As a court card the Thoth Queen of Cups can mean: a
mature, motherly woman, with deep sexual powers and fertility that may
manifest as actual motherhood or through a creative line of work. Her ability to give birth to new forms, new talents, new identities and new life is symbolized by the stork.
The Queen of Cups represents
a "womb-with-a -view", who is the expression of emotional authenticity
and congruity about motherhood issues and issues surrounding maternal or
female authority figures in one's life. She does not use feelings to
attack nor does she feel the need to apologize for those feelings.
The crayfish shell
in her hand, is a reminder that she chooses integrity over illusion.
The double water reflection, symbolizes "as above so below" which is the
axiom of western metaphysics and simply points out that she equally expresses
inner and outside feelings; her outer self is always the
accurate reflection of her inner self.
When the Queen of Cups is divined for men, she represents the animus figure of his inner Nature and is committed to expressing feelings honestly and responsibly.
Often in Qabalah,
time-space is called the "mirror" and we on this reflected surface of
light (time-visible light), are projected by the "other side of the
mirror" (space - dark energy). The Queen of cups is the silvery sheen of
Spirit that is impossible to see, because She reflects back to you your
own self-image. Like I said, She is "a womb with a view" and anything
that we truly feel internally, she reflects as our form externally, no
questions asked, and no judgment given. This reminds us that our inner
divinity is best actively expressed rather than our survival-thinking reaction to the convoluted
identities bestowed on us by others. The Axiom of "above all things know
thyself" shows particular importance here.
The Great Mother Intelligence
is Binah, the third Sphere/Sephira on the Tree of Life. She is the Sanctifying Intelligence and/or Imagination
and as the Queen of Cups Binah is represented as the Queen of the Thrones of the Waters;
Water being the flowing Unconsciousness of the Universe and/or the
Universal Divine Collective Unconscious. And if you are into the
Elemental Mysteries, The Queen of Cups is 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
is Specific Water (Imagination) in the Realm of Primal Water
(Unconscious). Here the "Will to Form" of Binah is "reflecting on
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. Again, the Truth of her is not seen by the observer, who can
only see themselves in reflection.
In her ethereal 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
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, thus as a snake or Serpent
Force, i.e. a Spiraling 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.
in Egyptian theology, 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 understanding of the Moon and the cycle of
tides add to the knowledge the image conveys.
The Lotus is the Eastern
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
The key characteristics associated with 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 without affecting herself in so
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
The Babylonian Tarot
, The Queen of Cups- Nammu, depicts an
image of a divine entity, from fragments of Sumerian theogony lists
written on clay before the Epic of Creation was written. The author, Sandra Tabatha
Cicero writes: "This solitary divine entity, watery in essence, existed
before all else, even before the suggestive lists of divine couples who
generated the first gods."
Therefore, this singularity was called
Nammu," the lady of the gods, the mother who gave birth to the
Universe". Being called "Mother, First One", "Mother of everything", she
is the creatrix, the primal matter of the Universe (Dark Matter) also
called the "primordial Sea that existed before all else" and "the
fertile waters of Life". Besides being this vast Womb/Sea, Nammu was
also accredited with making mankind out of clay. Later on the qualities
and attributes of the Sumerian Nammu were merged into the Babylonian goddess Aruru.
The Babylonian Tarot Card depicts Nammu
in her watery realm, wearing a crown of rosettes.Before her is a large fluted blue cup.
When this card is thrown:
- One is either experiencing emotional or intuitive maturity.
too much imagination is focused on our life while no action is being
taken by that person to acquire or solve the imagined errors.
- The Queen of cups is the emotional reflector.
- Often our emotional reaction to others, is a self-reflection.
- 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 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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