Inverted Ace of Cups


Inverted Ace of CupsVisually, you know this cup cannot hold water. Perhaps this was your choice. Are you signaling to your server saying you can’t drink anymore? It’s possible this cup is simply waiting for you to set it upright to be filled. Maybe it was filled and you chose to dump the contents because they were too sweet, not sweet enough, bland, or even poisonous.

Does this feel like some sort of shell game, where the thing you want most is hidden from view? Are you trying to guess where it might be? Have you kept your eyes open? Do you know which cup it’s under?

How are you blocking or delaying love? How are you keeping it at arm’s length? Who do you see denying their love to you? What are you choosing NOT to begin? Have you gone too far with your emotions, diving in too deeply, getting carried away?

Does this have anything to do with love at all? Did you choose not to embrace your intuition? Have you closed a door to your mystical self? Are you thinking of going into rehab, or cutting back on your debauchery? Whatever it is, follow your feelings back to your core. Retrieve whatever you have lost.

The water element in this card is out of balance. Introduce air, earth, and fire back into your daily routine. Go for a run, go out and garden, light some candles and meditate. Once the elements are in balance, you will feel less like the victim in this shell game.


Minor Arcana

King of Rods (Clubs, Wands, or Staves): The Ace of Cups in combination with the King of Rods (Clubs, Wands, or Staves in other decks) is explosive.

The Suit — Cups or Hearts

The cup holds water, the heart holds emotion. Water nourishes, refreshes, revives. Emotions remind us we’re alive, give us reason to commune with others. Water can give life and take it away. Emotions can make us want to feel more and wish we could just stop feeling entirely.
This suit invites us to that place below the surface, to search for the Holy Grail, to get in touch with our creative side.

The Number — Ace or 1

It all begins with one, the self.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous

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