When the 2 of Cups (Venus in Cancer) shows up well dignified in a reading it almost always speaks of falling/being in love and ill-dignified (or reversed) about falling out of love. It is one of the cards people hope to see when they are reading about a potential future lover.
However, the 2 of Cups can also signify friendships or great emotional affinity and harmony between co-workers. It all depends on the question and surrounding cards.
The 2 of Cups also signifies emotional sensitivity. When reversed or ill-dignified, this sensitivity can be coupled with a tendency to become reactive and to project or manipulate.
Healing with the 2 of Cups
The 2 of Cups is a card that can be placed upright directly over the heart chakra for meditating on the restoration of peace and harmony within. It can also be used to meditate on self-love. Self-love is the starting point for healthy (non-codependent) relationships that are based on friendship, respect and unconditional love.
Affirmation: “I open my heart to love. I trust and honour myself. Trust and honour abound in all my relationships.”
2 of Cups Prayer
Dear Mother-Father God, thank you for opening the eyes of my heart. From love was I born and to love I return. May all my relationships be loving and true. Amen and so it is!
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Archangel: Gabriel, ruler of the Element of Water
Gemstones: Selenite, rose quartz and green aventurine
Essential oils: Lilac, rose and jasmin
The 2 of Cups in Love and Relationships
In some ways, the 2 of Cups serves to illustrate the concept of relating because here we find, for the first time on our journey through the Minors, deep emotional heart-to-heart relating and intimacy.
This card symbolises reciprocal love – the beloved beholding and being beheld by the beloved. Because of the intensity of this experience, lovers in love easily get lost to the world.
The shadow aspect of this card is the ‘clinging vine syndrome’ and co-dependency. The antidote is to develop a strong sense of self, coupled with a healthy amount of self-love.
A relationship under the auspice of the 2 of Cups signifies two people who are willing to yield and compromise. Their own needs become subordinate to the need for communion with the beloved. On the flip side, these two might be compromising their core needs, in which case the relationship will soon be tested.
Single and looking
If the 2 of Cups shows up in a reading for someone who is single and looking, it is likely that they will soon find someone and fall in love. But is it the Right One and will it last? Surrounding cards will provide more clues.
In an intimate setting, this card symbolises gazing into the eyes of the beloved and also having a feeling of completely merging with the beloved in a kiss. It signifies total surrender in lovemaking and it doesn’t get much sweeter than this.
The Marseille Tarot image in this post is from the CBD Tarot by Yoav Ben-Dov.
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