Ace of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

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Ace of Cups Tarot Card
Meanings and Keywords:


Being connected to Spirit.

A new relationship.

A creative pursuit.

Happiness. Feeling whole.

Being connected to your heart and soul.

Channeling. Intuition.

Seeking the deeper meaning of life.



Anger, rage, hate.



Symbolism in Ace of Cups tarot card

The five streams pouring out of the cup represent the five senses, sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch. The hand that appears from the cloud represents the right hand of divinity, symbolising our divine gift. The cloud symbolises movement and the changeable. The sky symbolises the unchangeable, eternity and the Infinite. The dove represents the holy spirit and the divine nature within us all. The water represents our divine spirit in our human temporary form. The sea symbolises our group consciousness. The lotus flower symbolises good fortune and pure spirit.

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Ace of cups in a general reading

Ace of cups is the tarot card for new love, compassion, joy, and creativity. If this card shows up with Ace of Pentacles it often denotes moving in together in a relationship. Ace of Cups speaks of emotional fulfillment. If you are asking about a new job then this card will tell you that you will be loving what you do and that the new job role is creative. When this card shows up you can trust your guidance and intuition as the power of spirit within you is strong. Ace of cups tarot card can also mean forgiveness.

Ace of cups in a love reading

In a love reading, Ace of cups tarot card denotes meeting someone who deeply touches your soul. It also means you will forgive someone, or receive forgiveness and have a renewal in relationships.

Ace of cups in a career reading

In a career reading, Ace of cups tarot card signifies work in the beauty industry, tourism, and hospitality. Ace of cups tarot card also speaks of spiritual work.

Learn what Ace of cups tarot card means in the grand tableau.

Ace of cups as Feelings

Ace of cups speaks of the need to love someone. This is love that needs to reconcile and make peace with what could have been a difficult situation. Ace of cups as how someone is feeling about you can denote the person feels they need to make peace with you. There is still love there.

Personality types in Ace of Cups tarot card

Ace of cups tarot card denotes a deeply spiritual and connected person. This is someone who loves deeply. They follow their intuition and are very creative people. They make good decisions due to their instincts. They always listen to their inner voice. They believe home is where the heart is and once they find it they never turn their back on it. Ace of cups people has a depth to them that gives them substance and wisdom beyond their years. They are very romantic and joyful. They have an enormous ability to love which shines through them. They often have a special light in their eyes. Many become healers and psychics.

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Ace of Cups tarot card meanings reversed

Ace of cups tarot card reversed indicates blocked creativity and blocked emotions. Access to the subconscious mind and psychic ability is also blocked. The cup is spilled empty which can denote the seeker being emotionally drained. Ace of cups tarot card reversed often shows up when the Seeker needs to forgive someone.

Personality types in reversed Ace of Cups tarot card

Ace of cups tarot card reversed indicates someone engulfed in toxic emotions like guilt, resentment, and hatred. They are blocked on all levels by their emotions and find it hard to concentrate. They are often so stressed that they have no energy to stay connected to themselves nor anyone else. This is someone drained and tired, and they only get up in the morning due to anger and rage. They are afraid of the truth and often turn to lies and manipulations. They feel alone and abandoned and wonder why they are here on planet earth. They appreciate little in their life and are left depressed and angry.

Ace Of Cups Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including Ace of cups:

Ace of cups + Ace of pentacles: Moving in with someone. Finding long-lasting love. 

Ace of cups + Two of pentacles: Turning your career into a creative venture. 

Ace of cups + Three of pentacles: Loving your job. Creative job. 

Ace of cups + Eight of pentacles: Art school. Learning a new creative skill. 

Ace of cups + Ten of pentacles: Original family. 

Ace of cups + Page of pentacles: Physical beauty. 

Ace of cups + Queen of pentacles: Interior designs. A new home. 

Ace of cups + Ace of swords: Spiritual love. 

Ace of cups + Five of swords: Sabotaging beliefs about love. 

