The Running Press Tarot- 2 of Cups, is obviously sticking to the traditional theme of human love. Here a couple celebrate their love in a dance of joy as they both hold a vine, whose fruit is 2 cups/Grails. The blue corners of the card, imply that this is in the suit of water. What I find interesting about the Running Press Tarot, is that the art is fanciful, and nonthreatening to a novice tarot querent but not at the expense of important arcane meanings for the reader to interpret. This stimulate intuition on the reader's part.
The Two of Cups-Love:
Previously I explained Chokmah, the 2nd Sephiroth called Wisdom, in some detail, and by now one should understand that Chokmah is a state of Pure Maleness or rather the beginning of the idea of maleness, and that Binah is that of Pure Femaleness, or the beginning of the idea of Femaleness. All of Which began in the Abyssal Womb of the Great Ocean Mother who is the Universal Collective Unconscious. Another way to say this is the concept of Will to Force-Chokmah, is becoming electric, while the concept of Will to Form-Binah, is becoming magnetic; However, both are from Kether that is primarily "I Will Be" before there was even an Androgyny who became two; before I realized Am. As explained, sexuality as we understand it, is not vast enough of an idea to encompass even a minor understanding of the Supernal Triangle. To help with the confusion, Pure Male is Electric Force and Pure Female is Magnetic Force. But again, understanding of these Two Forces is not complete, nor is the fact that before anything, there was "Will" which we call Spirit.
The Thoth Tarot 2 of Cups is also called the Lord of Love and this is easily seen only if you don't make the Lord Male, as it represents Venus in Cancer, both of whom are Feminine-Water. The angels of the Decan are: Ayoel and Chabooyah.
The Two of Cups is the influence of Chokmah (Hokmah) in the Mental world of Briah.
Cups represent the Alchemical Element Water, which is the consciousness, and Cancer is a watery sign that is the House of the Moon, so the matchup is obvious. Jupiter is also exalted in Cancer thus implying benevolence in this most sensitive of signs.
This is a card of feeling and romance in the human world, so misspent energy may apply. Generally, fish are a symbol of the Goddess Venus but dolphins relate more generally to Neptune or the Sun god Apollo.
On the 2 of cups, we can see (by careful scrutiny as the colors are somewhat faded) a Silvery Dolphin and a Golden Dolphin, The Silver one represents the Moon, Female and the Golden one represents The Sun, male. Here the union of both is loving, romantic, as they work together to bring light into our world. The harmony of male and female which is also the nature of the Water Sign Cancer.
The Water of Emotion, or Consciousness, springs up from the Central Lotus, flowing down into the overflowing cups to ultimately reach the Earth. This imagery implies that only through the energy supplied by Chokmah-Fire, can water flow. E-motion, is energy in motion, and the "motion within the movement' is Chokmah's domain as he stimulates the activity in Water.
In Qabalistic Gematria (the book 777, by Aliester Crowley), the number 2 refers also to Will, so the 2 of Cups can also imply Love under will or Willful Love. The 2 of Cups radiates a perfect placid harmony, amid joyous ecstasy...often called the "adorable fire".
There may be a tendency to think of this card as one would the Major Arcana Card of ATU-6-the Lovers. But that is not always so, as the 2 of Cups is about Love being physical, between two human partners, whereas, the Lovers Card-key 6- refers to the inner Hermetic Marriage of the love between the Yin Yang, balanced in harmonious union as the inner Self.
To a Qabalist, Key 6 rather than the 2 of Cups, would be the Love of Binah and Chokmah, of Wisdom and Understanding. However, the surrounding cards will show if this is the Hermetic Marriage of the Goddess and God within or of two Soul mates in the human world. Here is where the intuition of the Reader is most helpful as well. For Love is such a powerful emotion that it can overcome all limits of restriction and burn away in pure "adorable fire" (Paul Foster Case), any reasoning.
Those faithful readers who have been following my blog (eli-lsmerchantile.com) know by now that Binah is "Will to Form", and underlying force that makes imagination a Womb of Image. She is the Will of the Womb of all forms, not the Form itself for that is reserved to the Action of Chesed the Sphere of Mercy, who is the architect of form.
Again the sexing of these forces is limiting and short on insight. Chesed may be Masculine in its expression of form, and yet it is feminine as it receives the Will of Binah. Chokmah maybe the “pure masculine force”, yet Chokmah was the Hebrew word for the Greek Goddess of Wisdom, Sophia. The interplay of masculine and feminine Qualities constitutes all Sephira who are incorporated in an Axis Mundi- image, called the Tree of Life.
What may surprise you, is that none of us are the sex of our bodies. We are Androgynous, in that we are both receptive (female) and expressive (male) Psyche; both magnetic (female) and electric (male). Being Electromagnetic entity, we are both sides of the same coin. Thus we have great Divine power, "to be or not to be" male or female or even both!
Therefore, the body is a tool of Will, powered by the Electromagnetic Entity that you are....as a power tool the human body is excelled, but as its operator, you are beyond the reason of bodies. You are obviously a "Will to be" which is very much a "Will to Form" (Imagination) and a “Will to Force” (Emotion) so here is a kicker, YOU ARE THE IMAGINATION Emoting...you don't "have it", for the ego can't own what made it. All the images you see are “Self-Images”!
Remember, Hu is Mandarin for God and Man is from the Hindu word for mind---Manas. Hence, you are called a God-Mind! The body is not described in the world human, for that word is Homo Sapient. So you are a Hu-Man, who owns a body-Homo Sapient, so you have the ability "to do work" in this dimension...The Great Work of "As above, so Below". Self emotes frequencies of microwaves that we call "selves" and the body Homo Sapient, is the one "radio" that can receive the emoting of the Divine Creative. I Am now has a sensual Me. Sensation is necessary to measure. Measurement is impossible in the infinite! Each of us are now the Realized Image of Chessed, the Architect, on this world, in diversity. One in our uniqueness , as there are many ways to be self in an infinite Self.
Image-maker, is what the Imagination means, and that dear soul is The Creatrix's Power. So get off of your suffering butt and stand up and Yell-----I AM Me! And get on with you, and imagine your divinity, for self- impeccability is what you came to do! Remember, what we command by declaration in this Universe produces our own image, take charge of yourself and stop blaming environment, or person or thing. Sure they and their words may influence, but they only have the power you give them. What you are is up to your Passionate use of Imagination and don't accept man-made definitions that only stimulate your imagination to enslavement of your image to another, person, place or thing. You are Imagination; the I-Magi-Nation! When imagination and love flow as one perspective, you are true Power----------You Are Divine in manifestation flowing in luxurious sensation that is known as the "adorable fire". Here, Self, can now measure its ideas of Self.
When the Two/2 of Cups- Love, is thrown during a reading:
- The querent is in a deep love relationship
- The joyous bliss of receiving as one has been received.
- A loving and healing union of opposites propagating a compassionate and caring response.
- The recent loving bond of consciousness and unconsciousness reconciling the harmony of what seemed opposite. Such as the merging of unconscious desires with those of the Heart.
- The beginning of a love affair or pledge of deep friendship.
- Ideas generated between two partners in cooperation and harmony.
- The merging of Lover and beloved.
- A healing harmony where quarrels and disputes are resolved.
- Romance, trust, sympathy, and desires consummated, vows, engagement and marriage, all permutations of active partnership.
- Where the action of body and Spirit are in sync.
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