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Upright: Love, new relationships, compassion, creativity
Reversed: Self-love, intuition, repressed emotions
The Ace of Cups shows a hand holding a cup or chalice that is overflowing with five endless streams of water. The cup represents the vessel of your subconscious mind, and the five streams are the five senses and the abundant flow of emotion and intuition from within. Above the cup, a dove descends towards the cup – a symbol of Divine love flowing through the subconscious mind to conscious awareness.
The hand holding the cup appears from the clouds and represents your awareness of spiritual energy and influence. Below the hand is a great sea covered with lotus blossoms, symbolising the awakening of the human spirit.
NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards.
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With the Ace of Cups, Divine love and compassion is flowing through you. You are a vessel for deep, spiritual love from the Universe, and you can’t help but let that love flow through you and into the world around you. You receive love, you give love, you ARE love. Your heart overflows with love.
This is the perfect time for you to open your heart to love and experience the abundant flow of emotion that is available to you right now. You are more receptive to creative opportunities, loving connections, and deep compassion for other living beings. As with all Aces in the Tarot, this card comes as an invitation – will you take it? Will you say “Yes!” to the Divine love and compassion that is available to you, and will you run with it? It has the potential for spiritual and emotional fulfilment – but only if you embrace it with an open heart.
The Ace of Cups often appears in Tarot readings when you are open to the possibility of creative expression, especially where you can allow your emotions to shine through your creative endeavours. You are open to experiencing your inner feelings and sharing them with others, through your creative work. You may be inspired to start a new creative project, take up an art class or two or even engage in interpretative dance. You are at that point in your life where you feel comfortable with who you are and what you feel, and you are not afraid to express that part of yourself to others. You see new potential in allowing your creative juices to flow, and as such you are open to new possibilities and stimulating your imagination to allow your talent to unfold.
The Ace of Cups often represents the beginning of a new relationship, be it a friendship, new family connection or blossoming romance. This is one of those relationships where you feel butterflies in your stomach, and you are so pleased to have met someone with whom you can share a special connection. The water in the card reflects the flow of emotion, and thus, the Ace of Cups suggests that positive emotion and energy will be created between two people in a way that leaves you feeling good about yourself and life in general. Give yourself permission to fully open yourself up to giving and receiving unconditional love, and you will also notice that love flows easily and effortlessly when you are in this loving state of mind.
There is certainly a generous, compassionate component to the Ace of Cups. This is a time of giving, not taking, and offering yourself to a new opportunity to help others. You have the power to bring great happiness to others and share your inner radiance and positive energy. You will also find that the more you give, the more you receive on multiple levels.
Finally, the Ace of Cups can indicate conception, pregnancy or birth. Look to other cards in the reading for further confirmation, such as the Empress, Page of Cups or Four of Wands. On a more metaphorical level, there may be the birth of a new idea or a spark of new inspiration. It can represent the beginning of a project in which a great deal of loving and creative energy is invested.
In the upright position, the Ace of Cups is about love for all things. In the reversed position, it is about love for oneself. Yes, this is the self-love card of the Tarot deck! Before you send your love out to the world, you are sending love to yourself, filling up every cell in your body with Divine love and happiness. And the more you do this, the more you allow yourself to be in flow with life itself.
The reversed Ace of Cups is also a sign that you are in connection with your subconscious mind and in tune with your intuition. You are exploring this part of yourself privately, and discovering how you can bring more intuition and flow into your life.
On the flipside, the Ace of Cups reversed may be a sign that you are repressing your emotions, not wanting to express yourself fully to the outside world. Instead, you are keeping your feelings to yourself and not wanting others to know what’s truly going on inside. You may feel embarrassed, ashamed or afraid of what might happen if you were to express your emotions. You may be anxious that if you allow your feelings to flow, the flow may turn quickly into an overwhelming flood and you may not know how to switch it off. However, be careful that you do not create an internal blockage by repressing your feelings. If you are not ready to publicly share your emotions, you can find ways to release them privately, through journaling, creative projects, movement, or screaming your frustration and anger out in the car.
In a relationship reading, the reversed Ace of Cups can indicate that you are withholding your emotions for fear of getting hurt. You know that for the relationship to move forward and flow freely, you must eventually trust in your partner but, for the time being, you are holding back.