The Tarot of Eli, LLC: The Thoth tarot- 2 of Cups-Love

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The Thoth Tarot-2 of Cups-Love:

This may seem confusing since we have 3 individuals here rather than 2. However, with Love there is a mutual annihilation of the individuals by the process of Union. The "first Movement" of energy is called Kether or Logos, and it is not an individual of anything and is called the "Word" rather than a "being". Kether is the Hebrew, Eheieh, which means "I Will Be", therefore, it isn't anything yet. However, Chokmah, the 2nd Sephiroth is "Will-to-Force", the Masculine aspect of energy and a form of thought called Wisdom, and the 3rd Sephiroth of this Supernal trinity, is called Binah, "Will-to-Form", a form of Understanding, the Feminine aspect of energy. When the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine Unite, there is no male or female present, only the Divine Hermaphrodite exists, who creates all. I call this Force of Will -The Divine Creative.

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Therefore, In the Qabalistic Thoth Tarot, the Two's represent the "first manifestation". On the Qabalistic Tree of Life, Kether is shown to be the 1st Sephiroth of 10 Sephira, and many have thought that this is the first manifestation of conscious energy. Yet Kether is the "limitless light", a movement of Dark Energy, and has no visible end or beginning, which allows no viewing. Therefore, Kether is known as the "Dark Sun" or Logos, it is the first "sound" or vibration, without ears to hear...anywhere! Hence, as it can't be seen, nor heard and is the first movement in Dark Energy it is the least understood concept of the Tree of Life sigil.

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Therefore, the First manifestation falls to the Twos, which represent Chokmah (Wisdom) and Binah (Understanding) as the First Lovers. We find this true in our own mind, as Wisdom loves Understanding and vice versa. Therefore, the Thoth Tarot, depict 2 identical beings, either dolphins or humanoids, for there really isn't a manifestation of sexes yet, even though a Union is shown on the Tree of Kether- Chokmah and Binah, as one Triangle; this is a Union of Willed Forces and Willed Identities (forms) that has become what we call the One Mind and/or the Divine Creative. Sexing the Supernal Triangle may even seem more confusing; However, both Chokmah and Binah are at first, receptive/feminine and then expressive/masculine. Chokmah also represents the feminine Greek goddess Sophia which means "Wisdom"-Moon. While Binah, the Divine Feminine, called "understanding" also represents Time, which is Cronus-Saturn, the commonly known figure of "Grandfather Time". They are called "Lovers" because they can't be separated. If you can find a way to separate Wisdom and Understanding, or time/space I would like to examine your head, for it is only from Understanding that Wisdom comes and only with time can space be seen!

The Four Alchemical Elements of Fire, Water, Air and Earth, may have begun in the concept of "I Will Be"-(Eheieh), which is Kether, but only upon reaching the Deuces are they in appearance as "beginnings" of "Will-to-Force" and "Will-to-Form".

Therefore the 2's represent the Elements uncontaminated by influence. Hence, they appear in their original harmonious condition. The 2's may be considered the A-sexual "fetuses" of the Seed-Aces, but this concept doesn't seem to make understanding these "Higher States" of Conscious energy any easier. All the 2's suggest that when the Negative sees itself as a Positive, and then unites through the "Law of Attraction" with that Positive, we get a "Self-Image" and/or a simulation from Understanding- which means by mutual agreement. This may help you with the Mythological concepts of the Ancient's Goddess who in Virgin birth, has a son (male is considered Positive Proton and female is considered Negative Electron) and then mates with that son to produce the Universe. If you get this all tangled up with your indoctrinated-emotional concepts of sexuality-----you'll never understand the Energy Conscious concepts of the 2's. However, I love to tease the brain, so here is another concept of the 2's, "From Herself, she created Him, and then mated with Him so she could become Herself".

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The 2 of Cups represent Venus in Cancer, the signs for both on the Thoth card. Cancer is known as the most receptive of Signs, as it the House of the Moon, and in that sign, Jupiter is exalted. There is a superficial friendship among these three planets (in astrology, the Moon is seen as a planet).

