Card by Card – Two of Cups

Radiant Rider-Waite Two of Cups

If you missed the last Card by Card post on Judgement, you can read about it here.

Once again, I’ll be taking a look at several variations from different decks and gathering that particular Author and/or Artists thoughts and perspectives.

The Two of Cups is the randomly drawn COTW-card of the week.   What does it mean when you receive this card in a one card daily drawing or it turns up in a spread?

The first Two of Cups we will be looking at is from the Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 2003.

Love, passion, friendship, affinity, union, concord, sympathy, the inter-relation of the sexes, and – as a suggestion apart from all offices of divination – that desire which is not in Nature, but by which Nature is sanctified.  ~Arthur Edward Waite, The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

The suit of Cups are associated with the element of water and with our emotions.  Cups are sometimes called Chalices, Bowls, Vessels, Rivers, and Water.

In Tarot for Magical Times, Rachel Pollack & Johannes Fiebig, discuss the Two of Cups”

     “A man and woman, both of them solemn and strong, hold up their Cups to each other, with the man reaching out his hand to the woman.  Between the Cups, as if generated by their joint energy, rises the ancient magical symbol of the caduceus, two snakes wound around a column.  Usually wings will appear at the top, but here we see a lion’s head as well, an alchemical image of transformation.  Modern Tarot sees this card as a romantic relationship, possibly a commitment.  Here we can see something deeper, people coming together to create a new world.  Notice the basic equality of the man and woman, and the energy generated between them.  This new society will be one of equality and cooperation.”

At first glance you might deduce the obvious meaning of this card, love.  But, what else might we see here?  Let’s have a look, shall we?

The first set are from The Gill Tarot by Elizabeth Josephine Gill (U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 1990) & The Incidental Tarot by Holly DeFount (Self-Published 2011.)

Two of Cups - The Gill Tarot & The Incidental Tarot

The Gill Tarot:  Two cups are shown, one inside the other.  The inner cup is formed by two faced that gaze on each other.  From the water grows a many petaled flower symbolic of the unfolding of soul and feeling.  In loving, the lover seeks unity, while still maintaining the duality of lover and beloved.

 The Incidental Tarot:  Two roses grow out of a silver chalice, one red and one white. These represent the duality of Love: passion and purity, and the chalice is the vessel of their union. These perfect complements indicate the coming of a new love relationship. Partnership, connection, and emotional wealth are the keywords of this card. The Two of Roses is an excellent omen for compatibility in relationships, and if properly nurtured can become a lifetime connection.

The next set are from Tarot Leaves by Beth Seilonen (Schiffer Publishing 2011) & The Robin Wood Tarot by Robin Wood (Llewellyn Publications 2008)

Two of Cups- Tarot Leaves & The Robin Wood Tarot

Tarot Leaves:  The spiritual duality of this card indicates the need to give attention to y our own health, spiritual well-being, and psychological health as well as to be mindful to the health of others around you.

Robin Wood Tarot:  Balance, Friendship.  Satisfying love, friendship, platonic love, a good partnership, harmony, cooperation.  Opposing forces blend and yield a glorious whole.

The last set are from the SteamPunk Tarot by Barbara Moore (Llewellyn Publications 2012) & The Steele Wizard Tarot by Pamela Steele (Self-Published 2006)

Two of Cups - SteamPunk Tarot & Steele Wizard Tarot

SteamPunk Tarot:  Deep emotional connection or attraction.  While a romantic partnership is certainly possible when this card appears in a reading, it is not the only option.  Any potential partnership can be represented here.  The most important element is that when the two people come together, they create something unique and powerful.

Steele Wizard Tarot:  A love affair, great friendship or emotionally charged meeting.  Reciprocity.  Harmony between opposites.  Exchange of ideas and plans with a kindred soul.  A true partnership whether between firends, lovers or business entities.  Genuine communication on all levels.

Author Anna Burroughs Cook - Tarot Dynamics Unleashed – has this to say about Card 42, the Two of Cups:

Subject Card Two signifies your attachments, changeable, attachments.  Card 42 acativates your desire for company, acceptance and security – sometimes to the point of over-stimulation, which can undermine your better judgment.

    “Whatever the situation, your feelings can enable you to be a more formidable opponent or powerful ally than either you or other people may expect.  Events that take place at work, at home, or both, will strengthen your affection and loyalty, or suspicion and irritation with people.” 

     “At your best, you’re as attracted to positive people and endeavors as they are to you.  Your ability to simultaneously strike the right chord with some people, while hitting the wrong note with others, can lend a note of sparking controversy to your popularity.”

Please join me over the next week as I’ll be looking at the Two of Cups more in depth and combined with a new COTD each day.  Stop over to the New Paths Tarot -Facebook page and get in the discussion!

I hope this has shed some new light and understanding on the Two of Cups!

Until next time, Happy Tarot’ing and May Your Journey be an Enchanted one.