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The Great Mother of Intelligence is Binah, the Third Sphere/Sephira called Understanding on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. She is the Sanctifying Intelligence and as the Queen of Cups, Binah is represented as the Queen of the Thrones of the Waters; Water being the flowing conscious/ Unconsciousness of the Universe; known as Imagination. Therefore, if you are into the Elemental Mysteries, The Thoth Queen of Cups represents 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 represents Specific Water in the Realm of Primal Water. In other words; She is the "will to form" intelligence that resides in the Divine Collective Unconscious.Here the "Will to Form" of Binah is "reflecting on consciousness".
Crowley's Thoth card shows this reflective nature in an abstract way. Here The Queen is enthroned on still Water, her image is of purity and beauty as she is robed in veils of pure light. Here the Truth of her is not seen by the observer, 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 (the 2nd Sephiroth-Wisdom) 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 Thoth Tarot 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.
The Legends Tarot-Queen of Cups card concentrates on this aspect of tranquility. Here She is with her moon-dogs or white wolves. The scene is a fantasy winter theme, and everyone is dressed in white. The blue color and the one silver cup at the bottom of the card, are the only signs that this is a cup card.
She seems to radiate compassion and tenderness and therefore, she seeks to help those who are emotionally overwrought.
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.
When the Queen of Cups is thrown during a reading:
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