Queen of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

Pamela Colman Smith, 1909

Queen of Cups Keywords: Warm-Hearted, Nurturing, Intuitive, Kind

Queen of Cups Tarot Card Description

The Queen of Cups sits on an ornate throne decorated with carvings of cherubic mermaids. The throne is on the seashore, and we see sandy cliffs in the background. The Queen holds a magnificently ornate golden cup, or chalice, which she is staring at intently. She is wearing a beautiful long dress and cloak that seem to flow like the water and merge with it. Water is lapping over her feet.

What the Queen of Cups Means In A Tarot Reading

Interpreting court cards (Kings, Queens, Knights, and Pages) can sometimes be challenging in a reading. Quite often though, the court card represents you. It might be giving you information on the energy, personality traits, and outlook you need to bring to the situation you’re reading about. Or the court card may simply represent you as you as others see you, or you as you are at your core. This interpretation will vary from reading to reading and at different times in your life you’ll find yourself taking on the traits of different court cards.

The Queen of Cups is the most intuitive and empathic of the four Tarot Queens. This is compassionate, nurturing, caring energy. The Queen of Cups is someone who cares deeply about the people in her life and can empathize fully with them. She lets her intuition guide her and at this time you should do the same. Take time to be with yourself and listen to your thoughts and feelings. Trust your instincts and emotions.

Water energy dominates here, and this means that the Queen of Cups has excellent people skills. She knows how to communicate and interact with everyone, no matter who they are. However, as with all the Cups court cards, this Queen can be moody at times. Her first instinct always is to rely on her emotions and to react emotionally.

Like the Page and the Knight of Cups, the Queen is imaginative, creative, poetic, artistic, musical, and interested in all artistic and creative pursuits. Waite tells us that ‘activity feeds her dream’. This is an important point. She doesn’t just create things in her imagination, she gets things done. She puts in the work to make her dreams reality. In the RWS version of the Queen of Cups we see her staring intently at the beautiful chalice in her hands. This is someone with focus and determination. If she sets her mind to something she will do all she can to achieve her goal.

This queen’s deep empathy and understanding mean that she is naturally nurturing and caring. She’s a good listener and people often go to her for advice and counselling. You may be embodying this energy at this time, or it may be that the Queen of Cups is advising you that you need to attune yourself to the energy currents surrounding you. Tap into your intuition, but also into the emotional undercurrents you can sense in the people around you. The answer isn’t in logical reasoning, it’s in your emotional response to the situation.

The Queen of Cups is often described as dreamy. She seems to drift into daydreams and her own inner world. There may be a gift for prophecy here. The visions she sees aren’t always figments of her imagination. You may also find that you’re more than usually receptive to psychic insights at this time.

Queen of Cups Love and Relationships Tarot Meaning

The Queen of Cups may represent you, your partner, or a potential partner in a reading. It’s also possible that the appearance of this Queen is a nudge to you that you need to take on some of her traits. Being more like the Queen of Cups at this time will be beneficial to your relationship.

This Queen is compassionate and understanding. She can put herself in other people’s shoes and see where they’re coming from. If you’ve been experiencing difficulties in your relationship, taking on the qualities of this Queen will help you to see and understand things from your partner’s point of view and this may help you to move forward. Often we’re blinded by our emotions and our own reactions to situations, and we can only see things from our own perspective. It can be helpful to see and understand all sides of a situation, and this Queen’s energy will help you to do that. It won’t magically solve all your problems, but it might give you the understanding and clarity you need to move towards a resolution.

The Queen of Cups acts on her ideas. If you’ve been dreaming of a new relationship and imagining what that would be like, then you need to take steps towards making that dream real. This might be a good time for you to get out of your comfort zone and to meet new people. Take a chance. See the Queen of Cups as a positive omen. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Queen of Cups Career Tarot Meaning

Someone with Queen of Cups traits and characteristics may be affecting you or your career at this time. You’ll find that this person will have a positive impact. This person is very charismatic. She or he is honest and helpful, and you’ll flourish while working alongside them.

It’s equally possible that you’ll embody Queen of Cups energy in your workplace. This is a time when this Queen’s energy and outlook will benefit you.

Seeing the Queen of Cups in a career reading may also be a call to you to actively feed your dream. You can no longer only dream about what you’d like to achieve. Now is the time for action. It’s time to make your dreams a reality. If you’ve seen your perfect job in your imagination and dreams, then you need to take steps to realize that goal. If you can visualize how to complete a project or assignment, then you need to get going on completing it.

It’s also possible that the Queen of Cups is guiding you toward a compassionate and caring career; perhaps one where you’ll use your intuition and empathy. Your circumstances, enquiry, intuition, and surrounding cards will indicate to you if this is the case.

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