Binah and the Queen of Cups:
The Great Mother Intelligence is another aspect of Binah, the 3rd Sphere/Sephiroth on the Tree of Life. She is the Sanctifying Intelligence and in the Queen of Cups Binah is represented as the Queen of the Thrones of the Waters; Water being the flowing emotional aspect of the Universal Collective Unconsciousness; known as Imagination. Therefore, if you are into the Elemental Mysteries, The Queen of Cups is the Queen of the Undines and Nymphs. Astrologically, the Queen of Cups is in the last Decan of Gemini and the first two Decans of Cancer.
The Queen of cups is Specific Water in the Realm of Primal Water. Here the "Will to Form" of Binah is "reflecting on consciousness", i.e. imagination. Crowley's card shows this reflective nature in an abstract way. Here The Queen is enthroned on still Water, her image is of purity and beauty and is robed in veils of pure light. The Truth of her is not seen by the observer, who can only see themselves in reflection.
In her hand is a shell like cup with a crayfish climbing out of it, a symbol relating to the Moon and its reflective qualities while also implying the rejuvenation qualities of the crustation. Truth being, one of the characteristics of this card is that like water (emotion), the flow changes according to the influences around it. Shown on this card is also an Ibis in abstraction, Here, we see the influence of Thoth-Hermes, as the Ibis is a traditional Egyptian symbol of this Moon God. Hence, again the Male and Female influences are shown as never separate.
Chokmah, is often represented as Python, the First Husband, or as a snake or Serpentine Force that we know as microwaves. In Mythology, the Ibis eats the eggs of the Snake, which relates to her "consuming the seeds of wisdom" from Chokmah who is represented as Wisdom. However, the Ibis also consumes the corpses of the dead. This may seem contradictory, but the corpses of the dead are "Conscious seeds", personalities recycled so that data is consumed and recycled in the Universal Collective Unconscious. Thus we have reference to the Great Sea of Binah (Universal Unconscious) from which life flows out, and also flows back into. Here also the Moon and the cycle of tides add to the image.
The Lotus is the Eastern Rose, and is the sacred flower related to Great Mother Isis an Egyptian form of Binah. Rather than through the touch of her hand, as the Queen of Wands is shown controlling the leopard, The Queen of Cups uses the intermediary of the Lotus (Womb) to cause the Ibis to its work. The Tranquil waters, on which the Lotus float, are the means of force transmission.
The key characteristics to The Archetypal personality of the Queen of cups, are dreaminess, illusion and tranquility. As Water is the perfect agent and patient solvent, the Queen of Cups personality, is able to receive and transmit everything without affecting herself in so doing. Highly intuitive and reflective, she is often seen to be reflecting the surrounding influences.
If the Queen of Cups is caused to be ill dignified by the accompanying cards in a reading, then everything is refracted and distorted, as she is directly affected by surrounding influences.
The Tarot of The Spirit-Mother of Water, is shown in the shape of a keyhole. This shape maybe because the Water Mother, seems "low key" or even seem insensitive, all because she has tremendous staying power and wears well. She moves at a slow deep rate and reflects the observer, often making it difficult to see her truth. However, she is devoted, loyal and nurturant. She is very intuitive and acts on that basis, which proves to be very accurate action.
The Water Mother is the key in the keyhole.Here, the keyhole is in the door that connects all things. It is whole. She is the key to understanding (Binah). Here power of resonating-bell like, is why this keyhole is bell shaped. Like dropping a stone into water, waves resonate outward as she improves her power as an agent of truth.
Before the keyhole, floats the white lotus on the Sea of Binah, the cosmic sea of the collective unconscious.The lotus is the Eastern symbol of Water Mother. The lotus also symbolizes the primal life force in the homo sapiens sapiens, reminding us that our body is the temple of the soul/psyche that is her Son/Sun. The surface of the water is the Universal Collective Unconscious (cosmic sea) which is the mirror on which all things reflect. This reflection reminds us of the Qabalistic axiom of "As above, so below" and /or "as inside, so it is outside". Our energy-in-motion (emotions) create our outer perspective of the world. For emotions are merely projections of our own self- identity on the Great Sea of The Universal Collective Unconscious.
When the Queen of Cups or Mother of Water is thrown during a reading:
When ill dignified by the surrounding cards:
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