The Queen of Cups is the water aspect within water, which means that she is pure emotion and nothing else. Within her there are reflections upon reflections within reflections reflecting reflections; so much so that her nature is in a sense to lose all sense of individuality personality, instead finding connection to the universal consciousness and reflections of herself in the eyes of everyone she meets. Bubbles rise up all around her from her watery throne, each with her observant eyes appearing within.
Upon drawing the Queen of Cups, this is a time to pause and reflect. This is the entire basis of this card; she is infinitely subtle, so subtle that it is hardly possible to see the genuine truth of her being, for she reflects the observer – you – with tremendous detail. She is veiled by endless bubbles and curves of light, and invites you to do the same, recognizing how deep the inner waters go, and how many aspects of you are actually just mirrors of others you’ve met along your way.
This queen is all about one thing: Reflection! She is pure emotion, flowing freely anywhere her emotions may take her. She is a nurturing, sensitive, imaginative and observing force that mirrors us back to ourselves. She reflects all things, not just the positive, but the negative too – free from judgement or restraint, but often taking on the energy of others in this way too by her highly emphatic nature.
Seated in her throne, shimmering bubbles surround her as she shows you the infinite aspects of yourself. In one hand, she gently holds a newborn, bringing her divine feminine nurturing to light. In the other, she holds up a cup, the symbol of emotion and representation of our emotional expansion within.
Like water, she is in a constant state of mirroring, reflecting back all of the aspects of you. She is a pure observer, and her innocence in this makes her incredibly beautiful. As we look through our memories, thoughts, and feelings, it is important to rely on intuition and our innate psychic ability to navigate these waters. The more we exercise our abilities, the more we are able to see ourselves in the eyes of everyone we meet.
Logic and reasoning have their place, but it is vital that we trust our inner guidance system in life; with sensitivity and in tune with the world around us. The Queen of Cups is so in tune with the reflections from the world around her that she practically loses all sense of personality herself.
The appearance of the Queen of Cups may indicate that now is the time to go deep into your emotions, and allow the deep water of your feelings to come to the light of your consciousness. Alternatively, she may represent a physical person in your life; someone who has a guiding, nurturing or maternal nature to them, and one who might even know you better than you know yourself. They may be able to help, if you let them.
The Queen of Cups reversed describes the haziness or cloudiness of understanding that comes from too many reflections without the time taken to understand what they mean. One word that is used to describe this is diffusion, which leads to a disconnect between the observer and the observed. Ultimately, it is an inner deception by a confusion of the emotional body.
This reversal can also speak towards co-dependency, as the Queen naturally is strong unto herself, being mindful and aware of virtually everything around her. If she becomes disconnected she may cling to others physically for support rather than allow the support to come from the depths of her emotional awareness.
The bottom line here though, is that the Queen of Cups reversed is what happens when we are simply out of tune with our emotions, and is a call to tune back in.
To turn this reversed card upright, practice letting go of the physical realm for a while, and even your emotions or spiritual side of things, and drop into a state of pure feeling. Let yourself sink beneath the depths of this space within you; it might be difficult at first, as you may find yourself proverbially gasping for air – needing to think. Yet, the more you try this, the deeper you progress; by letting yourself become one with the emotional depths, the clearer and clearer things will become. Certainly, things may get darker inside too, and yet from this dark you will be able to experience the brightest of light, one that you never even knew existed. This can be likened to a child in a womb; it may be purely black and void in this space, but in the center there exists a shining light of new consciousness coming into being.
The Book of Thoth
The Golden Dawn
The Tarot Handbook
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