Ace of cups + Knight of swords: An inspirational person. 

Ace of cups + Queen of swords: Hiding your feelings. 

Ace of cups + Two of wands: Making an intuitive decision. Manifesting love. Ready for love.  

Ace of cups + Three of wands: Creative writing. 

Ace of cups + Four of wands: A spiritual community. 

Ace of cups + Ten of wands: A busy routine blocking creativity. 

Ace of cups + Knight of wands: Spiritual teacher. 

Ace of cups + Queen of wands: An artist. 

Ace of cups + Two of cups: A new romance. 

Ace of cups + Six of cups: Rekindled love. 

Ace of cups + Queen of cups: Spiritual writing. Channeling. 

Ace of cups + King of cups: Deep love. 

Ace of cups + The Fool: Pregnancy. 

Ace of cups + The Magician: Beauty industry. 

Ace of cups + High priestess: Psychic powers. Mediumship. 

Ace of cups + The Emperor: Emotional stability. 

Ace of cups + The Devil: IVF. Plastic surgery. Fear-based emotions.

Ace of cups + The Chariot: An island. 

Ace of cups + Judgement: Forgiveness. Inner peace. 

Ace of cups tarot card meanings summary:

Ace of cups tarot card meanings are derived from its potential to create something truly remarkable. There is love flowing into your life, and it can come in ways you may not have been ready for. Suddenly you have the opportunity to have something wonderful, and that scares a lot of people. Welcome, it with open arms. Your life was never meant to be hard. It is meant to flow and be fun and meaningful. Sometimes we have to put ourselves out there more, and if you have received the ace of cups you are ready to receive love, affection, and a deeper connection. 

Find out how Ace of cups can denote where someone lives. 

Learn the Meanings of the Suit of Cups Tarot Cards Here.

Learn the Meanings of Ace of Wands, Ace of Pentacles, and Ace of Swords. 

Learn the meaning of the Number 1 in Numerology Here. 

71 thoughts on “Ace of Cups Tarot Card Meanings”

  1. Inger, I got an ace of cups reversed for my relationship. we had a disagreement on an issue with my partner and we have not connected after that. he has not contacted me since. and even I feel drained. I do not know where I stand now
    does this mean and end to the relationship? I did get the world and the magician for us as outcome.

  2. When a tarot card is showing up reversed, it can be a good idea to go to the card before for an advice how to solve it…because ace of cups is the first card, it reverts back to King of cups. King of cups can help turn ace of cup upright, so basically, that means work on your friendship. King of cups represents having a romantic relationship that is also your best friend. I pulled a card for you and I got 2 of wands, which tells me you will end up seeing you actually want the same thing. :)

  3. hi Inger
    I did not understand your statement regarding the two of wands “which tells me you will end up seeing you actually want the same thing.”
    are u saying friendship only or a romantic relationship??
    can you please elaborate?

  4. Hi, Angie. With the 8 of pentacles, there is a strong emphasis on learning, especially creative learning since it is next to Ace of cups. I think the cards are telling there is a creative and even artistic side to someone that needs to be explored. It could be explored together, or one part will need the space to create in this relationship.

  5. Hi Inger,
    My partner and i have broken up and i asked the cards what the future was of our relationship. I got 2 of cups for future and ace of cups and world for the outcome.
    Could you shine some light on this for me? Im thinking either we will re-connect or I will meet someone new. Im hoping its the first option but this is why im looking for outside persective.
    Cheers xx

  6. Hello, when asking about a potential male partner i get the Queen of Discs, Ace of Cups and 8 of wands. what is this saying about the person I’m asking about or the relationship?

