The Running Press Tarot-Queen of cups, choses a fanciful mermaid image or Atargatis the Philistine fish goddess. She was called Tirgata in Syria, who was identified with Aphrodite. This is not an image of a Siren, for that one has 2 tails. However, Atargatis was said to have given rebirth to Jonah, in his earlier fish-god aspect as Oannes. Icthys was the name of one of her sons. Known as Atargatis, Tirgata, Aphrodite, Derceto, Salacia, Pelagia, or Delphine, whose name meant both "womb" and "Dolphin"; All of these appeared in Mermaid form. Hence, the fish sign used to symbolize the Vesica Pisces and/or Grail; The Womb of the Great Mother. This sign was made of two crescent moons, the traditional symbol for the Goddess of all Earth's Waters.
Hence, upon the head of the Running Press Queen of cups, is the "Holy Grail" . The stringed instrument she is playing, could be an artistic interpretation of a Lyre, as all Pre-Hellenic Mother Goddesses appeared holding Lyres as a reminder that all the mystical sounds they invented were said to have given birth to the Universe. The blue corners on the cups cards, represent the Pythagorean element of water.
The Thoth Queen of Cups:
The Great Mother Intelligence in Qabalah, is Binah, the Third 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 Unconsciousness of the Universe; known as "Will to Form" and/or The Universal Collective Unconscious. The Universal Collective Unconscious, is also called the Ocean of Binah. Thus, 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. the Ocean of Binah. 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. Truth being, one of the characteristics of this card is that like water (consciousness), 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. Thus again the Male and Female influences are never separate.
Chokmah, is often represented as Python, the First Husband, or as a snake or Serpent Force. In Mythology, the Ibis eats the eggs of the Snake, which relates to her "consuming the seeds of ideas" 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 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 do its work. The Tranquil waters, on which the Lotus float, are the means of force transmission.
The key characteristics to core personality of The Queen of cups, are dreaminess, illusion and tranquility. As is Water the perfect agent and patient solvent, the Queen of Cups, is able to receive and transmit everything without affecting herself in so doing.
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.
When the Queen of Cups or Queen of Water is thrown during a reading:
- The querent is showing issues surrounding motherhood
- Suggesting emotional empowerment, as the querent is able to express feelings honestly, blamelessly and without judgment.
- Implies too much imagination about issues and not enough action taken to solve them.
- Emotional and Intuitive capabilities that show highly evolved interpersonal interactions and psychic abilities.
- Implies the querent is extremely empathetic and thus must watch out for moodiness and fluctuating feelings.
- Suggests that one inspires from within and could be a time of deep inner musings, thoughts focused within where the mind is engulfed in Imagination.
- That a mature woman of deep sexual and fertility powers, where everything in her life is related to nourishment, sexual exchange, passionate giving and receiving maybe involved in the life of the querent or is the querent.
- Motherhood, or new ideas formulating for a creative line of work.
- An ethereal person of the highest ideals imagined...sometimes unattainably high in the physical world of constant change.