Two of Cups – Partnerships

The Two of Cups is a very positive card. While it normally relates to unity and love in romantic relationships it can signify harmony and mutual respect and appreciation in friendships and partnerships.

A strong pair is indicated here, the joy of two becoming one.

The Two of Cups is an exchange. You offer your cup – a container for all the love and pain and mystery in your heart – to someone, to something. In return, you receive their cup. There is so much trust here, so much willingness to be naked in this way

Francesca Curtis and Phyllis Papps became the public face of change, becoming members of Australia’s first gay political rights group.

If the Ace of Cups represents the flow of love from within, the Two of Cups is the flow of love between two people. With this card, you are creating deep connections and partnerships, based on shared values, compassion, and unconditional love.

When the cameras started rolling on Phyllis Papps and Francesca Curtis in October 1970, both their lives and Australia would never be the same.

Fifty-one years ago, the pair made history by being the first lesbian couple to come out on national television, in an interview with the ABC’s This Day Tonight. In doing so they became the public face of change, becoming members of Australia’s first gay political rights group, the Daughters of Bilitis, now known as the Australasian Lesbian Movement.

“The early 1970s were very, very conservative … Gay women were invisible, because people didn’t think lesbians existed,” Ms Papps says. Dating back to their lives in the early 1970s, the women not only had to fight for acceptance within society, but amongst their families and themselves.

Coming from a rural town and a life of invisibility, Francesca anchored into her identity and was noted as the first lesbian woman to have her face and name on Australian television


For the first time, Phyllis saw and met someone like herself, changing her life forever. The women began their love story publicly whilst up against a widespread national mentality of homophobia.

Ms Papps and Ms Curtis, who are still together and live on Victoria’s Phillip Island, have once again shared their story.

Jodie Cooper and Pauline Menczer both faced the same macho surfing culture

In the 1980s, women were not welcome in surfing culture, and the few women who tried faced endless ridicule and discrimination.

So, when professional surfer Caroline Marks held up her cheque for winning the first competition of the 2019 WSL’s Championship Tour, and it displayed the same amount as on the cheque in the men’s competition, it was a watershed moment.

For many of the women who had pioneered women’s rights in the sport in years past, it marked an incredibly special moment in history.

Jodie Cooper, Pauline Menczer, Jolene and Jorja Smith, Wendy Botha, Alisa Schwarzstein, Rochelle Ballard, Layne Beachley, Pam Burridge, Frieda Zamba, and Lisa Anderson are some of the pioneers of women’s surfing who preserved for years on end without equality in the sport.

The card represents two individuals who work well together.

Working with Two of Cups Energy

When the Two of Cups appears, it is time to reaffirm and reconnect with the people that make up your most important relationships

  • When Francesca first met Pauline it was the first time she had met someone like herself. This changed her life forever. Who do you believe changed your life for good or bad?
  • Write a scene involving soul mates who first meet.
  • How well do you connect with other people?
  • What relationship maintenance might you consider doing.
  • Let another know how you feel and work to resolve an issue.
  • Make a point of seeing the perspective of another.
  • Resolve differences with honest, kind, and open communication.
  • Give a thoughtful gift or send a loving message.