  7. I asked the cards what’s the best approach for me with my intimate partner who I have been dealing with for almost 2 years. We r not committed but he knows I love him. However every time we get close he pulls back. The situation is very complicated but I pulled 3 cards and a signifier. I got the ace of cups reversed, lovers reversed, and the queen of swords reversed. My signifiers is the queen of wands upright. I’m an Aries sun scorpio rising. He’s a Scorpio. I can’t seem to figure out what it’s telling me. Can you help? I’m still learning how to interject combinations

  8. Queen of wands sums it up. This denotes you need someone who adores you and someone who doesn’t pull back. You are being kept in the dark and at arm’s length. All the reversed cards indicate he has intimacy issues, and it will take a long time to get close to him. By the time you get there, you could have been getting seriously hurt and scarred in the process.

  9. Hello.
    What does ‘original family’ mean with the combination listed above (Ace of cups + Ten of pentacles: Original family. )?

  10. Hello,

    i asked my universal tarot: what will be the outcome of our Relationship?
    Ace of cups -page of Swords -10 of pentacles

    I am confused, I read the cards as a story, I mean in chronological order so I don’t know how to interpret the page of Swords here. Is It simply forgiveness or rewewal of the relationship will lead to mental dexterity to establish a stable and traditional Relationship? I also read those cards as news of a pregnancy. Page indicating a child.
    Could you tell me what is your opinion about It?
    Thank you so much Inger

  11. Laurence, these are wonderful cards. Page of swords means you will grow closer, and you will be comfortable being your total true selves, and accept each other completely. This is strengthened by ace of cups and ten of pentacles.

  12. Hi Inger, I’ve searched all over online for 2 days and can’t seem to find this card combination: Ace of Cups, clarified by Strength, no reversals. The question was, what will person A feel about person B when meeting face-to-face? I asked this question the first time, got Ace of Cups. Didn’t understand it, asked again, got the Ace of Cups again! This time clarified it with Strength. Thank you.

  13. Ace of cups speaks of feeling being awakened, and the strength card speaks of passion, and person A and person B most likely have a lot in common which creates a bond between them.

  14. Inger Bråthen, please help me make sense of my 3-card spread. I got a three card spread of XIV Temperance, followed by a reversed Ace of Cups, followed by a Six of Cups… I’m not sure about what I gathered from it… I was asking about the chance of a future relationship, wether or not it would be a long/successful one…

  15. Hi Inger,
    hate to bother you yet again but please could someone help me with this? they guy I asked you about right? I pulled two cards 2 of wands 1st and to clarify the ace of cups 2nd. I was supposed to attend an event this evening where he’d be but I can’t go.

    I asked “what will his reaction be to my absence?” What could this mean?

  16. hi! thanks forthis website, i love reading your interpretations :) i was wondering what your thoughts are about ace of cups as feelings clarified with the devil? ace of cups seems like such a promising card to me relationship wise! the devil is really throwing me for a loop tho!

  17. Hi, I’ve got the Ace of Cups with the King of Pentacles, I’ve didn’t find the interpretation for this combination, anyone could give me any idea? Thanks

  18. Hi! I had a reading done recently about my ex and I. We broke up in March but I’ve been seeing him recently in the month of July. My questions were “Why am I seeing my ex around lately?” & “Are him and I soulmates?” The first question I got the Ace of Cups and the second answer to the second question I got the Justice card. Can you help elaborate on this meaning?

  19. Good morning Inga I did a soul mate spread to help figure out where my soul mate is and when a connection will be made. Can you give what your feelings are in this spread as I got the ace’s I am single and on a journey to connect with twin flame and no one els. I feel he is not far and when tarot readers tell me his near by he never seems to come to light, my latest prediction is 10 months time and well meet through work. Can I bring him in sooner or do I leave it to destiny. What does the star and lovers mean? and is my Soul Mate abroad.

