Tarot reading is an old divination practice. These cards that appear almost magical, because of their rich and mystical imagery, were first used as playing cards.
However, over time, they have been more and more introduced into the world of prophecies and divination, the occult and the esoteric. Divination of the past is still being practiced all over the world.
In the past, there was a more flexible line between science and what we would label as pseudo-science or the alternative ways. Perhaps the most striking example are astrology and astronomy, which were once considered the same.
Most of the divination arts, to call them so, are interconnected. Tarot an astrology are strongly connected, for instance.
Most people make an initial mistake and simply reject divination as unreliable and wrong, because it does not provide concrete answers.
Tarot reading, for example, gives an interesting insight into who we are and what is happening in our lives. It gives us hints of possibilities in our future. If you take tarot as such, you will sure find many useful answers.
Tarot Suits Basics
Let us learn some basics about tarot and tarot card decks. These beautifully illustrated cards form seventy eight pieces decks. These decks are consisted of two major parts, not of the equal number of cards. The smaller suit is called the Major Arcana and the bigger one is Minor Arcana. Their names tell only about what they are related to, not about their importance.
In that sense, the Major Arcana represents archetypes and situations that affect each one of us, but on a great scale, on the universal, bigger plan, while the Minor Arcana explains more mundane situations, our everyday lives, people whom we encounter, experiences that we have, some of our behaviors, feelings et cetera.
Major Arcana counts 22 cards, numbered from 0 to 1, whereas The Fool is zero card. The Minor Arcana, however, counts 56 cards divided into four suits of 14 cards each. They are known as Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles. Out of these fourteen, four cards are Court ones or face cards, while the reset are numbered from 1 to 10.
Suit of Cups Major Characteristics
Each of the Minor Arcana suits is associated with an essential elements and, further and related, with zodiac signs and planets. Each is characterized by a specific type of energy, a class and a faculty. The suit of Cups, which is our main suit here, is, thus, related to the faculty of love and emotions and the class of clergy. It is the suit of Water and we also know this suit as Hearts.
In order to get a better impression, a comparison with another suit could serve well; the suit of Wands, for example, is associated with Fire, with artisans and with the faculty of willpower and creation. The suit of Cups is, in its nature, more private, introverted, oriented towards the inner world. People with a strong Cups effect often express themselves through art, rather than directly.
This suit is associated with creativity, empathy, emotions, the inner life, the inner voice, amazingly rich imagination, romance. This suit is greatly associated with the sub conscious, so people who are dominated by this suit are generally more introverted of nature.
This is also the suit associated with sensuality, dreams, with care and love, calmness, beauty, clairvoyance and psychic abilities, even.
The Queen of Cups Tarot Card Quick Facts
What does our graceful Queen of Cups has to tell us? This card leaves an impression of tranquility and peace of mind just as you look at it.
At the same time, there is an impression of very focused energy and attention. In the following paragraph, we will get deeper into its visual description.
Before we do that, let us go through a brief overview. It will serve us a good base for further in depth interpretation.
Key terms for The Queen of Cups tarot card: Clairvoyance, psychic abilities, strong intuition, nurture, motherly love, guidance and care, empathy, sensitivity, artistic spirit, deeply emotional, full of understanding, an amazing and patient listener
Key essential element of the Queen of Cups: Water
Minor Arcana type: Court card, face card
Yes/No question for The Queen of Cups card: Yes
Reversed card key terms: Overly sensitive, drama queen, crying, excessiveness of tears, delusions, depressive, over-reacting, too gentle and fragile, easily hurt, easily offended, bitter and pessimistic, having no faith in own capabilities, dependant
Visual Description of The Queen of Cups Card
The Queen of Cups card appears quite impressive. This card is very specific in its appearance. What is the first thing that you notice? Is there something that confuses you? Her cup is not the one we see in the rest of the suit of Cups; her cup is quite different from the grail, goblet-look golden cup we see another cards.
Her cup is of different shape and it is closed; it looks like a church thurible, rather than a cup.
Moreover, the Queen stares into it. Her gaze is deeply concentrated on the ‘cup’, as if there is something it has to reveal. This cup is full of spiritual energy; it is like a channel between the mundane and the higher.
If you look into it, it has figures of praying angels on both sides, appearing as silhouettes on the image. On top of this strange cup, there is a cross.
The Queen not only stares into it, with a serious look on her face, as if she tries to read something out of it, but she also holds it with both hands. Overall, it appears as if this cup is some great treasure of her.
The Queen herself sits in a relaxed position; all of her concentration is on the cup. She does not seem to be bothered by anything else. Her throne is richly decorated and features baby-sirens motifs and a fish. These tell about duality, about the ability to exist in both worlds, on earth and below waters.
Can you recall another female figure from tarot, which has something to do with clergy, with realms of earth and water and the divine? Yes, it was the High Priestess of the Major Arcana.
The Queen of Cups possesses some of the archetypical High Priestess energy. While the Priestess appears as one who already possesses divine wisdom and guards the mysterious paths, the Queen of Cups is on a path to master it.
Look at her throne and the position of it. It is different from the King of Cups, whose throne floats amidst the turbulent waters, but on the solid piece of stone.
The Queen’s throne is on the shore and, although she is in full a human, there is something in her that reminds of a siren; her cloak pattern definitely reminds of water and it blends into this seaside scenery.
