2 of Cups | Weekly Tarot Card Pt 3: Element and Number

This is the third installment of the Weekly Tarot Card. You can read the first two installments in the following links:

2 of Cups

Hopefully by this point you’ve developed your own understanding of the 2 of Cups after taking time to observe the 2 in your own decks and by meditating with it. Through doing this you’re developing your own experiences with the card, and hopefully connecting with the deeper essence of it.

However, now we look at the more ‘outer’ aspects of the card, built around shared experiences with it, including the element of Water which rules the Cups, and the number 2.

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Image result for image thoth tarot 2 of cupsWe as humans are made of water, at least, a large percentage of us is compiled of it. We need it for our cells to fulfill their function, to continue living. To not have water is like not putting oil in your card.

Because of this, it is our greatest supporter.

When you consider Water, it is demanding, wanting specific conditions by which to be contained. It must not have any cracks or holes, for it will find ways of leaking through. Water wants freedom, but can find contentment in the right sort of containment. Is this not just like our emotions?

We feel what we feel when we feel it, and it is only a select few, or some well placed exercises that can contain our emotions, or at least, quell them. They are seemingly without reason sometimes. Consider when we wake and are in a bad mood for no reason, or something small and seemingly insignificant happens and changes our entire outlook on the rest of the day, for the better or worse. We change like tides, we become turbulent, we calm after a while.

Rider-Waite 2 of CupsEmotions and the subconscious self are deeply connected, and thus they are both contained in the element of Water. It is not uncommon for us to have no idea why we feel the way we feel, only to later unearth something that we hadn’t realized was affecting us. Thus, to know the subconscious is to understand our emotions.

Once we can understand ourselves, then we can learn when and how to quell ourselves, our egos, our anger, our sadness, our joy. When we can quiet it, then we can hear messages outside us, and this involves listening to intuition.

Intuition can sometimes manifest itself in the physical body, giving us that ‘gut instinct’ that says when something isn’t right and makes us feel ill. However, it finds ways of speaking through us, and can sometimes do so through our emotions or our dreams. Intuition is often connected to the moon for just this reason, and the moon pushes and pulls at Water. Thus, intuition is also linked to Water.


Image result for image spiral tarot 2 of cupsThe number 2 has to do with unity, balance and harmony. In the terms of the Cups, the 2 reflects unity in order for reflection to occur. When there is balance, then there is harmony, and harmony between two people can be the bedrock for love.

The number 1 is the first dot, the first point from which creation begins. It is the idea, the start that has to exist in order for all else to exist. To create the 2, another point must be made, and thus there are two 1’s. They are two ideas which are not the same for they are separate, but they are similar, and when put together begin creation. Between the two 1’s a line can be drawn, and that is the action put forth by the idea. This is what the 2 represents.

It is the union, harmony and balance between two 1’s, which bring forth action.

The number 2 corresponds to the High Priestess, which will be the Card of the Week in 4 weeks from writing this.  She is the feminine counterpart to the Magician, and thus represents the passive energy of the Magician. The 2 then represents a passivity, a balance between the internal and external, the union of idea and action.

2 of Cups

The number 2 has to do with unity, balance and harmony. In the terms of the Cups, the 2 reflects unity in order for reflection to occur. When there is balance, then there is harmony, and harmony between two people can be the bedrock for love.

The 2 of Cups is often seen as a relationship card, a Minor Arcana for Lovers. But the greatest message in it is the harmony between that which is within and that which is outside of us. When we can create love for the self, then we draw love outside of us, and those who reflect, like in the waters of two cups.

What do you associate with Water? What element would you associate with love? Intuition? Where do you find it resides?

Where have you been able to find balance of opposites that created harmony?

2 of Cups

The Decks Used

Aquarian Tarot Magician 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

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

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 Vision Tarot

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 TarotRider-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.

Spiral TarotThe 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 TarotThoth 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 TarotVampire 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.


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