The compassionate Queen of Cups corresponds with Cancer in the Zodiac. Below you will find some traditional interpretations of this card:
- Emotional intelligence and intuition: The Queen of Cups represents a person who is in touch with their emotions and possesses deep empathy. They have a strong sense of intuition and can understand the needs and emotions of others.
- Nurturing and compassion: This card signifies a person who has a nurturing and compassionate nature. They are known for their ability to provide emotional support and care for others.
- Creativity and artistic expression: The Queen of Cups often represents someone who has a creative and imaginative spirit. They may be inclined towards artistic pursuits such as writing, painting, or music.
- Intuitive healing: This card can indicate a person who can offer emotional healing and support to others. They have a natural intuitive understanding of the emotional needs of others and can provide guidance and comfort.
- Inner exploration and self-reflection: The Queen of Cups can symbolize the need for introspection and self-discovery. It suggests the importance of connecting with one’s emotions and exploring the depths of their inner world.
Queen of Cups, Queen of Bhakti
It’s important to note that the interpretations above are just a starting point. The meaning of the Queen of Cups can vary depending on the specific tarot deck and the surrounding cards in a reading. Where I diverge from traditional card meanings is that I see this Queen as the ultimate bhakta/devotee.
If she is not devoted to something transcendent, she easily falls into co-dependency and patterns of emotional manipulation. Being worshipful is in her nature. This can put a lot of pressure on a relationship where the partner or child rather than the Divine are receiving the worship.
What Is Bhakti?
Bhakti is a term derived from Hindu philosophy and refers to the path of devotion and love towards a personal deity or a spiritual figure. It is one of the major paths to spiritual realization in Hinduism. Bhakti encompasses a deep and profound emotional and spiritual connection between an individual and their chosen deity.
In the practice of bhakti, devotees express their love, devotion, and surrender to the divine through various means, such as prayer, chanting, singing hymns, performing rituals, meditation, and acts of service. The ultimate goal of bhakti is to attain a state of pure love, selflessness, and oneness with the divine.
There are different forms of bhakti, and devotees can choose to worship different deities according to their personal inclinations and preferences. Bhakti is believed to be a powerful path that allows individuals to transcend their ego, purify their emotions, and experience spiritual transformation.
Overall, bhakti is a practice that encourages individuals to develop a deep connection with the divine through love, devotion, and surrender. To the Water Element Queen, it can represent a profound and transformative path that leads to spiritual growth and union with the divine.
Bhakti and Healing
The connection between healing and bhakti/devotion can be deep and powerful. Devotion refers to a strong commitment or dedication to something or someone. When it comes to healing, devotion can play a crucial role in the process.
Devotion can help create a positive mindset and an ego-transcendent attitude towards healing. It can provide the motivation and perseverance needed to overcome challenges and setbacks. The act of being devoted to something greater than the ego helps the Queen of Cups to stay committed to practices that promote emotional well-being.
Essentially, the Queen of Cups develops her full intuitive healing potential only when she is completely devoted to something greater than her ego.
Nurturing with the Queen of Cups
When a Queen shows up in a Tarot reading, she often brings a message of nurturing and with the Queen of Cups (Water of Water), what we are invited to nurture are our inner/subtle senses. We do this naturally as children. For instance, we hum to ourselves, daydream and doodle. We skip along the forest path looking for fairies, not yet realising that these activities are considered childish and pretty useless in the eyes of the world.
“Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy. The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don’t know anything about the inner senses while a few people rely on them just as they rely on their physical senses, and in fact probably even more.”
― C. JoyBell C.
The Queen of Cups offers you a cup of inspiration. What does it taste like? How can you nurture your inner senses? What creative pursuits will blossom from this?
As a mystic, this Queen also offers a Cup of reconnection with the Divine. Because it is only through the inner senses that we can truly connect with the world of Spirit. It is not that God is not visible in the 3D world around us, it is that the filter installed in our minds keeps us from seeing God there until we open up to the vastness within.
Affirmation: “I trust my inner senses.“
Queen of Cups Prayer
Dear Mother-Father God, I ask for the grace to value my inner senses equally alongside my five senses today. Help me to not limit myself. Re-open the eyes of my heart and clear the lens of my third eye. Help me to pay attention to and honour the whispers of the soul. Guide me to the people and pursuits that will help bring my inner and outer worlds into balance. Amen and so it is!
Element: Water of Water
Zodiac Sign: Cancer – For timing purposes, the first two decans of Cancer and the third decan of Gemini
Archangel: Gabriel, ruler of the Element of Water
Gemstones: Pearl, selenite, moonstone
Scents: Jasmine and the scent of the ocean
The Queen of Cups in Love and Relationships
“I’m very sensitive in real life. I will start to cry if someone is crying, even if it’s not appropriate. I have that thing in me, a weakness or sensitivity.“
~ Jessica Chastain
Highly sensitive, receptive, gentle, imaginative and intuitive, the Queen of Cups epitomises femininity to many men. Because of her extreme receptivity, it becomes easy for others to project onto her their ideals as well as their dislikes. This makes it very important for her to learn to protect her energy field and to have sound interpersonal boundaries in relationships.
She lets you speak your mind and you feel truly listened to.
This Queen will go along with pretty much whatever you fancy. If you are happy then so is she.
She cares when you stub your toe. The Queen of Wands might laugh at you but the Queen of Cups will be there to rub some Arnica cream on it and kiss it better. (Or she will if it doesn’t happen in the middle of her favourite book or film, in which case she’ll be too absorbed to even notice.)
You’ll always feel like you’re the man in the house.
Her hunches are often spot on, so if you learn to trust them they can help you with anything from advancing your career to seeing the doctor before anything nasty develops.
To get her way without having to speak her mind, the Queen of Cups often learns to manipulate others emotionally at a young age. Or she simply withdraws inside her shell.
Tears are her weapon of choice.
It can be tricky to get to know her because of her somewhat nebulous nature. The question is, ‘How well does she know herself?’ Once she knows herself, she becomes a paragon of compassion in addition to whatever else she represents.
She prefers daydreams and flights of fancy to housework and easily forgets where she puts things.
Her best match
The King of Pentacles, because he keeps her grounded. However, the Knight of Cups is the one who will win her heart. She may end up marrying the former and lusting after the latter.
Her worst match
The Knight of Wands a) because he wants her body and not her soul and b) thinks she’s faking it (even when she isn’t).
Situation, Challenge, Opportunity and Action Advice
Situation: Nurturing wounded emotions is the most important thing you can do now
Challenge: Emotional manipulation should be avoided at all costs
Opportunity: A chance to confide in someone who truly cares and who may even be able to provide psychic guidance
Action Advice: Nurture your own psychic ability