Rider Waite Smith, and Thoth
Occult Name: The Root of the Powers of Water
Ace of Cups in timing: One month; or the season of autumn
Kabbalah: The watery aspect of Kether
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Ace of Hearts
The Ace of Cups Meaning
The Ace of Cups carries with it the properties of water. Water is caring, nurturing, and understanding; It speaks of both joy and pain. Water is necessary to maintain life within all living things. As humans, without healthy emotional interactions, we are empty or are experiencing a void.
Each Ace speaks of the essential energy of its suit; so to more fully comprehend the meaning of this card, it will help you to relate it to the meaning of the suit it resides within. The Cups suit deals with emotion and feelings. The cards within this suit urge you to take care in managing your emotions. If you don't manage them, they will shape your perspective on everything within your world according to how you feel about things in general. It's necessary to let a degree of compassion, emotion, and feeling enter the mix with many choices we make; but it all needs to be balanced with logic and reason.
Compassion, love, forgiveness, sensitivity, modesty, and generosity are words commonly used within the suit of Cups. These, properly managed, are qualities by which we interact with others; but too, the way we interact will shape our view of all things possible (and all things believed to be beyond our reach).
The Ace of Cups Dignified or Upright
- A positive new beginning.
- Potentially the birth of a child (especially female); look to other cards.
- The start of a new love or platonic relationship.
- If you reach out for your dream, opportunity will open up for you.
- The issue at hand will yield emotional rewards.
- Fertility and abundance.
- You have an apology coming, or perhaps it's time for you to apologize.
- Recognizing one's true feelings.
- Opening up emotionally.
- Refers to a project that has you beaming with pride.
- Being generous, kind, and giving, or accept generosity.
- Offering sympathy to one who needs it.
- Urges you to dismiss a negative viewpoint and look at the bright side of things.
- Getting in touch with your psychic self.
- Opening yourself to wisdom from within.
- Engage in a creative project or venture that brings you joy.
- Combined with certain major arcana cards, may refer to a lesson of spirit with a positive outcome. At times a tough lesson may benefit you in the long run.
The Ace of Cups Ill Dignified or Reversed
- Rein in your emotions, they are creating disorder for you.
- You are keeping emotions bottled up inside. It's time to deal with the truth of your feelings.
- Avoidance of love or emotional interaction.
- Withholding emotionally within a relationship.
- Ignoring inner wisdom.
- Blocking yourself to intuition.
- You need to be more kind, giving, or compassionate.
- Withholding an apology.
- You are emotionally overreacting.
- Can suggest to discontinue behaving in a way that may be perceived as selfish.
- Disappointment, blockages and/or hindrance.
- Along with other cards may indicate a need for a higher level of physical activity, or any activity for that matter (it's not an active card).
- Things are proceeding well; the problems lies in your perception of things.
- You have allowed your circumstance to become stale. It is unsatisfying and your life appears bleak as a result. Find things to engage in that move you to the very core.
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