In my previous blogs I explained Chokmah, the 2nd Sephiroth called Wisdom is some detail, and by now one should understand that Chokmah is a state of Pure Maleness or rather the beginning of the idea of maleness, and that Binah is that of Pure Femaleness, or the beginning of the idea of Femaleness. Another way to say this is the concept of Will to Force is becoming electric, while the concept of will to form is becoming magnetic,
However, both are from Kether that is primarily before Androgynous became two. As explained, sexuality as we understand it , is not vast enough of an idea to encompass even a minor understanding of the Supernal Triangle. To help with the confusion, Pure Male is Electric Force and Pure Female is Magnetic Force. But again, understanding of these Two Forces is not complete.
The Two of Cups-Love and the Two of Water:
is also called the Lord of Love and this is easily seen as it represents Venus in Cancer. The angels of the Decan are: Ayoel and Chabooyah. Have fun with those Sonic sounds!
The Two of Cups is the influence of Chokmah in the Mental world of Briah.(again, please refer to past blogs for the Four worlds in illustration---no room on this blog!)
Cups represent the Alchemical element Water, which is the consciousness, and Cancer is a watery sign that is the House of the Moon, so the match up is obvious. Jupiter is also exalted in Cancer thus implying benevolence in this most sensitive of signs.
This is a card of feeling and romance in the human world, so misspent energy may apply. Generally, fish are a symbol of the Goddess Venus but dolphins relate more generally to Neptune or the Sun god Apollo.
On the Two of cups, we can see (by careful scrutiny as the colors are somewhat faded) a Silvery Dolphin and a Golden Dolphin, The Silver one represents the Moon, Female and the Golden one represents The Sun, male. Here the union of both is loving, and romantic, as they work together to bring light into our world. The harmony of male and female which is also the nature of the Water sign Cancer.
The Water of Emotion, or Consciousness, springs up from the Central Lotus, flowing down into the overflowing cups to ultimately reach the Earth. This imagery implies that only through the energy supplied by Chokmah-Fire, can water flow. E-motion, is energy in motion, and the "motion within the movement' is Chokmah's domain.
In Qabalistic Gematria (the book 777, by Aliester Crowley), the number Two refers also to Will, So the Two of Cups can also imply Love under will or Willful Love. The Two of Cups radiates a perfect placid harmony, amid joyous ecstasy...often called the "adorable fire".
The 2 of Water, of the Erotic Tarot by Milo Manara, this willful love is shown in the card as two lovers, rather than the alchemical symbol of two dolphins,embracing in a lake or pond. Water being consciousness, they are consciously in love.
The acclaimed Italian Artist, assigns the meanings of the idyll, romantic passion and the moment, to the 2 of Water. His Water cards also imply the sensual use of the sense of sight. The astrological meaning that Manara assigns to the 2 of Water, is Venus in Cancer: implying the need to dominate and manipulate money with care, in a personal and even a egotistic manner.
The symbols on this card maybe subtle, but they represent both the male and female forces that once joined; as a couple, and as the Sun above the castled phallus and the Water that is symbolically Female as a lake and fertile earth all covered in exuberant vegetation, produce all things from the vital flow of Love.
When the Two of Cups- Love or the 2 of Water, is thrown during a reading:
- The querent is in a deep love relationship
- The joyous bliss of receiving as one has been received.
- a loving and healing union of opposites propagating a compassionate and caring response.
- The recent loving bond of consciousness and unconsciousness reconciling the harmony of what seemed opposite. Such as the merging of unconscious desires with those of the Heart.
- The beginning of a love affair or pledge of deep friendship.
- ideas generated between two partners in cooperation and harmony.
- The merging of Lover and beloved.
- A healing harmony where quarrels and disputes are resolved.
- Romance, trust, sympathy, desires consummated, vows, engagement and marriage, all permutations of active partnership.
- Where the action of body and Spirit are in sync.
There may be a tendency to think of this card as one would the Major Arcana Card of the Lovers. But that is not always so, as the Two of Cups is about Love being physical, between Two human partners. Where as, the Lovers Card-key 6- refers to the inner Hermetic Marriage of the love between the Yin Yang, balanced in harmonious union as the inner Self.
To a Qabalist, Key 6 rather than the 2 of Cups, would be the Love of Binah and Chokmah, of Wisdom and Understanding. However, the surrounding cards will show if this is the Hermetic Marriage of the Goddess and God within or of two Soul mates in the human world. Here is where the intuition of the Reader is most helpful as well. For Love is such a powerful emotion that it can overcome all limits of restriction and burn away in pure "adorable fire" (Paul Foster Case), any reasoning.
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!