Her dress is white; white is the color of purity, grace, sensitivity, gentleness, chastity. The Queen seems to be fully occupied by her cup, while, at the same time, she appears to be in the place that suits her.
As this card is about feelings and intuition, like Cups in general, we could conclude that this Queen practices her intuition, in search for harmony.
The Queen of Cups Card Meaning Guide
Searching harmony through intuition.
The Queen of Cups is ready to dive deep into her inner world, in order to get to know herself better, in order to develop her intuition even more and let it guide her.
The Queen of Cups does so, because she believes in the power of it and in the power of strong emotions. What makes her quite impressive figure is that she is one who is not afraid of powerful emotions.
While most of people see to avoid strong feelings, either consciously or sub consciously, the Queen of Cups is one who dives deep into them.
This card represents the inner experience, in the first place; the inner, spiritual and emotional growth. As a person in your life, this card could represent someone who will help you discover your own inner strength.
Such one would most likely be a female, supportive, compassionate, kind and reliable. This woman could be your spiritual and emotional guide, in a way. She has to be a kind and graceful listener, someone ready to hear you out and offer an advice, based on her own impressive intuition and ability to read people and their emotions.
The Queen of Cups – YES or NO
The Queen of Cups is a card that tells about the growth and development of intuition, meant to bring an inner peace, harmony within, in the first place.
If you wonder what answer she provides, it is YES!
This card is an affirmative one, because it tells about knowing your self, understanding your inner self and being able to recognize guidance through intuition.
The energy of the card is calm, though focused, directed towards achieving harmony.
Therefore, the answer to your question would be positive.
In case you missed it out, ‘yes or no’ readings are simple tarot technique, very practical and useful when you are in doubt of something and have a straightforward question to ask.
The Queen of Cups Card Upright Meaning
The Queen of Cups in the upright position represents an amazingly friendly and supportive female person in your life. It could stand for such qualities in yourself.
This card is about a person who will eagerly offer you guidance and help you recognize the power of your own intuition, because she already masters it; thus, she is able to help others.
This card represents a person who is in harmony with own feelings, capable of experiencing the deepest of emotions.
Moreover, The Queen of Cups card tells about knowing yourself, about being very aware of yourself as a person, about understanding your emotions in the first place.
In that sense, this card is about emotional awareness, emotional and spiritual maturity and growth. Many people, sadly, are quite unaware of the depths of their own souls and hearts.
This card helps you get in touch with your inner self; the person represented through this card could be of great help.
There is also an inclination towards the psychic and clairvoyance represented within this amazing Cups card. The Queen of Cups is a card of inner harmony and the peace within, which positively affects all around.
The Queen of Cups Card Reversed Meaning
If the Queen of Cups was reversed, it tells about the excessive indulgence, inability to find the balance between what is pleasant and good and what would be harmful and counterproductive.
Such card is about very low self-esteem; it could be about someone who affects you badly, someone who drains your energy and convinces you that you are not worthy.
In reversed position, Queen of Cups is about drama, about being too sensitive, about over-reacting even to the slightest (and even well intended, constructive) criticism.
If the card was reversed, it tells about the state in which one cannot control neither their emotions nor reactions.
This is a card which tells that the person was not in touch with their feelings.
The Queen of Cups Tarot Card – Career Meaning
When the Queen of Cups shows up in a reading related to career, it comes to ask you a question. Does your work makes you feel good, does it affect your emotional state?
Of course, it does not mean that you should simply give up something, only because it comes with certain difficulties and sometimes does make you feel bad; it is normal.
The question comes on much deeper level; it actually asks if what you have been doing (or think of doing) is what you really love. No less, no more. This is not an easy question, and the Queen of Cups does not at all inspire any rashness and impulsive decisions. Just think about it and let your inner self lead you to answers.
The Queen of Cups Tarot Card – Love Meaning
This is a good card in love readings. It primarily tells about the female partner in a relationship, about a deeply loving, caring and gentle woman.
This is also a card of very deep, very powerful emotions, accompanied by support and reliability, with trust and steadiness.
It tells about a relationship in which one should feel safe and happy.
The Queen of Cups Tarot Card – Health Meaning
When it comes to health, this card tells about great support, from a female person, in the first place.
Since it is related to motherly energy, as well, the card tells about being especially cared about, if you, for any reason and in any way, feel unwell.
In addition, it is about healing through intuitive action and keeping your stresses on low level.
The Queen of Cups Combined
The Queen of Cups would provide us with some quite interesting meanings, if combined with other cards. Each of the cards gets an additional specific meaning, in combinations.
Let us see into several examples for the Queen of Cups.
- The Queen of Cups and The Emperor: Starting a family
- The Queen of Cups and The Death: Sorrow
- The Queen of Cups and The Six of Wands: Respect, honor; a love affair
- The Queen of Cups and The Two of Cups: Happiness in a relationship
- The Queen of Cups and Four of Swords: Clairvoyance, guidance from dreams
- The Queen of Cups and Nine of Pentacles: Journey seaside
The Queen of Cups Message
The Queen of Cups is the card that encourages one to look deep into their heart and soul.
This is the card about being in harmony with yourself and your emotions, which is something that require a long and patient journey through emotional growth and maturity.
Someone could help you on that way, some real life Queen of Cups.
This card is about people who posses extraordinary potentials, such as psychic abilities.
This is about warm hearted people full of understanding; those who really get you and are able to listen to you with ease, affecting you very positively.
That way, one becomes more relaxed with own emotions and develops their own intuition.