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Ace of Cups Reversed Meaning – Smith-Waite Centennial

It's a glass-half-full, glass-half-empty situation as we explore the Ace of Cups reversed in this one-card daily tarot reading. Our Card of the Day invites you to look closer at your personal relationships today to restore some balance and harmony.

But before we get into your daily collective reading, we unpack the meaning and symbols of the Ace of Cups tarot card. In the upright position, it's all about love and harmony. But reversed, it suggests some scope for healing and deeper connection.

Ace of Cups Reversed Rider-Waite-Smith tarot card, detailed image description in body text, card pictured with geode crystal on dark blue background

The Ace of Cups card in the Smith-Waite Centennial tarot deck

The Ace of Cups is one of my favourite cards in virtually all of my tarot decks. But there's something about the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith version of the card that still captures my imagination!

In this version of the card by Pamela Colman Smith, we see the Aces' usual magic hand proferring the suit object. The Cup presented is a yellow-gold goblet inscribed with the letter M reversed—or possibly a W. Tarot scholars don't actually agree on this one! In any case, five streams of soothing blue water are cascading out of the cup in a magical arc.

Also like the other Aces, the sky in the background is the same dull grey while the landscape at the bottom of the card is unique. Cups are, of course, the suit of water. So it's only fitting that the horizon is entirely water here, a pristine pond of waterlilies and charming lilypads. In tarot, water and Cups symbolize the emotions, the heart, and personal relationships. And as we've seen with the Ace of Pentacles and its rich green horizon, Aces symbolize the purest form of their respective suits' energies. So it's fitting that these waters are teeming with gentle life, symbolizing the abundance of peace as well as the depth of both loving relationships and emotional wisdom.

Finally, a dove is diving into the cup, underscoring the Ace of Cups' peaceful vibes. The dove is carrying a disk with a cross, perhaps suggesting Communion and spiritual wholeness. Think balance between the physical body and the emotional spirit—that's what the Ace of Cups tarot card is all about. 

We've taken a look at quite a few reversals in our Card of the Day free readings by now. And as I mentioned before, there's no one right way to interpret tarot card reversals. For these one-card daily readings, we're viewing reversed cards as opportunities to reflect on our impact in the world and the people around us. In contrast, upright tarot cards suggest the inverse—the world and other people's impact on us.  

Giving back to our loved ones

From this perspective, the Ace of Cups reversed suggests that you might be drawing in more support and affection right now than you're giving back. Now, love and affection should never be transactonal. And it isn't a question of balancing out some cosmic scales of who does what for whom.

But today's tarot card is an invitation to reflect on your closest personal relationships. Have you been taking someone for granted who's really been nourishing your soul?

Reaching out because your love matters

We tend to focus a lot on self-care and self-love at Witch Hazel Tarot, and last week we also talked about love and authenticity in our personal values with The Lovers card. But it's also important to think about how well we love other people—and not just when they're healing from old scars. Today's Ace of Cups is less about looking inward and more about reaching out.

Remember that love is healing and abundant, and yours is no exception. Do the people you love most know how you feel? And have you been making time to support them the way they support you? Be on the lookout today for opportunities to deepen those connections. Your love is a gift, and you're probably underestimating how much it means to other people.

S.M. signature — Savanna Margaret's initials