Two of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

Two of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

What does the Two of Cups card mean in a Tarot Reading?

Two of Cups is one of the sensual cards in Tarot that exist in a deck. This is the Arcana of the relationship of two people, love and romance. All the energy in it, creative and spiritual, blesses the changes in your life. This is a card of execution, the embodiment of plans.
Two of Cups means a union of lovers. This can be a new acquaintance, reconciliation with a former lover, or a manifestation of good feelings in an established union. The meaning of this card affects, first of all, a deeply personal, intimate sphere, whatever it is about: light flirting, sudden falling in love, a date after a long separation, or the beginning of a new friendship or love relationship. But it can also mean a warm welcome, hospitality when we arrive somewhere in unfamiliar places, go on a business trip or for negotiations.

Goal: Harmony, Peace, Love
Element: Water
Planet: Venus, Moon
Astrological sign: Cancer


A man and a woman swear to each other in love and devotion. They have cups in their hands. Above them is a winged lion’s head, and below, between two cups, is a caduceus with intertwining snakes.
(For a detailed depiction, analysis of the Symbols and all Elements of the Two of Cups Tarot Card, click here)

The Main Meanings of the Card In an Upright Position

Key Words and Phrases

Segregation of duties. Heat. Attractiveness. The initial stage of harmonious relationships. Romance. Love. The atmosphere of happiness. Mutual exchange. Connection. Friendship. Balanced relationship. Business deal. Balance between giving and receiving. Cooperation. Reciprocity. Kindness. Attachment.

Two of Cups Tarot Card

Ending hostility. Understanding. Emotional balance. Harmony. Union. Mutual respect. Common interests. Devotion in friendship. Platonic love (under certain Arcana). Signing contracts or agreements. Engagement. Marriage. Declaration of love. Passion based on deep feelings.

The main meanings of the card in an upright position

the beginning of love or good acquaintance;
ascent to a new level of spirit development;
the possibility of having a child;
favorable outcome of the case;
warm welcome, hospitality;
green light for any business;
love, passion, inclination, sympathy, attractiveness, affection;
unity, harmony, good luck in business and love, wealth, honor;
entertainment, carnal joys;
unity, partnership.

Situation and Advice

The Two of Cups presupposes the continuation of harmonious relations. If you were involved in the discussion, you can easily come to a compromise. Now is the right time to collaborate with other people. Perhaps a solution to some problem or reconciliation awaits you ahead.

Two of Cups. Witchcraft Tarot by Ellen Dugan
Witchcraft Tarot by Ellen Dugan

Maybe you will have the opportunity to sign a lucrative contract or conclude an agreement. If your question was about a love relationship, then the Two of Cups portends harmony, understanding, friendship, love. Perhaps the result of your romantic relationship will be an engagement or wedding. Everything around you is permeated with a spirit of cooperation. Perhaps a gift awaits you.

Persons designated by Upright Two of Cups Tarot Сard

Couples. Partners. Friends. Loved ones. Colleagues. Lovers, but not yet spouses.

The Main Meanings of the Card In a Reversed Position

Key Words and Phrases

Refusal. Disappointment. A break up. Termination of an agreement or contract. Troubled relationships. Incompatibility. Lack of devotion. Unrequited love. Parting with a loved one. Mistrust. Insincerity. Disputes. Misunderstanding. Disagreement. Conflicts. Reckless behavior. Unjustified trust. Inequality between what a person gives and what he receives in return. Terminated agreements. Disharmony. Resentment. Hatred. Quarreling. Disagreements. Injustice. Parting. Divorce. A breakup that’s hard to get through. Parting is a little death. I hate you.

The main meanings of the card in a reversed position

there is an opportunity for happiness, joy, success, but at the moment it is not available;
breakdown in relationships;
love turned into hatred and despair;
desire, attraction, even lust;
hasty decisions should be avoided;
envy, lust, greed, passion, illusion;
irrepressible passions;
relationship troubles, hasty actions;
uncontrollable passion, unrequited love, selfishness;
fake love, decay;
disagreement with partners, inability to come to a compromise.

Situation and Advice

You may have to part with someone you care about. The card indicates that you are in a situation where your trust is not justified, you are rejected, you are faced with rash behavior, your feelings are hurt, or your romantic relationship with someone is not developing the way you would like. An atmosphere of disharmony surrounds you. Someone may respond with selfishness in response to another person’s selfish behavior, and this situation will lead to conflict.

Two of Cups. Tarot of Consequences by Corrine Kenner, Pietro Alligo
Tarot of Consequences by Corrine Kenner, Pietro Alligo

One of the partners only gives, the other only receives. Passion that has nothing to do with love. For women, this card may indicate a lover’s possible escape.

