Queen of Cups

Alt names: Queen of Cups, Mother of Horns
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Range of meanings

Personality: The Queen of Cups can represent anyone who wants to convince others (Queen) to be more spiritual and empathetic (Cups). The Queen may also represent the tendency to be more reflective than active, or the need to sway the opinions of others through emotional appeals.

Light: Allowing yourself to be moved by the plight of others. Feeling strong emotions. Possessing unusual sympathy or empathy. Trusting your feelings to guide you. Calling on psychic abilities. Achieving unity with Spirit.

Shadow: Becoming so caught up in matters of Spirit, you become detached from the world. Allowing empathy to disable you (instead of inspire action). Using psychic abilities to wield covert influence. Wallowing in emotionalism, sentiment, or self-pity.

Questions to ask

  1. How do I handle strong emotions?
  2. To what extent am I a victim of my own feelings?
  3. How can I move from reflection to action?
  4. Do your emotions support you, or rule you?
  5. What might happen if you set strong emotions aside for now?


Personal Growth: Beating yourself up accomplishes nothing. Embracing your true feelings is one thing; wallowing in them is another. Pause to feel…and then move on, informed and enabled by your insights.

Work: Strong emotions in the workplace can distract people from their everyday goals. (Many may welcome such distraction!) Rather than get caught up in all the agony and ecstasy, keep an even keel. Don’t fret; trust your intuition and take appropriate action.

Relationships: No amount of hand-wringing or self-pity will make things better. Stop second-guessing yourself! Strong feelings should tell you something, not render you helpless. Reflect on what you really need, then take action; otherwise, you’ll get bogged down.

Spirituality: In truth, very few of us were meant for a life of constant contemplation. Most of us have to live in the real world! If you possess psychic abilities, be sure their deployment is regulated by your highest ethical standards.

Fortune-Telling: This card represents a woman with an emotional, deeply spiritual nature, likely born between June 11th and July 11th, who uses emotional and spiritual appeals to sway others to her point of view.


Element: Water

Fool's Journey: The main character plays on sympathy to gain an advantage, or uses love, sex, or affection to gain cooperation.

Queen: Each Queen card is the emotional manifestation of the suit she rules.

Cups: One of the 4 suits of the tarot. Also sometimes called vessels, or chalices. Represents intuition, spirituality, affection, and motivation. As a suit marker, Cups suggest receptivity: they are vessels, waiting to be filled. Cups have long been associated with divination (remember the uproar caused when Benjamin stole King Joseph’s cup?) and, by extension, intuition.

Seashell Throne: While the nature of the Queen’s throne is difficult to see in the Marseilles version of this card, most RWS-inspired cards depict a throne integrating watery themes.

Pensive Expression: Some see the Queen of Cups as pensive and moody. Are your own strong feelings an aid…or a distraction?

Content generously licensed from Mark McElroy via TarotTools.com.