What does the ace of cups tarot card mean?

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The ace of cups is part of the Minor Arcana deck of tarot cards and is part of the Cups suit.

Keywords: new love, romance, emotion, pleasure


The suit of Cups is the Tarot equivalent of the  suit of Hearts in a pack of playing cards, so it’s no surprise that the theme of this suit revolves around emotions, relationships, connections, and love.

As with all the Aces in the Tarot, the Ace of Cups represents the beginning of a new cycle or journey. Drawing this card signifies the beginning of a love story. You are about to embark on a new romance or friendship and this relationship will be full of emotion and potential. You feel a special, deep connection with this person, almost as if you have met them before, perhaps in a past life. This card also focuses on creative energy and expression, and suggests now is the time to share your innermost feelings with those around you. There is also a hint at fertility with the Ace of Cups, but whether this is a literal birth or a metaphorical one depends on the other cards in your hand.

Reverse Keywords: Repressed emotions, bitterness, disenchantment

Reverse Meaning

Reversed, the Ace of Cups signifies the possible end of a relationship. You may have recently ended a romance or friendship, or have been considering making the move for a while now. There has been some emotional distress and bitterness, and the best thing to do for yourself is to cut ties before things get people get too hurt. Of course the end of a relationship, whether it’s romantic or platonic, is always upsetting. However, the Ace of Cups is a message to try not to be too emotional about the decision, as it will benefit you in the long run.  

Other Minor Arcana Cards (in the Cups suit)