What is the meaning of the symbols on the 2 of cups? It is a card that is traditionally seen as a good omen for relationship questions and about commiting to something or someone we feel strongly about. After all the cups are all about emotions and relations. But what if that is not the only meaning of the card? When you look at the symbolism in the card there may be much more to learn from the 2 of cups. In this post I’ll talk mostly about the left image. The 2 of cups from the Rider-Waite deck. One of the obvious symbols on the card is the winged lion head. This is the alchemical symbol for transformation. But what does it transform? Maybe the rest of the card can tell us that.
Immediately below this lion head we see the caduceus; this is the staff with two coiled snakes around it – and sometimes topped with wings -of Hermes. It is often seen as a medical sign, but that is the rod with one snake around it of Asclepius the god of medicine and healing. The staff of the Greek god Hermes symbolises diligence and prudence. When you combine that with the transformation we see in the winged lion head we basically can say that the card tells us about how we can transform a relationship we have with someone. Be it family, a romance or a friendship.
Relationships tend to flow naturally most of the time, but sometimes the energy shifts in a negative direction and it is than important to look at what is changed in the dynamic between you and the other person. What can you do to transform this energy back into a positive form?
But what if you feel strongly about the healing rod of Asclepius?
When you know that it is officially the caduceus in the card but during a reading the feeling is very strong that this needs to be seen as the healing rod of the Greek god Asclepius, then you should follow that intuitive feeling. You may even see the winged lion head different then. It can be all about archangel Raphael who is know to be the angelic healer. Don’t let rules or what you have read elsewhere dictate what you see in the card. Follow your intuition.
My personal associations with the 2 of cups
So that is looking at those two symbols from one perspective. But what if the situation and cards feel entirely different. I then start thinking about how I see these symbols personally. Which means somethings else completely.
What are people doing in the cards?
…or is it LOVE after all?
2 of cups images used come from:
Illustrations from the Rider-Waite, art by by Pamela Colman Colman Smith, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. ©2017 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Green Witch Tarot by author Ann Moura and art by Kiri Leonard, 2014© Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. 2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125. All rights reserved, used by permission.