Ace of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

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Ace of Cups (Reversed)

Ideas: Emptiness, recharging of spirit, soul-searching

Traits: Apathetic, cold, discontented, insensitive, practical, rational, realistic, secretive, unlovable

Emotions: Annoyance, disappointment, frustration, insecurity, irritation, rejection

  • Actions:
    • Finding love within yourself first
    • Following your head instead of your heart
    • Hiding your feelings
    • Improving your imagination
    • Recharging your spiritual battery
    • Seeking what feeds your soul
Ace of Cups (Upright, Balanced)

Ideas: Intuition, motivation, new relationship, spirituality

Traits: Calm, deep, felicific, generous, gentle, genuine, helpful, pure, warm

Emotions: Affection, bliss, caring, compassion, contentment, fondness, liking, satisfaction, tenderness

  • Actions:
    • Accepting and returning affection
    • Getting in touch with what motivates you
    • Listening to the still, small voice
    • Opening yourself to spirit
    • Starting a new relationship
    • Taking advantage of an opportunity to express love to others
    • Trusting your feelings
Ace of Cups (Upright, Excessive)

Ideas: Idealization, obsession, waste

Traits: Complacent, distractible, dreamy, fanciful, impractical, irrational, overimaginative, self-indulgent, unrealistic

Emotions: Hysteria, infatuation, neglect, pity, pride, sympathy

  • Actions:
    • Becoming a puppet of your own emotions
    • Indulging in hysteria or obsession
    • Refusing to act on your ideals
    • Replenishing others’ emotional energy by draining yours
    • Taking love for granted
    • Wasting your empathic potential

Ace of Cups’ Advice

Personal Growth

How comfortable are you with expressions of emotion? Of faith? This card challenges you to be more open with both. A centered person freely shares what he or she feels, and a truly spiritual person can share his or her faith in natural, non-aggressive ways. Give both a try.


This is an opportunity to set logic aside and allow actions to be guided by feelings alone. Irrational? Perhaps. But in certain matters, logic does not apply. Be romantic. Be spiritual. This moment is a chance to see romance as an expression of spirituality, and vice-versa.


How fulfilling is your work? If you’re going through the motions, this card challenges you to get back in touch with what delights you. Find a way to integrate your labor with your dreams. If you’re already fulfilled, watch for an opportunity to take your satisfaction to the next level.


On rare occasions, Heaven opens, and the Hand of God offers us the opportunity to experience unexpected spiritual highs. Pay close attention to the events around you; one is a seed—an opportunity to be uniquely and totally immersed in the work and power of Spirit.

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