In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.
~ Marianne Williamson
For being such a rarely seen card until now, in this week of the New Moon, and Mercury turning retrograde, after only a month, let’s welcome once again the Queen of Cups.
The Queen of Cups has been compared to the mystical, beautiful High Priestess, and it is not a far stretch to consider her the real-life equivalent.
As a Court card, of course, she is usually an actual person in your life, or some aspect of you, yourself. And while she does portray a very feminine energy, she may actually be of either sex.
Although she is kind and empathetic, she is no wimp. She conducts herself with mature wisdom, and as a Queen, she is a gentle, but powerful leader, creator, or innovator.
She sits upon a throne carved with mermaids, the magical beings of the seas. Her throne, firmly on land, indicates that she is connected to the work and protection of her lands in practical ways. The echoing shape of the cliff behind her also hints at her solidity and groundedness.
But the waters flowing over her right foot at the water’s edge, and blending with her gown, make clear her unity with the seas of the unconscious, dreams, imagination, intuition and emotion. And of course, the sea is the Mother’s womb of all life on our Planet.
The Queen’s gaze is very intent, as if she is studying the markings on the cup. Arthur Waite tells us that it is of her own creation. Certainly it is the manifestation of great imagination, for it is by far the most ornate and unique cup in the Waite-Smith Tarot.
The cup is closed, presided over by two angels on each handle, which some scholars compare to the seraphim on the Ark of the Covenant. In Judeo-Christian traditions, the Ark is believed to have held the Shekhinah, the Feminine aspect of God.
According to the Talmud, the Shekhinah is what gave God’s chosen ones the power of prophecy and how King David was blessed with the ability to create his beautiful Psalms. The Shekhinah manifests as a form of joy, connected with prophecy and creativity. Is such a gift contained in the Queen’s cup?
This week, we receive a gift of intuitive understanding, as well as the opportunity for forgiveness, love, renewal, and divine Grace. This is a matter that goes straight to the heart – one that you are not likely to understand intellectually. Happily, you don’t have to; you have only to receive it.
Caring for Your Tender Heart
Like all Tarot cards, there is both light and shadow within the image. The Queen of Cups’ challenging aspect is that she can unconsciously soak up and act out the feelings and moods of those around her.
She can also be emotionally needy, yet fickle in her dealings, first going one way, then the other, taking the path of least resistance.
In what ways might you need to set good boundaries between your own sensitive heart and the intensely flowing emotions of those in your life? Where would it be wise for you to cultivate stillness and more depth?
Have you learned good energetic hygiene techniques to clear and cleanse away the emotional gunk that you tend to accumulate? Do you allow joy to be your guide in the realms of intuition and psychic awareness?
Though there may be challenges, the Queen of Cups nevertheless can be kindness and compassion personified. Who in your life offers gifts of intuition, love, healing, and forgiveness?
Remember — tenderness is not weakness; it is the truest kind of strength.
What wounds need the touch only you can give, that they may be healed? Yours is the power to do so, through your inner knowing.
May blessings wash away all sorrows, and our most loving dreams come true.