Tarot Cards of Love and Relationships
The suite of cups, as a rule, is about feelings, emotions, intuition, sensitivity, imagination, joy and peace. In the context of a relationship, the cups allow the soul to receive love. When you look at the essence of water it is an element that mixes, moulds and flows. It can run shallow or it can pool off into great depths. This is how a relationship will run its course, a couples feelings can produce anything from a superficial flirtation to the deepest and most powerful experience of a loving relationship.
2 of Cups
The 2 of Cups can represent different types of relationships, such as a platonic or healing relationship, where there is great mutual respect. Often it is symbolic of a deep, long lasting spiritual bond with another person, firmly anchored in love and romance. The couple in the card have reached a state of balance and this reciprocal flow produces mutual growth, appreciation and loving unification. The card shows two people unified by the caduceus (healing symbol) and the lion (sexual passion), indicating a passionate or healing relationship potentials.
Page of Cups
The youthful quality of the page is symbolic of the light hearted potential of love, romance and relationships. Often it will reflect sensual desires and fantasies but it can also point to messages of love and romance. The Page of Cups also symbolises flirtation or meeting someone new, with the potential of romance and love developing. In a relationship, the card is can reflective a lover who is young in age or at heart, or of a person who is highly desirable but emotionally immature and clumsy when it comes to matters of love. Most commonly, the card represents the potential of a new relationship opportunity.
Knight of Cups
The Knight of Cups is the idea of romance in full motion and most often it is symbolic of a newly developed relationship with someone based on love. Even though the knight is more developed than the page, there is still plenty of room to mature, signifying love in its early stages as it moves towards a deeper, longer lasting commitment. The Knight holds his cup outward, indicating that he is ready to give and to receive from his heart. His helmet mask is pushed back and his posture is relaxed, indicating that his defences are down, as he moves more deeply into the experience of love.
Queen of Cups
The Queen of Cups is symbolic of a mature, caring and loving individual who has mastered her emotions. The Queen is an evolved and responsible figure who is tuned into unconscious forces, she taps an infinite well of care and love and her ability to express this is deep and powerful. The influence of the Queen’s love is both pure and infectious. In the context of a relationship, the Queen of Cups represents an emotionally mature individual who is committed to a relationship in the most loving and caring sense.
King of Cups
The King of Cups symbolises a caring, loving individual who is incredibly responsible when it comes to love and romance. His commitment is unwavering and his maturity in matters of the heart provides a strong and supportive framework to a relationship. Although often slightly withdrawn and uncomfortable in expressing his feelings and emotions, his influence securely orders the flow of love. In a reading the King of Cups always indicates an individual who feels deep, passionate love towards the querent, and his presence often he symbolises a life long relationship.
The Hierophant symbolises contracts, commitments and mutually binding agreements, as well as the church and its clergy. This is a card of ceremony and tradition, which is passed from one generation to the next. When The Hierophant appears in the future position coupled with the King of Cup, Queen of Cups or Knight of Cups, it indicates the proposal of marriage, or ceremony of marriage to the partner that this card represents. In this context the card reflects a marriage based on true love which will flourish and span a lifetime.
The Lovers symbolises the unity of love and represents our power to make discerning and independent choices about our relationships. When we reach sexual maturity, our sexual urges are what forces us to break away from the family unit. This urge drives us out of our isolation and pushes us on to form intimate relationships with other people. This is ultimately the way to sexual love and it is through that love that we find unity with someone else and capture a deeper meaning of life. In sexual love, we give up the part of the ego that controls and isolates us. In a reading, The Lovers is usually symbolic of a potential or established loving relationship .