Ace of Cups: Potential Love

Tarot Stories
2 min readDec 11, 2020


It’s finally Friday and I’m all tapped out. It’s been a week and I can’t even figure out why. My mind is currently chaotic, I’m anxious and worried and I want to just shut it all out for a while. But, for now I need to make it through the work day and though I wish there were a lot of meetings to help the time pass quicker, unfortunately there are not.

All this means that I am not at all feeling connected with the card I put today. Or maybe it’s a reminder to pray and turn to God to help sort through all of these feelings. Perhaps I’m more connected than I think because the card is about emotions and what’s hidden in the subconscious…

Ace of Cups from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck

What you see: A gold chalice in the palm of a hand that appears from the clouds, has five streams of water flowing from it and into a lake covered with water lilies. Yods also seem to be floating down around it. A dove carries the host marked with the cross in its beak above the chalice.

What it means: The Hand of God offers The Eucharist in the host and chalice, and the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove. The five streams represent the five senses., and the yods symbolize the divine sparks of creation. The water signifies emotion and the subconscious.

The story: The Ace of Cups represents a new beginning; an emotional awakening filled with possibilities of creativity and/or love.

Reversed meaning: Reversed, the card represents a false love or repressed emotions. Alternatively it could also signify self-love.

Reflection: This card is full of Christian symbolism — the Eucharist, the Holy Spirit and the Hand of God. I suppose if the card is about love, the depiction of the Creator of life and the ultimate sacrifice (Jesus’ death to save the world) seems fitting.

My research sources:
A Complete Guide to the Tarot, Eden Gray, 1970
Tarot Card Meanings, Biddy Tarot
Card Meanings, Labyrinthos
Root Lock Radio: A Tarot Podcast



Tarot Stories

A Canadian marketing strategist learning storytelling through the Tarot, and maybe finding the meaning of life along the way.