Two of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

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Two of Cups (Reversed)

Ideas: Couples therapy, incompatibility, unrequited love

Traits: Contradictory, deceptive, hesitant, indecisive, noncommittal, one-sided, skeptical, uncooperative

Emotions: Annoyance, disappointment, frustration, infatuation, irritation, rejection

  • Actions:
    • Admitting two people feel differently about each other
    • Considering couples therapy
    • Dealing with unrequited love
    • Figuring out your true orientation
    • Going your separate ways
    • Moving on from a relationship
Two of Cups (Upright, Balanced)

Ideas: Combination, mutuality, union

Traits: Accessible, agreeable, balanced, conciliatory, cooperative, decent, honest, responsive, secure, understanding

Emotions: Affection, attraction, contentment, enjoyment, liking, longing, pleasure, satisfaction

  • Actions:
    • Acting on your desires
    • Attracting someone
    • Doing what makes you feel good
    • Getting a mutual understanding
    • Healing broken ties
    • Merging
Two of Cups (Upright, Excessive)

Ideas: Clinginess, codependency, romanticization

Traits: Dependent, idealistic, impatient, impractical, indulgent, irrational, unrealistic, stubborn

Emotions: Apprehension, desire, envy, jealousy, loneliness, neglect, pity, pride, sympathy

  • Actions:
    • Becoming caught up in unhealthy codependency
    • Believing half a loaf is better than none
    • Insisting you’ve found the one
    • Putting someone on a pedestal
    • Romanticizing a relationship
    • Shutting out anyone but your chosen few
    • Taking a relationship to the next level too soon

Two of Cups’ Advice

Personal Growth

Rather than merely reflect the desires of others, identify what you want and be yourself. You can appreciate others without sacrificing your individuality. Honesty is power; be brave enough to admit what you really feel.


In a healthy relationship, everyone involved feels safe enough to reveal how he or she really feels. Feeling attraction? Say so. Not invested? Say so. Reflected love is a balm for the soul, but hidden or repressed emotions will poison a relationship.


Meet your goals more easily by recruiting others who see things your way. If what you’re doing now doesn’t thrill you, admit it. Do what delights you, or engineer a change of heart that allows you to enjoy what you’re doing now.


The idea that your spiritual practice must satisfy anyone other than yourself is an illusion. Do what you feel drawn to do. Find support and solace with like-minded individuals. Forgive spiritual abuse and rediscover the power of unity.

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