Persons designated by the Reversed Two of Cups Tarot Сard

Former partners. Those who do not live up to trust. Those who can only take without giving anything in return.

In the Spreads

The card means the union of two lovers. When two people truly connect and see the future together. As partners, they find themselves in a mutually beneficial relationship in which everyone can be rewarded. The partners of such a union will have the same attractiveness and affection, which will lead to long-term communication, possibly marriage at a later stage. Also, the Two of Cups is associated with friendly ties, well-established business partnerships. In business, may refer to commercial transactions, contracts, or agreements.
This Tarot card carries a special meaning for a person’s personal life. There is a chance to meet the only love, to create a favorable union. It tells about the possibility of meeting friends, making new acquaintances, parties, and having a pleasant pastime. Try not to miss the chance given by fate.
Overall, Two of Cups is not a depressing card, and this applies whether it is upright or reversed. It is clear that the upright position is better as it gives a greater sense of serenity. In a reversed position, the Arcana can be the punch you need to go forward and make a difference in life.

In an Upright Position

In the interpretation of the Two of Cups Tarot card, the main theme is partnership. The querent either already has connections with someone influential, respected and reliable, or he will have such a partnership. Of course, we can talk about a love story: in this case the card predicts long-term happiness. But also in business relations, the querent and his partners expect mutual understanding and fruitful cooperation, as well as the resolution of professional disagreements.
In an upright position, Arcana refers to high feelings between people, offering the beauty of relationships, passion, friendship, marriage. At the event level – partnership, agreement, matchmaking. This is the right time to find a compromise in order to organize cooperation. Problem solving and reconciliation are ahead.
Traditionally, it symbolizes the birth of a new love, so very often it appears in the hands of lovers. Two of Cups Tarot card is a litmus test of a person’s readiness to open up to love, to let it into his life and to share a close relationship with another person. It also shifts the focus of attention to what is the unifying factor, making them forget about what separates the two in their desire to create a relationship.
Of course, this card is about marriage and marriage partnership. The Two of Cups describes the creation of a hearth where people jointly establish relationships in a pair, act together and in conjunction. However, this card may not concern love relationships. In this case it is considered to have the meaning of strong friendship, great mutual sympathy, in harmonious cooperation for the benefit of everyone.
Two of Cups, dropped out in an upright position, first of all means mutual sympathy, the establishment of promising connections, the connection of lovers. This can be a new acquaintance, reconciliation with a former lover, or a manifestation of good feelings in an established union. The meaning of this card affects a deeply personal, intimate sphere, whatever it is about: light flirting, sudden falling in love, a date after a long separation, or the beginning of a new friendship or love relationship. But it can also mean a warm welcome, hospitality when we arrive somewhere in unfamiliar places, go on a business trip or for negotiations. At the event level, the card often symbolizes a joyful meeting.
Depending on the spread, the Tarot Arcana of the Two of Cups can also indicate any other type of strong, promising relationship: kinship or friendship, business cooperation, etc.
The moments of trust and agreement, mutual understanding are very important in the meaning of the card. The value of the Two of Cups card indicates all kinds of friendly meetings, meeting of kindred souls, joint walks, the joy of communicating with loved ones. Heralds a pleasant meeting, sincere communication. The card gives a positive direction to current affairs, can serve as a symbol of the beginning of a new round of development in a situation or business.
Definitely, the Two of Cups in the spread is for good news. Even if your request is not about love relationships, the card promises success in one area or another where you have to interact with people, because, by and large, all victories are based on correct communication, so the presence of this card in the spread is very favorable.

In a Reversed Position:

The reversed Two of Cups tells about personal or business disputes and disagreements with partners, which can lead to the end of cooperation. The querent should avoid hasty actions and rash decisions that will accelerate the course of events and subsequently cause regret.
For the other value of the reversed Two of Cups card, the same positive predictions remain as for the upright card. Negative cards surrounding the Two of Cups can delay its influence or create obstacles to the people involved in the relationship. But even a negative influence cannot change the prediction. This is a union to be, it is equally good for you and for your partner or partners.
Appearing in fortune telling or spreads in a reversed position, the Two of Cups does not completely lose its positive meaning. The card speaks of temporary difficulties, delays, additional minor problems. At the level of events, a reversed Two of Cups can be interpreted as separation, jealousy and suspicion of infidelity, insincerity, inconsistency in collective actions or dissatisfaction with one’s own or others’ actions.

