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The Card of the Day: The Ace of Cups (Reversed)
“Replenish your spirit.”
The Ace of Cups represents love, renewal, and rebirth. This card reminds you that love surrounds you from all directions. North, South, East, West, ahead, behind, within, without, in what you can perceive, and in mysteries too divine to comprehend. If you are looking for inner peace, then love is what you need to reconnect with. All the religions talk about it. Love is everywhere…and yet sometimes it’s tricky to perceive. All of the poets, artists, and singers try to capture it. Love permeates everything, and yet sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees.
When is the last time you gave yourself over to feeling overwhelming love? Has your cup felt like it’s running on empty? Were you taught that “true love” only exists after you find the right person, blinding you to love’s reality?
A heavenly dove flies down from above, bringing a message of peace and hope. The dove has been associated with love and the spirit realm in countless traditions. To the Greeks it was a symbol of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty. To the Christian’s it was God’s messenger, the Holy Spirit. The dove represents the realm of the spiritual, and the supernatural. An angelic hand offers the large cup overflowing with divine love. It streams into a pond of lotus flowers, symbols for enlightenment. Love “en-lightens.” This means it literally lightens our burdens, from within. The “W” on the cup could symbolize the cardinal direction West. The West is the realm of the element of water. It is also the direction the sun sets in. This reminds you that every sorrowful ending, is always followed by a joyful new beginning.
The dove carries the equal armed cross, a symbol of the four cardinal directions: North, South, East, and West. This reminds us that love is everywhere. It’s in every culture, every country and every place that you can imagine. The cross also creates an “X.” “Every child knows that X marks the spot” for hidden treasure. The treasure in this case is your center, your spirit, and your totally unique essence. The divine cup is always being offered, even if you feel so overcome with troubles that it’s difficult to perceive it.
Today, if you find yourself unhappy with the current conditions you are experiencing, it could be because you forget to let love be the answer. It’s time to open yourself to love. You absolutely deserve it. Love, peace and joy is your natural state. It’s in your core and at your center. You can return to this center, especially in the midst of sorrows and difficulties. Love is the voice within that gives you the reassurance that, “Everything will be fine, because you are forever, not this particular situation.” Try addressing your current problems by releasing it to love. Watch how easily it all resolves. This is because you are no longer fighting against your true nature.
Turn to love as the solution, and watch the miracles start to happen.
If the Ace of Cups appears reversed it reminds you that pouring your energy into what brings you joy, is never wasted energy. You would think that a cup turned upside-down would lead to emptiness, but this image turned on its head is actually refilling the pond. The cup pours its waters toward the dove, a universal symbol for spirit. Energy (symbolized by the water) that is spent on the pursuits of your spirit (the dove) actually replenishes you (the pond) and is never wasted. The “W” on the card also becomes an “M.” Most languages across the globe start their word for “mother” with the letter “M.” The Mother is the ultimate archetype of nurturing. Perhaps you are being reminded to lovingly nurture yourself, to replenish the source of your energy. Today, if you feel your mood is low, or if you need to feel a burst of renewed energy, then it is time to nurture your spirit. Pour your energy into what you love today…what really brings you joy. Stop depriving yourself of enjoying the moment by letting “how busy you are” be your excuse. Do something you enjoy today, more still, do something that feeds your spirit. Is it a book that has special meaning? Do you feel nurtured by immersing yourself in a subject that you love to get lost in? Is it your joy found through connecting with nature? Does art make you feel good? Allow yourself to dive into an activity purely for your enjoyment. It’s time to replenish your spirit.
“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” -Marthe Troly-Curtin
(This quote was falsely attributed to another free spirit, John Lennon)
The Card of the Day: The King of Swords (Reversed)
The Card of the Day: The Eight of Wands
The Ace of Cups is a welcome card, but if it shows up in a spread in the reversed position, it can give you a shock. No love? No friendship? Your emotions spilled across the landscape, drying up and leaving you isolated for the rest of time? No, not really. While the Ace of Cups reversed can indicate that something love- or emotion-related isn’t going to follow the path you’d hoped it would, it also signals that you’ve got some very good opportunities coming up to help right your situation.
The Card’s Basic Energy
It’s best to start with a brief look at the upright energy of the card, or the energy the card is usually associated with. In general, the Ace of Cups upright signals new love — not necessarily romantic — and new emotional connections. It’s a beginning and a very positive card for most people; the only real “negative” connotation is that the beginning means something else has ended or will end. But the serenity of the suit of Cups indicates that this beginning, whatever it is, will be most welcome.