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In the Thoth 2 of Cups, the paired Dolphins (the important "First Matter" symbol of the "Royal Art" of alchemy) are intertwined, with the flowing of Love/Nurture/Mother's Milk, coming from the Great Lotus of the Goddess, into the twin Lotus below and overflowing into the Cups resting on a calm Venus-Green Sea. This is a purity of Love, called "unconditional", that the survival mind in the reptile brain is unable to conceive of or often understand, making such an absolute annihilation of the individual in the Overflowing Power of Unity, a mundane wonder. Therefore, love is communication in all states of conscious energy and as shown by the pink lotus blossoms, it is "as above so below", stating that this love flows from the Divine itself. This love is equal and special, as shown by the two overflowing cups. Love like this is without self-banishment or self-diminishing, it expands both parties and they feel equal while being special to each other. A state many of us wish for but we often only experience love of an unequal nature or an equal love without feeling special such as a professional relationship.

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As stated, the Dolphins are Alchemical symbols of solution and can be studied by looking into alchemical reference material. Dolphins have been associated with various symbolic meanings in diverse cultures, including alchemy. In alchemical symbolism, dolphins are often linked to the concept of transformation, harmony, and the reconciliation of opposites. The use of dolphin imagery can be traced back to ancient Greece, where dolphins were revered for their intelligence and perceived connection to the divine.

In alchemy, the process of transformation is a central theme, representing the journey of turning base materials into spiritual gold or achieving enlightenment. Dolphins, with their playful and intelligent nature, came to symbolize the harmonious blending of opposites, bridging the gap between the material and spiritual realms.

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The alchemical interpretation of dolphins may also be influenced by their association with the sea, which has its own symbolic significance in alchemy. The sea is often a symbol of the unconscious mind, and dolphins, as inhabitants of the sea, are seen as mediators between the conscious and unconscious aspects of the psyche.

It's important to note that alchemical symbolism can be subjective and vary across different traditions and practitioners. The connection between dolphins and alchemy reflects the rich tapestry of symbolic language used to convey profound spiritual and transformative concepts.

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The green sea represents the image of creative love. The yellow reflection symbolizes inspirational love while the blue-sky states that love is clear and focused. The astrological aspect of this card is Venus in Cancer.

  • The Ancients knew Venus to be the planet of love, beauty, and creative power: In Hermetic Qabalah, Venus is a complete symbol of the Qabalistic Tree.  
  • Astrologically Cancer represents nurturing, comforting, supporting, and healing.
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In the 2's of Tarot, The Will, and the Word, united become Form. The Word being Logos, the source of all Vibration and The Will being the first existence of Spirit; the "I AM", is the Divine Creative and the Fertilizer of all idea into the Understanding of Form/Me. This, I AM is the Psyche of the Supernal Triangle, the trinity at the top of the Qabalistic Tree of Life. Below the invisible sephiroth-DAATH, on the tree one finds the 6th Sephiroth-Tiphareth below Tiphareth is where the "Me" is built. Hence, Spirit-"I" and mind "Am" come together in love and co-create the Body "Me".

This language may sound deliberately obtuse, but this is an invisible Force, that human words cannot give form, so we must unite words in such a way that they allude to mystery, rather than literate identification. If you ever have experienced a self-annihilating love where the ego becomes lost in the Overflowing Sensation of Being One from the Union of'll understand that you just can't "wrap" your brain around it. The common statement being." I am at a loss for words..."

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In the endocrines of Love, there seems to be some kind of heated fluid that is drowning all reason. Then, my friend, you have experience what the Two of Cups alludes to! However, being a purity, from a cyclic united dimension of conscious and unconscious (Sun and Moon) energy, after time, as the tides of the Sea, it will pick up detritus from our culturally "shipwrecked" brain, and slowly progress to a Four of Cups, as the suit develops. Therefore, the Second Law of Thermodynamics comes into play, and "...All things proceed from order to disorder" and entropy slowly degrades the Mystery, with words of fear-based reason and the pink clouds of "the dream" fade away. Just like unconscious "astral trips" slowly fade from our brain, so will love with conditions. Hence, the long-lasting love requires one to "clean the fountain" of serious debris occasionally, by just celebrating love on a playful and fun basis of gratitude.

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The 2 of Cups, is also called the Lord of Love under Will, which is its true meaning where Will is Spirit and not some egoistic possession of the brain's minor will.

