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Queen of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

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Upright: Compassionate, caring, emotional stable, intuitive, in flow

Reversed: Inner feelings, self-care, self-love, co-dependency

Queen of Cups Tarot Card Meanings and Description

The Queen of Cups is a beautiful, introspective woman who sits on a throne at the edge of the sea. In her hands, she holds a golden, adorned cup with handles shaped like angels. Unlike most of the cups in the Suit of Cups cards, this cup is closed – an indication that the Queen’s thoughts and feelings come from her subconscious mind and the depths of her soul.

The queen sits upon a stone throne which is decorated with images of sea-nymphs, fish, and scallop shells. The sea and fish are symbols of the unconscious mind, and water in general represents emotion, spirit and feeling. The cloudless, bright-blue sky and placid water of the sea surround her. Her feet do not touch the water; they rest comfortably on colourful pebbles on the shore. It is as if she is connected with her emotions (as represented by the water), but not overwhelmed with them.

NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards.

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Upright Queen of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

The Queen of Cups is nurturing, caring, compassionate and sensitive. When you see the Queen of Cups in a Tarot reading, you are embodying the ‘nurturing mother’ energy. You support others by listening with your heart, being compassionate, and caring for them deeply. You are empathic and can sense the needs of others easily by tuning in to your intuition. And you hold the space for others to express their emotions and be their truest, most authentic versions of themselves. You have mastered this in such a way that, even though you hold space for emotional expression, you don’t take on other people’s energy or emotional issues because you are well-grounded emotionally yourself and know where to create a healthy separation.

The Queen of Cups suggests that you are highly intuitive, creative, and in flow with the energies around you. In your interactions with others, you can easily read other people and get a sense of how to communicate effectively so that you both feel heard and understood. Others may come to you to confide in you or talk about their personal issues relating to relationships, emotions and feelings, because they trust you and know that you always have the right solution. You can easily tune in to what others are feeling and can help them make sense of it in a sensitive and compassionate manner. You may be a healer, counsellor or intuitive coach; or maybe just a very good friend. You see the Divine in everyone you meet.

In your creative projects and endeavors, you ‘feel’ your way into them, trusting your heart and your inner guidance system to lead you in the right direction. You know when something feels ‘off’ and you pay attention to this, even if it doesn’t make rational sense. You may also be in tune with the cycles of the moon and nature in general, using these cycles to manifest your goals and live your dreams.

When the Queen of Cups appears in a Tarot reading, you are being asked to trust your intuition and pay attention to your feelings and emotions. Lead with your heart, and not your head. Be open to receive the intuitive messages that are flowing to you, be it through your dreams, meditation or visualization. And ‘feel the feels’, even if those feelings are initially difficult or challenging to deal with; you are stronger than you realise.

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Reversed Queen of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

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When the reversed Queen of Cups appears in a Tarot reading, you need to bring your attention inwards and focus on your emotional well-being. You're great at taking care of others – but now it's time to take care of YOU. This card suggests that you are emotionally drained because you have been so busy supporting others, but not yourself. You may need to set some clear boundaries with your loved ones, so that they know you love them but you are not here to take on their emotional baggage. You can hold space for them, but ultimately, they are responsible for their feelings and life experience, and they need to go on their own journey to learn how to cope effectively.

The reversed Queen of Cups can suggest that you are wrapped up in other people’s emotional responses and have created a co-dependent relationship that is not healthy for either party. You may be giving too much of yourself away, with little in return. Or you may be inadvertently creating dependency so that you feel needed. Examine your relationships and see where you can create a healthy detachment, where you can still provide emotional support but not to the detriment of one another.

The Queen of Cups reversed is often a sign that your intuition is on over-drive right now, but to truly hear your intuition, you need to give yourself the time and the space to listen. It doesn’t matter how busy you think you are – this is your sign to reconnect with your intuition and tune in to your inner voice.

At times the reversed Queen of Cups can suggest that you are letting your heart rule over your head and your emotions may be overwhelming you. If this resonates, it is important to ground yourself, express your emotions privately or with a trusted therapist, and then work through why you’re feeling what you’re feeling. Be careful not to let your emotions over-take your life in such a way that you feel like you are losing control and perspective. Take some quiet time for yourself and meditate or write in your journal. Find a peaceful space to center and calm your soul. Listen carefully to your intuition and your inner voice.

On the flipside, the Queen of Cups reversed suggests that you may be feeling out of touch with your emotions or that you are forced to restrict how you are feeling deep inside. You may be struggling to express yourself effectively, instead bottling up your feelings internally. If you do not address these emotional issues, they will eventually reach boiling point. Your stress levels may increase, and your ability to cope with everyday issues could suffer.

The reversed Queen of Cups invites you to explore your innermost feelings and emotions to understand what truly makes you tick. Spend some time alone with just your Tarot cards, your journal and your pen. Connect in with your emotions. How are you feeling? How are you really feeling? It doesn't matter whether you're experiencing positive or negative emotions. You are being called to simply listen to your true feelings and honour them in the process.

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