Occultus Thesaurus - Ace of Cups

Ace of Cups

Ace of Cups from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

The waters are beneath, and thereon are water-lilies; the hand issues from the cloud, holding in its palm the cup, from which four streams are pouring; a dove, bearing in its bill a cross-marked Host, descends to place the Wafer in the Cup; the dew of water is falling on all sides. It is an intimation of that which may lie behind the Lesser Arcana.

Meanings

House of the true heart, joy, content, abode, nourishment, abundance, fertility; Holy Table, felicity hereof.

Reversed

House of the false heart, mutation, instability, revolution.


The Tarot

by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, originally published 1888.

Meanings

Feasting, Banquet, Good Cheer.

Reversed

Change, Novelty, Metamorphosis, Inconstancy.


General Book of the Tarot

by A. E. Thierens, originally published 1930.

Meanings: Table, first as the symbol of the bearer of food, alimentation, etc., then also as ‘table of the law’; catalogue, tabulation; the Holy Table. Meal, feast, gala, and invitation for the same. Hotel, restaurant, etc. Picture, painting, image, description. Production, fertility, abundance. Stability, fixity, constancy, etc.

Reversed

Mutation, change, transmutation, inconstancy, etc. Buying and selling. Metamorphosis, reversal, revolution, translation, interpretation.

Theory

The Cups, representing the element of Water, Jovian and lunar by nature, start their cycle on the Ninth house, the house of Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter, the lawgiver.

The element Water has its two polar effects in the soul, so we need not look for particular ‘weak cases’ to demonstrate a more or less benefic and malific effect at the same time.

The house of Sagittarius, however, does not bring much evil to the soul and is generally uplifting, inviting, pushing towards progress and development, journeying and hospitable reception of strangers.

There is little or no stability or fixity in it, but on the contrary always a good deal of ‘mutation’; also the magic power of the true transmutation.

Further we find a tendency to teach, to translate, guide, interpret.

It may, too, lead to extravagance as regards dissipation or at least spending.

There is sanction or even holiness in it, inspiration, idealism.

The latter, of course, may lead to more or less well-directed actions.

Conclusion

Sanction, permission, inspiration, idealism, enthusiasm, blessing.

May denote a leader, teacher, guide or any influence of this nature.

Legislation, direction, instruction; hospitality and sympathetic reception.

Driving, hunting, travelling; planning for the future.

Invitation, convocation, appeal.

Mutation and transmutation.

Translation and interpretation.


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