The ace of cups is the first card in the Minor Arcana cup series. Being the first card, it represents new beginnings, or starting fresh. In most card images, the cup will be full if not overflowing with water, representing emotional fulfillment.
I suggest, while looking at this card description, you have your tarot deck in front of you and decide for yourself if you agree with the feelings on this page or if the card represents something entirely different to you.
*The image at the top of the page does not depict all of the feelings represented by a specific tarot deck! You can find other tarot card meanings here!
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A few words to describe the card:
Emotional fulfillment, new beginnings
Ace of Cups
The cups arcana typically represent emotions. In a card reading, the ace of cups will represent emotional fulfillment, or having a new emotional journey. Our emotions could be tied directly to the question asked to the cards, or the situation. It may also be reminding us to try to react to the situation in a different way than we have in the past.
This card is typically seen as a positive card. When it appears in a tarot reading, it means there is something new and exciting taking place, that is fairly positive. It can also be emotional stability, or reminding us to stay grounded during difficult situations. If you’ve been through a rough patch recently, this card represents a feeling of being filled with positivity and warmth.
This card can also be the sign of a new relationship. Not necessarily romantic relationship, but something new starting, as you will see continuing through the next few cup cards.
Water relates to emotions because it’s always flowing. It can be very calming, or turbulent. With the ace of cups, it’s a very calming affect.
At the start of a new journey, this card represents that we will be emotionally fulfilled by the path.
Still confused about the meanings of the cards? A few tools that have been really helpful for me have been: practice, taking the time to look at each card, read books like Tarot: Learn How to Read and Interpret the Cards by Kim Arnold. Or try out tarot spreads! Try doing a simple reading every day. The Labyrinthos app is really helpful too. Or try some that I’ve created by looking here: Tarot Spreads.