Visual Description of the Two of Cups:
There are two people entwined in a courtship ritual. They are drinking from separate cups, but their arms are interlaced as they do so, showing their trust and love for each other. They look into each others’ eyes as they do so, a further indication of their fondness for each other. Above their heads two snakes are entwined around a winged staff. This is the Caduceus of Hermes, which represents trade and commerce. Atop the staff the lion’s head shows that this is a trade of passion rather than goods.
Divinatory Meaning of the Two of Cups:
Upright Meaning of the Two of Cups Tarot Card:
As with all cup cards, the Two of Cups represents emotion. In this case an intense passion is indicated between the querent and another person. While this traditionally points to an intense love affair it has come to indicate a Spiritual connection between any two people.
“You’re feeling very attracted to a certain someone. These feelings may even be making you feel a bit uncomfortable at times, especially of you don’t quite know how to place them. You need to keep in mind that not all passions revolve around romantic relationships, and while this card could mean that you’ll have an intense physical attraction to someone it could also mean that you’ve recently met someone that you’re attracted to for other reasons. These reasons could include any aspect of your life, not just your love life, so be bold and see where this attraction takes you.
This card is a gift from the Universe. It is giving you an opportunity to cooperate with someone on a very profound level and bring something new into our life. What blossoms from this card will depend on the type of attraction you feel towards this person, but whatever that may be you know you can trust this person to help you unleash a great passion within you. Whether this is a passion for that person, for work or for something completely new is something you need to ascertain for yourself.”
The querent should not be limited to thinking that this is a purely romantic card. A great friendship or work partnership can also be indicated here. It is therefore important that they realise what these emotions are guiding them towards before they mistake them for something they may not be and miss the great potential this card has for initiating a life-changing course of events.
Reversed Meaning of the Two of Cups Tarot Card:
Reversed the Two of Cups shows the evil sides of false kinship. The querent has put their trust in someone and they have been disappointed. As a result they may be acting out of emotion rather than logic, which could make the situation worse.
“You’ve been let down by someone you thought you could trust. The first step is to make sure that you understand the situation completely. This will call for a cool head, so you will need to keep your emotions in check while you gather your facts. If this person has indeed broken your trust you’ll have to maintain your cool… Because at its worst this card could indicate a violent passion.
While a crime of passion is understandable it brings a lot of shame and guilt on the person who committed the act. They will regret their actions when they come to their senses again. Now, while you might not be prone to such violent acts words can often harm more than you realise. So take some time to collect your emotions instead of acting rashly. It will save you a lot of trouble in the long run.”
The querent is advised to decide whether it is worth keeping this person in their life. If they decide not to the best course of action will be to simply move on as any interaction with this person could cause emotions to rise again and the querent is likely to act rashly in that moment.