Two of Cups Tarot Card Meanings 2016-10-15T04:55:35+00:00

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Two of Cups Tarot Card
Meanings and Keywords:


Your other half. Deep love between two people.

Making a connection with someone. Intimacy.

Spiritual love. 

A unique and special friendship.

Giving and receiving love and support.


Spending quality time with your partner.




Communication hiccup.

Symbolism in Two of Cups tarot card

The woman holds the cup in her right hand, while the man holds the cup in the left hand, symbolising balance between giving and receiving, between the male and female. They are facing each other, and reaching out for one another, the symbolising union between two people. The wings and snake form a Caduceus, which is the staff carried by Hermes in Greek mythology, a symbol of commerce, eloquence, and negotiation as well as balance, healing, and duality. The lion’s head symbolises strength, passion, and dignity.

Two of Cups tarot card and Astrology

Venus (Empress) in Cancer (Chariot).

Two of cups tarot card meanings upright

Two of cups in a general reading

Two of cups is the tarot card for being in love and being in a close relationship. There is real intimacy in the relationship, and you know and understand each other on a deep level. There is healing taking place in this relationship, as the other partner will be exactly what you need to heal. If the question is about work, then you will find great friendships and possibly even love in the workplace. You might find that you love going to work because of the people you are working with, and not just because of work itself.

Tips when Two of Cups shows up in a reading: This card often speaks of the seeker’s second half. The seeker is often working behind the scenes to make room for their partner. Help them find ways to enjoy their relationship in a healthy way.

Two of cups in a love reading

In a love reading, Two of cups tarot card denotes a deep friendship within the relationship, where the relationship has center stage in the Seeker’s life. The relationship is their number 1 priority.

Two of cups in a career reading

In a career reading, Two of cups tarot card signifies work in hospitality, wine taster, therapist, and healer. Two of cups can as mentioned above also mean you will find love at work.

Learn what Two of cups tarot card means in the Grand Tableau.

Personality types in Two of Cups tarot card

Two of cups tarot card indicates someone who has a very friendly personality. They often only feel happy once they are in a deep and meaningful relationship. They are always looking for true love and once they have it they feel at peace with themselves and the world. Two of cups people will do almost anything for love. They make sure they look beautiful and have a great career so that they will be attractive to their partners. The motivation behind why they put in all the effort is so that they will feel worthy of finding and keeping love.

two of cups tarot card meanings

Falling in love

Two of cups tarot card meanings reversed

Two of Cups tarot card reversed indicates being afraid of love and relationships. The seeker might be dreaming of love, but when it comes down to actually having one, the fear of rejection and abandonment gets in the way. This card sometimes shows up reversed when there are a separation and break in a relationship or a communication hiccup that cause conflict or distance between couples. Look for surrounding cards to find the clue for why this is occurring. Next to Three of Swords it can indicate a complete breakdown in communication. Next to Three of cups reversed it can indicate adultery. Next to Three of wands it can indicate the couple has grown apart.

Personality types in Two of Cups reversed

Two of cups tarot card reversed is someone who feels it is safer to dream about love than actually having it. They dream about the perfect partner but feel deep down that this is unachievable to attain. They don’t think themselves worthy of love. They believe no one wants them. Two of cups reversed people are afraid of losing themselves in relationships. They can only commit half way before they get scared and run. When they do enter into a relationship they need a lot of reassuring that everything is good. They also need plenty of time on their own as being together is draining and exhausting for them. They need to take a step back and enter into the energy of Ace of cups until they are connected to themselves. They need to love themselves more. Two of cups tarot card often shows up reversed when the seeker is in a Soul Mate relationship without loving themselves first. They are scared of abandonment.

Two of cups Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including Two of cups:

Two of cups + The Fool: Love at first sight. Unexpected love.

Two of cups + The Magician: Being swept off your feet. 

Two of cups + Strength: Gaining confidence in the relationship. 

Two of cups + The Sun: A new relationship. 

Two of cups + Ace of wands: Fertile relationship. Pregnancy. 

Two of cups + Four of wands: Celebrating your relationship. 

Two of cups + Five of wands: Friends fighting. Falling out. 

Two of cups + Nine of wands: Defending your relationship. 

Two of cups + Knight of wands: Adventurous love. 

Two of cups + Ace of swords: Strong communication in a relationship. A mental connection. 

Two of cups + Two of swords: Afraid to fall in love. Holding back. 

Two of cups + Three of swords: Long distance relationship. 

