UPRIGHT: the desire to share the world with others, prioritising love (be it romantic or not) over power and comfort, a sense of safety and community
REVERSED: loneliness, fear of being hurt, see also: Isolation
THE STORY: The chalice was always a symbol of community (and of shared resources). It’s interesting to see how the Greek dionysiac cup transforms into the Christian chalice (quite literally, in the case of Cup of the Ptolemies). The Love card governs the cups suit, drawing inspiration from traditional Tarot, later replaced by hearts in the regular playing cards deck.
The white flame motif, representing desire, is reprised in the Love, Power, Wealth and Immortality cards.