Are you feeling at peace? Did you seek this Tarot reading because you want to know if this good feeling is going to stay with you? Are you having lucid intuition and want to check out your hunches with a foundational psychic science like the Tarot deck? Have you conquered anger with love recently? Did your patience win in the end over the rash decisions of a close friend or lover? Can you tell what others are feeling and help move them toward being all they can be? Has logic taken a back seat to matters of the heart and been found unnecessary in dealing with the world? All of these circumstances contribute to the Queen of Cups emerging in your Tarot reading.
At the edge of the shoreline sits the throne of the Queen of Cups. The stone chair is adorned with cherubs and a large conch shell rises above its back. The Queen is sitting on her throne holding a large cup. This cup appears quite different than the cups from the Tarot deck’s suit of cups. Its gold base leads to a stem that has ornamental handles attached to it. Atop the cup is a lid that looks like the roof of a church, complete with a miniature spire and cross. With a gold crown and silver robe, she is alone, sitting and staring at this cup, which she holds before her with both hands on the base. The cloudless bright blue sky and placid water of the sea surround her. Many Tarot decks reveal her throne to be on an island while others show it on an islet. Her feet do not touch the water; they rest comfortably on colorful rocks washed up in front of her.
This is a card of intuitive connections, tender love, spirituality and devotion. Unlike any cup illustrated in the Tarot’s suit of cups, the Queen’s cup has that decorative lid on it as a metaphor for holding in a deep love. The Tarot’s suit of cups represents emotion and queens represent female energy. The shoreline is a symbol of the edge of human consciousness and the sea is the endless and deep reservoir of untapped feeling. The stones, upon which her feet rest, assure us that the feelings brought up when this card appears are not superficial. Although they are often evasive and impenetrable under analysis, these feelings are deep and they are real. To deny an actual emotion or assume that it is going to go away is to ignore the foundation upon which that feeling rests.
Meaning in Past, Present and Future Positions
When your Tarot reading begins, the cards are dealt out before you in sections. Each section has a distinct meaning: your past, your present or your future.
When the Queen of Cups is in the past position of your reading, you can look back on your childhood and upbringing as having been one of being surrounded by affection and goodwill. You cannot blame any present failures on the past. If this card applies to the more recent past, you were in a relationship where your affection was overflowing. Your present situation may be entwined with having let out too much of yourself on behalf of a partner who did not reciprocate your feelings in the way in which you wished.
With this card in your present position you are likely falling in love, even if you are in denial about this. The lid on the queen’s cup might be sealed tight, but that does not mean you do not have an overwhelming emotional attachment to someone. One of the troubles with having hunches in our rational world is that we often cannot precisely articulate the way we feel. The Queen of Cups in the present position insists you take a break and get in touch with your feelings before you move in any specific direction. Do not rush a decision without knowing how you feel, and make sure those feelings are not influenced by rigid worldly logic that conflicts with your hunches.
When this card is in the future position, you are headed toward a date with contentment. Aim high in the present, as knowing that you will be encountering the Queen of Cups can give you confidence to take risks in love and life, career and college. Family and friends are going to be a great part of your future, so make sure you know where you stand with them and they with you.
Every Tarot reading is an occasion for cards from throughout the deck to come together and create one seamless narrative about you. When a card is exposed, its energy is transmuted onto other cards in the deck. It all adds up to making your reading unique for your situation.
If the Queen of Cups is joined by The High Priestess, you get the best of both worlds, as the Queen’s affectionate side balances the indifference of The High Priestess, whose worldliness makes the Queen of Cups a little more wise to the ways of those who would manipulate unconditional love for personal gain.
The Chariot is a great card to combine with the Queen of Cups, as it signals a definite delivery of love and affection. You victory over loneliness will be a matter of the heart for sure.
The Queen can signify mourning, though, as her natural state of loving is frozen by the presence of certain cards. The Three of Swords is a card of heartbreaking loss. Combined with the Queen of Swords and the Tarot reading is about missing an ex-lover who has moved on with no special memories of the time he had with you. The Five of Cups is similar, except that it indicates your refusal to take any responsibility for your own role in the breakup, reveling instead in the rejection you took. In reality, the Queen of Cups must understand that the love lost at that time was not special enough to work on unconditionally.
Primarily, though, the Queen of Cups is an upbeat card that offers much peace and good feelings to a Tarot reading. When it combines with the Ten of Cups, you are looking at living happily ever after. Matched in a reading with the Ace of Wands and the hobby you love will suddenly be a moneymaking career that you enjoy getting up for and fully embrace. Most cards in the deck create harmony with this special lady, symbolizing the good potential in your everyday life ahead.