The Ace of Cups is the card of love, new feelings, emotional awakening, and creativity. This card shows a hand extending outward, offering an overflowing chalice to the viewer. The cup is overflowing with water, which symbolizes pure emotion, love, and happiness.
The Ace of Cups is a reminder of the outpouring of feelings and happiness at the start of a new cycle. A new cycle can begin at any time, whether it’s at the start of a new relationship or a rekindling of a spark in an ongoing relationship. The Ace of Cups reminds us to dig into our own creativity and intuition for the answers.
If the Ace of Cups appears in a Tarot spread as a person, that means that this person is loving. They are ready to both give and receive love. They’re very open to meeting new people, and they’re open to having all sorts of discussions and experiences with the people already in their lives. It is astrologically associated with the element of Water. They embody all the light and positive traits of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. Because Water is a feminine energy, this card carries a passive, receptive energy. We all have a little bit of both energies expressed in a balanced way, regardless of which gender we identify as.
For physical characteristics, the Ace of Cups as a person represents someone who is easygoing and flows like water. Although they’re emotionally open, they’re not “messy.” They are pretty good at keeping their emotions contained, but they’re not afraid to express themselves where appropriate. This person may enjoy light and flowy garments, which they wear loosely. They tend to move with lightness, kindness, and consideration. They always stay hydrated and enjoy clean eating. There may be something “simplistic” about their eating habits or their workout routine. For example, they may prefer to eat a raw food diet, or they may have a minimalistic workout regimen where they focus on one muscle group per day.
For emotional characteristics, the Ace of Cups as a person represents someone who loves sincerely and genuinely thinks that we are all One. They’re not cynical about the nature of humanity. They haven’t lost their faith in humanity, and they likely never will. This person loves love, but not in an unhealthy way. They’re not the type to be addicted to limerence. They love love in a universal way, where they always see and expect the best in people. They believe that everybody can change for the better. This person can be the most emotionally and energetically generous person you will ever meet.
For careers, the Ace of Cups can represent someone who either loves what they do for a living, brings love into their workplace, or their job requires them to “love” people in some way. They may be anything from a engineer who develops AI designed to socially interact with lonely individuals, to a family therapist, to a sex worker. They may work for a dating app, or they could be a Tarot reader or astrologer who specializes in love and synastry readings. They may run a YouTube channel that gives dating advice or specializes in discussing twin flame and soulmate dynamics. They may even work with animals, since the Ace of Cups is often a symbol of the purest, most innocent kind of love. Alternatively, if they don’t work in facilitating relationships, adoptions, or improving relationships, they may be the type of person who loves their work like they love their own children.
The Ace of Cups as a person represents someone who makes you feel loved. When a person is represented by the Ace of Cups in a Tarot reading, it usually signifies somebody who is spiritually ascended. This is the type of person who has come to understand that we are all One and reflections of each other. They know that to love others is to love oneself. They see someone they know within everyone they meet. They’ll see their brother in the delivery service guy. They’ll tip a waitress extra because she reminds them of their sister. They treat the elderly with kindness because they remind them of their parents or grandparents. This is one of the most wholesome people you will ever meet.
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If the Ace of Cups reversed appears in a Tarot spread as a person, that means that this person is shut off emotionally. In fact, they may have a blocked heart chakra. Because this is a Minor Arcana card, some of these traits will not be inherent aspects of their identity. If they are behaving unfavorably, they might just be going through a temporary phase. It may be a behavioral pattern that they can still unlearn, if they choose to. Good or bad, nobody is perfect, and people can use their free will to change for the better.
For physical characteristics, the Ace of Cups reversed as a person represents someone who is uptight and socially anxious. You may not see this person around town, as they prefer to shop online and stay at home. This person can be self-loathing and may have serious body image issues. This person needs to heal, and learn to love and accept themselves. If you care about this person, show this person compassion and encourage them to seek help.
For emotional characteristics, the Ace of Cups reversed as a person represents someone who is unloving. They are a human embodiment of the Grinch. However, it’s really important to remember that people weren’t just born unkind. Hatred is learned. This person must have gone through something very traumatic in their childhood or in their past to come up as an Ace of Cups energy in the reverse in this reading. More often than not, people who are signified by this card in the reverse need our compassion and understanding. That being said, you also need to have healthy boundaries and make sure that you don’t allow this person to project their self-hatred onto you.
For careers, the Ace of Cups reversed can represent someone who hates their job, and more often than not, this person will not be shy about showing how much they dislike what they do for a living. Unlike the upright Ace of Cups’ career paths which usually involve being loving or facilitating love, in the reverse, this person might actually facilitate hatred in some way. For example, they could make a living off running a website or online forum dedicated to gossiping about certain public figures. If they have a caretaking job, they struggle to emotionally connect with the people in their care. They feel emotionally, socially, and spiritually unfulfilled at their job. Alternatively, something at their job, such as an office bully or an uncomfortable workspace may cause this person to experience creative blocks. They may also feel unappreciated and unloved at their job.
The Ace of Cups reversed as a person represents someone who makes you feel unloved.
If you draw this card in a reading about a potential love interest, unfortunately, this card may indicate that one side’s feelings are unrequited. Alternatively, this may indicate that the person you’re dealing with is not ready for love, or may not be looking for love. If you’re inquiring about a friend, this could be a sign that your friend isn’t your biggest fan, they might secretly hate you and are incapable of being happy for you. They may just stick around to use you for whatever reason, for perks, for rides, for your connections. If you’re inquiring about an existing relationship, this may be a sign that you are not in a loving relationship. Look elsewhere, you deserve better.
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For love readings, the Ace of Cups represents an outpouring of new feelings and happiness. This is the start of a new beginning. You’ve turned a new leaf and you are on to the beginning of a new cycle. This is a beautiful place to be in any relationship.
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