The Babylonian Tarot-Queen of Cups-Nammu, depicts the divine being, Nammu. Before the Epic of Creation was written, fragments of ancient clay Sumerian tables, wrote about the solitary divine entity, water-like in essence, who existed before the divine couples that produced all the other gods. Before anything, she was. Nammu, or " the Lady of the Gods, the Mother who gave birth to the Universe", also known as, "Mother, first one" who gave birth to heaven and earth. Hence, Nammu is the Creatrix, the Dark Energy, and the Dark Matter, which is the primal material of the Universe; The Primordial Cosmic Sea, that existed before all else. She was also credited with creating the homo sapiens out of clay. Here, wearing a golden diadem topped with rosettes, she is depicted in her watery realm. Before her is a large blue fluted cup, the symbol for the "Grail" and water.
When thrown in divination, The Babylonian Queen of Cups implies:
- Reflective force, which mirrors the surrounding energy.
- A mature woman of deep empathy and compassion for others.
- One who nourishes-a good mother figure.
- One who is family orientated.
- Loving, romantic, highly virtuous, honest, wise and patient.
- Someone who is dishonest, unstable and ungrounded.
- A dreamer.
- Perverse and immoral.
- Unpredictable and unreliable.
Binah and the Queen of Cups:
The Great Mother Intelligence is Binah, the 3rd Sphere/Sephira 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 Imagination. 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. 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, the 2nd Sephiroth, is often represented as Python, the "First Husband", or as a snake or Serpent Force, all of which represent the "first motion" and or vibration in the Womb of the Universe.
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 its work. The Tranquil waters, on which the Lotus 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.
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.
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