The Great Mother Intelligence
is Binah, the Third Sphere/Sephira on the Tree of Life, known in English as Understanding
. She is the Sanctifying Intelligence
in the Queen of Cups Binah is represented as the Queen of the Thrones
of the Waters; Water being the flowing Unconsciousness of the Universe;
known as Imagination. Thus, if you are into the Elemental Mysteries, The
Queen of Cups is the Queen of the Undines and Nymphs. Astrologically,
the Queen of Cups is in the last Decan of Gemini and the First two
Decans of Cancer.
The Queen of cups
is Specific Water (Spiritual consciousness)
in the Realm of Primal Water (Physical consciousness). Here the "Will to Form" of Binah is
"reflecting on consciousness". Crowley's 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.
The Truth of her is not seen by the observe, 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
Truth being, one of the characteristics of this card is that
like water (consciousness), the flow changes according to the influences
around it. There is also an Ibis in abstraction shown on this card which is seen as 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 Second Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life 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
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.
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
The Elemental Tarot-Mother of Water
, a mature woman is sitting on a throne holding in her left hand a scepter topped with a lotus flower and a crescent moon. The lotus is sacred to the Divine Feminine and the crescent moon is also a symbol for the Divine Feminine. In her right hand is another scepter, this one crowned with a crystal orb. Seemingly representing the crystalline light that all physical form is created from. Her right breast flows with nourishment to the Earth. The throne is based on a square (The Elemental Tarot symbol for Earth), and within it a crescent moon drips water into a goblet or cup.
The astrological symbols shown on the upper left of this card, is Venus/Neptune, which the authors say represents sensitivity and high ideals. In astrology planets are not combined; However, roughly speaking and if concentrating on the individual meaning of each planet, this combination would be the dream of love. The Personality archetype would be the beautiful Muse, or the "lovely one".
The name Rabinnara, implies the earth in autumn.
Again, the Egyptian glyphs representing this card are shown in the lower left, with the crescent moon on the bottom.
When the Queen of Cups or Mother of Water 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.
- Sometimes 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 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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