Fruit Trees (Cups)

Fruit Trees

In the traditional tarot, fruit trees would be seen as Cups or Vessels, representing the element of water and emotions such as love. Fruits are one of the primary sources of water in our daily diets, they have inspired stories that cover the entire spectrum of human emotion. In botany, fruit trees are considered angiosperms because they are flowering plants that produce fruit that is seed bearing.

Fruit trees were the first trees cultivated and domesticated by humans for the production of food such as dates, plums and figs. Fruit was plentiful in many parts of the world, they inspired the concept of agriculture through the cultivation of planned groves. Fruit trees offered a way to create a stable food source by planting fruit from faraway places. Because of its sweetness and its ability to be turned into wine, fruit became sought after. In some cultures, fruit was seen as a source of temptation.

Adam and Eve by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1526 in the Courtauld Gallery, London

The biblical story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden centers on the idea of “forbidden fruit” that grew from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Most cultures associated fruit with happiness, health, abundance and love.

Fruit Trees                                                                      

Pioneer of Fruit Trees – Mulberry – Abundance

Two of Fruit Trees – Quince – Love

Three of Fruit Trees – Pawpaw – Celebration

Four of Fruit Trees – Plum – Patience

Five of Fruit Trees – Pear – Separation

Six of Fruit Trees – Mango – Happiness

Seven of Fruit Trees – Persimmon – Divination

Eight of Fruit Trees – Coconut – Journey

Nine of Fruit Trees – Peach – Wish

Ten of Fruit Trees – Cherry – Sweetness

Messenger of Fruit Trees – Avocado – Fertility

Guardian of Fruit Trees – Lemon – Purpose

Earthkeeper of Fruit Trees – Sycomore – Nurturing

Wisdomkeeper of Fruit Trees- Date – Mastery