Ace of Cups


Key words

Upright: new feelings, emotional expression, intuition

Reversed: repressed emotions, creative block, lack of connection


A hand emerges from clouds in the gray sky, presenting a golden chalice in its palm. Five streams of water spill out of the chalice into the water below. A white dove places a sacramental wafer into the chalice. Lily pads float upon serene waters below as leaves float down to the water. 


1: Potential, beginnings, opportunity, inspiration, creation


With imagery reminiscent of baptism, the Ace of Cups indicates a fresh start— perhaps in a new relationship or friendship. You may also find spiritual fulfillment in a creative hobby or project. The Ace of Cups can also indicate a desire for emotional connection. Extend a hand to friends, family, or other loved ones and tell them how much you appreciate them. You’ll receive the same sentiments in return and will feel closer to the person as a result.  


You may be holding back in a new relationship or creative endeavor, perhaps because you fear failure or getting hurt. The Ace of Cups can also represent a creative block. Take time to build your connection with yourself before turning that energy outward. You could do this through journaling, meditation, or another practice that helps you get in touch with your intuition. You might reach out to a trusted friend or other loved one to talk about what’s holding you back— they may be able to provide some affirmation and boost your confidence.