This is the second installment of the Weekly Tarot Card. You can read the first installment, ‘Observation and Description’ here.
We spent some time yesterday just observing the 2 of Cups and noticing what we thought and felt about it. Today we’re going to really spend some time with the card, trying to put ourselves in with it. This will be a little different than yesterday since this is one of the few cards which has more than one figure in it (considering the Rider-Waite deck. However, your deck might be different. Feel free to modify how you see fit).
The focus of the 2’s is union, harmony and balance. The element of the Cups is Water, and for this meditation, we’re going to be focussing on how the fluidity of Water, and the parallels we can draw between it and us. You can read more about the actual element itself in tomorrow’s post on Water, the Cups, and the Number 2.
Find a comfortable and quiet place where you can keep a pen and paper near you, and ready to write what you find. If you are not a writer, or aren’t in a position to be able to write, making a video recording or a voice recording is just as good. Just try to avoid typing your responses during this exercise. You can transfer your findings onto a computer later, but not during the exercise.
Be sure to put your devices on silent or on Airplane mode so as not to distract yourself. If you prefer meditative music while you do this, try to avoid streaming anything, as any advertisements might disrupt this process (unless you have paid accounts).
Pick the 2 of Cups from the deck you intend to work with, or all of the decks. This meditation is for your connection with the card, and your developing understanding.
Close your eyes and allow yourself to breathe. As you inhale, feel the parts of your body expanding with the breath, and focus the pure white energy entering your Heart Chakra in the center of your chest. As you breathe in, it glows a vibrant green, growing brighter, letting love grow with it. Love for friends, for partners, for family. Wherever your love generates from, pull it in, letting it fill you, encapsulate you. Imagine your breath like crashing waves, your inhale being the gathering of the wave, and your exhale being the breaking of it, calm, intentional, drawn out.
As you exhale, let go any tension you’re holding. Relax your shoulders, your neck, your tongue, your toes, your fingers. Mentally move through the body and notice anywhere that is clenching, pressing, tightening, and let relax those parts.
Breathing in, draw in the white light, feeling the lush green of your Throat Chakra brighten. It gets brighter and brighter with each breath you take, and you feel connected to the flow of Water.
The energy of Chakra grows, more and more vibrant, bigger and bigger, expanding beyond you. As it expands you feel a lighter, carried by the uplift of emotion, of gratitude, like a body of water, holding you up. And then you notice that it is actually a body of water, warm, clear, and cleansing. The depths below you stretch on into darkness, but you don’t mind. It’s all supporting you.
You allow yourself to sink, allowing the water to go over your head. It’s okay, you notice that you can breathe just fine, and you continue to do so, keeping with a rhythm of a drawing and breaking wave.
You move down into the water, feeling safe and warm, but still kicking to push yourself toward the darkness of the depth. You are safe in these dark waters, warm, and with the ability to breathe. What do you find there? There is something glistening to the left of you.
You reach out and take it, noticing that it s not one, but two cups.
You bring the two cups to the surface, to which you float comfortable and with no effort outside your will, and as you pull the cups out of the water, you see that they are both full. Who will you share your cup with?
Spend time with the two cups, noting that you have enough for another person, that it is filled with you, and that who ever takes on the second cup, must be willing not only to give them their own cup, but also to accept your cup.
Reflect, and when you are ready, bring yourself back to dry land, back to your body. Breathe in and notice the weight of your physical body in the chair or on the floor, wherever you’re sitting. Breathe out and notice the temperature of the room. Breathe in and feel the tips of your fingers. Breathe out and shift yourself to be more comfortable. Breathe in, enjoying the relaxed feeling from your meditation. Breathe out, and open your eyes.
Pull out your journal or recording device. Take time to jot what you notice, what you feel, what you think. Spend as much time doing this as you want, fill as many pages as you’d like. After you’ve recorded, or before even, do something to fill your creative desire. Paint, sing, play music, write, draw, create.
The 2 of Cups is about love, more than any other Minor Arcana. It asks us to reflect on what love means to us, who we share our love with, and where our reserves for love come from. If we don’t have the love of ourselves to regenerate what we give, then can we have a full cup to share?
Spend time reflecting on this, journal about it, draw it, sculpt it, dance it. Reflect on the weight of the globe in your lap, and how you can shape it.
If you’d like to read more card meditations, you can visit the meditation page here.
The Aquarian Tarot in a Tin by Italian-born, American-raised David Palladini, was published originally in 1970 by U.S. Games Systems Inc, and then republished again in 2016 in a smaller size. Named after the Age of Aquarius, the Aquarian Tarot is a midieval depiction of the Rider-Waite Tarot system. The images are closer, and thus might give the impression of being more character-based rather than relying on symbolism. This intimate deck provides a stark reflection of the human condition in it’s journey through the tarot.
Faerie Tarot by Nathalie Hertz, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc, 2008. Hertz is a French artist, and the creator of several other beautiful tarot decks. The Faerie Tarot was ‘inspired by the flora and fauna of the French countryside,’ and ‘invites you to see the world in a delightful new way…blending fantasy, whimsy, and nature.’
Impressionist Tarot by Arturo Picca (artist) and Corrine Kenner (author), published by Lo Scarabeo in 2015. This deck takes works of classic impressionist paintings and recreates them to fit the meanings of the tarot. It pulls from works of Edonard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gough, and Paul Gauguin. A truly beautiful deck, especially for those who have interest in the art world.
Prisma Visions Tarot by James R. Eads, 3rd ed., published in 2016. The deck itself is beautiful, though perhaps not for the beginning tarot reader. The suits all fit together to create a master picture displaying the energy and progression of the suits. The figures and images flow from one card to the next, showing movement within the stationary cards.
Rider-Waite by A. E. Waite. The deck used in these photos is currently out of print. I won’t say much about this deck, as it is fairly standard and probably one of the most produced decks. It serves as a standard for many tarot readers and artists, depicting classic images relating in part to the original playing cards that tarot developed from.
The Spiral Tarot by Kay Steventon. With turn-of-the-20th-century style art, this deck takes from the classic Rider-Waite deck and brings it up to the late 1800-early 1900’s, a time of industry and contemplation for the western world as it moved forward into a more technological era. I am a little biased toward this deck as it’s been my main deck for 15 years. The cards are thick with additional symbolism that can be tricky to pick out of the traditional Rider-Waite, and adds layers of Greek myth throughout the Major Arcana.
Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley (designer and author) and Lady Frieda Harris (artist), published by U. S. Games Systems, Inc., in 1978. This deck takes from most esoteric imagery, and requires the reader of the deck to have deep, initiate knowledge of the symbolism used. There is nothing within the cards that is without meaning. However, on a more surface level, the deck draws from Egyptian symbolism and from the style of the Marseille Tarot (mostly seen within the Minor Arcana). For those looking for deeper understandings of the universe, I recommend this deck. I would caution that this deck is highly advanced, and might be avoided for the budding reader.
Vampire Tarot – by Nathalie Hertz, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. in 2000. As mentioned above in reference to the Faerie Tarot, Hertze is a French artist who gained her notability through the publication of her tarot decks. The Vampire Tarot was a bestselling deck upon its release, and plays on more gothic symbolism, providing more jarring interpretations to allow for the accepting of negative forces within the world to compliment the positive forces. The deck brings together myths and legends in the form of vampires, which ‘gives tarot readers a macabre passport’ into the world of divination.