Ace of Cups Thoth – Crowley Tarot | Thoth Tarot Deck
|The desire to be attached (love).|
|Unity (dedication touches "the secret of life").|
|Receptive, dedication, harmony.|
|Ambiguous, irrational, too agitated.|
|"Secret of love" (the secret of being one, experiencing the grace, faith, transformation, enlightenment, accomplishment).|
The origin of the soul
I. Analyze and describe the Ace of Cups Thoth Tarot
The card stands out with the strange holy grail (simulating yoni – vulva) as a symbol of love and acceptance. Thereby, it is the female version of the Ace of Wands Thoth card and represents the water element in the most feminine form, showing the ability to give. Because fire is the creative energy “born of itself”, water represents the heart’s love by the water “surging into eternity”. The cup is an affectionately open image rising from the white lotus, which looks like a fountain of the abyss and a cup of water filled with the water of life from within.
In the opposite direction, the rays that are shining straight down from above symbolize the spirit of creativity when it passes through the “source of love” and then binds to emerging water balls to create energy forward (background), rooted in collective unconsciousness and represents the desire for love to dedicate and to be in harmony with God.
Crowley unifies the cup with the Holy Grail, symbolizing the greatest good that humans can achieve. According to legend, this cup has a rather mysterious origin. Jesus and his disciples with this cup at the Last Supper. Joseph of Arimathea used this cup to catch blood from his wounded and brought this to Europe. Since then, it is preserved in the legendary Holy Grail Castle (Montsalvat or Avalon). The miraculous power of the cup is repeated every year on Easter Day when the Holy Spirit submits in the form of a dove and grants permission to the Holy Grail.
II. Interpretation of the Ace of Cups Thoth Tarot
The Ace of Cups represents the “Holy Spirit”, “the mystery of love”, or “the emotions flow” from the “source of life” and the desire to integrate with others. In the four precepts of the Cabala religion, it corresponds to “Briah”, a pure emotional world that involves not only the body but also the soul and spirit.
The card signals that we are entering the deepest layers of the soul where we can find trust, faith, and archetypal security as models close to today’s forms of love such as altruism, the love of parents, and sensual love, love ourselves and love of God. In addition, the card teaches us that beauty and ugliness depend on each other like two extremes: it is the rotting and mud so that the lotus flowers bloom with the perfect beauty.
The card shows a unique opportunity to harmonize with the necessary realms for life with the most profound completing experience, thereby pursuing the path that we really want. Because this experience goes beyond external values, the importance of the card lies in its intentional activity and deep satisfaction.
We are ready for true love (the card that describes the journey to the heart). The opportunity here extends from the momentary love to the deepest happiness of mature love, and a reliable certainty of the feeling of security and care of others.
III. Similar correlations of the Ace of Cups Thoth Tarot
- Astrology – Zodiac signs belong to the element of water.
- Tree of life – Kether (origin) through water: the source of life (Briah) is the mother of love and affection.
- I Ching – 2nd hexagram (kūn) – “Receptive”.
- Similar objects – Eva conceives, Garden of Eden, Island of Blessings, Holy Grail.
- Image – The ocean of love.
Keywords – Unbound, freedom, peace, light (the way to the heart through the embodiment of the highest form of action).
IV. Ace of Cups Thoth Tarot symbolism
Ray of Light – more phallic like than the dove, so more of a masculine element here with the implication of energy going out to impregnate the universe.
Reflections/Refractions of light – colors which make up the “potential of all that can manifest”.
Lotuses – They fill the cup with the water of life. This also brings us back to the equation 0 = 2 which was explained in the notes for the 2 of Disks.
Blue Cup – Blue = wisdom; cup = love and the channel for Kether. The cup contains the energy from the 2 lotuses in one as duality or opposites in their potential unmanifested state. When expressed within the suit, they make up the world of experiences that the Cups represent.
3 circles on the cup – 3 Aeons of the Book of the Law (Isis, Osiris & Horus).These circles appear in the Hierophant Thoth card of the Major Arcana.
V. Ace of Cups Thoth card in the upright and reverse
1. Upright Ace of Cups Thoth card
It is a great opportunity to start new relationships or friendships close to the heart and which will enrich our lives.
It indicates the beginning of a new relationship (with cups around it) or a project(with disks around it) in which a lot of love will be invested in. It can also indicate new birth (with the Princess of Disks or Empress).
Since the card represents unconditional love, we can use this card to give unconditionally, and so it is very much a card of giving and forgiveness in order to have some inner peace.
2. Reversed Ace of Cups Thoth card
Expressing too much of ourselves and making us vulnerable to others, so we need to control emotions.
Repressing emotions that have not been shown for a long time.
Feeling exhausted after being hurt and therefore we lose touch with ourselves emotionally and thus, reject the opportunity of new love in our lives.