    Card 1: Ace of swords Ten of pentacles
    Card 2: Nine of cups Ten of wands
    Card 3: Past life Lovers Star
    Card 4: Family and friend connection with Soulmate. Page of cups queen of cups
    Card 5: Where is your Soulmate Six of swords Eight of pentacles
    Card 6: Who is your Soulmate, Moon Ace of wands
    Card 7: Destiny of relationship.Strength ace of cups

  20. You could have had past lives on other planets, and I feel your soulmate feels this is a strange planet. I feel your soulmate will need your support in this lifetime to feel that this is a good place to be. I feel like your soulmate is on a journey to find himself and will connect with you through people and activities where you are fulfilling yourself also. :)

  21. Hi I did a 2 card spread regarding my relationship & if it will work out as we have been arguing lately. I pulled the Ace of Cups and the Page of Swords.

  22. Hi there! My ex and I have recently started seeing each other again. I pulled three cards on how he feels about me- Ace of Cups Rx, The Star and the Queen of Pentacles. Any feedback would tremendously! Thanks!

  23. Hi Inger, what does the ace of cups, fool, and world means in a love reading? The question was about a guy I dated years back and wanted to know if we have a connection. I don’t see him anymore but I do talk to him from time to time. I will appreciate your input.

  24. Hi Inger,

    I did a love spread on my husband and am having trouble interpreting the results. Your perspective on the cards would be greatly appreciated. :) Here is what I pulled:

    Me – The High Priestess
    My partner – Judgement Reversed
    Connection (what brought us together) – The Tower Reversed
    Relationship strengths – Justice Reversed
    Relationship weaknesses – Knight of Swords
    True love (if the relationship can be successful/areas that need to be addressed) – Ace of Cups Reversed

  25. Hi. You are getting a lot of reversed cards which can mean you need to take a step back and reassess everything. You could be feeling numb emotionally since Ace of cups showed up reversed. I also feel the issues you are facing in your relationship has to do with some unresolved issues from before you met, and this can be the case for you both, and you could be projecting onto each other.

  26. Thank you for looking at the cards for me! I think you may be right about us projecting onto each other. I’ve been feeling like he is, and I’ll have to take some time to consider how I may be as well. It’s tough to see through your own projections. :)
    One thing I’ve noticed is that when we argue, especially when I’m the instigator, at the crux of it we both seem to be hurt in the same way and asking for the same thing, which frustates me because I then feel as though my needs never get addressed. That probably makes me sound selfish, but to put it in context, one of my main issues with him is feeling like he makes everything about him, constantly criticizes and puts me down, and strongly demands what he needs from me while giving very little. Then on the rare occasions where I struggle to assert my own needs, he flips it back on me by saying he wants the same.
    We’ve actually been together since we were teenagers, but separated a couple years ago for over a year. As soon as I felt like I might be ready to date again he swooped back in, and even though I knew I needed more time alone to heal from other, unrelated wounds, I’ve never been able to resist him. We promised to start fresh and not hold on to past grudges, but that obviously didn’t last. And I do feel numb, both from other issues, and from how insensitive he’s been. I definitely feel like I don’t have anything left to give. I guess the cards I pulled all fit but I was hoping for a different answer, one that maybe showed a light at the end of the tunnel. Right now I feel like it’s hopeless. :(

  27. Hello, I got ace of cups, two of cups, the fool and 2 pentacles in that order, so not sure how to read these together. Grateful for any insight. Thanks, Sue

  28. Hi, Susan. This card combination speaks of a lot of focus on a relationship that is both exciting and unpredictable, and there will be a lot of spiritual growth happening very quickly.

  29. Hi Inger, I am at loss to how to interprate my Cards. I am asking if divorce is good for both of us (me and my husband). We are not fighting or in bad term. It just we are going to our separate ways and there is no longer feeling of passion between us.
    I do the one card reading. I prefer choosing the flying card. So I got King of Sword and Ace Of Cups. I drawed the Strength card for clarification for the Ace of Cups. I know Ace of Cups is New Relationship, but in the same time its renewal of relationship. This is what confuse me. Is it an advice to renew the relationship instead of divorcing?

