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Ace of Cups

Judgement Tarot Card
What does the Judgement Tarot Card mean?
  • By Gemma Irias
  • Published: 08/07/20 1:47 AM EDT
  • Updated: 08/09/20 8:49 PM EDT
What does the Judgement Tarot Card mean?

Ace of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

Element: Water

Function: Feelings, love, spirituality, creativity

There is a white hand protruding from a cloud. In it, sits a golden cup with the letter W, or perhaps even an inverted M. If it is a W, it can stand for water or woman, if it is an M, the Moon of man, alternatively, it could be both. Below the cup, there is a body of water with a lotus and a lily pads gently floating. The cup is overflowing as if replenishing the water. The water flows in 5 streams and 25 droplets, a creative use of the number 5 streams multiplied by itself leads to 25 droplets.

A dove appears to be diving towards the cup. This symbol of the Holy Spirit carries a Eucharist in its beak, almost ready to dip it in the water. The Eucharist is a representation of the Body of Christ. The blending of man into a god and vice versa, the spirt morphing into flesh as to become a person. As the host presents itself going into the cup, we see a clear sign of the sexual acts of a man and a woman in order to create life. Taking a sip from the cup is more than just gaining creative potential, you are tasting the mysteries of existence.

This card is a strong card regarding emotions and one’s ability to explore them as water is a symbol of emotion. The Ace of Cups offers love, compassion, and understanding. Following this, there is a taste of imagination. If you can’t see beyond your own perspectives, you won’t be able to imagine. There is no tight grip on the cup, instead, it is softly offered to the viewer. The cup is not on display but is being presented as a gift.

In the very far distance, life grows on a green hill. To reach this, you would have to cross the water. It shows that in order to start fresh and bring the water to land, you must pass through the ups and downs of life, the cycles, and the experience that comes with it.

This is what makes the Cup suit unique. The Wands and Swords can both be used and brandished, the Pentacle or Coin suit can be traded, but it’s the Cups that are used for taking things from one location to another. Though it is frequently water, it doesn’t necessarily have to be. The Ace of Cups is like the heart, full of emotion and spiritual experience if you are willing to take it.

When Reversed:

In this position, it is often a sign that you are running in the opposite direction of your emotions, or you deny how you feel. You might be unable to express your true feelings, or you just don’t want to. This means that you haven’t been able to develop a spiritual life, nor have you managed to grow spiritually. You might fear being exposed or trying to cope with things that can’t be controlled.

In the reversed position, it might also suggest there is someone in your life who is unable to control their feelings and may display moments of moodiness or instability. Emotions don’t run deep in this person, but you may see it in shallow bursts. You may find that life is challenging at the moment and you are coping with numerous feelings that don’t combine well.


You will have gone through an experience that will have opened your heart. This could have been emotional or spiritual, but it has steered you to where you are today. It may have also been a time of great passion or creativity.


For the present, you could be experiencing something new. It might be a new job or meeting a new person. However, it could also be the beginning of a spiritual journey.


There will be a battle ahead but you will get past this as long as you keep going. It will result in an emotional breakthrough and a closer awareness of your emotions.

Yes/No Question:

The answer will be yes.

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