Ace of Cups
Function: Emotions, love, spirituality, imagination
A white hand comes from a cloud offering a golden chalice with a W on it…or is it an M? W is for water and woman. M is for man and the Moon. Perhaps it’s both. The cup overflows into the water below, where lotus and lily pads float on the surface. It’s as if the cup fills the body of water. There are five streams of water and 25 droplets of water. Five is a creative number, and there five streams feeding the lake, and five times five of them falling from the cup.
A dove, representative of the Holy Spirit, and it holds the Eucharist in its beak, as if to dip it in water. The Eucharist represents the Body of Christ, and the merging of man into god, and god into man, and thus spirit becoming flesh to become a person. The host goes into the cup, which represents the sexual congress of man and woman to creative life. Should you take this cup, you are taking in more than creative potential: you are sipping the very mysteries of existence.
The Ace of Cups offers emotions and emotions exploration, for water is symbolic of emotions. It thus offers love and empathy, and compassion. From there, it offers imagination, as on cannot imagine if one cannot get outside of their own point of view. The cup is not clasp, but rather, gently handed to the reader. It doesn’t wield the cup. This is all a gift to the reader.
In the distance, there is the faint outline of a green hill where life proliferates. However, one would have to get through the water to get there. One has to experience the cycles and the trials and tribulations of life and experience it all internally before they can start over and bring the water to land.
And this is what’s different about this suit. The wand and the sword can be used and wielded. A pentacle (also known as a coin) can be moved and traded for other things. But only the cup can carry one thing from one place to another. It doesn’t have to be water, but it usually is. Like the human heart, the Ace of Cups offers an abundance of emotion and spiritual experience for those who will take the cup.
When The Ace of Cups is Reversed:
When the Ace of Cups is reversed, the querent is usually running from or in denial of their emotional life. They either cannot or will not show and experience their true emotions. Thus, they don’t have a developed spiritual life either, and they tend to not grow emotionally or spiritually. They’re afraid of being vulnerable or dealing with things that cannot be contained.
The Ace of Cups reversed can also indicate someone who can’t control their emotions and tend to be moody or unstable. They may not have deep emotions, but fleeting, shallow ones. Or, the querent may just be going through a difficult time in which they’re dealing with multiple, conflicting feelings.
In a three-card reading, this card means…
Past: In the past, the querent had a spiritual or emotional awakening, opened their heart, and those experiences has led them to the present.
Present: Currently, the querent is experiencing an emotional Renaissance and may be embarking on a spiritual journey.
Future: In the future, the querent will have an emotional breakthrough and become more aware of and in touch with their feelings and spiritual self.