ACE OF CUPS
KEYWORDS: Good Karma, Love, Spiritual Fulfillment, Contemplation, New Hope, Birth, Happiness
CARD DEFINITION: This signifies beginning of a new life, journey or love. You feel spiritually fulfilled. The intuitive and creative mind is active and such projects will succeed. The unconscious mind may become more active.
REVERSE DEFINITION: This signifies barrenness of the mind or the body. You may be stagnating and satisfied with life. Love may fail. You may be disappointed and lonely.
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Interpreting The Ace of Cups
Of the four suits involved in the tarot deck's minor arcana, the suit of Cups is the one that most closely deals with the realms of love, affection, potential, and emotion. As the first card in this suit, the Ace of Cups represents the source from which these powerful concepts originate. It is not emotion in its strongest or most powerful form yet, but a seed full of possibility that has been planted and will eventually grow into something more if properly nurtured and cared for.
The Ace of Cups is also considered to represent a very spiritual side of both love and potential, as it is also indicative of the idea of the Holy Grail, signifying as such the first stirring of a person's calling toward a higher purpose. This stirring can in time lead to profound revelations, realized desires, and monumental achievements if properly acknowledged and heeded. One must simply be willing and able to open their soul to the possibilities and welcome the incredible potential that is being presented. Love, light, and possibility can all take many forms and this is a card that can easily be said to represent them all at once.
The traditional tarot image that we see associated with the Ace of Cups in many tarot decks depicts the extended hand of the divine as the central image. In its palm, it holds the Holy Cup from which four separate streams of water issue forth to join the waters of the ocean below, representing the immense span of the universe, love, and spirituality beyond anything we can perceive with our senses and the limitless potential attached to the concept behind this card as a whole. Above the cup, we can often also see a dove descending with a holy wafer in its beak. It seeks to place the wafer within the cup and bestow upon its contents a blessing that will help this potential be reached.
When we see the Ace of Pentacles make an appearance in a tarot spread, it can signify a couple of different things depending on the specifics of the situation at hand. The most common type of event it tends to foretell is the beginning of a new relationship - one that is new and full of potential and possibility, as opposed to an already existing union. This is not a superficial union, but a relationship that has every chance of growing into everything the querent would like it to be. However, it should not be taken as a guarantee of success. It's simply an opportunity - nothing more. It is up to the querent to make the most of it.
However, it is important to note that the Ace of Pentacles isn't always linked with relationships, as love and the powers of intuition can take many forms. In the instance a personal relationship is not denoted, then the Ace of Cups is very likely directing the querent to listen to his intuition when it comes to his spiritual life, his ambitions, or his dreams. He may even find he's soon presented with a golden opportunity to take that first step down the road to success at long last. However, that opportunity can easily be missed or squandered in these instances as well, so he must keep his eyes and ears open and be ready to seize his chance when it arrives.