The Meaning of
the "Two of Cups" Tarot Card
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The Meaning of
the "Two of Cups"
The Symbolism of the Two of Cups
A man and a woman appear to be saying vows and engaging in an act of union. Both wear ceremonial clothes and garlands.
The woman wears a robe and a garland of leaves, while the man wears a brightly decorated tunic and a garland of roses.
A modest house sits in the background on a grassy hilltop. A caduceus (two entwined snakes) and winged-lion rise into the air above their two cups.
The imagery used in this illustration was chosen very carefully:
Historically, the winged lion represented St. Mark the Evangelist, who poured the water that Jesus turned into wine. The symbol of the caduceus — scepter of Hermes from Greek mythology — represents health, travel and messages from afar.
The interweaving of the ancient winged-lion and the caduceus symbolism suggests a message of a healthy union and transformation.
The interweaving of the ancient winged-lion and the caduceus symbolism suggests a message of a healthy union and transformation. As the man and woman join in union, they are transformed.
How to Interpret the Two of Cups
While the Ace of Cups represents a wellspring of love and emotion coming from within, the Two of Cups represents the flow of energy between two people.
The card represents a joining of energies — love, trust, commitment and support.
The card represents a joining of energies — love, trust, commitment and support. The imagery in the card suggeests that this union is still in its early-days, but is expected to blossom in the future.
While the imagery in the card is very romantic, the appearance of the Two of Cups in a reading may also suggest the beginning of a non-romantic relationship like a business partnership, a friendship or a platonic connection. The positive imagery suggests the relationship, whether romantic or not, is mutually beneficial and is a 'win' for both parties.
The card is very positive, and carries overtones of trust, attraction and travel.
The Two of Cups Inverted
Since the upright meaning of this Minor Arcana card is a very positive sign for love, it would be easy to assume that the reversed card is negative. While that interpretation may sometimes be appropriate, in most cases the reversed card still references a positive union.
The reversed Two of Cups carries two distinct meanings:
It may serve as a reminder to rekindle a relationship lest it be taken for granted or lose some level of importance.
On the other hand, a reversed Two of Cups reminds us that before we can love, we must love ourselves. Love cannot be projected outwards effectively when its foundation is unstable.
First, we must love and respect ourselves, our decisions and our paths before we can create a stable union.
First, we must love and respect ourselves, our decisions and our paths before we can create a stable union. This advice applies to businesses and non-romantic relationships too: Put your own house in order, and take yourself seriously to forge stronger partnerships.
Lastly, depending on your specific reading: If the card references a new relationship or one that hasn't happened yet, a reversed Two of Cups can sometimes be an indication to expect the unexpected. Events may unfold in ways you had not predicted.
Common Symbols Found On the Two of Cups Card
Tarot cards often use a a common symbology to convey additional information about how the card should be interpreted. The Two of Cups contains at least six well-known, repeating Tarot symbols. Each of these common symbols can add additional levels of interpretation to the card.
The symbols which appear on the Two of Cups card are:
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