Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot, Queen of Cups and the Babylonian Tarot, Queen of Cups-Nammu
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot, Queen of Cups and the Babylonian Tarot, Queen of Cups-Nammu

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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.

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 (Imagination) in the Realm of Primal Water (Unconscious). 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.  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 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, 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.
However, 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 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 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 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.

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.
  •  Or 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.
  • Suggests that one inspires from within and could be a time of Deep inner musings, thoughts focused within where the mind is engulfed in Imagination. 
  • 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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