The Great Mother Intelligence is Binah, the Third
Sphere/Sephira called Understanding
on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. She is the Sanctifying Intelligence
and as the Queen of Cups Binah is represented as the Queen of the Thrones
of the Waters;
Water being the flowing conscious/ Unconsciousness of the Universe;
known as Imagination. Therefore, if you are into the Elemental Mysteries, The
Thoth Queen of Cups represents the Queen of the Undines and Nymphs.
the Queen of Cups is in the last Decan of Gemini and the First two
Decans of Cancer.
The Queen of cups represents Specific Water
in the Realm of Primal Water.In other words; She is the "will to form" intelligence that resides in the Divine Collective Unconscious.Here the "Will to Form" of Binah is
"reflecting on consciousness".
Crowley's Thoth card shows this reflective
nature in an abstract way. Here The Queen is enthroned on still Water,
her image is of purity and beauty and is robed in veils of pure light. Here the Truth of her is not seen by the observer, who can only see themselves
In her hand is a shell like cup with a crayfish
climbing out of it, a symbol relating to the Moon and its reflective
qualities. Truth being, one of the characteristics of this card is that
like water (consciousness), the flow changes according to the influences
There is also an Ibis in abstraction shown on this card,
Here, we see the influence of Thoth-Hermes . The Ibis is a traditional
Egyptian symbol of this Moon God. Thus again the Male and Female
influences are never separate.
Chokmah (the 2nd Sephira-Wisdom) is often
represented as Python, the First Husband, thus as a snake or Serpent
Force. In Mythology, the Ibis eats the eggs of the Snake, which relates
to her "consuming the seeds of ideas" from Chokmah who is represented
as Wisdom. However, the Ibis also consumes the corpses of the dead. This
may seem contradictory, but the corpses of the dead are "Conscious
seeds"; personalities recycled so that data is consumed and recycled in
the Universal Unconscious. Thus we have reference to the Great Sea of
Binah (Universal Unconscious) from which life flows out, and also
flows back into, Here the Moon and the cycle of tides add to the Thoth deck
Lotus is the Eastern Rose, and is the Sacred flower related to Great
Mother Isis an Egyptian form of Binah. Rather than through the touch of
her hand, as the Queen of Wands is shown controlling the Leopard, The
Queen of Cups uses the intermediary of the Lotus (Womb) to cause the
Ibis to do its work. The Tranquil waters, on which the Lotus float, are
the means of force transmission.
characteristics to The Queen of cups, are dreaminess, illusion and
tranquility. As is Water the perfect agent and patient solvent, the
Queen of Cups, is able to receive and transmit everything with out
affecting herself in so doing.
card concentrates on this aspect of tranquility
. Here She is seat on a throne, on the banks of a tranquil river, with ornate moon chalice in hand. Again, Waite, in his very ornate card, shows only the mundane meanings of this card. Medieval art rather than the Avant-garde art of Lady Frieda Harris's Qabalistic Thoth Deck. Lady Frieda Harris and Aleister Crowley went into the deeper arcane meanings of Qabalistic Tarot.
Every depiction in the Waite card says water, her clothing, the river and river bank and the Moon Chalice.
If the Queen of Cups is
caused to be ill dignified by the accompanying cards in a reading, then
everything is refracted and distorted, as she is directly affected by
When the Queen of Cups is thrown during a reading:
- The querent is showing issues surrounding motherhood
- Suggesting emotional empowerment, as the querent is able to express feelings honestly, blamelessly and without judgment.
- Implies too much imagination about issues and not enough action taken to solve them.
- Emotional and Intuitive capabilities that show highly evolved interpersonal interactions and psychic abilities.
- Implies the querent is extremely empathetic and thus must watch out for moodiness and fluctuating feelings that often come from those around her.
that one inspires from within and could be a time of Deep inner
musings, thoughts focused within where the mind is engulfed in
- That a mature woman of deep sexual and fertility
powers, where everything in her life is related to nourishment, sexual
exchange, passionate giving and receiving maybe involved in the life of
the querent or is the querent..
- Motherhood, or new ideas formulating for a creative line of work.
- An ethereal person of the highest ideals imagined....sometimes unattainably high in the physical world of constant change.
- Wisdom and virtue, Can denote a perfect spouse and a good mother.
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