The Queen of Cups is connected to the element of water – once because of her suit, and twice because Queens are ruled by water. Her influence is in the realm of emotions; she can range from cool, calm, reflective insight to a raging torrent of wrath. She is generally considered to be a serene tarot personality and, as water is restricted by the vessel that holds it, she is quite passive. One must never forget, however, the power of water to sculpt and shape our world; never underestimate her.
The fair-haired Queen sits on a carved throne that is decorated with mermaids and a huge scallop shell. She is right at the water’s edge and faces leftward to the ocean. Her attention is on a large, ornate golden cup that she holds in both hands. The cup has a lid, signifying her hidden feelings. She wears a white gown with a wave-embroidered cloak, clasped at the neck by a pink rose. The lining of the cloak is also pink. Her crown is heavy-looking and square. There are colored pebbles at her feet and cliffs in the background.
The Queen of Cups is one of those people who can stare into your soul and reflect back to you what’s hidden there. She asks the right questions, expresses the right sort of sympathy, and you find yourself telling her everything amid floods of tears. She has a knack for getting right to the heart of the matter.
She knows that her life is guided by her feelings and fully acknowledges that she is not the most practical person in the world. She is happy to leave the thinking and practical stuff up to those more capable of those sorts of skills. Although very gentle, she can get very riled if she senses an injustice. Cruelty to children, animals, and senior citizens really gets her worked up, and she is quite capable of unleashing a torrent of anger when she witnesses such things.
Conversely, the Queen of Cups tends to keep her deep feelings hidden. She can sidestep awkward questions and turn attention away from herself with ease. She is intuitive and just ‘knows’. She is maternal, caring and loving. She’s also one of those women who never have to raise their voices to their children.
When the Queen of Cups appears in your reading, she always represents a real person or aspects of the seeker’s character. She may be telling you that there is a person like her who can help you, or that you can help yourself by expressing those parts of your personality that match hers.
If you are caught up in a situation with no idea how to get through, the appearance of this card exhorts you to follow your intuition and allow your heart to guide you.
Reversed, this card signifies someone with emotional problems. Are you being a bit of a drama Queen – wholly guided by feelings when you might also need to apply some common sense? Have you adopted a victim role and are milking it for all you’re worth?
Sometimes this card will appear when you are too needy and expecting another person to shore you up emotionally. Another aspect of the reversed Queen of Cups is that someone close to you might be having issues with addiction: usually prescription or over-the-counter drugs, comfort eating or alcohol.
Interpretations in Various Areas of Life
The Queen of Cups is not ambitious in a personal sense. Her goals are almost always focused on helping others. Even if her job is not directly connected with that aim, she will be the one providing support to her coworkers. She’s the one they turn to when they need to talk.
She is extremely feminine and attracted to female-oriented jobs, so ideal careers for a Queen of Cups might be: teacher, counselor, social worker, psychic, children’s nurse, nanny or doula. She can also be very creative in a dreamy sense, though does not always follow through in a practical way to get a project finished.
Money itself has little importance, and she often gives it away if she thinks someone needs it more than she does. She will occasionally give into a little impulse spending to comfort herself. She loves to buy small gifts for others as tokens of her affection. When she has to make financial decisions, she uses her intuition and is often surprisingly successful.
Love is everything to this Queen. She believes that the whole universe is fueled by love. She seems a little fragile (she isn’t) and men are drawn to take care of her, while women feel blessed by her company. As a life partner, she is loyal and true.
When this card appears in your reading, then it is possible that there is a Queen of Cups who can help guide you or be a companion on your spiritual journey. Be open to the magical influences around you, consider learning a form of divination – how about tarot reading?