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The Meaning of
the "King of Swords" Tarot Card

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The Meaning of the "Ace of Cups"
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The Symbolism of the Ace of Cups

On the Ace of Cups card, we see a dove dropping what looks like a communion wafer into a cup which is being held aloft by a divine hand.

Water flows out of the cup into the pond below.

Little blue drops fall from the cup, which is adorned with either a "W" or an upside-down "M", depending on the interpretation.

Lily pads and lilies adorn the pond below, seemingly made fertile by the dew from the cup.

NOTE: There is much debate about the letter 'M' or 'W' which appears on the side of the cup/grail on the Ace of Cups card. The short answer for those wondering what it means is: No one knows. But there are many theories. If it's an 'M' it may stand for Mary, which makes some sense given the overt Christian symbolism of the card. If it's a 'W' it may stand for "Waite", as in Arthur Waite of the "Rider Waite" tarot deck. The mystery is unlikely to be solved any time soon.


How to Interpret the Ace of Cups

The Ace of Cups is a vessel overflowing with creativity, joy, contentment and fertility. Spiritual abundance spills forth and nurtures us.

The Ace of Cups is often a sign that creative pursuits will be very successful. Your heart is open to creative opportunities and the possibility of new things, new ideas and new life.

On a more literal level, the traditional symbol of a communion wafer being brought to the cup by the dove may be a reference to the transubstantiation of Christ.

The presence of the Ace of Cups often heralds a new relationship or business partnership. It also suggests a time of giving of oneself.

The presence of the Ace of Cups often heralds a new relationship or business partnership. It also suggests a time of giving of oneself.

If one views the tarot as a cycle, ending with the World card at the end of the Major Arcana, then the Ace of Cups is not just the start of the Minor Arcana but a rebirth of the entire tarot cycle. It is the distillation of the lessons of the Major Arcana into a more simplistic form.

It is creativity, peace and rebirth.


The Ace of Cups Inverted

The Ace of Cups reversed can have several different interpretations.

It may mean that the creative and emotionally positive forces of the upright position are blocked somehow — or restrained. The normal wellspring of emotion, creativity or friendship is being affected negatively by someone, something or an ongoing trend.

The normal wellspring of emotion, creativity or friendship is being affected negatively by someone, something or an ongoing trend.

The Ace of Cups reversed may also serve as a reminder to internalize many of the creative lessons represented by the upright position. Love yourself. Work to better understand yourself — and ultimately, work to improve yourself.

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