The Thoth Tarot - QUEEN OF CUPS & The Witches Tarot-QUEEN OF CUPS:
To an Astrologer, this Queen rules from 21 degrees Gemini to 20 degrees Cancer.
To a Hermetic- Qabalist, She is Water of Water, i.e. Specific Water/Imagination in the World of Primal Water/unconsciousness.
On the Thoth Queen of Cups, there is a Crayfish in her cup and she has her right hand with lotus on an Ibis.
In her lap is a small bouquet of wood violets, white roses and purple foxglove. Wood violets, represent faithfulness. White roses, represent loving emotions.
The Foxgloves, represent, magical protection. She has scattered white roses on the beach as an offering to the seas from which she gathers her power.
The Thoth Queen who represents the- All Mother of the Hermetic Qabalah, is one who reflects the image of the one who looks at her, just as does the Soul, who reflects the personality that looks into it. In her hand is the ubiquitous cup, not only symbolizing the suit of the card, but also the "wholly womb" often called the "Holy Grail" .
The Queen of Cups is the Macrocosmic Anima (Latin for-Spirit) Womb of-time-space, that encloses all form. The Great Mother Intelligence-Understanding- and/or Sanctifying Intelligence. The Queen of Cups sits on the Thrones of the Waters; and rules the Undines and Nymphs. Her symbols are:
The organizer and counterbalance of Chokmah. She is the requiter.
She is also in another of her moon- phases, the Sterile Mother-The Crone
The Principle symbol of Binah, is the Yoni, a Sanskrit word for female vagina, and is shown as a triangle, as depicted by the red yoni mandala. Hence, I refer to her as, "The womb with a view", indicating that she is the "all understanding" Will to Form, from which all Life emerges. This Great Womb, is known to every culture, with many names. She is the completion of the Upper Supernal Triangle, which began as a Point, in Kether, and a Line in Chokma and a Triangle in Binah. She is the one who observes you and therefore, will listen to your conversation.
Now before you get all Victorian, overcome by social flesh-o-phobia, and/or shudder at the sexuality of the Divine Creative, think upon this: The Primary Female, Binah, stands at the head of the Pillar of Severity, while the Primary Male Sephira is Chokma and he stands at the head of the Pillar of Mercy. In our Patriarchal society, one would think it the other way around, for the male is said to be of a sever nature and is supposed to be the disciplinarian and the female is the merciful one. However, the Qabalistic definition of sexuality is about qualities rather than static forms of sex. The Soul is ultimately hermaphrodite. The Male quality is called because it is unrestricted, energy ejaculated outward; Electric. The Female qualities of Energy are restrictive; Thus, form is made out of energy-in-motion enclosed in a pattern, a type of oppression we call Magnetic. Thus a Severe limiting quality is applied when building a form. Hence, a Cupping action. Hence, The Mind is a "cup" or vessel of thought.
However, some confusion may yet again form, as beneath Binah on the Pillar of Severity we find the Male God Mercury in Hod. And at the base of The Pillar of Mercy, we find the Goddess Venus in the 7th Sephiroth- Netzach-Victory. So the "left hand path" is not entirely feminine, nor is the "right hand path' entirely masculine.Yet there is only severity on the left hand path, this is because Time/Saturn shows no mercy. The anthropomorphism of the qualities of Intelligent Energy, binds us to Sexual figures as energy is at once expressed and then confines. By understanding the 1st Law of Thermodynamics, you may see the problem of sexing the qualities of energy. Plus, the Divine Creatrix, as Venus, covers the entire Qabalistic Tree of Life. All form comes from her, and she sees all form as Her own Self-Reflections.
The 1st Law of Thermodynamics states:"There is only one Energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed (and Transmitted)." These Transmissions and Transformations, are caused by Qualities of expression-He and repression or reception-She. I find it best to say that She is Magnetic and He is Electric. Thus, the value statements of the mundane towards genitalia are not involved in any misunderstanding. Therefore, the restrictive nature of Will to Form (Binah) is a discipline imposed on the ejaculation/expression of Chokma who is Will to Force . At the same time She is the Great Unconscious Sea from which all images of life emerge.
Binah is described in the Qabalistic Mysteries of the Golden Dawn, as "The Dark Robe of Concealment", "the Great Dark Sea". Many of us know that "our dark-side" resides in the Unconscious; yet as The Queen of Cups, Binah is also the ternary Creatrix; Virgin Maid, and the Bright Fertile Mother aspect of Creation(Understanding) that gives life by restriction and/or the Power of Limitation---the First Law of Form. However as Crone- ruler of time- she is the Dark Sterile Mother of Death as well. This duality is found in Yesod--The Moon, who is alone dark but who reflects the "illusion" of Sunlight into Malkuth-the material plane. Mythology has given us the Bright Moon-Diana and the Dark Moon-Hecate, one is the adverse of the other.
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"
The Thoth or 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 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 and/or unconsciousness as the flow changes according to the influences around it.
As before stated: 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. Hence, again the Male and Female influences are never separate, for the Divine Creative is both, inseparable.
represented as the Greek god-Python, the First Husband, represented as a snake or Serpent Force, i.e. a Spiraling Force. In Mythology, the Ibis eats the eggs of the Snake, which relates to Binah's
"consuming the seeds of ideas" (understanding) 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
personalities, which are 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 which is shown in the art of the Thoth Tarot,
is the Eastern Rose, and is the Sacred flower related to Great Mother Isis an Egyptian form of Binah. The Western sacred goddess flower is the 5 petal Rose. 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 chief pleasure
of this type of Archetypal personality:
If ill dignified
Ill dignity is dependent on the influences which affect her.
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