Two of Cups. Black Grimoire Tarot
Black Grimoire Tarot

In a reversed position, the Two of Cups Tarot card speaks of the presence of such problems in the personal life of the querent as unrequited love, disagreements with a loved one, and even fading of feelings and parting. The card suggests that you are in a situation where you cannot follow the lead of negative emotions (such as anger, jealousy, irritation, etc.) and, moreover, make important decisions under their influence. Otherwise your union with your loved one can disintegrate.
In addition, in the spread, the Two of Cups can also tell about problems with partners in any other areas, be they work colleagues, relatives or friends.
In either case, in order to avoid conflicts and losses, you need to learn to negotiate and seek a compromise.
The card in a reversed position tries to draw your attention to how sincerely you act in your relationship, how much you try to bring benefits to it. It suggests that somewhere there is a conflict that needs to be resolved. Perhaps you dissolved completely into another person and lost yourself at some point, and you need to look for balance, act tactfully, calmly, but not retreat from yourself or from this interactions.

In the Spreads for Different situation

In an Upright Position:
When the Two of Cups appears in a reading for a situation, it is indicative of a meaningful partnership. In the image, the exchange of cups shows that your emotions will be intertwined with those of others. Now is the time to embrace the connections you have and continue to strengthen them.
In a Reversed Position:
The reversed Two of Cups is not a desirable Arcana, as it represents chaos in life. You tend to quarrel, argue with friends, family members, lovers, business partners or colleagues. Now is the time to swallow your pride and apologize for your wrongdoing. If you don’t feel you are at fault, consider the reasons for the disagreement anyway. Sometimes maturity is what helps heal broken situations.

In the Spreads for Relationship

In an Upright Position:
Two of Cups can mean true love, deep affection and a stable relationship. Predicts everything you can hope for to have in a couple. This does not mean that you can rest on your laurels, relax and hope that you and your partner will grow old together. You need to develop relationships in order to thrive. Given that the Two of Cups depicts a man and a woman in a wedding ceremony, this could indicate marriage, marriage proposal, or engagement.
If you’re looking for love, Two of Cups often indicates a new romance is coming soon. If a couple has just been born, the corresponding Arcana that falls out indicates that you will establish intimacy and trust in a short period of time.
In Tarot reading, the Two of Cups demonstrates power. Two become one. Two of Cups focuses on what happens for each person in a pair. To be loved and respected by other people, you must first learn how to do all this in relation to yourself. When you know how to love and value yourself, people will naturally reach out to you and treat you with love and respect.

In a Reversed Position:
The reverse Tarot card Two of Cups can mean a lack of rapport with your partner. If you receive this card when relationship problems arise, it may be time to forgive and forget about past problems. Start all over again.
In the reversed position, the Tarot card “Two of Cups” indicates a lack of connection between you and your partner or with your inner self. Other signs are lack of balance or self-control, tumultuous relationships with possible mind games or love triangles, and loss of a sense of equality. Cheating, secrets, lies can get in the way of specific relationships. A reversed card can show that relationships that once flourished are becoming stagnant and boring. There can be a mutual lack of respect between you and your partner.
If at the moment you have a good, stable relationship, temporary minor problems may occur in them. Most likely, it will be a harmless quarrel, being late for a date or the sweet bitterness of parting for a couple of days, no longer.

In the Spreads for Dates

In an Upright Position:
It looks like the two of you are happy to be together and happy with everything! Even if not yet, it will soon be that way.
In a Reversed Position:
You are afraid that the relationship will collapse, or it is already happening. You misunderstand each other, there is a clash of goals and desires. Beware of someone who looks irresistibly charming. He (or she) is not what it seems.

In the Spreads for Family

In an Upright Position:
You come from a caring, compassionate and loving family.
In a Reversed Position:
You must learn to compromise, then people will yield to you too.

In the Spreads for Friendship

In an Upright Position:
Your close friend is very different from you, and you learn a lot from each other.
In a Reversed Position:
It’s difficult to be friends now, because you don’t have time to listen to what the friend is trying to convey to you. Don’t you really have time for this?

In the Spreads for Money

In an Upright Position:
Investments, savings, profits will be on your way. It’s time to look for a partner to generate more income. If you are creating a new business with someone, you can completely trust your business partner. This will be a very fruitful project.

Two of Cups. Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti
Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti

In a Reversed Position:
The Two of Cups in the reversed position usually indicates balance and fairness in relation to money. If you have a money problem, look at the state of your relationship with the people you work with. What can you do to improve your working connections? This will likely improve your cash flow.
Avoid waste. Control your expenses, stick to a budget. Now is not the time to trust your advisors. Follow your intuition.