Two of cups + Queen of swords: Turning your back on someone. 

Two of cups + Ace of pentacles: Joint bank account. Investing with significant other. 

Two of cups + Four of pentacles: Stable love. The relationship brings financial abundance. 

Two of cups + Page of pentacles: Physical attraction. 

Two of cups + Three of cups: Engagement. Wedding. 

Two of cups + Six of cups: Past love returning. Creating memories. 

Two of cups + Ten of cups: Perfect love. Spiritual love. 

Two of cups tarot card meanings summary

While the Ace of cups tarot card spoke about the potential for love to enter your life if you are open to receive, the two of cups tarot card speaks of love already blossoming. It is true love and a real connection. It is wonderful and scary, and most definitely worth it. Life without love can be harsh. We all have so much potential and it is often hidden until someone special shed their loving light on us. Love makes us better people. Love makes us ask the big questions. Love makes everything worth while.

Use the Suit of Cups to determine how local someone is.


  1. Beth April 25, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Inger,

    I’m thinking of changing my workplace, moving on. I have some opportunities, i’m waiting for feedbacks, but i asked my cards about an another opportuniti, witch i don’t know yet, that will come just thereafter-what can i expect- and i got the reversed Two of Cups with the Page of Cups upright. What do you think about this?
    And as advice- what to do, to find the best job: be patient, passive, or be active- i got the Empress.
    (Oh, and in connection with an offered job i got The Dead with Chariot reversed…it sounds a bit frightening…)

    Thanks a lot!


  2. Inger Bråthen April 26, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    These card combination can indicate that in the new job you will be put on the spot a lot and have little support from others. Empress in advice position reminds you of your self-worth, to find something that matches your vibration, and to be around people with high vibration. Write a list what you want in your next job, especially from the people you will be working with, and manifest what you want and need…..the cards above can mean that the offered job will have some issues with the people there, however those issues might only be in the initial stages…:)

  3. Victoria May 30, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Hi Inger,

    I did a three card spread and asked the cards what will happen between me and the man I want to be with. (Were not in a relationship yet and haven’t even had the discussion, in fact nothing beyond flirting, but I do really feel a connection with him and I think its mutual)

    The three cards I got were ten of cups, two of cups and Queen of Pentacles. This threw me as I am blonde and I know that the Queen of Pents can mean the ‘other woman’, but can also indicate a situation. What would your take be on this?

  4. Inger Bråthen June 1, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Hi Victoria. You definitely have a connection, and the cards are telling you that you have what is called an emotional relationship; where it is not yet materialised in the physical, but you can sense it developing on the psychic plane. They show me a soulmate showing up in your life in the near future, so it could be this man, however, only if this relationship can develop on a practical level. If not, the soulmate will be a new connection.

  5. Victoria June 3, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Wow thankyou! That really does make so much sense.

  6. Kayla October 14, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Hello Inger,

    I did a 3 card spread a few days after sending my ex an email (it’s been over a year since I’ve heard from him). Because I’m not expecting a response from him, I decided to ask the cards how he reacted to my email. The 3 cards I got were the Wheel of Fortune, the 6 of cups, and the 2 of cups. I interpretted this to mean that there’d be a reconciliation with a good beginning in a new relationship between us until I realized my interpretation may be too biased. That got me wondering that my email sparked nostalgic memories of when we were together and how close we were. Do you have any insight you could offer?

  7. Inger Bråthen October 14, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Hi, Kayla. You might need to do a more specific spread. I suggest using the Estranged lovers spread. Estranged Lovers Spread

    Card 1. What is the main obstacle between me and …name of estranged lover.

    Card 2. What are the chances we will be reunited.

    Card 3. How compatible are we.

    Card 4. Future influences.

    Card 5, 6, 7. Destiny of relationship.

    Let me know how you go 🙂

  8. Kayla October 15, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Thank you so much, Inger! I did the Estranged Lover Spread, and these were the cards I got (all were upright):

    1. 6 of wands
    2. Empress
    3. 5 of coins
    4. Page of wands
    5. 6 of cups
    6. Fool
    7. 2 of cups

    As a whole, I feel like this is a positive reading. I’m not entirely sure how the victory and triumph of the 6 of wands translates into the main obstacle between us, unless maybe there isn’t an obstacle? The Empress tells me that not only is a reunion possible, but it’ll be a positive one as well. Then there’s the 5 of coins; it doesn’t seem to bode well for compatibility: insecurity and inadequacy. But the future looks to be influenced by messages and adventurous energy with the destiny of our relationship containing 2 of the same cards from my earlier reading: the 2 and 6 of cups. This is the first time I can recall picking 2 of the same cards together in 2 different readings, so that message is apparently important. The Fool has me thinking about an optimistic new beginning.

