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Thoth-Queen of Cups
The Golden Tarot-Queen of Cups (Visconti Sforza)
Binah and the Queen of Cups:
The Qabalistic Great Mother Intelligence is Binah, the 3rd Sphere/Sephiroth on the Tree of Life. She is known as 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 Universal Collective Unconscious; known as Imagination/intuition/emotion. If you are into the Elemental Mysteries of Western Magick, The Queen of Cups is the Queen of the Undines and Nymphs.
The Golden Tarot, Queen of Cups, is shown in traditional Renaissance art. Here she sits on a throne, wearing a heavy golden gown, embossed with the sun image of the Visconti. Her green gloves are the traditional color of Renaissance sacredness. In her right hand she holds the ornate cup and seems to be bestowing a blessing with her left. Unlike the Thoth Tarot, there are no deep occult meanings in the traditional cards.
Astrologically, the Queen of Cups resides 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 the Moon Pool reflection and the dazel of light masks her image. The Triple Goddess Tarot shows her image as if she is skrying/reflecting upon a earth like globe; as a substitute for the proverbial crystal ball. A large silver cup is held in her hand, with a crayfish leaving the cup; silver is the moon metal, and the crayfish is also linked to Moon and water; Hence the shell-like cup is also a symbol for the Moon.
The reflecting characteristics of this card are like water (consciousness), where the flow changes according to the influences around it. Shown on this card is also an Ibis in abstraction, with the Queen's' hand and lotus resting on the back of this bird. Here, we see the influence of Thoth-Hermes, as the Ibis is a traditional Egyptian symbol of this Moon God. Therefore, it is demonstrated again that the Male and Female influences are never separate.
Chokmah (The First Husband) , is often represented as Python, who is the ancient Greek First Husband, or as a snake or Serpent Force, and is shown on the Prince of Cups card as exiting the Cup. 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 and/or Thoth. 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 Collective Unconscious) from which life flows out, and also flows back into. Here also the Moon and the cycle of tides add to the image of flowing change.
The Western Rose is the sacred flow related to Mother Binah/Isis, while the Lotus is the "Eastern Rose" , and is the sacred flower of the East 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 normally float, are the means of force transmission.
The key characteristics to 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, just as the purity of water is affected by pollutants.
In his Book of Thoth, pg., 157, Crowley defines her reflective nature thus: "Her image is of extreme purity and beauty, with infinite subtlety; to see the Truth of her is hardly possible, for she reflects the nature of the observer in great perfection." On the same page, he goes on to say:" She is the perfect agent and patient, able to receive and transmit everything without herself being affected thereby." Hence, she is the imagination, which is this perfect agent of "self-reflection". What we imagine ourselves or "others" to be, we are so reflected as image in our unconscious, without affecting The Universal Collective Unconscious in the least.
Therefore, if ill dignified she can be dangerous and cruel, distorting reflections she casts back on her unsuspecting victims who think ill of others but not of themselves for they will see monsters in the mirror. So when using the power of imagination, think well of you fellows, for they are another way to be you. You don't have to like what a person does, but you mustn't cast forth by giving voice to dehumanizing titles or names for you are using the power of I AM ...the casting bounces off the mirror and reflects upon you.
A personality that is under her rule on the Tarot Birthday Wheel, is signified as someone with intuitive understanding, and depth of experience as one who erases the boundaries between dream and reality and/or urges one to cross borders and remove limitations.
There are some well noted Queen of Cups personalities. These include Paul McCartney, Jacques Cousteau, John D. Rockefeller, Nikola Tesla, George Orwell, and Gerald Gardner. Therefore, it behooves the Tarot Reader to understand that the Court Cards are not specific sexual identities. Besides, we are all hermaphrodites as we have a left-male and right-female sides to our brains and our Souls are Androgynous.
When the Queen of Cups 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 abilities 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.
- Wisdom and virtue, can denote a perfect spouse and a good mother.
- Skrying and reflecting.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards in the layout:
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