The Witches Tarot-Queen of Cups, depicts a beautiful Lady sitting on a throne of sea shell and coral. She is of a calm and peaceful mind, which is reflected in the sky, and the calm seas. Her peal encrusted silver crown, has seven points, representing the seven seas. Silver is the receptive metal of the Moon and she seems to be skrying the liquid in the silver cup. Pearls are linked to prophetic dreams and the element of water. Hence, more pearls encrusted in her gown of sea blue.
A royal necklace of pearls, sapphires, and silver is around her throat. The sapphires are naturally linked to the Pythagorean element of water and along with the pearls and silver, enhance her psychic awareness and association with love and serenity.
The small bouquet of wood violets, white roses, and purple fox gloves lie in her lap. Besides be a floral compliment to the element of water, the flowers have a language of their own:
- White roses symbolize loving emotions.
- Wood violets symbolize faithfulness.
- The purple Fox Gloves symbolize magical protection.
This card represents a mature woman who is loving, mystical, empathetic, sensual and emotional. She is a water sign woman, that is a loving mother, friend and loyal wife. A natural witch, who loves animals, nature , children and her partner with equal intensity.
The Qabalah's Binah and the Queen of Cups:
The Great MotherIntelligence 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. 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. 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 and regenerating 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. This is known as a ritual magic action of "Felicio", used by many Tantric sects and according to Epiphanus, as a ritual technique among many Gnostic Sects (Gnosis-Meaning: seeking higher spiritual knowledge), who celebrated the eating of semen as the Eucharist, which was seen as the true body of Christ, Sun/Son of the Divine Creative and was seen as "giving birth to mind children".
If you have the desire to study, the Catholic Mass ritual is a poor copy of the Rituals of the Temple of Athena, where sexual orgies and practices were use as Worship , as was done in the many Temples of the Hindu-Tantrics. By replacing the female Yoni with a Cup and the united mixture of male and female sexual effluents as wine and the Eucharist as the male semen, the "wholly mass" has become a dead and lifeless symbol with little if no meaning to the populace. If you haven't fainted from shock over my "heresy": Concerning the healing power of semen, John Allegro supplies the following information: The name Jesus/Joshua (The Greek and Hebrew forms) means "the semen that heals", or "fructifies" and was considered the 'god-juice that gives life'. This promoted the fact that the human body was in the "image of god". However, this was before the homo sapiens was seen as the work of the devil, rather than the magic of Goddess and God who found separation necessary to build diversity in the I Am , while once again united, proclaiming the Sacrament of Union as one who became two and two who become one. Can their be greater magic that Manifesting Self Identity from invisibility to visibility? From the subjective to the objective? From the non-sensual light to sensational light? From Anima to Animus so that they can feel the love of Being? I can't think of any. We all owe thanks for this magic from the Great Mother- Creatrix of "Will to Form".
However, the Ibis in Egyptian mythology, 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 The Queen of cups personality, 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. Hence, she is depicted on the Thoth Card as almost invisible to the reader, as she is reflecting their image back to them.
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 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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