In Qabalistic Tarot, Binah is the Third Sephira on the Tree of Life; she is called the Sanctifying Intelligence known as Understanding. The four Queens are another aspect of this Sanctifying Intelligence.
The Thoth tarot Queens are, Seated and enthroned, and represent the forces of Heh (meaning window or sight) in the Divine Vibration of each suit. By bringing forth a material Force of each suit, like the window in a home bring in the Sun light and reflecting it, the Queens, develop and realize the Force of the King. This is a steady, unshaken and enduring force that is not as rapid in motion, as are the Princes.
The Great Mother Intelligence is Binah, the Third Sphere/Sephira on the Tree of Life. As stated, she is the Sanctifying Intelligence and in the Thoth 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 The Divine Collective-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 in the Realm of Primal Water (Primal Unconscious). Here the "Will to Form" of Binah is "reflecting on consciousness", i.e. imagination. 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 reflection.
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 around it. 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, is often represented as Python, the First Husband (Lilith's Husband), thus as a snake or Serpent Force (Spiral Life Force).
In Mythology, the Ibis eats the eggs of the Snake, which relates to her "consuming the seeds of ideas" (This may be why Lilith is said to be explicitly "oral" in her consumption of male "seed") from Chokmah who is represented on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, 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 image.
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.
The key 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 surrounding influences.
Algorab or Corvus, "the wing of the raven" is a star called the Delta Corvi:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(δ Crv, δ Corvi) is a
in the southern constellation
of Corvus. It has the traditional name
, meaning "the crow"). This is a third magnitude star at a distance of 86.9
Earth. In 1823, it was found to be a wide
and John Herschel. Since that time, the position of the two stars with respect to each other has not changed.
This star has more than 2.7 times the mass of the Sun, which is causing it to radiate a much higher energy output—roughly 69 times the Sun's luminosity. The effective temperature of the outer atmosphere is 10,400 K,
giving it the white hue of an A-type star.The spectrum
matches a stellar classification of A0 IV(n) kB9.
Although it is only around 260 million years old,
that has nearly exhausted the supply of hydrogen at its core and is in the process of evolving away from the main sequence of stars like the Sun.
Algorab displays no excess infrared emission
that would otherwise suggest the presence of circumstellar matter.
It has a magnitude 9.3 companion, HR 4757 B, with a classification of K2Ve at an angular separation of 24.2
Although the two stars share a common proper motion,
the significant differences in their estimated ages suggests that they may not be physically connected.
In Chinese, 軫宿 (Zhěn Sù), meaning Chariot (asterism), refers to an asterism consisting of δ Corvi, γ Corvi, ε Corvi andβ Corvi. Consequently, δ Corvi itself is known as
軫宿三(Zhěn Sù sān, English: the Third Star of Chariot.
The Babylonians knew the Double Star, Algorab as the Bird God Zu, who dared to steal the "tablets of destiny". After the Christians, Zu became another "Demonized god" of a conquered peoples religion (The Babylonian gods often came from the Sumerians who called the Annunaki gods, as well as, the stars of these space traveler's star charts;see past blogs). Therefore, a star as a demon, which is common in Christianity, does not really promote great "freaky scarey things" but if Stars are wombs of intelligence, as some so state (Know that you are stars...etc.), then one could call on Algorab as an intelligent "Yang energy" that can aggravate change. This is because, in Alchemy, the Raven is associated with the process of putrefaction, and is called "the raven's head"; a very necessary stage of matter so that it can be deconstructed so that reconstruction can begin. The reasoning for the Yang energy aspect is the Chinese Han Dynastic carvings of a three legged Raven in the center of the Sun, considered Yang energy; the three feet corresponding to the three stations of the day; dawn, noon and dusk.
Also, the emotional consciousness associated with the Queen of Cups are "reflective Emotions" and thus very Yang as well, for to reflect on emotions, is to start the process of their deconstruction, so that one may reconstruct their emotional identity.
When the Thoth Queen of Cups or The Shadow Tarot-Pythoness of Space/Time & The Abyss is thrown during a reading:
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