Suit: Suit of Cups
Card Type: Minor Arcana
Tarot Element: Water
Star Sign: Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio
Angel: Archangel Gabriel
Key Meaning: Trust Your Feelings
The Queen of Cups signifies that your intuition is good at this time and so you can trust your feelings. You are in fact, channeling visions, ideas and inspiration from the Other Side.
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Queen of Cups Keywords
🥰 Upright: Intuition, visionary, psychic, spiritual awakening
😒 Reversed: Being negative, oversensitive, two-faced, cursed
Queen of Cups Description
This description is based on the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. A queen sits on a throne at the edge of a seashore. There is a dreamlike quality to this image, we are not sure if the scene is real or imagined. The Queen gazes into a cup, with a deep, trance-like expression. She is scrying, looking for answers and divining the future. Notice that the cup is closed, signifying that her thoughts are in the realm of the hidden world.
Queen court cards indicate your potential at any given time. The Queen of Cups means you have the potential at this time, to develop your emotional and spiritual life. In comparison, the Queen of Wands rules creative life, the Queen of Swords rules intellectual life and the Queen of Pentacles concerns physical life.
How Are Aces Different To Queens?
While both Aces and Queens represent potential, there is a difference. Aces represent events outside of you, like opportunities coming towards you. The Ace of Cups, for example, could be a new lover or a new area of study. Queens on the other hand, represents potential within you worthy of exploring. In the case of the Queen of Cups, this could represent healing abilities, or the unfolding of some natural talent. Usually an Ace will appear around the same time as a Queen in your reading. In other words, when you are ready, the opportunities appear.
Queen of Cups Personality Traits
When the Queen refers to a person, she is attractive with expressive eyes and a warm smile. She can be creative, and is a good listener and carer. Careers in the arts, design, healing or home are most attractive to her. This Queen often has a mystic and mediumistic side. She lives close to the veil of subconsciousness, where dreams and visions emerge. You could say she has one foot in this world and one foot in the other. Her inner musings and trances take her places, most of us will never envision. What this Queen has to say, is worth listening to. Her astrological sun or rising sign is Pisces, Scorpio or Cancer. If you are this Queen, then you will have a strong desire to live near water, because water soothes your soul.
LOVE: What does This Card Mean when You Ask About Relationships?
💖 If you asked will I find love? – then this card is a straight forward yes. You will meet someone who has the traits of the Queen of Cups.
💖 If you are searching for a male, with male traits – then it means you will find your future love by adopting this Queen’s traits. That is, acting on your intuition. Your gut feelings will ensure you land in the right place, at the right time.
💖 This card can mean, you have a psychic connection with someone overseas.
💖 You may benefit from spending more time with women during this time.
💖 This is a good time to spend time at home, work from home or live near family. Being with your family will recharge your spirits.
What does The Queen of Cups Mean when You Ask About Spirituality?
Do I have a spiritual gift? Am I really special? If you have been asking these sorts of questions, then the answer is YES! Yes, you do have a gift. However, your gift needs training and persistence to develop. Even the experienced Queen in this Tarot card, is still practising trance meditation with her cup.
You are encouraged to take a greater interest in religion or spiritual thought at this time.
CAREER: What does This Card Signify When You Ask About Work?
If your question relates to work, business, career or study and you receive the Queen of Cups, then the guidance is:
⭕ Study or work at something that allows you to utilise your natural talent. This may mean a new career direction.
⭕ Jobs associated with the Queen of Cups include: psychic medium, astrologer, tarot reader, healer, counsellor, public speaking, life coach, actor, environmentalist, artist, athlete and politics. Essentially your job is to guide others towards a greater awareness, using whatever tools feel natural to you.
MONEY: What is the Meaning of The Queen of Cups in a Money Reading?
💲 If you asked the Tarot about money and finances, and you receive the Queen of Cups, it means money does not motivate you. However, when you do something you love, the money will come.
💲 Side hustles or hobbies have the potential to become your full time income – if you believe in yourself and make the effort.
💲 If you asked about a significant purchase, like a house – your ideal home will be found close to the sea, or a lake or river.
Tarot Card Combination Meanings
“Queen of Cups combined with Hermit” – Meditation and spiritual retreats are the solution.
“Queen of Cups combined with Ace of Cups” – You are ready to turn your passion into a job or business.
“Queen of Cups combined with The Moon” – You have some serious untapped psychic powers!
HEALTH: What does This Card Mean When You Ask About Health?
If you are worried about your health and the Queen of Cups turns up – it signifies you have the ability to help yourself. Chances are, you know exactly what you need to do already, but perhaps have ignored your needs. It may be that what you need to do is boring, or difficult – such as making improvements to your diet, quitting smoking or finding time to mediate.
The Queen of Cups is associated with stress-related conditions, including: blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, headaches, vision problems, gastrointestinal issues and depression.
YES/NO: Does The Queen of Cups Mean Yes or No in a Reading?
❓ When you ask a Yes or No question and the Queen of Cups turns up, then the answer is YES.
TIMING: Does The Queen of Cups Predict any Particular Timeframe?
🕔 The Queen of Cups is only a timing indication when you specifically asked a timeframe question. For example, if you want to know if something will happen, and when, then you need to draw two separate cards. These are in fact, two separate questions. This is a fundamental principle to understand if you want an accurate tarot reading – and it is core to my teaching in my book Tarot in 5 Minutes.
🕔 Using my timing method, the Queen of Cups is about 13 months. If the card is reversed, timing will be slightly longer – so up to 20 months.
Karina’s Timing Method:
Swords are days. Wands are weeks. Cups are months and Pentacles are years. Please note this is my personal timing method. Feel free to adopt it (or not).
What is the Meaning of The Queen of Cups Reversed?
When the Queen of Cups is reversed then the water is a little rough and the tide is coming in too fast.
✔️ You may be stressing and worrying about things over which you have no control. It could be that you are emotionally out of balance and not seeing things clearly. It is time to relax, ideally through meditation so that you can recharge your emotional batteries. Try not to overreact to events. Remember, this phase too shall pass.
✔️ This Queen is by nature trusting, with a great capacity for forgiveness. When the card is reversed it means her trust has been betrayed and this can lead to resentment and a shutting down. A sense of helplessness and a victim mentality could rob her of her gifts.
✔️ Feeling cursed. However, any unfortunate phase should pass in time. If a ‘cursed’ phase lasts a long time, then consider it may be that you keep making bad choices.
✔️Other keywords associated a reversal include: illusion, emotional vampire, melodrama and gullible.
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