2 of Cups – Abyssum abyssum invocat

2 of Cups Abyssum abyssum invocat

Last night, I finished reading Peace, Love and Healing by Bernie Siegel. Reading this book has been a favourite way of winding down before sleep over the past couple of weeks. ‘Peace, Love and Healing’ is so full of love and positivity that the words themselves have a healing effect. In this book, Dr Siegel shares stories of people facing a terminal diagnosis with great courage and determination to heal. Their quest for healing doesn’t always end with a cure but those who focus on love always become whole again. Dr Siegel shows us that dying can be part of the healing experience. 

I believe I found this book (or it found me) at just the right time. Not because I’m facing a terminal illness myself but because I’m ready to abandon anything that stands between me and love. I want to be constantly reminded that nothing else matters. That was my prayer as I fell asleep last night.

When I pulled the 2 of Cups from the Spirit Keeper’s Tarot as our daily Tarot Soul Coaching draw this morning, it felt like confirmation that my prayer was heard: ‘Abyssum abyssum invocat’ – Deep calls unto deep. I’m coming home to love. Yesterday’s blog post about the greatest loss I suffered in this past year, the loss of my mother, was part of this homecoming. Death is precious that way… It’s the best reminder we could ever ask for about what truly matters in life.

Benebell Wen about The Joined One:

This is the spirit of Love in all its forms, from agape love, romantic, to friendship. It is fidelity and devotion.

2 of Cups - Abyssum abyssum invocat

Waite for It

A.E. Waite says this about the 2 of Cups in his  Pictorial Key to the Tarot:

A youth and maiden are pledging one another, and above their cups rises the Caduceus of Hermes, between the great wings of which there appears a lion’s head. It is a variant of a sign which is found in a few old examples of this card. Some curious emblematical meanings are attached to it, but they do not concern us in this place. Divinatory Meanings: Love, passion, friendship, affinity, union, concord, sympathy, the interrelation of the sexes, and–as a suggestion apart from all offices of divination–that desire which is not in Nature, but by which Nature is sanctified.

It is interesting that we have the symbol of kundalini rising in the form of the two snakes that are part of the Caduceus – Proof of the vitalising power of love: “It is said the wand would wake the sleeping and send the awake to sleep. If applied to the dying, their death was gentle; if applied to the dead, they returned to life.”

Frideborg Figures

2 of Cups - Abyssum abyssum invocat

In the Frideborg Tarot, I chose to depict the kind of love you find in friendship, which is often the most enduring kind. These two are listening to the same tune, a symbol of being attuned to one another, of harmony and accord. To me, friendship is the foundation of all other forms of love. True friends always have each other’s best interests at heart. They are each other’s Anam Cara. Theirs is not the kind of love that seeks to possess the other. There is no jealousy…

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 New International Version (NIV)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 

Love must be as much a light as it is a flame. ~ Henry David Thoreau Click To Tweet


Lisa Frideborg

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