The Cups suit deals with emotions and has water as its element, showing how emotions can flow when unhindered. And this is where seeing a reversed Cups card can give you a clue; imagine emotions bottled up, blocked by rocks, the tangled branches of a natural dam, or even the solid structure of a human-built dam. The flowing water builds up, unable to really go anywhere unless some of that water is carefully released. The alternatives are the dam overflowing or bursting. For those of you familiar with the internet hashtags of #FEELINGSART or #FEELINGSMAIL (and additional iterations of that FEELINGS hashtag), this is exactly what leads to that overflow or busting through of emotions in a way that feels freeing to you but alarming as heck to the recipient or observer.
As corny as it sounds, love is the basic emotion as shown by this new love starting off the suit. You could look at all other emotions as a version of the presence or lack of love. So while the Ace of Cups may just be about connection, there’s an undercurrent of love and happiness coloring the interpretation.
So You Pulled the Reversed Version
You’ll come across two types of interpretations for the reversed Ace of Cups. One is short and not so sweet, while the other takes a longer view.
The short version is pretty much emotional blockage. No love, no connections. Maybe your crush rebuffs your hints at a date, or you feel alone while you see others around you interacting with ease and love. It can be the student who sees all of his or her classmates in their groups of friends while that one student has no social life. Or you’ve moved to a new neighborhood only to find the neighbors are kind of standoffish. No wonder the Ace of Cups reversed doesn’t elicit good feelings.
But when you look at the wider view, you find ways to work with the meaning and not see it as so negative. If an ace means a beginning, a reversed ace could be a beginning that seems rocky or one where the ending of the last phase hasn’t been so clear; in the case of the Ace of Cups reversed, the emotional impact of the transition that you expected — to a friendly neighborhood, to a new job where you’re free of that aggressive co-worker, to a new relationship — isn’t being expressed in the way you thought it would be.
Your new job might make you free of that aggressive co-worker only to find that your new clients are just as bad, making you feel like the universe wants you to be a target. Maybe you confessed to your crush that you like them, and got a positive response, only to find that all of a sudden, the crush is “busy” and rarely talks to you.
But seeing that possibility gives you a couple of opportunities. The imagery of an Ace of Cups is often a cup with streams of water flowing over the top, signaling all-encompassing joy. The Ace of Cups reversed, then, has water falling out of an overturned cup — but in many decks, those streams that were flowing over the side and onto the ground have reversed and are now flowing upward. (Free of the “gravity” of the situation, if you will. Pun fully intended.)
So, while you have the initial shock of “Oh my gosh, this isn’t what I expected at all,” you can now start to move on. Why waste your time pining after someone who may be stringing you along? Mourn the loss, and find someone better when you’re ready to date again. Your new clients are worse than your old co-worker? OK, try to identify patterns in the workplaces and in yourself that could have connected you to those situations, and see how you can identify them ahead of time as you look for a new job. Don’t worry about wasted time or effort. Someone who spills water out of a cup onto dirt doesn’t spend time trying to squeeze the water out of the dirt and back into the cup; they mutter their favorite expletive and go get some fresh water.
You also have the opportunity to make something of the situation. Maybe you are dealing with a new city where you know no one, and no one seems interested in you at all, except to sell you things. You don’t have to move to a new town, you just have to make new efforts to find your group. If your last city was full of friendly people, and you didn’t have to do much to meet new friends, here’s your chance to take the reins. Don’t sit back and mope; join new activities. Find new places. And most of all, find that friendship inside yourself because really, the saying about your insides matching your outsides is true.
So if you pull the Ace of Cups reversed, yes, there could be something emotionally blocked or stunted going on, or you may find such a situation in the future. But it’s not the end of the world (and even the World card reversed isn’t the end of the world, so you know with a mere ace card you’ll be fine). Keep an eye out, or be proactive and start planning a new beginning past whatever is currently holding your attention. And most of all, realize that even rocky floodwaters subside and calm down.
Like other tarot cards, the position of the card in the spread, the type of spread you’re using, and how the question is phrased all affect the interpretation. If you’ve got a situation that’s bothering you, or you’re looking for some insight into a future move, get an online tarot reading at Keen to get help interpreting the reverse Ace of Cups meaning today.