A.E. Waite had written that the Ace of Cups is the Holy Grail of Arthurian legends. So the suit of Cups is that quest for the happiness and stability we look for in our personal lives. The image that Waite created suggests a strong feminine influence ruling this suit. I feel the five streams feeding into the cup are broken up into two and three; this gives a connection to the High Priestess and the Empress, the two feminine ingredients needed to complete the quest.
Yes, I said feeding into; the cup isn’t overflowing, and it looks quite empty to me. The waters of love and life are filling up the cup, with the dove of peace and grace coming from above. If this cup is the Holy Grail – as A.E. Waite suggests – it is not going to land in your lap full at the beginning of the journey through this suit; it is your desire, your quest for the Ten of Cups. Conversely it can be the end of your quest, leaving the comfort of the Ten of Cups to find something more spiritually satisfying. The Holy Grail was an elusive and testing goal that many of Arthur’s knights failed to realise.
The two strong influences of the High Priestess and the Empress are the two strong and balancing feminine traits that you need to be mindful of in your quest for loving satisfaction. The Cups are linked to the element of water and therefore to the three astrological signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces whose keywords are: I FEEL (Cancer), I DESIRE (Scorpio), and I BELIEVE (Pisces). These progress through the Two, Three, and Four of Cups of “I Feel”; then the Five, Six, and Seven of Cups of “I Desire”; to the conclusion of the Eight, Nine, and Ten of Cups of “I Believe”. However this can be reversed into a challenging journey of rediscovery of the true self.