  30. Hi, Edwina. If you let me know the day you are born and the month you are born (dont need year) then I can check that you are not in a year of 5. When people are in a year of 5 they often want to be free from commitment only to regret it later on.

  31. Hi, Edwina. Last year you were in a year cycle of 5, now you are in a year cycle of 6 which is normally very family and relationship oriented, so if you feel this way now than it can mean you will choose to separate. Sometimes a separation will make it more clear how you really feel as well. If you send me your husbands and yours I can check your compatibility in the numbers. Here is a spread you can also try:

    Card 1, 2 and 3. The main reason behind the divorce.

    Card 4. What did the marriage teach me.

    Card 5. What is the divorce teaching me.

    Card 6. What is the most important lesson that I need to know.

    Card 7. The next big love in my life (new partners show up here).

    Card 8. The best way forward.

  32. Hi Inger, My D.o.b is 27th of May 1977 and my husband’s is 3rd of April 1980.

    My Spread is below:
    Card 1 : Ace of Swords
    Card 2: The Chariot
    Card 3: King of Pentacles
    Card 4: Eight of Cups
    Card 5: Nine of Wands
    Card 6: Ten of Pentacles
    Card 7: The Sun
    Card 8: Three of Swords

  33. Hi Edwina. Looking at your DOBs you have triple 7 in your numerology grid. That means you are sacrificing a lot in your life and you have most likely gone throug a lot of hard life lessons. You are a 2 life path and 2 life paths need to be in harmony and in a happy relationship. Your husband is a 7 in numerology so that can mean he can be a bit of a lone wolf at times. 7 life paths need to be spiritual to be happy, and if he is not spiritual, he most likely will be very cynical instead. 2 and 7 can be a challenge to each other in numerology, though, you most likely have had good chemistry.

    Card 1, 2 and 3. The main reason behind the divorce. Ace of swords, The chariot, king of pentacles. You are moving forward into a new life (possibly a new relationship?)

    Card 4. What did the marriage teach me. Eight of cups. It taught you what is really important to you and what you really want out of life.

    Card 5. What is the divorce teaching me. Nine of wands. This divorce is teaching you to be strong. You are stronger than you realise.

    Card 6. What is the most important lesson that I need to know. Ten of pentacles. That you have family support.

    Card 7. The next big love in my life (new partners show up here). The Sun. A social and happy and very outgoing and fun person. This is your true love, I feel.

    Card 8. The best way forward. Three of swords. A separation will give you the clarity you need right now.

  34. Hi Inger, I do a lot of hard lessons during my youth until now, I experienced fall from grace, scandal that tarnish my image and name, difficult relationship and power play and I almost got my self in depression. . In 2014, I am in my personal number 4 year. I am in a very stressful situation, financial and marriage problem, When I can’t take it anymore because the problem is involving my small children, I take a drastic change in my life. I quit my job, and move back to my parents house. I really want to start all over again. I just don’t care with or without my husband, I have to pull myself back. Starting with that move, me and my children live separately with my husband. It is not that we fight, It just that he want to find a job in his hometown and I am glad he is away. I let him free, free doing whatever he like but I hate. I won’t interfere his new founded freedom. Which is good for both of us.
    When I drawed the cards, I got the Ace of swords, The chariot, King of Pentacles, moving forward into a new life is what I really wanted. I don’t care if there is a possibility of new relationship, If it is what I have to experience, experience the real true love, then so be it. I welcome it with an open heart.
    For me what is important in marriage is Love and stability in financial. When people said that money is not everything, I find it plausible. Money is important, money problem can draw two people apart.
    Card no 6:Ten of Pentacle. I am so lucky to have a supporting family, My mom, my siblings, and my in laws, I am stay sane because of that supports.
    This separating that is going on for sometime, gave me back my freedom that I lost and I am happy again. It is important for me.
    But when I saw the Three of Swords card, it is heart broken card isn’t it? Am I about to enter the heart broken situation if I choose to Divorce? Because right now I think I am pass that stage, I am not letting myself into that situation again if I can help it.
    Thank you very much Inger for giving me an insight here. Bless be upon you.

