Queen of Cups

Holistic Tarot card meanings and correspondences for the Queen of Cups

“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.

When a Queen shows up in a Tarot reading, she often brings a message of nurturing and with the Queen of Cups, what ought to be nurtured is our inner senses. We do this naturally as children… we hum to ourselves, daydreaming and doodling… we skip along the forest path looking for fairies, not yet realising that these activities are considered useless in the eyes of the world…

The Queen of Cups offers you a cup of inspiration. What does it taste like? What will you explore and nurture within? What creative pursuits will blossom from this?


Queen of Cups Prayer

Dear Mother-Father God (or whichever higher power you acknowledge), I ask for the grace to stay inspired 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 world into balance. So mote it be!

Correspondences for the Queen of Cups

Element: Water of Water

Zodiac Sign: First two decans of Cancer and third decan of Gemini

Archangel: Gabriel (ruler of Moon/Cancer) and Raphael (ruler of Mercury/Gemini)

Gemstone: Pearl, selenite, moonstone

Scent: Jasmine

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, this fragile flower of a women 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.

Pros: She lets you speak your mind and you feel truly listened to.

She is easy-going and will go along with pretty much whatever you fancy.

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 soap opera, 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 the cancer spreads.

Cons: To get her way without having to speak her mind, she learns to manipulate others emotionally at a young age.

Tears are her weapon of choice.

It can be tricky to get to know her because of her somewhat nebulous nature.

She prefers daydreams and flights of fancy to housework and easily forgets where she puts things. It helps if you have had police search training if you plan on building a home with the Queen of Cups!

Type of date she prefers: Honestly, as long as you’re happy she’ll be happy. Just don’t take her to see a horror film if you care about her sleep at all.

How to seduce the Queen of Cups: If you truly desire to win this Queen’s heart, then make her feel like the princess she knows she was born to be.

Write her a heartfelt poem or compose a song in her honour and she will feel that you see her soul. It’s extremely important to her to feel deeply connected.

It’s all about the soul connection.

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) he wants her body and not her soul and b) thinks she’s faking it (even when she isn’t).

The Reversed/Ill Dignified Queen of Cups. Look up the word manipulative in the dictionary and you might find a picture of this Queen under it. She loves to use guilt-inducing tears to get a reaction.

She can be a psychic vampire and usually suffers from addiction to both love and substances. Although she does drama quite well, fame is not as important to the Queen of Cups as it is to the Queen of Wands – she’s happy to have her claws in just one person.

You just as often find her in the role of victim as vampire, as she relishes any role which requires fully functioning tear ducts.


Queen of Cups as 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