In the Spreads for Education

In an Upright Position:
You are now interested in two very different subjects.
In a Reversed Position:
Studying seems to be especially difficult now. Ask for help, “and it will be given to you.”

In the Spreads for Career

In an Upright Position:
When the Two of Cups comes up on a reading for a career questions, you can expect new doors to open for you in the form of business partners or contacts. You can expect to meet someone soon to help you with your business. A person with whom you share common goals.
In an upright position, the Two of Cups symbolizes a good atmosphere, a spirit of camaraderie and cooperation, in a word, a place where it is pleasant and comfortable to work. If this card comes up in response to a question about a possible job change, then it means that a friendly welcome awaits you at the new place, that new colleagues and managers will help you to get into the rhythm. The same applies to such intentions as job search, opening your own company, in general to any business and projects. This Arcana can be interpreted as a joint venture organization, as successful negotiations or as an interest in further cooperation.

In a Reversed Position:
In a reversed position, the Two of Cups denotes inconsistency in teamwork, attempts to manipulate, loss of authority, disappointment from a business meeting, inability to negotiate with business partners.
Now is not the time to trust your advisors. Follow your intuition.

In the Spreads for Health

In an Upright Position:
Harmonious health, positive dynamics of recovery. Sometimes – a light disorder of paired organs.
This card may indicate that your friend or new lover is helping to lead a healthier lifestyle. If there is a sick relative, Arcana refers to the healing process, provided that the person follows all the instructions and prescribed procedures of the medical professional.
In a Reversed Position:
If you have heart failure, you have seizures or your immune system is weakened. It is very important to take precautions and control all self-destructive behaviors associated with depression. Now is the best time to visit a doctor.
Minor inflammatory diseases associated with the lymphatic system are likely.

Answer to Yes / No Tarot Spreads

In an Upright Position:
Definitely “Yes”
In a Reversed Position:

Self-Development Lesson

Appreciate and respect the contributions of both parties to your love relationship. Kindness and mutual respect can bring your hearts together.

Type of person in an upright position:

The card means a person who lives in harmony with himself and others. He does not like to be alone, seeks to cooperate with others in any way. For him, a bad peace is always better than a good quarrel. In any case, even in negative situations, he tries to find a spark of goodness.

Type of person in a reversed position:

Two of Cups. The Tarot of Vampyres [With Phantasmagoria] by Ian Daniels
The Tarot of Vampyres [With Phantasmagoria] by Ian Daniels

Means a person who is overwhelmed by conflicting desires. He himself does not know what he needs, how much and why. He tries to keep up with everyone only because he understands that he is not enough for independent research. Likes to annoy others, poke, gossip. Envious and jealous.

Arcana’s warning

“Two Cups” is the image of the heart. The contribution of both partners to the relationship, which must be appreciated. Kindness and mutual trust will be beneficial. Arcana warns: when the card falls upside down, it is better to temporarily postpone all planned common actions with your partner.

Final Advice of Arcana

Two of Cups advises to speak with your heart. It is likely that the person you are trying to bond with feels the same way. However, he needs to hear this from you. So why not let him know what you feel inside, why not now? This card advises you to devote yourself to friendship and relationships.

In an Upright Position:
Take a closer look at the one who loves you, do not refuse the offered happiness. Show love and concern for your close one yourself.
In a Reversed Position:
Allow yourself to be lazy, but not for long. Do not be silent in a problem situation. Be sure to complain about the one who offended you.


The Tarot card Two of Cups symbolizes partnership, marriage, union. Whatever relationships are described, new ones will appear or old ones will be strengthened, they will be based on harmony.
The Two of Cups indicates that love is already blooming within you. The energy of the Arcana is very convincing. Life without love can be harsh, love makes us better.


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5 thoughts on “Two of Cups Tarot Card Meanings”

  1. The second time I had an incomprehensible situation with 2 cups. The question arises about what will happen to the new acquaintance, but there is no continuation of the acquaintance. The surrounding cards are wonderful, but there is no continuation, not even sympathy from the young man…
    How to explain this?((

    1. Hello, without seeing the spread and surrounding cards it is difficult to answer your question. Perhaps he is hiding his feelings for some reason, so as not to point your finger at the sky.

  2. The 2 of Cups very often in relationship scenarios illustrates jealousy and envy, hidden negative feelings and grievances towards a partner – as well as unfulfilled expectations (the consequences of which are grievances) that are not expressed openly.

  3. The standard meaning of the card is mutual love. But I constantly experience just warm friendly communication between M and F. Appreciation, gratitude, joy. But not love at all (((

  4. Girls, the Two of Cups as the card of the day showed me a friendly meeting between a man and a woman and drinking alcohol together!

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