From the sorrows of last week’s card, Love is reborn. What a sweet way to enter the final week before Solstice, the darkest time of year for us in the Northern Hemisphere.
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. In my experience, 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.
The Two of Cups offers us true heart-to-heart connections. In many ways, this gentle card echoes the Lovers card of the Major Arcana. Like the angel that oversees the man and woman in The Lovers, the winged lion gazes down upon this couple as they exchange cups. At this magical time of year, it is natural for the Wild in our blood to seek expression and connection. And so the lion of sexuality blesses the couple.
But this lion’s wings indicate spirituality as well, indicating a beautiful balance of both. So while it is true that our sexual drive is often what first brings people together, there is more here. Here we see a tenderness and respect that is not simple sensuality. Further emphasizing this, below the lion is the caduceus of Hermes, symbol of wisdom and healing. This union is a divine gift to each.
The Two of Cups traditionally represents the beginning of love, for it follows the Ace, which is about love in the abstract. Now, in the Two, it manifests in the human realm. Two people connect.
It can be a partnership of almost any kind as long as the alliances are based on mutual respect and understanding. It may also depict how there are often wonderful friendships in our lives that have an undercurrent of attraction, but they remain chaste, for any number of reasons. In whatever friendship, love, or alliance this may illustrate, there is great depth and joy.
This card is a blessing to your relationships – new, old, and yet to be. If there has been strife, now is the time for a peace offering; harmony in all your partnerships needs to be a priority.
If you are married, how can you strengthen your commitment, friendship and intimacy? What loving cup of joy do you long to exchange this week, especially as the holiday energy increases? And in the festive mood and gatherings, are you being invited to get out and enjoy making new friends?
For those who seek love, the Two is a reminder that need is not love. Like the couple depicted, in order to nurture a strong, equal, committed love relationship, you must meet on equal footing. Do you feel that your own life is already joyful, empowered and beautiful? Only then are you ready to offer a worthy gift for your hoped-for beloved.
Only when our own cup is full, can we share our very best with another, and receive in kind.
What is in the Cup that you seek? What is in the Cup that you offer?
May it be blessed.