Today’s card is the Two of Cups, also known as the Lord of Love. Cups represent the Element of Water which rules over the heart and matters of love, friendship, compassion, and healing, charm, beauty, entertainment and the arts, including the Occult. Thus, while Fire is the Creative Force, Water is the emotion that inspires us to Create. All art forms use symbolism, whether through paint, music, poetry, acting, or dance, which in turn connects with the subconscious mind, where magick occurs.
The Lord of Love is here to speak to us of matrimonial love, the kind that occurs between two (or more) consenting adults that transcends the strictly physical aspect of passion/procreation and leads them to forge a new life together. Notice that the word matrimony is associated with the word Mother; this is because love is related to Water, the realm of the Moon Mother. All types of love honor the Mother, from parental love to love for your siblings, your secondary family members, and your close friends. But the type of love that is ruled by the Two of Cups is a bit trickier. That’s why an amazing 80% of people who have their fortunes read want to know about their love life. The difference between love and ‘in love’ therefore is an important one.
Magick can be used to draw more love into your life; a moonlit walk or just the right perfume can do wonders to spice things up! However, this type of magick should never be used to draw a particular person to you but rather to ask for the right soulmate or partner to come into your life. Imagine the difficulty that would arise if you fell out of love with that person affected by your spell only to have them continue to love you no matter what. This is also the reason that you would never bind someone to you that seems to be slipping away. You can perform glamour or other forms of spell magick to increase your current love quotient, but never tie someone to you that does not want to love you the way that you deserve. This has its own Karmic punishment built right in and is not the way to end a loving relationship or to live your life.
Once upon a time, and still today in the Wiccan realm, handfastings were performed rather than marriages. This was usually for a period of time decided on by the participants, usually a year and a day, that the two would agree to be a couple, swearing commitment and often fidelity to each other for that length of time. This extra day, when added to the calendar so long ago, was seen as the day ‘between the worlds’ and was used to either renew their vows or end their relationship in a non-adjudicated manner. I have performed many handfastings over the years and always recommend to the happy couple that they wait a year and a day before filing the paperwork. Things can change, or become more real when some time has gone by. If they make it through the year and a day, and feel closer than ever, then a renewal of vows, followed by the filing of the appropriate paperwork would then be happily advised and offered. This decision is one that has to be made by the parties involved and I will always carry out their wishes regarding legality in spite of my council.
As a fortune predictor, this card signals that happiness in your current love relationship is on the rise. It indicated a harmonious situation and can signal an engagement, a marriage, or the deepening of a loving friendship. If this is your situation, be sure to say a prayer of thanks to the Universe!
On the flip side, it can also indicate that someone lacks the commitment that is necessary to reciprocate your feelings. If you are finding that your love is not being returned to you in kind, maybe that person is not really in love with you and is just using you until something better comes along. They may even be shopping for the new model. Take a look and make sure that the love you give is being returned to you in kind.