Marseille Tarot (Jean Dodal 1701): Ace of Cups
Cups are also referred to as chalices and may be represented by religious grails or goblets. They correspond to the playing card suit of Hearts. This suit represents the element Water, and the social class of Clergy. Cups are considered a Feminine suit. Cups typically represent emotions, love, and spiritual beliefs.
The Aces typically concern beginnings. They may represent something new that is coming or being offered, conception, inspiration and new ideas, or the start of something bigger.
Love. Compassion. Creativity. Overwhelming emotion. Abundance. Intense relationship. Satisfaction. Success.
The meaning of the Ace of Cups is of joy and inner peace from friends and family. This Ace requires the diviner to examine their life to see how love works there. This card often means that love is the essence of the situation. It may or may not be romantic love depending on the cards around it. It can mark the start of a new relationship, or a deeper connection to an existing one. While this may be a romantic relationship, it can also signify a friendship. A seed has been planted and once it sprouts, it can take almost any form, from an attraction to an intuitive knowing. Trust in the feelings that are present. Furthermore, this card can signify a gift or opportunity. An offer may be forthcoming.
Reversed Meaning: Blocked or repressed emotions.
This card indicates that the creation of a deeper connection to another is being blocked. This can be due to circumstances or because of a fear of intimacy. Examine circumstances in life to determine if time, other people, or work is getting in the way of developing new relationships.