Two of Cups Tarot Card Meanings and Combinations
Water, female, passive energy - emotions
Keywords and Phrases:
Loving union and close bond.
Two of Cups Tarot Card Meanings
As the Ace of Cups shows the start of a new relationship so the Two of Cups indicates a deepening bond and progression in a relationship, taking things to the next stage. For those dating it may lead to engagement or marriage. When appearing in a spread for a longstanding couple it normally shows a strong meaningful relationship, where the couple share a deep bond, friends and lovers, almost inseparable.
For singles: an interesting twist with this card is when the Two of Cups appears before the Ace of Cups, often indicating a friendship blossoming into romance, where the two people are already known to one another and very attuned - with the absence of the Ace the potential for relationship exists.
If reversed or ill-dignified, problems to an existing relationship, can show division.
Similar or supporting cards: The Lovers (love relationship) all supporting marriage cards, Temperance (harmonious bond)
Opposing or contradictory cards: Three of Swords (quarrels and upheaval) Five of Cups (let down or betrayal).
Two of Cups Tarot Card Combinations:
For many readers, this is the card of engagement or marriage, although I prefer the Ten of Cups (but this is personal preference, as many see the Ten as happy home life, covered in later section). With the number two I see it as ‘continuation of,’ a progression, but in combination with other marriage cards would form part of that progression and association.
Knight of Cups > Ace of Pentacles > Two of Cups: marriage proposal and engagement (proposal, ring, engagement)
> Two of Wands: ‘mom and pop’ business, partnership in love and work.
> Ten of Pentacles: setting up home together (also, Knight of Wands > Two of Cups > Ten of Pentacles)
> Ace of Wands > The Empress > Ace of Cups: “We’ve got news!” A new addition to the family, expanding your brood.
> Three of Swords > Death: the end of the affair, usually permanent split (unless immediately followed by Judgement).
The Moon > Two of Cups > The Devil: partner keeping secrets, (if Five of Swords then someone’s taking advantage, devious)
> Hierophant > Three of Cups: marriage and wedding celebrations (also strengthened with Lovers, Ten of Cups).
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