The Two of Cups of the Thoth Deck and the Two of Cauldrons of the Tarot of the Old Path both represent love.
The Element Water is represented in the Blue clothing and drinking cups of the couple drinking from each others cup in a gesture of love and friendship.
Maid, Mother and Crone, the Three stages of Mother, are shown as 3 drops of water that are falling between them.
The seem completely at ease with one another evolving peace, love, sharing; all that comes in a loving union.
Thus, the principle meaning of this card, is a commuted couple who share love and understanding.
The previous blogs explainedthe Qabalistic Tree of Life and the #2 Sephiroth- Chokmah is some detail, and by now one should understand that Chokmah is a state of Pure Maleness, and that Binah is that of Pure Femaleness. However, both are from Kether that is primarily Androgynous.
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:
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 Sonics!
The Two of Cups is the influence of Chokmah in the Mental world of Briah.
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 card, 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, 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 Gematria, 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.
When the Two of Cups- Love or the Two of Rods-, is thrown during a reading:
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 in the inner Self.
To a Qabalist, Key 6 would be the Love of Chokmah, Wisdom and Binah- Understanding; of Will to Force, Chokmah and Will to Form- Binah 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.
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