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Ace of Cups (transmuting emotion)

Today’s Card: Ace of Cups, reversed (analysis courtesy of

Card Symbology
The Ace of Cups has numerous spiritual symbols represented. The hand appearing from the clouds represents the “breaking into” our consciousness of spiritual energy and influence. The white hand has radiating rays all around it. You must always trust your inner feelings as it is an inner voice and your heart will lead the way. This is your intuitiveness and power talking to you. The hand holds a single cup or chalice which overflows with five streams of water. The five streams represent the abundance and power of the spirit and the effect of spiritual energy upon our five senses. A dove with a wafer or host in its mouth descends from above signifying the incarnation and appearance of the spirit in the material world. Below the hand is a great sea covered with lotus blossoms, a symbol of the awakening of the human spirit. The cup has an upside down M or a W inscribed on it.

Card Meaning

Upright, this card represents the feeling of when we are about to burst with all our overflowing emotions, whether it be with complete laughter or tears. Sometimes you get so excited you could bounce around the house screaming out in ecstasy. Or sometimes the pain surrounding you is so great that all you can do is burst into tears.

The reversed Ace of Cups is therefore the opposite to this feeling of bursting emotions, and can mean one of many things.

Firstly, the card may call on you to curb your emotions somewhat for your greater benefit. For example, ending a relationship may spur you on to wanting to cry and cry for days on end. But what the Ace of Cups reversed tells us is that in order to heal, we really need to push back the tears and fight on in order to retain a balance.

Alternatively, the Ace of Cups could suggest that you have repressed your feelings too long and it is now the time to release them. You may have kept your excitement quiet about the prospect of a new job, in fear of it failing, but now is the time to let those emotions run free. Or, you may have bottled up so many emotional thoughts that you have become almost void of feeling true emotions. Which end of the scale does the Ace of Cups represent to you? Do you need to hold in your emotions right now, or release them?