Part of  my homage to Artist Pamela Coleman Smith who's creative skill and interpretation of Arthur Waite's ideas, made the RWS pack what it has become today.....the most popular tarot pack in the world. I have included a few mock-ups of the print framed at different sizes and in various situations.


 I really enjoyed making this work, lots of detailing in various inks but mainly  with Bombay Inks on H40 x W30 cm Ampersand Claybord. Both these materials are sublime to work with and after layer upon layer of painting they have a jewel, stained glass clarity to them.

I will be uploading all 12 images from my initial venture with the RWS homage. The original drawings will also be available to buy shortly. Read more about downloads below.




A  description of the meaning behind the card follows




In Tarot, it is part of what is called the "Minor Arcana", and as the first in the suit of Cups, signifies beginnings in the area of the social and emotional in life. 


In Tarot reading, the Ace of Cups means joy and inner peace from friends and family. The five streams pouring out of the cup represent the five senses: sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch.


The Rider-Waite style tarot decks which this card is based on depicts a floating hand emerging from a cloud and holding a chalice, resembling a Communion cup. A white dove, often associated with the Holy Spirit, descends with a Communion Host in its beak. The streams of water spring up from the cup, giving it the image of a baptismal font.


As a symbol of possibility in the area of deep feelings, intimacy, attunement, compassion and love, in divination, it shows that a seed of emotional awareness has been planted in your life, though you may not yet recognize it. When the seed sprouts, it could take almost any form. It might be an attraction, strong feeling, intuitive knowing, or sympathetic reaction. On the outside, it could be an offer, gift, opportunity, encounter, or synchronistic event


This card often means that love is the essence of the situation, the heart of the matter. It may or may not be romantic love, and can depend on other cards around it. The inquirer may be guided to look for ways to connect with others at this level: is there someone to forgive, or is forgiveness even needed? Can anger be replaced with peace, division replaced with empathy? Is it necessary to let feelings show? 


This card also suggests inner attunement and spirituality. Cups are the suit of the heart, and the Ace stands for the direct knowing that comes from the heart. Trust what your feelings are telling you. Seek out ways to explore your consciousness, seek out paths that lead to your connections with Spirit. Allow the power of your emotions to guide you in a new direction. Embrace the love that is the Ace of Cups!


Reversed this card indicates that the creation of a deeper connection to another is being blocked. This can be due to circumstances or because of a fear of intimacy. This is the time to consider how the past is connected to the present, and how it may be interfering with closeness to others. Examine circumstances in life to determine if time, other people, or work is getting in the way of developing new relationships.


Above text from wikepedia.


My favorite tarot books etc.


Rachel Pollock: 78 Degrees of Wisdom and Tarot Wisdom

Sally Nichols: Jung and Tarot

Aleister Crowley: The Book of Thoth

A. E. Waite's 1910 Pictorial Key to the Tarot

Most works of Joseph Campbell.

Juliette Wood, Folklore (1998):The Celtic Tarot and the Secret Tradition: A Study in Modern Legend Making (1998)


    Please note that all images are upheld under UK copywrite and remain property of Artist Sand Laurenson. For personal use of buyer only. No Resale, duplicating, publication, etc. without permission from Artist. All images contain traceable digimarc.

    ACE of CUPS

    • About this download

      About this digital download:

      A link to the image (Max size H48 W28cms H19x W11" ) will be sent immediately upon payment.

      This is a large file at 300dpi /36apx MB which can print sharp up to H48 x W28cms H19 x W11" so will fit fine inside most standard paper sizes and frames with a border.

      Although you can print on to any paper, I recommend an archival fine art paper if you intend to use as an art print. An excellent choice would be Hahnemeuhle rag paper in a satin or vellum finish.

      Printing on paper between 200 and 300gms will work in most home printers and will give your print a firm place to fix. You can also use the image for a canvas, aluminium or other print.

      The image is set at the ratio of a generic tarot card size apx H12 x 7cm H5 x W3" and keeps this ratio up to the largest size so there will always be a border to your print which you can crop as you wish. Please see image of print with border.

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      Please note that all images are upheld under UK copywrite and remain property of Artist Sand Laurenson. For personal use of buyer only. No Resale, duplicating, publication, etc. without permission from Artist. All images contain traceable digimarc.







    • Need a larger size or different aspect?

      Please contact me via contact page or chat on website if you would like a lager print size than H 48 x W28 cms H19 x W11"

      It is possible to printe very large and in different aspects etc.

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