Love Tarot Card Meanings: 2 of Cups vs. 6 of Cups

After quite a bit of time of journaling all of my tarot readings, observing the cards, doing readings for others, and having readings done for me I’ve started to notice trends in the cards and many common misconceptions that so many novice tarot readers believe when they first start to read the cards.  One of the most common that I’ve seen is the 6 of Cups.  And, not only that, but what the 6 of Cups can mean in a relationship spread (or a general reading that appears to point to romantic relationship energy).  Along with this, I’ve also seen many misinterpret the 2 of Cups as well in the same context.  So I’m going to take a bit of time here to share two things that I feel are common misconceptions of the 2 of Cups and 6 of Cups based on my collection of experiences.

Misconception #1: The 2 of Cups Does Not Always Signify a New Relationship.  So you ask the tarot “Where is my love life heading?” and the 2 of Cups pops up.  Great! you think to yourself, I’ll be in a new relationship soon!.  Well, okay, not necessarily.  The 2 of Cups does indicate union and CAN sometimes mean the start of a new relationship.  However, it could also come up for one date that you go on too.  Heck, it could also signify that you meet some guy at a bar, he buys you some drinks, and you hang out for the night.  It doesn’t always mean that any sort of commitment or that any consistent dating will occur.  It just means that there’s a new potential around that you’ll hang out with.  Now, COULD it mean the start of a new relationship?  Certainly!  But we have to decipher that answer by looking deep within the other cards in the spread, following your intuition, and perhaps simply keeping in mind that the cards may not give that full information right now because it may be too variable at the present moment yet.  Whether that is going to blossom into anything, now that is up to you.

Misconception #2: The 6 of Cups Does Not Always Signify The Return of an Ex.  I’ve seen this probably more commonly than the 2 of Cups.  You get a “Where is my love life heading” reading and the 6 of Cups comes up.  Immediately a person thinks That means past memories — so it must be the return of an ex!  Wait, hold your horses — the meaning of this card actually goes deeper than simply past memories.  This card actually commonly refers back to not just any past memories but our CHILDHOOD memories.  From a Jungian standpoint, this card often symbolizes the need to break free from past habits and beliefs that we developed in childhood (if it is Reversed or in a challenge or perhaps even advice position).  So lets say that your getting a reading about your love life and this comes up and it is upright — what does it mean?  Well, in this case it could very well mean that because you have dealt with and worked through the blocks rooted from your past habits, you are now at a stage of “renewal” so you have a relationship coming that can be a whole new beginning for you!  It could mean that with this potential relationship you are truly able to give yourself a fresh start because you’ve learned all your lessons of the past.

What a twist from the initial interpretation, right?!  That’s the interesting, yet also fun thing with tarot is that you can make so many different interpretations for each one of the cards.  But, again, as I said before this can always vary depending upon the other cards in the spread, the question asked, and, most importantly, what intuitive vibes you are truly getting.

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About Jennifer Twardowski

Jennifer is a graduate student in transpersonal counseling psychology. Her interests are in personality typology (MBTI, Enneagram, Jungian typology), expressive arts, dreams, yoga, tarot and oracle cards, world religions, dance, photography, gardening, floral design, and more!

Posted on July 10, 2012, in Reading Tarot, Tarot and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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