Katie-Ellen Hazeldine – Two of Cups
This month, I have drawn the Two of Cups, the loving cup; a positive card of messages, meetings, artistic exchanges, friendly exchanges, love, romance proposals and marriage.
The month of June is named after the goddess Juno, the wife of Jupiter or Zeus as he was known to the Greeks. Juno was the Roman goddess of marriage, also called Hera in Greek mythology. It is no accident that her name became attached to this time year when the days are lengthening to the summer solstice on Saturday, June 20th for the northern hemisphere (shortening in the southern hemisphere to the winter solstice of Sunday, June 21st, 2020).
Now that we are in June, the favourite month for weddings, the current lock-down is making itself even more keenly felt, not only by the frustrated couples themselves, who had planned to hold their big day this June, but for the business side of the wedding industry.
The winged figure above the loving couple is a reminder that the first few weeks of June belong to mercurial air sign Gemini, and that winged caduceus, a symbol of Mercury, is a symbol of communications, travel, and commerce.
The wedding industry will be taking a big financial hit this month. Registry offices in the UK are closed for the time being. Some may have re-opened in May, but many are saying they will not be able to resume weddings before the beginning of September. A busier autumn can therefore (hopefully) be anticipated, and even a few Christmas weddings this year.
I also drew the Temperance card, which translates as Sagittarius energy…study, travel, and planning…late November to late December 2020.
There will undoubtedly be a surge of weddings later in the year, but when they do, some brides and grooms might be hoping to keep the costs down a bit. There is nothing like a good knees-up, but the Tarot card for that is the Three of Cups, not the quieter, intimate Two of Cups.
This seems to be the message for this coming month – ‘two is company.’ Even if it just us and a beloved animal companion, that is company.
Many will still want that big and noisy knees-up, and there’s nothing the matter with that. But, says the Two of Cups, the act of marriage is in itself is a relatively simple and inexpensive legal procedure requiring few witnesses, and though it is not the usual tradition these days, it remains the case that it is perfectly possible to get married with or without a big social celebration, or to organise those things on a separate basis.
A more intimate gathering with a close circle of friends and family can be a more relaxed occasion with much less stress and expense attached, at this time when so many people not only the couples and their families, but prospective guests are really up against it financially, and likely to be so for some while to come.
Others may be mourning and reviewing the style of occasion they may now prefer in view of that.
The Two of Cups is associated with the zodiac sign of Cancer and is ruled by the Moon and also Venus. Interestingly, for a card drawn entirely at random, it is particularly associated with the first decan of Cancer the 21st – 30th of June – prime wedding time.
Cancer is all about the home and the family. Family feelings can run high during this decan even in ordinary times. Everyone has opinions about the way things ‘should’ be done in general – this can rise to fever pitch when it comes to the organisation of family weddings.
I knew a young bride-to-be who wanted a small and friendly wedding. The two mothers had very different opinions and the guest list kept on growing, the whole thing growing bigger and more expensive. Her fiancé’s mother had particularly clear views on how things should be done. Her fiancé did not feel able to speak to his mother about this, and the young lady was becoming increasingly unhappy and resentful. But then this young couple did a very brave and assertive thing, and much to everyone’s astonishment, stopped this juggernaut in its tracks, and called the whole thing off. The following year, they had a quiet wedding with family and close friends, and she said it was just what they had both wanted the first time around; just beautiful, small, and friendly and she had no regrets.
These anxious, and for many, deeply sad days are offering us all a space, a pause, a chance to reconsider and reflect upon what we really need and want for ourselves, and for our loved ones, and what we do for show, or simply because we feel it is expected.
Katie-Ellen Hazeldine, BA Hons, is a Tarot and Rune reader/consultant, writer, and historian in the UK, and has been reading professionally since 2006. Website – True Tarot Tales. Twitter: @truetarottales
Kyra Oser – The Lovers
The tarot card I drew for June is The Lovers. This card highlights the higher meaning and emotional deepening that results from adding a dose of compassion to your connections. The Lovers operates on a theme of harmony with self, others, and the divine. By ﬁrst connecting with your idea of divinity, you can enhance your relationship with yourself, which in turn improves your union with others. For some, merging with the divine might mean listening to music, dancing, looking at art, meditating, or being in nature (once we are all outdoors again).
In global news, expect the nature of relationships between countries and the way they communicate with one another to shift. Information sharing becomes more open in an eﬀort to work together for the common purpose of more eﬀectively and expeditiously alleviating this global pandemic. In international politics, partnerships, coalitions, and unions will gain more power this month. The only way to move forward from a corrupt society is through union with like-minded individuals of genuine integrity.
Ultimately, this is a card about honest communication, so in terms of future news you can anticipate a major media exposure that centers on the dishonesty of powerful ﬁgures, as well as a celebration of morality in those who have been exploited by predatory capitalism. Taking advantage of vulnerable people, wildlife, and the environment for personal power or proﬁt will no longer be worshiped in this new world. Empathy will be elevated to a higher status than capitalization, and since most of us are capable of empathy, nearly anyone will possess the potential to feel appreciated and respected. Subsequently, expect improvements in social justice as a long-term trend toward humanization will be on the rise very soon.
In your own life, this card emphasizes choices between self-care and caring for others. Too much of one or the other form of caring imbalances a relationship, so if you’re feeling out of sorts you can ask yourself if you’re being too selﬁsh or selﬂess at any given time. While The Lovers is sometimes a card about physical connection, in its upright position it expresses the potential for spiritual or even Tantric communication on either a material or psychic level. Sometimes these sensory expressions materialize extra sensorially in dreams before being actualized in the concrete world. However, if this card is surrounded by pentacles or major arcana cards related to career, it can also point to non-romantic partnerships. Or, if your focus this month is on family, The Lovers signiﬁes new approaches to kinship based on whichever psychological or incorporeal explorations you choose to engage in this June. No matter which relationships this card represents for you in June, as long as you consciously project love to others, even in your thoughts or feelings, that benevolent, compassionate energy can’t help but return to you in some form or another at some point in time.
You can read more from Kyra at her website here.