Inverted Two of Cups


Inverted Two of CupsThe image suggests love is draining from the relationship. Depending on the cards surrounding it, this could be as minor as someone showing up late for a date, or as serious as a divorce or affair.

When you receive this card, remember inverted cups often suggest emotions are out of balance. Try your best to take a step back and assess the situation before you emotionally invest in it. If your beloved seems to be pulling away from you, try to look dispassionately at the events surrounding this retreat. Have they experienced something in their own life that is demanding their attention? This could be completely unrelated to you.

On the other hand, your relationships might be an outward manifestation of how you view yourself. How lovable do you think you are? How much do you truly believe you bring to the relationship table? If this is the case, it’s time for some deep introspection. The standards you hold for yourself could be unrealistic. Start this process of introspection by engaging your rational (Swords) mind. Write down what you expect from and want in a mate. When you are finished, evaluate how many of these qualities you yourself possess. You might find some comfort in Data, A Love Story, by Amy Webb. Whatever method you use, it is important for you to believe you bring something valuable to your relationships. Once you do, you will naturally attract balanced relationships.


The Two of Cups adds an element of love to the following cards.

Major Arcana

Hierophant: The Two of Cups (Hearts in other decks) in combination with the Hierophant indicates marriage.
Lovers: The Two of Cups (Hearts in other decks) in combination with the Lovers suggests romantic love is playing a role in the situation.
Sun: The Two of Cups (Hearts in other decks) in combination with the Sun represents two happy people sharing a loving and lasting partnership.

Minor Arcana

Ten of Cups (Hearts): The Two and Ten of Cups (Hearts in other decks) in combination indicate marriage.
Four of Rods (Wands, Staves, or Clubs): The Two of Cups (Hearts in other decks) in combination with the Four of Rods (Wands, Staves, or Clubs in other decks) indicates a wedding.

The Suit — Cups or Hearts

The cup holds water, the heart holds emotion. Water nourishes, refreshes, revives. Emotions remind us we’re alive, give us reason to commune with others. Water can give life and take it away. Emotions can make us want to feel more and wish we could just stop feeling entirely.
This suit invites us to that place below the surface, to search for the Holy Grail, to get in touch with our creative side.

Number — 2

Two is a number of duality, balance, and choices.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous

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