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Two of Cups Art and Meaning Waite Smith Tarot Deck Deck

Designation

Two of Cups

About the Deck

Waite Smith Tarot Deck

Pivotal and canonical, this deck defined a new pattern that would be followed up to the present. I made a digitally retouched and painted version of this deck, which I call the "Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck". The cards from that deck, as well as a modern English translation of the romantic English descriptions by Arthur Edward Waite (as appear on the Waite Smith Tarot deck) appear in a cross-referenced format in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot: In Vivid Color"

Provenance

Designed by A.E. Waite and Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. England, 1911.

Tags

cups-2, two-of-cups, two, cups

Description

A youth and maiden are pledging one another, and above their cups rises the Caduceus of Hermes, between the great wings of which there appears a lion's head. It is a variant of a sign which is found in a few old examples of this card. Some curious emblematical meanings are attached to it, but they do not concern us in this place.

Meaning of Two of Cups from the Waite Smith Tarot Deck

Upright

Love, passion, friendship, affinity, union, concord, sympathy, the interrelation of the sexes, and--as a suggestion apart from all offices of divination--that desire which is not in Nature, but by which Nature is sanctified.

Reversed

Love, passion, friendship, affinity, union, concord, sympathy, the interrelation of the sexes, and--as a suggestion apart from all offices of divination--that desire which is not in Nature, but by which Nature is sanctified.

According to Many Schools of Thought

Papus's Divinatory Meanings

Opposition. Unimportant obstacles raised by one of the lovers.

A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings

Upright

Favourable in things of pleasure and business, as well as love; also wealth and honour.

Reversed

Passion.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Love, Attachment, Friendship, Sincerity, Affection

Reversed

Crossed desires, Obstacles, Opposition, Hindrance.

Mme. Le Marchand's Divinatory Meanings

a marriage; fidelity in wedlock

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