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The Two of Cups in Tarot and How to Read It

Andrea has a background in Myers-Briggs and Western astrology. She mostly writes about relationships.

The Two of Cups is about when two different energies meet. Those two energies could create a new kind of synergy or they could oppose each other. It all depends on whether there is flow or blockage.

The Two of Cups is about when two different energies meet. Those two energies could create a new kind of synergy or they could oppose each other. It all depends on whether there is flow or blockage.

Two of Cups in Tarot Readings and Games

The Two of Cups is a favorable card and represents positive interactions. For those not in the know, the Suit of Cups represents the element of water, which deals with emotions.

When the Two of Cups appears, you should think of a partnership. This card often relates to a romantic couple, and it can be seen as parallel to the Lovers card. I would argue that the Lovers card is a stronger card as Major Arcana cards tend to dig deeper than suit cards.

Card Description

In the most popular version of the card, a man and a woman stand in front of each other. Both people hold a cup. They're in a private session and share words with each other. They could be sharing vows, performing a ceremony, or revealing their true emotions.

Have you ever intentionally stared into someone's eyes in a secluded area? It can be intense to stare directly into someone's eyes, and it can strengthen the bond between the two people. When you look into someone's eyes, you can read their soul (maybe).

Before a relationship, two people will flirt. They try to present themselves in the best light. It's usually pretty obvious when sparks are flying—the two of you may spend hours together, rely on each other for the weekends, and you likely get excited when you talk about this person.

On the card, there are wings, snakes, and a lion's head. These strange animal parts are between the couple. The snakes form a Caduceus. The animal parts are similar to the Chimera (a mythical beast) and suggest risk-taking and heroism.

Possible Symbolic Interpretations

  • What is the Caduceus? It is the staff carried by Hermes in Greek mythology. It is a short staff made up of two intertwining snakes. It is a popular symbol in the medical industry.
  • What is a chimera? It was a fire-breathing monster of Lycia in Asia Minor. In Greek mythology, it was one of the offspring of Typhon and Echidna. The Chimera is a mix of animals: the lion, the goat, and snakes.
  • The lion represents Leo, the fixed fire sign. Leos are known for their passion, their zest for romance, and their compassionate hearts.
  • The snakes relate to Scorpio, the fixed water sign. Scorpio is known for its intensity. They have a reputation as a passionate lover.

A Positive Card in Most Situations

The couple on the card are obviously in love. This is the card that lovers want to see.

Whenever two forces are drawn together, there is potential for bonding. The card isn't always about romantic partners but can represent a strong friendship, strong business ties, or two very similar creative souls.

When two energies meet there is potential for transformation. This card is about the connections of two parties, two events, two countries, and the like. The key number here is quite obviously two.

Our bodies heavily rely on the number two. We are all made up of two halves. You have two eyes, two ears, two hands, two arms, two feet, two legs, and so on. The number two is stabilizing. Two protects the singular parts of your body, like your heart, spine, and brain.

The Two of Cups suggests that you should look for pairs. Now is not the time to separate or stay apart. It is time to join forces.

If you are in a conflict, this card suggests you should come together for a truce. Give forgiveness a chance.

If you are struggling with two choices or tendencies within yourself, now is the time to reconcile them. You have to bring things together. You also must make a choice, don't leave things undecided.

Balance Your Social Spheres: Spend Time With Friends Too

The Two of Cups can be a warning. The energy of two can invite curiosity. A pair can create a magical world of their own. They can be exclusionary. A single party can mingle; three people can hangout. A party of two is intimate—you will exclude more people and use more discretion when traveling as a pair.

You need to be careful that in pairing up with someone you're not creating disharmony or friction in a setting. Couples are not as malleable as single people. It's easier to go with the flow when you only have to care about yourself.

Unhealthy relationships that consume all of one's energy need to be examined. You may need to be liberated from your partner. The Reversed Two of Cups symbolizes toxic relationships and breakups.

The Two of Cups is about allowing yourself to be seen. You're not trying to hide. You're not putting on a mask. You allow love to be your guide. Your self-acceptance has invited a like-minded person into the mix.

The Two of Cups is about allowing yourself to be seen. You're not trying to hide. You're not putting on a mask. You allow love to be your guide. Your self-acceptance has invited a like-minded person into the mix.

Card Alignments

Upright

Unified love, partnership, mutual attraction, romance, chemistry, vows, mutual attraction, newlyweds, balanced relationship, balanced conscious and subconscious.

Reversed

Self-love, breakup, disharmony, distrust, toxic relationship, one-sided romance, dogmatic, codependency, possessive, jealously, young love, puppy love, tension, discord.

The Two of Cups encourages you to let love be your guide. You refuse negative self-talk. You are aware of your unhealthy patterns and you break them.

The Two of Cups encourages you to let love be your guide. You refuse negative self-talk. You are aware of your unhealthy patterns and you break them.