  35. Hi, Edwina. I think the 3 of swords card is reminding you to take extra care of yourself in the future due to everything you have been through. That being said, don’t let past hurt prevent you from enjoying a loving relationship in the future. There is a lot to process and you have come far into the healing process already.

  36. What does it mean if you Ask a Question. That said Will I find my Twinflame soon? And the cards that appeared were The Ace of Cups and the king of Cups.

  37. In a reading I did for myself, I got the Queen of Cups and next to her the King of Cups. As they are facing different ways I thought I should clarify the pair with another card and I drew the Ace of Cups. Can someone please tell me what this means? Much Love

  38. Hi Inger,
    I always ask about “life in general” and last week I got
    Queen of Pentacles, Ace of cups and Empress twice!
    However, in different order. My boyfriend’s best friend’s wife just got pregnant,
    I see them rarely, but my boyfriend is close to his buddy. There are too
    Many cards with females in there to be talking about them, no?
    This week i kept getting the combination 9 of cups & 9 of pentacles … I
    have no money right now ;-.( Last 2 days: ace of cups & ace of pentacles
    And today the four of sword in the mix (indeed I want a day or two alonetime
    to “generate” positive financial vibes, haha).
    Your impressions would be very much appreciated as always!
    All the best,

  39. Hi. I think your card combinations speaks of your finances. Queen of pentacles with Ace of cups can indicate a creative idea you can monetize, especially with Empress. Empress confirms you are a very capable and creative person. You can do well in many industries because of your attention to details and you make the environment you are in a positive one. The lifestyle industry could be your niche (9 of cups + 9 of pentacles).

  40. Dear Inger,
    very happy to hear from you, thank you !!!
    sounds good, more like “what my personality is” and I’d say that I used to be passive and some people
    even say/said that about me. The Empress has a receptive nature instead of active, no?
    I took someone’s advice 2weeks ago and to try to actively go for situations to “create” the moneyflow
    so to speak. However I am trying really hard not to send out “I need money” vibes,
    rather than turning them into “I feel gratitude”. I feel I am on the right track, even though I do have my
    highly doubtful and even angry moments, but maybe as if an “ingredient” is missing , however am clueless what that could be … perhaps even only energywise.
    Any idea? Is it maybe too much female energy?! Or are the cards saying “more” ?! By the way attention to detail is my venus in virgo ;-.)
    All the best,

  41. Hi Inger,
    I received the king of cups, ace of cups and 5 of swords in regards to money and how to increase wealth to help my new family. Any thoughts?

  42. Hi, Ivory. You are most likely a healer and are being guided to go in the direction of the wellness and healing industry. What area are you working in currently or interested in working in?

  43. Update, for clarification I pulled the death card.

    I’m feeling a little blank about the change or ending that may come.
    Like Ivory, I have been also trying to be positive and put out a vibe that money loves me and I am grateful for what I have

  44. This can mean dong clutter clearing and shifting old stuff out of your house, and selling it on ebay etc. Go through your drawers and create storing spaces. This will open up for abundance. King of cups speaks of being very naturally gifted at pretty much anything you put your mind to, and next to ace of cups, you could be starting something new that is very competitive in nature (5 of swords).

  45. Dear Inger,

    I’ve been healing from the past, and I gave a client some spiritual
    book recommendations last week as he had a burnout and I really
    put some thought into this guys situation. Also I know people close & not so close who have medical issues right now and I like to send at least one of them uplifting gifts in the post often. Maybe you were picking up on that.
    Your first post was really right on (lifestyle) and I think I figured out the missing piece/energy/vibe,
    however that needed to be from a different source, I believe as balance. I know it sounds a Bit abstract.
    Thank you for the good vibe and reply. I always like your positive attitude in your interpretations
    On your site and in your youtube videos. Well done!
    Have a happy week!

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