As you might expect, the number one issue when people seek a Tarot reading is love: When will it come? Who will it be? How can I change what I’ve got? Why can’t I have any? Where is my soul mate? Why don’t they love me? Why don’t I love them?
These are big questions, important questions. People often feel sheepish for asking, but they needn’t. For these are questions that dwell at the very heart of our human existence. After almost four decades of reading the Tarot for people, I can tell you beyond the shadow of a doubt — Love makes the world go round.
This week’s card has much in common with The Lovers of the Major Arcana. Like the figure in the trump card, there is a magical being in the Two of Cups who gazes down upon the couple, blessing their union. The lion usually represents sexuality, but here, its wings indicate spirituality as well, and so their relationship is a balance of both. Below the lion is the caduceus of Hermes, symbol of wisdom and healing, indicating that this union is a divine gift to each.
The Two of Cups often represents the beginning of love, for it acknowledges the sexual drive that often first brings people together. Yet, there is a sweetness about this couple exchanging their Cups. I believe it shows a tenderness and respect that is more than simple lust.
Sometimes, this card is an reminder of our feelings for those with whom we share an undercurrent of attraction, but which, for any number of reasons, we will never act upon. It can be the card of the Anam cara – the soul friend in our life.
More often, though, the appearance of the Two of Cups represents actual lovers that have found each other. Note that they do not appear to be needy, desperate, damaged, or unfulfilled. Their exchange is balanced and already fully whole. They are able to give one another peaceful cups of love and friendship.
In order to find or nurture a strong, healthy, committed love relationship, it is important that your own life already feels joyful, strong and committed. Others, even for the most well-intentioned of reasons, cannot make us whole.
Instead, what gifts do we bring to a new relationship? If we come only with our need or loneliness, we offer only an empty cup. The Two of Cups reminds us that when our own cup is full, and we know its profound value, we are then ready to share with another.