Ace Of Cups

Ace Of Cups

Ace of Cups

Ace of Cups marks the beginning of the suit of cups. This card asks us to embrace the deepness of ourselves, that which we rely on but rarely remember to honor and grow. It represents our universal self, the “I” that is part of everything. The Ace marks a beginning of a journey of the spirit. This is a time to grow emotionally, spiritually, or even in love. Have you decided to confront a deep-rooted fear or belief about yourself? Is it time to study philosophy, re-read your favorite spiritual text, or begin a journal? Will you choose to fall head over heels for life… for love?

When the Ace of Cups reveals itself, we must look inward, and let it guide us to the answers we seek. Although these truths may not always be easy to hear, this card tells us it is time and we are ready to receive. Trust your ability to stand in your own shadow. Release your fear of shedding light on the dark unknown. Embrace your deepest desires and honor the song of your heart. Read, meditate, journal, do anything to follow the stirrings within. The Ace of Cups is ready to guide you in an act of divine self-creation.

Ace of Cups Reversed

A reversed pull of the Ace of Cups is a sign that we need to focus on ourselves but we’re finding it difficult to do so. We may forget to make time during the day to implement a new spiritual practice or mediation, remembering our intention after we are already in bed for the night. Perhaps we’re scared to reach too deep into our emotional work, afraid of the pain it may cause. The Ace of Cups, presented in reverse, is showing you that the barrier you are facing is one one of your own making. It will be up to you to tear it down, brick-by-brick if you have to.

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Ace of Cups Yes or No

In a Yes or No reading, the Ace of Cups can generally be interpreted as a YES.

Major Arcana Symbolism

Tarot Card NameAce of Cups
Card Number EnergyGenesis
Numerological MeaningPure energy without form, the seed, the spark, potential, beginning, initiative, momentum, opportunity, becoming, the essence of the suit of cups
Classical ElementWater
Traditional Upright MeaningEmotional awakening, intuition, new feelings, inspired creativity, joy, connection to the divine, new relationships, opportunity, compassion, fertility, a fresh start, fulfillment, spirituality, divine flow, love, time to release emotional baggage and start anew, following your heart
Traditional Reversed MeaningEmotional loss, coldness, emptiness, infertility, rejection, blocked creativity, feeling unloved, gloominess, a closed heart, anguish, end of a relationship, repressed emotions, unrequited love
DualityReceptive
Jungian ArchetypeFeeling
ChakraSacral, Third Eye
Astrological CorrespondenceCancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Crystals and StonesCitrine, Brown Tourmaline, Orange Calcite, Amber, Boulder Opal, Orange Tiger’s Eye, Tangerine Quartz, Cognac Diamond, Orange Tourmaline, Chocolate Opal, Coral, Hyacinth, Petrified Wood, Orange Selenite, Smoky Quartz, Peach Moonstone, Labradorite, Lapis Lazuli, Blue Calcite, Blue Flash Moonstone, Sodalite, Blue Sapphire, Celestite, Azurite, Kyanite, Iolite, Dumortierite, Ceylon Sapphire, Tanzanite
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Ace of Cups Meaning

The Ace of Cups represents Fertility, productiveness, development, multiplication; happiness, pleasure, gratification, fruition of desires; cheerfulness, geniality, gaiety. The general meaning of the card directly corresponds to the time-period it governs. During this time of year, all the fruits of the ground come to ripeness and perfection. This, also, is a time of vacation when outdoor weather is the most favorable to pleasure.

Time period

Astrologically, the Ace of Cups governs the time-period from Cancer 0 to the last degree of
Virgo, June 21st to September 22.

Imagery

Within the Cup is a radiant crown, from which ten rays descend. The Ace of Cups represents the power of the Qabalistic Kether, or Crown, in the creative world. It is the will to intentionally manifest. The Rose-Cross on this card reminds us of the essential Rosicrucian doctrine: “Let your heart’s desire be unified with the basic pattern of creation.” This idea is symbolized by a rose (representing desire) fastened to the center of a cross ( representing the fundamental pattern of cosmic manifestation).

Keyword

Desire-Force

Modern Translation of The Oracle of the Tarot by Paul Foster Case (1933)

Ace of Cups - RWS - MD

The Lesser Arcana: Ace of Cups

Upright: Table, meal, feast, gala, and invitation for the same. Hotel, restaurant, etc. Picture, painting, image, description. Production, fertility, abundance. Stability, fixity, constancy, etc.

Reversed: Mutation, change, transmutation, inconstancy, etc. Buying and selling. Metamorphosis, reversal, revolution, translation, interpretation.

Theory

The Cups, representing the element of Water, Jovian and lunar by nature, start their cycle on the Ninth house, the house of Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter, the lawgiver. The element Water has its two polar effects in the soul, however, the house of Sagittarius does not bring much evil to the soul and is generally uplifting, inviting. It pushes towards progress and development, journeying and the hospitable reception of strangers.

There is little or no stability in the ninth house. In fact, there is generally a good deal of ‘mutation’. This house also governs the magical power of true transmutation. We also find a tendency to teach, to translate, guide, interpret. It may, too, lead to extravagance as regards dissipation or at least spending. There is sanction or even holiness in it, inspiration, idealism. The latter, of course, may lead to more or less well-directed actions.

