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Tarot Card of the Week – July 21-27

The Two of Cups
Although my neighbors are all barbarians,

And you, you are a thousand miles away,
There are always two cups on my table.

— Chinese poem, possibly Tang Dynasty

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.

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  • July 21, 2008, 8:27 am ARIE

    Hi Beth,

    I see the man with his left foot, the side of the heart approaching the woman and with his right hand , the side of action, laying his hand on her left hand, her side of the heart.
    In my personal life whenever this card appeared it meant a spiritual relationship with an undercurrent sexual attraction that never fulliled itself. Maybe due to the tender approach, sweetness and respect.

  • July 21, 2008, 10:27 am earthreflection

    Beautiful description Beth! Wouldn’t it be great if those principles represented by the two of cups were applied between countries: “Instead, what gifts do we bring….? 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.”

  • July 21, 2008, 4:01 pm Beth Owl's Daughter

    Hey, thanks, you two, for these additional insights… It’s so true about how if only nations could be as gentle and giving..

  • August 3, 2008, 3:51 pm urajerk

    Does anyone live in a subdivision where there are several people who ignore the subdivision rules?
    I do. No one is supposed to have those ugly fences on the top of their pools, and it seems that everyone in the sub with a pool has one of those. My neighbor has one, and I have to look at that hideous thing every time I look out my window. Then there is my other neighbor who has three dogs. The maximum number of dogs is supposed to be two. I wouldn’t mind the three, but two of them are pit bulls who viciously snarl and growl and act like they are going to eat my dog when they are outside. Even the owners scream at them to stop. It is very unnerving. Then one of the board members is delinquent by 3 years on the dues because she has decided she doesn’t need to pay since she is on the board. I can’t take the neighbors around here. I was looking for a forum to vent about the jerks around here and I came across this site called and I sent all of those idiots on the board and all my lovely neighbors with the ugly pools an anonymous card. LOL I loved it. I know it sounds stupid but I feel better. He he he