The 2 of Cups shows the harmony of the Universal Female and the Universal Male, radiating an intensity of joy and ecstasy that washes away all concern; where "Will to Be", a combination of "I Will Be", "Will-to-Force and "Will-to-Form", becomes "I AM ME"! It is this Universal Love, which connects us all together as One, while the massive flow of this connectivity to All, flows through the Union of 2. Such esoteric power may explain why it seems so overpowering for individual reasons.

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As I have mentioned before, the 2 is the Qabalistic number that represents "the Word and the Will" and is the first manifestation.

In the suit of water, this is Venus in Cancer. Astrologers know Cancer to be the most receptive of signs and is the House of the Moon. Jupiter is most exalted in Cancer. Thus, we have the three most friendly Planets, Moon, Venus, and Jupiter, linked together in mutual positives.

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In astrology, the Moon represents emotions, instincts, and the subconscious mind. When the Moon is placed in the zodiac sign Cancer, it is in its domicile, as the Moon rules Cancer. Additionally, the house placement of the Moon in an astrological chart further refines its influence. If the Moon is in the house of Cancer, there's a strong alignment of lunar energy, and it enhances certain characteristics:

  1. Emotional Sensitivity:

    • The Moon in Cancer intensifies emotional sensitivity. Individuals with this placement are often deeply attuned to their own feelings and the emotions of others. They may experience mood swings and are likely to be nurturing and empathetic.
  2. Protective and Nurturing Instincts:

    • Cancer is a nurturing sign, and when the Moon is in its own sign and house, there's a heightened desire to provide care and protection. These individuals are often drawn to roles where they can take care of others, whether it's within their family or a broader community.
  3. Strong Connection to Home and Family:

    • The Moon in Cancer emphasizes the importance of home and family. These individuals find emotional security in their domestic environment, and they may have an intense sense of attachment to their roots and heritage.
  4. Intuitive and Psychic Abilities:

    • Cancer is associated with intuition, and the Moon in this sign enhances psychic sensitivity. People with this placement may have strong gut feelings and can often notice the emotions and needs of those around them.
  5. Cyclic Emotional Patterns:

    • The Moon goes through phases, and individuals with the Moon in Cancer may experience cyclic emotional patterns. They may tend to retreat into their shell during challenging times but can emerge with renewed emotional strength.
  6. Creativity and Imagination:

    • Cancer is a creative sign, and the Moon in this placement enhances imaginative abilities. These individuals may express their emotions through artistic endeavors and may have a strong connection to the past, finding inspiration in nostalgia.
  7. Moodiness and Sensitivity to Change:

    • The Moon in Cancer can contribute to moodiness and a sensitivity to changes in their environment. Sudden disruptions or a lack of emotional security can affect them deeply.

Understanding the placement of the Moon in Cancer within the context of an individual's complete birth chart provides a more comprehensive view of their astrological profile.

For those of us who aren't astrologers, in the element of water that represents emotional and intuitional consciousness, Love is the force that recovers unity from individuality by the process of mutual annihilation. In other words, love changes both individuals and combines them in a new form, and therefore considered a metaphysical solvent, such as water is a physical one.


When the 2 of Cups Tarot card is thrown, it means that:

  • In the next two weeks or two months, one will experience the capacity to achieve emotional balance and emotional fulfillment. 
  • One will be able to give and receive love in equal proportion. 
  • It would be an enjoyable time to extend love to the Cancer people in your life. (June 21-July 21). Love to or from family members is also important currently. 
  • This love is not only about two people, it also can be about 2 gifts, 2 talents, 2 resources that you have and that two loves in your life, whatever they may be, are equally balanced and fulfilling in the next two weeks or months.  
  • Harmony, Love, marriage, pleasure, Warm Friendship, mirth, and subtlety. 
  • It is about human love on a large scale. 
  • It also is a 2 week or 2-month card, representing the accumulation of the above love-emotions in that time.
  • Soul mates have found each other or will within 2 months.

If ill dignified, it can represent:

  • Folly, waste, dissipation, and silly action and is far more superficial than when well dignified. In the Thoth Deck Tarot, ill dignity and well dignity are decided by the surrounding cards and there is no significance supplied to up-side-down cards. This being because this is seen by many Qabalists as an act of disordered deck handling and not an "act of God".

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