The Ace of Cups is the card meaning love; it predicts pure and innocent love. The Ace of Cups card will make an appearance at the beginning of a relationship. Therefore, it should come as no surprise if your romantic life is of interest to you.
There is no denying the fact that a Cup is symbolic of the ‘mother bowl’ i.e. the womb. In some cases the Ace of Cups will represent child birth and pregnancy. As this card is rather feminine, the childbirth you may experience will be of a female child (which is in contrast to the Ace of Wands which is traditionally associated with the birth of a male).
Obviously the Ace of Cups is a rather positive card and is often read in a good light. However, there will be times when the card appears as a negative: in this situation, it means that you will get a new beginning but it will be after a traumatic ending.
Because The Ace of Cups is a card of beginnings it is not always a desirable card to receive, especially if it appears as a challenge, negative or obstacle. Cards of beginnings imply endings. Therefore, if The Ace of Cups appears in an outcome position, it can mean that the thing you are reading on will not last long-term or will never progress to the next stage.
The Ace of Cups’ Historical Meaning
Pre-Rider Waite Smith, the Ace of Cups was associated with merry making, drinking and parties. Parties, food and drink are all features of the Ace of Cups.
There will be instances when the social aspect of the Ace of Cups can play havoc on your plans. For example, if you’re trying to change your diet and lifestyle this card can serve as a warning that one of your downfalls is eating on the go. If this is true, your Tarot cards are advising you to plan for and control these urges.
The Ace of Cups in a Love Reading
The Ace of Cups is generally a good card to get for love Tarot readings, especially if you are in the early stages. The Ace of Cups appears as a sign of hope that you’re feelings are valid and there is something there to work with.
If you’re wondering what your partner (or potential partners) feelings are towards you do not worry! They are in the initial stages of love. The relationship has the potential to blossom further, but do not try to rush things by placing too much pressure on them at this crucial stage: let the partnership grow in its own time.
Want to know what someone’s intentions are towards you? Don’t worry the Ace is a sign that their motives are pure. The Ace of Cups is great but if you need more reassurance, I have more detail ‘feelings’ interpretations in my Love Tarot Meanings e-book which can give you more clarity.
If you’re already in a serious partnership sometimes the Ace of Cups can represent the birth of a child, usually a female. Therefore, if this is something you want the Ace is a positive sign.
The Ace of Cups in a Business Reading
I read the Ace of Cups in a business or career reading two ways. On one hand, I go with the modern interpretation of love in its early stages. The Ace of Cups simply means that you’re in love with your new project and that it means a lot to you.
Because the Ace of Cups is a card of love, feelings and beginnings, I would be inclined to read it negatively for the finances of a business in a Tarot reading. While you will love what you do long term, the Ace warns that love is all there is and you may not get the financial rewards from this venture.
Alternatively, the Ace of Cups can mean that you should seek business or work opportunities in the food and drink sector (an interpretation which is a nod to the card’s ancient meaning). Make sure you are getting out into the world, mingling with clients and letting them see your face and know your personality. The Ace of Cups is advising you that you should try to come across as a trusted ally not as a stiff business person.
The Ace of Cups as a Yes or No
The Ace of Cups is usually a yes, especially for love and relationship Tarot readings.
The Ace of Cups as a Positive
In a positive reading, the Ace of Cups can predict;
- New love
- Beginning of a relationship
- Feelings growing
- Potential for development
- Birth of a female
The Ace of Cups as a Negative
In a more negative reading, the Ace of Cups can predict;
- A pregnancy you don’t want
- A girl when you want a boy
- Love but no money
- Lack of progression
- Over indulging
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