I tried to avoid this card. I pulled it a few weeks ago and gave a Gallic shrug. I was not moved to write believably upon the virtues and short comings of the Two of Cups. So I went to Crowley and the Book of Thoth written by Lon Milo DuQuette.
In traditional decks, we find two people facing each other exchanging cups beneath the auspices of an Arch Angel, most likely Raphael who governs the element of Water. This is a union of two hearts. To Crowley, this card represents pure love, love under will.
This card illustrates the perfected blend of masculine and feminine energies. It is Yin and Yang, the lap of water against a shore, and the dynamic between Venus and Mars joined in harmony.
I just wrote a post about being single on my www. iokirkwood.com page. This card represents the relationship you have with yourself, the internal relationship, and how it manifests in the world around you. When placed auspiciously, it means you have reached a point in your relationship with yourself that allows you to love another in harmony.
Surrounded by cards less advantageous, the two of cups could mean that more internal work is necessary. It indicates that whatever is in your environment, love-wise, reflects your view of love. I’ll say it again, but differently.
The way you treat others, reflects how you feel about yourself. The way others treat you, reflects how you feel about yourself.
If assholes surround you, then you’re an asshole to yourself. Like attracts like. Which means, if you’re surrounded by kind, supportive people, you are kind and supportive to yourself. Your outer reality is shaped by your internal narratives.
The name of the Two of Cups is Love. I don’t think any Tarot deck names this card differently. What does Love mean to you? What kind of love surrounds you? How do you love yourself?
These are questions that this card presents. If you answer honestly, you will have a baseline, a platform upon which you can transform your ideas of love into love under will.
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