Ace of Cups Tarot Card Meaning - Upright, Reversed & More

Ace of Cups upright

Ace of Cups At A Glance

Keywords: New love, new relationship, emotional awakening, new feelings, processing emotions, first meeting/first date, emotional loss, loneliness
Season: Winter
Element: Water (emotions)

Ace of Cups Tarot Card Description

The Ace of Cups is usually numbered as 1 and often depicts a hand of god (a hand appearing from clouds within the sky) holding a golden goblet shaped cup. The cup is overflowing with water that shoot from 5 streams. They sparkle and glisten to show the cup is overflowing magically and eternally. This represents manifestation and abundance.

Cups represent water and emotion within tarot meaning this card suggests an abundance of emotion. The serene scene of water and lily pads surrounding the cup show the calm serenity this card brings to our life. The number of water streams is symbolic too. In sacred numerology 5 means the elements plus the fifth element of the soul/ether and represents equilibrium.

Ace of Cups Upright Meaning

The Ace of Cups card means a new beginning or fresh start within love. All aces within tarot means 1 or new opportunities and cups are the suit of love, relationships and emotions. So we can clearly see that this card is speaking about a new relationship or the chance to experience new positive emotions.

It can also mean we are learning to love ourselves on a whole new level and this self-esteem is having a positive affect on other areas of our lives too.

“Everyone of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.” - Diana, late Princess of Wales

Ace of Cups Reversed Meaning

Ace of Cups reversed

The Ace of Cups reversed is about love but unfortunately its opposite side: feeling unloved. Life can take over sometimes and if we aren’t careful we can slip into depressive states and habits that are bad for our wellbeing. When this card appears to us reversed it is suggesting we haven’t been prioritizing showing and receiving love. It’s never too late to course correct.

We can use the fresh start of a new day to catapult ourselves into forming new habits and recalibrating our priorities back to love. It can also mean our self-love/internal dialogue might need some work. We must not allow a world which profits from selling us products to fix insecurities it created to affect us. We must aggressively fight this when we feel it slipping into our mind.

“You can’t pour from an empty cup” - Chinese proverb

Ace of Cups: Yes or No

The Ace of cups symbolizes new relationships and love matches which makes it a very positive card. It usually refers to a yes answer but reversed it’s a no. When reversed it’s saying first we need to work on ourselves before we can accept more opportunities in.

Let’s Break Down the Ace of Cups In Our Lives

What the Ace of Cups means for the different parts of our lives.

Ace of Cups In Love

If the reader has asked a question about love either romantic or platonic and the Ace of Cups card appears then it can suggest an exciting new relationship, the next phase in a relationship or a rekindling of an old flame. Receiving a cups card when we have asked a question about love is a yes, or confirmation from the universe/the powers that we believe in.

Reversed the Ace of Cups in love can mean that we are feeling off kilter in our relationship(s). We need to figure out why and be very honest with ourselves and all involved and use open communication to express how we are feeling.

Ace of Cups With Money

If the Ace of Cups card appears when a question about money has been asked it is suggesting we will receive financial aid or advice which benefits us financially. We could receive a financial opportunity from a friend or someone we know and trust.

Reversed the Ace of Cups with money means we will receive negative financial news or face a setback we hadn’t foreseen. This could be a rejection of a loan or our request for a promotion/pay rise being denied. This card focuses on the emotions that stem from this situation rather than the actual situation itself. It prompts us to ask ourselves how we can soothe ourselves at this time.

Ace of Cups At Work

When asking a question about a situation at work or about our careers the Ace of Cups card can mean we receive a dash of warmth and friendship created at our work place/career. We could make a new friend who will become a long term part of our lives and this dramatically changes how we feel when we are at work increasing our joy and productivity.

Reversed the Ace of Cups at work suggests we feel friendless at our place of work and it makes it difficult to attend. It can also signify boredom or coldness regarding the job. We could rectify this by exploring ways we might feel more motivated and discussing them with our boss/colleagues.

Ace of Cups With Others

If we are asking about our external world, either our immediate world of people we know or the world at large and we get the Ace of Cups card as an answer it means we are feeling accepted by others because we have had an emotional epiphany that helps us accept ourselves.

Reversed the Ace of Cups with others can signify we aren’t being very self-loving right now and it’s warping our view of how others treat us. We experience a lot of love throughout our day but because we lack the love we need from ourselves we subconsciously push the love of others away. Meaning we feel lonely and crave love more than ever. This card asks us to practice self-love and watch the love pour in from external sources too.

Ace of Cups With Self

The Ace of Cups card relates to our internal world suggests it’s time to let go of the emotional baggage we have been carrying around with us. With a big dose of acceptance we can take this chance to have a fresh start and leave the past where it belongs.

Reversed the Ace of Cups card with self can symbolize emotional suppression. We might be bottling up our feelings and causing our life to stagnate as a result. Use the restorative properties of this card to hail in a fresh start and open up to a loved one.

Ace of Cups As Feelings

There is nothing like the beautiful feeling of the Ace of Cups. Pure love and cheesy romance. It’s Valentine’s Day when we find ourselves in a new relationship, it’s our family celebrating a tradition together, it's a companionable hug from a pet. We feel tethered and connected to the world through the love expressed by those around us. Cheesy, beautiful and pure.