Conclusion

Sanction, permission, inspiration, idealism, enthusiasm, blessing. May denote a leader, teacher, guide or any influence of this nature. Legislation, direction, instruction; hospitality and sympathetic reception. Driving, hunting, travelling; planning for the future. Invitation, convocation, appeal. Mutation and transmutation. Translation and interpretation.

Modern Translation of the General Book of the Tarot by A.E. Thierens (1930)

Ace of cups

Fortune Telling with the Ace of Cups

Upright: A love letter, good news.

Reversed: A removal or a visit from a friend

Fortune Telling by Cards by P.R.S. Foli (1915)

Ace of Cups Card Imagery

The waters beneath are covered with water-lilies. A hand emerges from the cloud. On its palm rests a cup, from which four streams overflow. A dove descends to place a host, cross-marked wafer, into the Cup. Misting water falls on all sides of the cup.

-Modern Translation of The Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A.E. Waite (1910)

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Divinatory Meanings for the Ace of Cups

Upright: House of the true heart, joy, content, abode, nourishment, abundance, fertility; Holy Table, felicity hereof. 

Reversed: House of the false heart, mutation, instability, revolution.

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A.E. Waite (1910)

The Root of the Powers of Water

A white radiant angelic hand, emerging from the clouds. A palm, resembling that of a divine Egyptian priest, is supporting a single cup. From this chalice rises a fountain of clear and glistening water, sprays cascading down the sides into clear calm water below. This is the place where Lotuses and Water-lilies grow. The great Letter of the Supernal Mother is traced in the spray of the Fountain.

Symbolism: fertility, productiveness, beauty, pleasure, happiness, etc.

Modern Translation of The Tarot of the Golden Dawn: Book “T” by MacGregor Mathers and Harriet Felkin

The Ace of Cups Card

The Meaning of The Ace of Cups Card Throughout History

The Tarot deck is a beautiful synthesis of esoteric thought and archetypal imagery. The journey of the deck, shaped by the events and values of each era, has continued to evolve and take on new significance as it adapts to a larger cultural story. Often a tarot card will have a variety of names and meanings. Exploring the historical interpretations of each card will create a deeper understanding of this powerful method for divination and self-discovery.

Various Names For The Ace of Cups

The Ace of Cups has taken many names throughout history such as Ace of Chalices, Ace of Goblets, Ace of Vases, Ace of Vessels, Ace of Bowls, Ace of Containers, Ace of Hearts, and Ace of Waters

Tarot de Marseille (1650)Ace of Cups
Etteilla (1783)Table / Changement
Golden Dawn (1888)The Root of the Powers of Water
Papus (1892)Ace of Cups
Rider-Waite (1910)Ace of Cups
Thoth (1943)Ace of Cups
Ace of Cups reversed

Significations of The Ace of Cups

  • Commencement of a love affair.

-Tarot of The Bohemians by Papus (1892)

Ace of Cups Symbolism

Upright: Feasting, Banquet, Good Cheer
Reversed: Change, Novelty, Metamorphosis, Inconstancy

-The Tarot by S.L. MacGregor Mathers (1888)

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The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

Ace of Cups - The Illustrated Key to the Tarot published 1918, public domain
Ace of Cups – The Illustrated Key to the Tarot published 1918, public domain

This guide by Arthur Edward Waite, the designer of the most widely known Tarot deck and distinguished scholar of the Kabbalah, is the essential Tarot reference. The pictorial key contains a detailed description of each card in the celebrated 78-card Rider-Waite Tarot deck, along with regular and reversed meanings. Contents describe symbols and secret tradition, ancient Celtic methods of divination, and wonderful illustrations of each Tarot card. This book is the perfect complement to old-style fortune telling and also serves to make the Tarot entirely accessible to modern-day readers. The Pictorial Key to the Tarot is the classic guide to the Rider-Waite deck and to Tarot symbolism in general.

Pre-Raphaelite Tarot

Ace of Chalices – Pre-Raphaelite Tarot by Luigi Costa ©2019 Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. All rights reserved, used by permission.
Ace of Chalices – Pre-Raphaelite Tarot by Luigi Costa ©2019 Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. All rights reserved, used by permission.

The vivid colors and medieval imagery of the Pre-Raphaelite movement makes for a tarot deck that is rich with a sense of mystery and romance. Luigi Costa has created a work of unsurpassed beauty and deep spiritual power. This deck, based on the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith cards, is at once cryptic and insightful, the perfect combination of qualities for readers and collectors alike.

Harmonious Tarot

Ace of Chalices - Harmonious Tarot by Walter Crane and Earnest Fitzpatrick © 2005 Lo Scarabeo srl. All rights reserved, used by permission.
Ace of Chalices – Harmonious Tarot by Walter Crane and Earnest Fitzpatrick © 2005 Lo Scarabeo srl. All rights reserved, used by permission.

The mythical world of Lady Victoria Westwood will enchant you with it’s charming feel of a hand-painted tea cup or maidens fanning a goddess. The borders of the Harmonious Tarot show typical Victorian decorative flowers, and the backs are intense, mirrored mazes like rugs or wall hangings that are ideal as focal points for meditation and pathworking. It’s subtlety and whimsy makes this deck ideal to bring forth new insights and realizations. Like the Victorians, it’s depth is often more than is apparent on the surface.

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