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Two of Cups

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Love: Connection/Unity, Harmony/Truce, Attraction/Intimacy

The Two of Cups. Love. Intimacy. Connection. Attraction. Harmony. Unity. Joy. Truce. The Two of Cups corresponds to the Sefirot Chokmah, and represents the active, original form and emanation of the idea of Cups. It is the line, the first manifestation of the concept of something other than a singular point, and is the original harmony. The energy of the suit here are not diluted, and this is the first real manifestation of the idea of the suit that we can see.

As such, the Two of Cups represents the best of the suit of Cups as we see it; the suit’s energies in harmony with itself. The idea of intimacy remains at the forefront of this card, and is its primary focus; but the idea of intimacy is also expressed through the similar ideas of connection, attraction and unity. The idea of Emotional Force becomes joy and harmony. The idea of fluidity becomes truce (though not the same extent as the card of the same name). This card is in many ways a less powerful version of the Lovers (VI).

The Rider-Waite illustration shows a man and woman holding their cups together in what could be either close friendship or love, reaching out to each other. The Thoth art depicts two cups each receiving water from the same source as a sign of connection, reinforced by the intertwining of the tails of two fish; this card emphasizes connection, unity, and peace.

In a reading, this card asks you to look at how close relationships with another individual may be playing a role in your life. It is important to remember that this card does not always mean romantic love; it can just as often mean the love between friends. This card also asks you to find joy in the company of someone close to you, to examine your connections to others, to try to achieve harmony, and to look at your attractions to others. Reversed, this card’s energies are blocked somehow; intimate feelings are not being expressed, the feeling may only be going one way, or discord is making union difficult.

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Ace of Cups

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The Potential: Intimacy, Fluidity, Intuition

The Ace of Cups. It corresponds to the element of Water, and the Sefirot Kether. Its association with Kether – the point, the seed, the emanation, and the spiritual perfection – makes the Ace of Cups the pure idea and spirit of the suit of Cups. It is the original appearance of the energy of Cups, untarnished by association with with reality. As such, the Ace represents the pure idea of Cups.

The suit of Cups makes up one half of one half of the two dualities of the Tarot (Wands/Cups and Swords/Disks). While Wands represent action and driving passion, Cups represent passivity and powerful emotional intimacy. Wands create, and Cups receive. Wands are ‘masculine,’ and Cups are ‘feminine.’ The Ace of Cups is the beginning of the path that the energy of Cups will take down the Sefirot, and it is this energy that will be changed by the following Sefirot.

The Rider-Waite card shows a hand holding forth a  cup, offering its energies to the reader, giving you the energies directly from EinSof. The Thoth art shows a single cup, brimming with water, at the center of an explosion of power. This is similar to the Ace of Wands, but differs in several ways; the Ace of Cups uses blue and green colors primarily, and the very emanations themselves are less sharply defined, made of more gradual curves. The energy of Cups, while still powerful, is not as forceful as that of Wands, and more open to compromise.

In more practical terms, the Ace of Cups symbolizes emotional force, powerful emotions, fluidity (unlike the typical rigidity of Wands), intimacy, and intuition (empathy). The three most important of these would be Intimacy, Fluidity, and Intuition. This card represents the powerful emotions that bring people together, adaptability and willingness to compromise, and the ability to understand and sympathize and empathize with others. It represents the emotional bonds of the universe. These qualities are on in the most positive form, as the Aces correspond to spiritual perfection.

In a reading, the Ace of Wands advises the reader or querent to exemplify the qualities of the Suit of Cups; be emotional, try to see how others feel, don’t be afraid to be emotionally intimate, be adaptable, and be more passive than active. This is not the time for action; it is the time to sit back and go with the flow. Reversed, this card’s energies are blocked or twisted somehow; perhaps you should scale back on these qualities in yourself, or if you think you see the qualities of this suit somewhere you may be mistaken.

While the Ace of Wands is the ultimate origin, the origin needs to have someplace to go; this place is the ultimate womb, the ultimate fertile ground; the Ace of Cups. Wands represent creativity and action, and Cups represent adapting that creativity and not taking any direct action.  Cups represent not only emotions and passivity, but also potential; great things might come out of one who exemplifies the qualities of Cups.

 
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