Ace of Cups



Against a blue-green gradient background, two arms stretch upward toward a flowing stream of blue water, forming a cup with their hands. Water spills out of the “cup” and runs down the arms. There are six white stars floating in the water.

Key words

Upright: new feelings, emotional expression, intuition

Reversed: repressed emotions, creative block, lack of connection

Reflection questions

  • What are some of the emotions that I am experiencing in my life right now, and how are they impacting my overall well-being?
  • What practices or rituals can I incorporate into my daily life to nurture my emotional well-being?
  • How can I create a greater sense of openness and vulnerability in my relationships?

Ace of Cups Upright

The Ace of Cups indicates a fresh start— perhaps in a new relationship or friendship. You may also find spiritual fulfillment in a creative hobby or project. The Ace of Cups can also indicate a desire for emotional connection. Extend a hand to friends, family, or other loved ones and tell them how much you appreciate them. You’ll receive the same sentiments in return and will feel closer to the person as a result.

Ace of Cups Reversed

You may be holding back in a new relationship or creative endeavor, perhaps because you fear failure or getting hurt. The Ace of Cups can also represent a creative block. Take time to build your connection with yourself before turning that energy outward. You could do this through journaling, meditation, or another practice that helps you get in touch with your intuition. You might reach out to a trusted friend or other loved one to talk about what’s holding you back— they may be able to provide some affirmation and boost your confidence.