open the door to a broader way of seeing and perceiving this final card in the suit.

Upon drawing a card like this one might, for example, take the time to see a much bigger picture and take the time to reflect, not only on one’s personal achievements but on the contribution they have made to the collective. A book, a song, a piece of artwork may each live longer than their creators and be a source of pleasure to the collective.

A highly successful Australian woman who helps us understand how the ten of cups may be perceived, the impact that work like this has, is Miles Franklin, a giant in Australian literature.

Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin was born on 14 October 1879 at Old Talbingo Homestead, near Tumut, New South Wales, the home of her maternal grandmother, Sarah Lampe. One of the greatest Australian writers of the twentieth century, ‘Miles’ commemorated Edward Miles, an illiterate ancestor who had arrived in Sydney as a convict in 1788.

Famed author of ‘My Brilliant Career‘, Franklin remains a central figure in Australia’s literary landscape. A strong advocated for Australian storytelling and literature she supported countless writers and literary journals and the world famous Miles Franklin Award was set up as a part of a bequeath in her will. Franklin’s influence continues!

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