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Ace of Cups
by MeeWah

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A gold, engraved chalice sits atop a silver rock in an ocean of varying hues of blue. A rainbow streams down from high in the sky to strike deep into the cup. Two clouds flank the rainbow. Drops of water appear over the edge of the chalice, as if water is forced out of its confines or displaced by the rainbow's contact. In the background, a pair of dolphins cavort over the ocean.


Usually a ceremonial vessel, the chalice represents the Ace of Cups for its association with the formal or ritualistic and the mundane applications; also to refer to its element of Water. It has an aura of the sacred: Water is the primary element needed to support and to sustain life. Water is also associated with the astrological signs of Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio.

The markings on the chalice symbolize the main qualities of the card. The upright and inverted triangles represent respectively, the divine understanding as opposed to the earthly or man's understanding. They are flanked by crescent moons as symbolic of the unconscious, the emotions, and the cycle of time.

The rock is the seat of wisdom. It represents the unchanging quality of truth that neither time nor earthly agency can affect. The rock is silver to denote its protective qualities and strength. The waters in which the rock is situated is the primordial sea from which the earliest life forms are thought to have emerged. It is also the sea of emotions, ever flowing and ever changing. Tranquil or turbulent, it expresses and mirrors the sentient part of the being and the feelings. The blues are tinged with gray, green and purple to represent the different influences and the range of emotions. Blue for the divine spirit and intellect; gray for sorrow or anger, the "uncharted" depths; green for harmony and healing; purple for wisdom.

The rainbow is blessings received. Abundance. Divine love and higher understanding. Joy. The drops of water are expressive of the divine energy manifest in the earth plane which inspires, refreshes and offers hope. They total 22 as a reference to the 22 Major Arcana. An understanding of their significance can lead to a higher wisdom.

The pair of clouds allude to duality. The real life intrusions: into every life rain falls. The cycle of change that is part of the earthly existance of life and death. Clouds produce rain which replenishes the oceans of Earth, fertilizes the soil, quenches the thirst.

The pair of dolphins pertain to the astrological sign of Pisces usually depicted as two fish swimming in opposite directions. They also represent the concepts of light and shadow; yang and yin; duality. Together they form a circle; wholeness or the union of opposites--the fullness inherent in Ace of Cups.

Card Meaning

Aces represent beginnings yet also the raw potential of its element. In Cups as in the other suits, it has a broad range of references and possible associations.

A spiritual awakening. New life or a renewal. As the well-spring of the emotions, it is related to matters of the heart and home; familial or love relations. Love or new love. Ready for love. A first love. A positive attitude. Being open to new experiences. All or nothing. Of the intuitive or the unconscious realm. A recovery from ill health. It can represent the affirmative. A resounding "Yes"!

Reversed: a closed or selfish heart. Emotionally distant or impaired. Unhappiness. A negative attitude. Giving up on love. A delay.

Artistic Media

No. 2 lead pencil, Berol Prismacolor Pencils, Sharpie Permanent Extra-Fine & Pilot Extra-Fine on drawing paper.

Artist's Bio

MeeWah resides in Virginia, U.S.A. The interest in and focus on Tarot the product of a life-long interest in Art and the metaphysical -- Tarot expressive of both. The first reading experiences began with a deck of regular playing cards. She works a "regular" job whose hours are anything but regular and reads professionally part-time as an intuitive counselor. Go back to the project index, read the traditional card meaning, or get a free tarot reading with this deck.

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