THE ACE OF CUPS The Holy Spirit, the light of God is rising from within the potion contained in the cup of initiation. As such, the cup symbolizes the human heart, the sacred vessel that is the abode of God in man.

Above the dove rises the yellow star, the star of initiation on the wings of the Spirit. The cross in the center of the star features the four corners of the world and yet, the meeting point within heaven and earth, the road that leads to the center. The dove above the cup symbolizes the essence of the self, the Holy Spirit liberated by the ingestion of the potion. The rays emerge from the head of Orpheus, the divine musician. On his Lyre, he plays the sacred music of the rebirth of the human soul, of the marriage between soul and Spirit, the Hieros Gamos.

The god Orpheus features the third eye, the eye of wisdom and illumination. The star of David at the stem of the cup resembles the unity between heaven and earth, the marriage between Spirit and Soul. The Five point star on the stem of the cup represents man mastering his five sense aggregates. Yoga aphorisms of Patanjali)

The square cross below symbolizes the foundation of the world. The Two crosses beside, on the base of the stem, symbolize the two crosses of Christ. The top of the cup is made from the flesh of the god Orpheus and the base is of pure gold. The bread of initiation is the flesh of God, for ritualistically, a man is bound to, sooner or later, become what he eats. From the sacred bread grows the Amenita mushroom, from which the potion of initiation is carefully extracted. Below the bread lies the crushed dragon, man's lower drives, man's materialistic spirit. Yet, the dragon is only controlled, but not dead. For we must not kill but master and utilize our lower nature. The dragon and its tail represent man's lower nature, the cup, divine Eros and the Lyre, Agape.

VALUE OF THE CARD: Initiation. You shall attain the vision of the self. The blessing of God. Salvation. Spiritual rebirth. The rebirth of the soul, the marriage between Spirit and soul. You are protected by God. A change to the better. Liberation. New insights and new wisdom. A new lease on life. The card of the visionary, the prophet and the sage. The card of divine wisdom.