Upright Two of Cups in a Reading

This card represents love between two people. With this card, you're creating a deep connection or partnership. The two of you have shared values, understanding, and similar life goals.

The Two of Cups represents a young couple. This could be a budding romance or newlyweds. This card typically isn't for a couple that's been together for ten years.

The card could also represent going on a vacation with someone to somewhere romantic. The card suggests intimacy, pleasure, and escapism. This card foretells a positive trip with someone you are in love with.

In order to be like the Two of Cups, a couple must have equal parts mutual respect and mutual attraction. You need to appreciate each other. You care about each other and don't define one another by your worst moments.

Couples come together when they have a similar level of consciousness. Together you will work harder to improve your understanding of the world and to become more open minded.

I think it's important to reflect on the love you've had in all the stages of your life, and not just romantic love. Think about the positive aspects of your childhood. You want to notice how creative and kind you were when you were only in elementary school. As an adult, you want to expand your horizons and see things you couldn't when you were young. A good partner helps you achieve your life journey: they help you open your eyes to your dreams.

Act Rather Than Hide

The Two of Cups encourages you to enter a new partnership. If you've had a crush on someone, it's okay to approach them about your feelings, but only if you're actually available. Don't try to give your heart to someone if you've already given it to someone else.

The couple on the card are both physically attracted to each other and have a strong soul connection. You should feel like you have ESP with this person. You get on the same wavelength with ease.

A Significant Event or Milestone

The Two of Cups can be related to a proposal, a wedding, or an important date. These are events where powerful words are expressed. You are willing to lower your guard and be vulnerable.

This is an exciting card! It is a positive one. When two forces meet it can be transformative. Two forces can create extra momentum or cancel each other out. It's important to consider whether the two of you refresh each other. Do you fill your partner's cup with something nourishing or with poison?

Your shared synergy adds something magical to the world. People love to watch you two interact. You add life into a room with your conversations.

Know Yourself First

There are lessons to be learned when you are single and lessons to be learned when you're a couple. Don't try to rush to learn something before you're ready. Learn to play a simple piano song before a complex one.

I encourage people to first become masters of their independent-single lives before they add a partner into the mix. Those who succeed at one move onto two. (You must know your own energy before you move onto synergy.)

Written Agreements

The Two of Cups also relates to contracts such as:

  • Signing a marriage license
  • Buying a house together
  • Buying a car together
  • Going into a business together
  • A publishing deal
Love will come in its own time. You can't force it. You and the other person must be in each other's path.

Love will come in its own time. You can't force it. You and the other person must be in each other's path.

Reversed Two of Cups in a Reading

When Two Cups pour down, love is going away from you. The Reversed Two of Cups is about untangling. It's as if the Caduceus staff was ripped apart in some kind of eerie cosmic rip.

By the way, Neil deGrasse Tyson's biggest fear is that the Universe could potentially get destroyed in a Big Rip. If this large cosmological event were to take place it would be an astronomical amount of years into the future. If you need some nightmare fodder, do a Google search on the Big Rip.

The Universe breaking up is a really sad thought. It's counter-intuitive to how we see energy today. The laws of physics at this point are stable and not so scrambled that nothing can hold its form. Breaking up with your partner can feel like a Big Rip.

The Reversed Two of Cups and the Self

The Two Cups is negative in regards to couples, but it's positive if the card is in relation to yourself. How do you know if it's about self-love? If the other cards in your reading appear to be positive.

You need to first love yourself and be comfortable as a party of one before you extend an invitation to someone else. It'll make your relationship a lot easier if you first know how to love yourself. A good partner will reinforce the idea of self-love.

I can't repeat this enough: self-acceptance leads to fulfilling relationships. If you don't have love, you'll project your chaos onto others. You'll become clingy, attached, and will ultimately attract the wrong kind of people. This could put you into harmful situations. You'll attract narcissists, you'll be defenseless, and you'll start drama just for fun.

Before you seek out a romantic partner, fill your own cup. It's kind of like the old saying about plane crashes—secure your mask first before you help someone else with theirs.

Therapy Can Help

If you're struggling with self-hate, this is where a therapist can step in. They can help you untangle your thoughts and get you onto a better track.

The Reversed Two of Cups can signal a breakup. You and your partner are out of sync. To be frank with you, a card shouldn't be what indicates a breakup to you. You should already in your intuition know if your relationship isn't working.

Relationships can get clogged. People start to withhold information. They stop trusting each other. Something in their synergy is off. Communication gets stifled. You don't hold each other anymore.

A healthy relationship is a safe space for you to express yourself. If you want to save the relationship, you need to talk to address the issues. You need to put your guard down and be vulnerable.

You may need to work with a counselor who specializes in couple troubles. Hiding from issues won't solve them. It could actually make them worse.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2021 Andrea Lawrence

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