~ Discovering the Wild Unknown: Ace of Cups ~
Today’s card draw in the Discovering the Wild Unknown series is The Wild Unknown Ace of Cups.
I want to start off by providing an important notice, which will be included in all of this series. However, other things that will be included that you can skip to are:
- Card Description
- Considering the Card, where I look at how I would interpret certain imagery used
- Traditional Rider-Waite definition
I only include the latter as a comparison, to show how wandering down your own understanding of images and symbols can bring you to a similar meaning, though along a different path with different experiences. This is to help expand knowledge of the card.
I will not, however, be including the definitions from the guidebook, as that is not the point of this. Also, I don’t have rights to that material.
I started this series because I had read that people struggled with the deck purely because the definitions in the Little White Book were very Rider-Waite-based, and that there wasn’t much wisdom regarding the animals and symbolism chosen.
This series is to help you to decipher the meanings yourselves. I am by no means saying what I have to say about the cards are correct for anyone outside myself. However, I am providing my daily journal entries regarding the deck to act as a guide so that you can begin your own journey.
When I started tarot, I had no idea what to write in my journal, and thus didn’t. Instead I obsessively read and re-read the Little White Book belonging to the Spiral Tarot (which is why today I can completely quote the book). I didn’t trust myself to know the cards, even when I could recite the definitions. I was afraid to put the book down.
To this fear of lack of knowledge, Kim Krans, creator of The Wild Unknown, writes:
You do know enough. You’ve been a person on earth every day since you were born. You’ve experienced all the emotions and situations these cards depict. Quiet the naysayer…don’t let it prevent you from sitting down with a friend (or yourself) and using these cards to help talk about what’s going on in your life. It will be positive. It will be radical. You’ll find things start to reveal themselves through the cards that have been hidden away, covered with dust.pp. 10-11, The Wild Unknown Guidebook
Description of the Wild Unknown Ace of Cups
The Wild Unknown Ace of Cups shows a simple black and white chalice. It looks delicate and elegant. The background is made up of scales, each touched with a drop of watercolor. They fade from darker blue woven with lighter blue at the bottom. The darer blue becomes less and less and the lighter blue becomes lighter. Directly above the up the scales are yellow, yellow-green and orange.
Traditional Card Meaning
The Ace of Cups is a card of beginnings regarding the element of Water. Water rules emotion and intuition and the subconscious. More frequently, it’s interpreted as emotions. The Aces are the stirrings of what is within us, the inspiration that leads to thought that leads to bringing forth into the world, which leads to action. The Ace of cups is a stirring of love, or a stirring of intuition. It is that little niggle that makes our ears perk up to listen and notice.
What I derive from the Wild Unknown Ace of Cups
The Cup is beautiful. I love how dainty it is, how regal it seems. It is something that I want to drink wine out of at a candle-lit dinner in front of a giant fire with the person I love. That’s what the design of this cup inspires. An image of contentment in what I would almost call perfection.
While I know that the whole deck of the Wild Unknown Tarot is colored only with watercolor, I think that it’s no accident that Krans chose to paint the scales with dots instead of her usual lines. I think this accents that the colors are in water droplets, Water being the element of the cups. I think this is to accentuate that this card is Water in its purest form of representation. There is no other card in the Tarot that represents Water more than the Ace of Cups.
Warmth and light come from the top of the Cup. At first I thought of Fire because of the orange and yellow, which is the element of the Wands. Fire is passion and lust, which love can very quickly develop into. Then I realized that it’s not necessarily Fire, but rather, yellow, which is thought—love can become a mental obsession—and green, which is creativity—love can create. With there is inspiration for the other elements.
About the Deck
The Wild Unknown Tarot is a 2016 Harper One publication, created by Kim Krans. The deck is widely available at most bookstores who carry Tarot cards, but also on Amazon. Kim Krans always wrote The Wild Unknown Guidebook.