The Ace of Cups Tarot Card’s True Meaning: Love, Health and Money

The Ace of Cups Tarot Card’s True Meaning: Love, Health and Money

The Ace of Cups predicts pure and innocent love, often appearing at the beginning of new romantic relationships. As such, it is seen as a positive and welcome sign in most readings.

  • Element: Water
  • Planet: Mercury
  • Astrological signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
  • Key dates: Spring
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pure, innocent love

Visual Elements and Symbolism

The Ace of Cups depicts a hand holding a chalice that’s overflowing with five endless streams of water. The chalice represents the subconscious mind, and each stream the five senses — sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch, as well as the overflowing of emotion and intuition from within.

The white dove is an enduring spiritual symbol of hope, purity, and ascension. The hand emerging from the clouds represents a messenger delivering a divine message, further symbolizing awareness of spiritual energy and influence.

At the bottom of the card is a sea with lotus flowers floating along it. Water is very significant for this card as it’s a symbol from the astral world, the meeting place of spirit and experience. The lotus flowers represent the beauty in all things — if you have the ability to find it — another element that deeply relates to the themes of love and emotion of this card.

The Ace of Cups as a Person

This is a spiritually connected person who loves very deeply. Their intuition, instincts and creativity guide them to make righteous decisions in their lives. Ace of Cups personalities are wise beyond their years and in tune with their inner voice.

Home is where the heart is — once this person finds their home, they never stray. This trait contributes to their ability to love wholeheartedly. There is something very different and special about this person. They often have a sparkle in their eyes… In fact, many are psychic and healers.

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Ace of Cups — Tarot Aces


The Ace of Cups Upright

The Ace of Cups is a sign that you are ready to both give and receive unconditional love. This positive mindset makes you particularly receptive to new romantic opportunities.

Love and Relationships

This is one of the best cards to draw in a love reading. If you are already in a relationship, it is a sign that your bond will grow deeper and more meaningful. If you and your partner have been at odds lately, the Ace of Cups indicates that your connection will be strengthened through compassion, love and romance.

The positive energy you give off attracts the right kind of attention. If you’re single or in search of a new partner, the Ace of Cups foretells a deep connection, whether it be a romantic relationship or a friendship.


If you are seeking a new job, the Ace of Cups is a sign that new opportunities will be presented to you. If you already have a job, it implies that a promotion or some other form of recognition is forthcoming. You will feel energized by this event — your motivation at work will truly soar.


The time is right to start focusing on your financial goals. Whether it’s a for down-payment on a house or your next dream vacation, having money in the bank will ensure long-term security and financial freedom.

If money is tight at the moment, the Ace of Cups indicates that you have the ability to turn the situation around. Good things are coming your way.


If you’re currently ill, rest assured that wellness and recuperation are in your future. Stay positive — your health concerns are far less serious than you may imagine. You’ll feel more energized than ever if you stop dwelling on your minor aches and pains.


The Ace of Cups Reversed

The Ace of Cups reversed suggests that you should focus more attention on yourself. It implies that you’re feeling weighed down and bored with your current routine.

Connect with your subconscious mind and trust your intuition. This will allow you to determine whether or not you are truly satisfied with your current situation, and what you must do to improve it.

Love and Relationships

When reversed, the Ace of Cups indicates that you are withholding or suppressing emotions. If you are currently in a relationship, this may be due to an irrational fear of being hurt. You can’t help but hold back your true feelings, even if deep down you know how important it is to be open with your partner.

This isn’t a bad omen or a sign that the relationship is coming to an end. Instead, see it as an indication that you need to take a step back and evaluate what your relationship is lacking in order to move forward and find happiness anew.


You are feeling unfulfilled in your current position. This unhappiness is impacting your productivity, which may bring on conflicts with your colleagues and supervisors.

The reversed Ace of Cups can also be a sign of bad news regarding a job you’ve been hoping to get, or with the job you already have. The uncertainty can be draining and upsetting. Try to find an artistic outlet that will help you get your mind off these things.


You may soon receive bad news concerning a financial decision you’ve recently taken. Whether it concerns a loan, mortgage, or investment, the outcome won’t be what you were hoping for.

This financial instability could become a significant cause for concern, stifling your ability to be free and creative.


You’re in decent health and will remain that way, even with a reversed reading. However, self-love is what you need to explore right now. Do you give yourself the attention that you deserve? If not, what could you do to bring up your energy levels and spark your creativity?

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Ace of Cups — Joanna Erbach


Your Past, Present, and Future

When the Ace of Cups is drawn in the past position, it refers to a former lover who was of great importance to you. The relationship may have ended poorly — or even tragically — but it brought you immense happiness in the beginning.

The Ace of Cups in the present position represents a new love interest in your life. Maybe you met someone you really clicked with or are destined to meet them in the near future.

In the future position, this card indicates that you pursue deep, meaningful love as a lifetime goal, but it isn’t necessarily a healthy sign. It could mean that you’re sticking with a long-term relationship because you think it’s easier than being alone, or that you’re picky and in search of a very specific type of mate who may not actually exist. In that sense, the Ace of Cups in the future position challenges your conception of true love as an ideal that’s out of your reach.

Important Card Combinations

The Ace of Cups is all about love, whether it be directed at others or oneself. The cards drawn around the Ace of Cups should be interpreted within that context.

Ace of Cups and Three of Cups

This pairing represents an overflowing of emotions while talking or meeting with a friend. The Three of Cups can be a sign of anger and manipulation — be wary of love triangles.

The overflowing of emotions can be extreme when water is paired with water. This is especially true when the Three of Cups is reversed.

Ace of Cups and Knight of Pentacles

The Ace of Cups pairing with the Knight of Pentacles represents a strong and enduring love that continues to grow. The Knight — a masculine figure — plants the seeds of love with careful deliberation while the Ace — a feminine figure — allows love to grow and flourish.

Ace Of Cups and Fool

This is a sign that new love is on its way. The Fool card represents a fresh, exciting and exuberant partner that will soon come into your life. You will have to act on your feelings if want to see this come to fruition.

Ace of Cups: Yes or No?

The answer is yes. The Ace of Cups represents overall satisfaction with every aspect of life. It stands for success through creativity and intuition. New relationships — perhaps even a birth or pregnancy — can be associated with this positive outlook.

Ace of Cups -- Wilhelmina Hill-Bearhs
Ace of Cups — Wilhelmina Hill-Bearhs
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