Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life, where the histories of all people are connected, and we are able to know everything, because it’s all written there.
— Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
For the third week, we get a visit from the Cups suit. But this time, we receive a card that has never once made an appearance since I began pulling the Card of the Week over five years ago, in more than 260 readings.
We bid welcome to the Queen of Cups!
The Queen of Cups has been compared to the mystical, beautiful High Priestess, and truly she may be considered 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.
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.
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 it blessed King David with the ability to create his beautiful Psalms. The Shekhinah manifests itself as a form of joy, connected with prophecy and creativity. Is such a gift contained in the Queen’s cup?
It also reminds me of the ornate baptismal fonts in Anglican and Catholic churches, or the ciborium, which is the box (often silver or gold) that communion wafers are kept in. As you will remember from last week, the Ace of Cups shows the dove of Spirit delivering one of those wafers.
Thus we have a repeated message this week about forgiveness, love, renewal, and divine Grace. This is a matter that goes straight to the heart – you are not likely to understand intellectually. Happily, you don’t have to; you have only to receive it.
The Queen’s shadow side is that she can unconsciously soak up and act out the emotions and moods of those around her. In what ways might you need to set good boundaries between your own sensitive heart and the flowing feelings of those in your life?
That said, though, the Queen of Cups is kindness and compassion personified. Who in your life offers such gifts of intuition, healing and renewal? She (or he) may be inviting you to study with seriousness your own psychic gifts. In what ways are you being asked to listen to non-ordinary guidance and the longings of your heart? What love or dream is in front of you, but perhaps covered, for now?
This week, listen well to your hopes and feelings, be receptive to the mysteries before you, and honor your heart’s desires. Blessings abound.