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What does the Two of Cups mean?

March 8, 2015

Two of Cups -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Two of Cups:
“Recognize that the other person is you.” — Buddhist proverb

This proverb is interesting in its mystique and ambiguity.  It can lead us to think deeply about its implications if we are willing, and there are various ways of interpreting it.

One way is psychological. It can say that we should realize that other people reflect who we are back to us.  For example, the people who anger us most are often those who display negative aspects or characteristics of ourselves that we don’t want to recognize or admit. Or there is the way that trusting people are usually the most trustworthy.

Another way of considering this proverb is a spiritual one that says that we are all one when we look beneath the veneer of the material world. This has many implications. One is that we may forgive ourselves our mistakes and foibles because we are aware of our own excuses, but we must keep in mind that everyone else has excuses too. As Plato said, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Then there is the sacred perspective that on a spiritual plane, we are all one. In fact, we are all a manifestation of the Divine. As Ram Dass says, “Treat everyone you meet like God in drag.” And we may also see in this the admonition to love others as we would have them love us.

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