Category Archives: Cups

Ace of Cups

ace of cups cardThe Ace of Cups starts the suit of water which deals with emotions, love and intuition. This is a very important suite because we live on a planet and in a body that is mostly water. Our main themes are rooted in this element.
The ocean is the womb of life, our ancient origins. Our genetic history originated in the ocean before finding its way to land. The ocean is a vast realm, fluid and deep, ever changing and ever shifting. As humans we find safety in the solidity of the earth, afraid of the raw power from which we came. But the ocean is not only in the Atlantic or Pacific, it within us, in our subconscious. Within that realm are stored our feelings and traumas of previous lives, our anger, our shame , our fears and despair. It is the realm of the Swadisthana Chakra. It is there below the surface and it communicates itself to us through our dreams, urges, sexuality and addictions. Indeed it is our Pandora’s box, a realm that holds all that is terrifying but at the same time it carries the raw stuff which as we transform, allows us to become aware, compassionate and loving Beings.
As humans we are evolving. We have a history or many lifetimes from which we have collected many traumas and have them stored deep in our subconscious. When we allow these impressions to bubble up, at their right time in divine order, allow them surface and give them their space to express, incredible release takes place and we begin the spiritual work of letting light in and healing.
This is the beauty of this card. Here we have a single cup which reaches down to the depths of the ocean, way into the subconscious realm and funnels up some feeling yet unnamed and gives it expression. The time is the early morning at sunrise where the dimensions open for a few moments; where impressions can rise up from the deeper layers without much distortion. A mermaid oversees this event. She is a being of the depths and she understands how to deal with processes of this nature. She is able to allow this event to take place and it does, liberating what was once in darkness, bringing it into light, giving it a chance to transform, and initiating a step towards love.

Princess of Cups

Princess of CupsThe Princess of Cups finds her home in the ocean, the vast free flowing realm of emotions. She is a very sensitive person with a wide emotional range. She can reach heights of ecstatic joy and fall to the deepest caverns of despair. She is connected and aware of her own feelings and can easily recognize them in others. She is highly empathic. This makes her understanding, sympathetic and caring. At the same time she picks up unspoken negativity and is easily hurt.
Her world of feeling that is easy to get lost in. The Princess of Cups is young and still learning how to manage this open realm. She is playful and imaginative and loves to spend much time in her fantasy world which is for her a place of real experiences. She finds great connection with music, dance, art and poetry. They speak her language of emotion. She understands the infinite nuances of a smile and the various moods within a single color. She feels the celebration in the sky when the sun rises and the charge in the water when the moon takes over at night. She does not need words to communicate as everything speaks to her directly through their very presence. Her world is intense, expansive and unspoken.
We all have a connection to this place. It is instinctual and written in every cell. There is a rhythm within every human that leads back to this energy. To experience the Princess of Cups, spend some time alone and move into silence. Feel the rise and fall of your breath mimicking the rise and fall of the ocean waves. Let your boundaries dissolve as you move into a space of water. Feel your thoughts; try to feel what is behind the expression of your words before they form. Let your mind melt into liquid. This is your ocean, your inner world without parameters. Try experiencing it without the use of words. This can be overwhelming and even scary. It’s a big world to open. The Princess of Cups knows this realm well and is learning about herself through this channel.
The Princess of Cups is one of the 16 court cards in the tarot deck.

The court cards describe personality types that we need to look at. It might indicate qualities that we are in the process of developing and also people in our lives that embody those traits. The Princess of Cups is a young mermaid sitting comfortably in the midst of a powerful ocean scene. Her tail carries her consciousness far down into the underworlds and fans out into the subconscious. She is an agile creature in the watery realm of emotions but a bit clumsy on land and practical matters. There is a huge swell behind her representing huge surges of emotion. Dolphins and whales embody the playful and mystical heights of her emotions. The fishes swimming at her tail represent her empathic ability to connect.

When you get this card take time to feel. Music, art, poetry and play might be good ways to do so. Look to see if there is someone in your life that this card might be pointing to. There is something new at the feeling level that wants exploration. Self-discovery and self-acceptance want to take place through the feelings that are surfacing.