Your Chosen Card – Ace of Cups Upright Thoth Deck
When upright, the Ace of Cups suggests new beginnings in your emotional life. You are experiencing a period of joy, contentment, camaraderie, feasting, affection, and creativity. Love and fertility are in the air. It is possible to deepen a current relationship or to start a new friendship or love interest. Artists find themselves full of creative ideas. The nurturing waters of the Ace of Cups represent a fertile time, able to produce offspring of the body or the mind. Moving spiritual experiences and opportunities for compassion also accompany this card.
Keywords Upright: Pleasure, feasting, enjoyment, love, friendship, receptivity, fulfillment, fertility, pregnancy, nurturing, healing, creative inspiration, a new relationship, the beginning of romance, good cheer; ‘eat, drink, and be merry.’
Timing: Astrologically, Water is linked to summertime.
Astrology: Root-force of elemental Water, the element associated with the season of summer.
Number Symbolism: 1 – initial spark, will, creation, beginnings, new life.
Crowley/Thoth: The receptive feminine counterpart of the phallic Ace of Wands. Union with God. The Supernal Mother: fertility, pleasure, productivity, elegance, happiness.
When Ace of Cups is upright you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise. If Ace of Cups is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is Ace of Cups is trying to tell you. If you had a particular issue in mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.
This chosen card is part of your upright card reading for Ace of Cups using cards from the Thoth Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.
Here are some snippets from a few of my favorite books
Complete Book of Tarot: In Llewellyns Classic Tarot, a hand comes out of a cloud on the right-hand side of the card, holding a chalice upright in the light blue sky. Of the four Aces in the Classic Tarot, only the Ace of Cups is offered by a hand emerging from the right-hand side of the card. Inside this chalice sits a dove bearing an olive branch, a symbol of peace. Water overflows the brim of the chalice creating five streams pouring into the body of water below, on whose surface rest five lotus blossoms. In Christian symbolism, the dove represents the Holy Spirit sent by God the Father as a symbol of divine love after the sacrifice of Christ on the cross to save humankind. The five streams and five lotus blossomssymbols of redemption through sacrificeare a reference to the five wounds Christ endured during his crucifixion. The Catholic Mass still makes use of the chalice to commemorate this event. There is a noticeable absence of dry land in the image on this card, as water and clouds dominate the scene.
Creative Tarot: Calvino, both in Castle and his other writings, worked extensively with fairy-tale story lines and imagery. Travelers lost in snowstorms and forests, magical and inexplicable happenings, characters of royalty, peasantry, and nomads. Theres a man who climbs into a tree and refuses to come down. There are cities built out of words, cities built out of dreams. So, of course, a writer like that would be drawn to the tarotthey all spring from the same realm.
Complete Book of Tarot: No matter how you decide to keep your tarot journal, it is an invaluable tool in the learning process. When you review what you have written, you will be impressed by the progress you have made and will almost always gain new insights as you reflect on past readings. Some readers eventually use the material in their tarot notebooks as the foundation for writing a book about tarot.
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Tarot Triumphs: Appropriately enough, for chapter three, I’d like to introduce the significance of the number three in relation to the Tarot. The sequence of the twenty-two Tarot Trumps lends itself well to considering numerical values, and straightaway it’s obvious that the twenty-one numbered cards divide up into three sets of seven.6 Three is therefore a good place to start exploring the numbering. ‘Three-ness’ may be less prominent in Tarot than, say, its sevenfold structure, which we shall come to later, or its interesting juxtaposition of twenty-one and twenty-two; but the pattern of three is, in my view, more useful in learning the process of Tarot divination. It opens up the idea of three as the prime basis for the creative forces of the universe, the three elements that lie behind any situation in human life, and it also gives us a base from which to explore the interactive possibilities of the cards.