An Ace is seen as the one in a suit of cards and is usually representative of the beginning. The Ace of Cups has strong ties to the Planet Mercury, which is the planet of mind and mouth. This shows that this card refers specifically to matters of communication and creative expression. Much like The Fool card in the Major Arcana, this is seen as the start of a new adventure. The Cups suit would point towards an emotional journey- a new relationship, a new friendship, a new creative project.
The Ace of Cups Card shows a cup overflowing with water- 5 streams that represent your 5 senses. The water represents your raw emotions that may be overflowing. The hand emerging from the cloud shows your highest spiritual self is bringing you on this journey and pushing you towards the beginning. The dove atop the cup represents peace and fulfillment and in the background, you will see nothing but clear skies.
Upright: Love, new relationships
Receiving this card upright points toward it being the time to let go of any emotional baggage you may be carrying that may hold you back in the new adventure that is beginning. You will need all of your emotional energy to navigate this new space and bring about the fulfillment of this journey, wherever it takes you. Many divination experts believe this card to be a sign of impending pregnancy and bringing new life into this world. The Ace of Cups often comes after a period of loneliness or discontentment within a current situation. It can be a sign that the clouds are about to pass. After one glance at the Ace of cups, there can be no doubt that it is an inherently positive card.
Reversed: Self-love, intuition
The Ace of Cups Reversed is a much less welcoming card. This usually indicates upcoming problems- breakup or divorce, specifically. In general, it is a symbol of bad tidings and times to come. This reading symbolizes the need for self love and care in this difficult time. This is a time for self reflection and learning from the mistakes that have led you to this troublesome point. Overwhelming emotions are sure to come and you can manage them through journaling, painting and other creative expression until you reach spiritual equilibrium and are able to continue on the path forward.
**In a yes/no reading, the Ace of Cups is a yes.