About Ace of Cups
Tarot Card Meaning
It’s been said that love is the most powerful, effective emotion known to mankind. If we keep this in mind while contemplating the ace of cups Tarot card meaning, we more easily understand the profound message it has for us.
This card is a sign of blessing. A blessing that assures us if we hold ourselves (our thoughts, feelings, body, etc) in a place of love there is no end to the beauty we may allow to flow into our lives.
Visually, this card is undeniably potent. I particularly gravitate to the Thoth rendition (shown right) of this card because it shows prominent emanations of energy spanning out in a web of connectivity. I perceive these waves of energy composed of compassion and love. As such, this card illustration reminds me of the power that love has over all things.
Sure, if you’re wanting hard and fast ace of cups Tarot card meanings, most certainly it is a card symbolizing love as well as a signal of new relationships beginning (aces signifying new beginnings), but it’s much more than that.
Key Words for the Ace of Cups:
The ace of cups is a message for us to start at the place of love. Whatever our intent, need, desire, direction may be; if we initiate your action from the starting point of love and compassion then our result will be blessed.
Consider some of the prime symbols we see on this ace…
Symbols to Ace of Cups Tarot Card Meaning
Dove: The dove is a common spiritual icon with symbol meanings indicating hope, purity, aspiration, and ascension. In Greco-Roman mythology, the dove is a sacred creature to Aphrodite/Venus, and therefore is a powerful symbol of love. Featured on the ace of cups, it is a promising symbol. Note the dove (in the Rider-Waite version) is pointing down. This is a second-pass message indicating: “whatever goes up, must come down.” In other words, fly high, but ground yourself first. Also see dove symbolism in Tarot here.
Water: Water is a symbol of emotion and subconscious. Water also symbolizes purity, cleansing, and rebirth. It is associated with the moon too which causes its symbolism to lean towards femininity. This is in line with the core ace of cups Tarot meanings that deal with love and compassion. Although males are surely just as capable of love as women are – human history primarily hands over the softer, nurturing, compassionate concepts of love to women. There is a further connection here because many First People (ancient cultures, primitive man) believe the earth was formed from a watery womb. Here we are seeing water as a symbol of love rebirth and all the other associations that go along with these. Get more about symbolic water meaning here.
Lotus: Traditionally, the symbolic meaning of lotus deals with ascension (rising up to or above the occasion). When we see the lotus unfolding its petals beautifully in the midst of inky, murky soils we can liken ourselves unfolding as divine beings emerging out of unclear situations or states of consciousness. Simply put, the lotus in the ace of cups Tarot card tells us there is beauty in all things as long as we have the inner eyes to select only the beauty among us. This enhances the other prime symbols of the card as it dovetails into the idea that love, peace, and regular renewal are keystones to igniting the new emotional highs in our life. Get more about symbolic lotus meanings here.
These are powerful symbols, and this is an incredibly potent card. In a reading this card indicates new sparks of passion are being lit up in your life. It also tells the querent to start all endeavors from a place of love, and the results will always be blessed.
We can also see this card as a sign of renewal, rebirth, or starting over. Observe the other cards surrounding the ace of cups to obtain more clarity about this card’s meaning in your reading. For example, if you are reading for yourself, and health is in the uppermost of your thoughts, the surrounding cards may indicate you are experiencing a renewal in health.
In one of my readings I had the ace of cups Tarot card meaning reveal a remission in cancer was imminent. After talking with my client (and assuring her I was not a doctor, or extending medical advice) I shared with her I saw a relief in health concerns, an uplifting experience in matters of physical body. My client proceeded to tell me she had cancer, and was waiting on oncology tests confirming she is just recently entering a remission.
Some questions we can ask ourselves when we’re determining the ace of cups Tarot card meaning:
- Am I approaching this task (event, issue, project, relationship, etc) from a position of love?
- Am I stilling my mind and emotions long enough to emerge from confusion?
- Am I ready to start a new relationship?
- Am I giving myself the compassion, love and understanding I need?
- Can I utilize compassion to resolve what it is that is hurting me in my life?
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