Lately, the two of cups has been following me around. I am married with two beautiful children so I did not accept the popular meaning of this card when doing readings for myself as it did not really fit in to my current situation or question. As it turns out, I did have a lot of inner work that needed to be done in order for me to find my happiness.
As I began to do readings for others professionally, I began noting that the two of cups often came up when dealing with life path and career questions. As I channeled my intuition for my querants and clients, I found that this card was much more complex than I had imagined.
The two of cups is about total understanding and acceptance of all parts of yourself; this means complete acceptance of the physical, emotional, spiritual, mental aspects in yourself. In essence it is loving yourself unconditionally. This all sounds extremely selfish but I am finding more and more that this is not the case.
In order to be a good person, in order to truly love another, we must love ourselves first. You may have heard others say this, but how often do we really put ourselves first? As a mother, teacher, wife, and tarot reader, all roles in my life have been to serve and care for others. Witchcraft actually was the practice that encouraged me to begin self-care. Through my spiritual studies and own life situations, I saw the need of self-love and care. When I took a ritual bath, when I lit candles and incense, when I meditated, when I took time for personal tarot readings and journaling, I felt as though I was healing, rejuvenating.
I used to feel drained and tired because I was unknowingly, an empath. Now that I visualize and cultivate my internal energy, I have the ability to heal and balance all of my chakras.
The two of cups commonly depicts two people facing one-another. Their arms outstretched toward one another, they hold cups or vessels. The cups represent love and emotions that they are willing to give to one another. The Celtic Tarot card in particular was one of internal balance. I began to see the opposites more clearly: water and earth, male and female. The symbol between them most often is the Caduceus of Hermes which was an ancient symbol of commerce.
This union, with the caduceus above them, shows financial strength and blessings. The caduceus also was said to represent the double helix of DNA. If we view the card now as a financial unity and as a double helix, there two more possibilities for the two of cups interpretations: family love, career love.
But since this is a cups card and the cups represent emotions, the card always requires the querant to look at themselves. The two figures, though different from one another, mirror each other. The thought of a mirror is very important in the analysis of the card. Depending on the type of question you ask, the reflection will be different.
Even if you were asking a question about a love reading and the card was pulled, the implication is that there is a passionate lover but they will be your other half…they will mirror your love back to you.
I believe this card is about looking inward. And yes, all of the tarot cards are mirrors, but this one reminds us the most of a mirror because of the duality represented in the image. It is also about inner balance. Even when we mean well and want to fix the entire world because we are sensitive, beautiful souls, we must remember to check in with our own needs. Are you anxious, angry, or depressed? When was the last time you took time to do something for yourself like cut your hair, updated your wardrobe, took a nice picture of yourself? When did you take the time to read a book or a movie that you enjoy? If you do not fill up yourself with that cup first, you will not have the love or energy to give more to others.
Once I followed the advice of this card and poured myself some of the love from the cups, my intuition began flowing like never before. My emotions began regulating, my anxiety all but vanished. Sometimes you only need to look within yourself for love and wholeness. To remind myself to take the time for self-love, I made a tiny space for a simple self-love altar: a spot which makes me smile and adds some beauty to my life.
The two of cups asks us to look within much like the high priestess (the high priestess is numerically a 2 also), but it also asks us to be gentle and loving with ourselves. Treat yourself like a lover. Be introspective, fix some things within yourself, do shadow work, but then light some candles, listen to the music which soothes your soul. Fall in love with yourself again.
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