The Ace of Cups is the bliss of unconditional love that so few of us know how to contain for extended periods of time. Because to contain it we must wish it upon every single living being. Bliss is something we can only experience more of once we realise deeply and live the reality that we all belong to each other.
The Ace of Cups is also the cup of communion with Christ. The question we each must answer for ourselves when this card shows up is, ‘What satisfies our thirst for deep spiritual communion with the Divine?’
“Now may every living thing, young or old,
weak or strong, living near or far, known or
unknown, living or departed or yet unborn,
may every living thing be full of bliss.”
~ The Dhammapada
Falling in love and devotion
In a Tarot reading, the Ace of Cups signifies a new emotional beginning and an opening of the heart. It can mean falling in love, but whether or not it will lead to reciprocal love and an actual relationship is not clear yet because Aces are only the seeds of a new situation. If that seed is to blossom, it must be nurtured.
However, it can also signify deep and lasting devotion in a reading where the seeker has learned to contain and radiate unconditional love for all living beings. This is the person who has learned to live in a continuous state of divine bliss and who is truly blessed. Such a person touches the souls of others without having to say much. Their complete acceptance of every single soul makes their presence healing.
Affirmation: “I freely accept and give thanks for the cup of communion with the Divine that is offered to me.”
Ace of Cups Prayer
Dear Mother-Father God, thank you for satisfying my thirst for communion with you. Holy Spirit, purify my heart with Christ’s essence so that all my thoughts are thoughts of love. Fill me with your bliss and compassion until it overflows and touches everything in my life. Amen and so it is!
Correspondences for the Ace of Cups
Archangel: Gabriel (Ruler of the Water Element)
Gemstones: Selenite, moonstone
Essential oil: Jasmine
The Ace of Cups in Love and Relationship Tarot Readings
The Ace of Cups is often found in a reading at the start of a great new love relationship but it could simply mean falling in love. For reciprocal love, we want the 2 of Cups.
The highest aspect of this card is the gift of unconditional love, which is a chance for the divine to shine through us.
This is the most emotionally intimate of all the Aces, relating directly to an outpouring of love. If you find this card in a reading and know that it relates to how you feel about someone, you may want to make sure they feel the same. Alternatively, think if you are okay with love going only one way and what you can learn from this.
“Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky.”
Reversed or ill-dignified, it can indicate withholding affection or devotion.
This is also a symbol of conception, heralding a pregnancy, especially with The Empress or The Sun.
The Marseille Tarot image in this post is from the CBD Tarot by Yoav Ben-Dov.