    Aside from the 5 of coins, the energy of this reading seems to be telling me that things are progressing towards a positive reunion. Maybe the 5 of coins is there to remind me of the past and to show me that struggles can be overcome? Do you have any thoughts on how these cards fit together?

  9. Inger Bråthen October 16, 2016 at 1:45 am

    Hi, Kayla. The cards look good, except for card position 3. If you could give me your Date of births, I will check your numerology blueprint and see if they are compatible. You can privately message me on the contact-me page…
    Cheers, Ingie

  10. SA November 13, 2016 at 4:04 am

    Ok, I’m a bit confused.

    I did a 6 card love spread.
    -The relationship right now, came up as upright ace of cups
    -my feelings came up as high priestess
    -their feelings came up as reversed magician
    -obstacles came up as justice reversed
    -best approach came up as tower reversed
    -outcome came up as 2 of cups reversed

    I’m super perplexed as the outcome as 2 of cups reversed and don’t know what to think.

  11. Inger Bråthen November 13, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Hi, you are getting a lot of 2s (high priestess, justice, 2 of cups) with 1s (ace of cups and Magician), and you also get a 7 in the Tower. The numbers can tell you why the cards are showing up reversed, because with all the 2s there are a focus on relationship, and with the cups you get strong feelings, but then there is a lack of court cards, which can mean that someone is not showing up fully in the relationship. The Magician reversed can actually mean someone who is hiding or not showing you everything about who they are. The tower reversed is also telling you there could be deep wounds that are unable to be revealed, because it could be too painful, thus, it advices to not unveil too much. But because you came up with high priestess here, you already know on an intuitive level, and this is stirring up something deeply buried in the other person. The 2 of cups reversed means that you are back at square one, which is ace of cups. I feel like this relationship will stay the way it is now for a while, without changing too much, not yet anyway.

  12. nimi March 17, 2017 at 1:16 am

    I asked if the person I am currently not in communication with, will eventually come together? I pulled the two of cups. Seems obvious but time will tell…..

  13. Inger Bråthen March 17, 2017 at 1:48 am

    If two of cups is in the final outcome position, it can mean you will come together. 🙂

  14. Rosie April 17, 2017 at 2:53 am

    Hi!! I did a reading to see if my crush would stay in my life (we were dating but separated 4 months ago) and I got: the sun, 2 of cups, page of cups, world, and strength. Does this mean that we will mend the relationship and work things out? I’m a Taurus and he’s a Leo not sure if it’s relevant. Please help!

  15. Lea April 17, 2017 at 6:36 am

    I did a 3 card spread , my question was what is nicks true intentions towards me? These are the cards that showed up

    *3 of swords , * 2 of cups, *9 of cups
    In this exact order

    What does this combo mean? Thank you

  16. Inger Bråthen April 17, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Hi, Rosie. Your cards indicate you have a strong connection, however, you are two big personalities and you must learn to coexist with harmony. I do think there is a chance for reconciliation though 🙂

  17. Inger Bråthen April 17, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Hi, I feel there could be some financial lessons attached to this person.

  18. Rosie April 17, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Oops I guess my msg did post! Lol. Strong connection as in strong love between us? What spread can I do to find out how to work things out between us? Or coexist to make it work. Thank you for your prompt response Inger!!

  19. Inger Bråthen April 18, 2017 at 4:17 am

    Hi, I think you can reunite for sure….there is a lot of love there…but the world card and the strength card are often in opposition to each other and it can mean you need to really work at it and communicate better with each other…. I do think you will get the chance to do this….but you might have to swallow your pride and be the first person to reach out.

  20. Rosie April 19, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Hi! I don’t know why my comments don’t upload. Maybe I’m not doing it correctly. Which spread can I do to find how we can coexist together better? We constantly bump heads but seems like there is strong love between us. Based on the prior reading-sun, 2 of cups, page of cups, world, strength do you mind breaking that reading down for me? I really want to make it work with him ❤ thank you!!!

  21. Rosie April 19, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Thank you!

  22. Inger Bråthen April 20, 2017 at 11:19 am

    I recommend the Celtic Cross Love Spread:

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