Queen of Cups: Emotionally In Flow

On the second day of the new year I was hoping to feel put together and ready to take everything back on. Work is just a day away, and the break did give me time away from my thoughts and a temporarily stress-free existence. That’s what you need to feel refreshed and recharged right?

Nope. I do not feel ready. I can’t put my finger on what it is and why I feel this sense of impending doom. You can give yourself all the pep talks in the world, try meditation and psych yourself up, yet your emotions always seem to betray you and do whatever the hell they feel like doing. One more day to do nothing and put off getting your shit together. I’ll take it!

Queen of Cups from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck

What you see: The Queen sits on her throne decorated with water nymphs: two on top and one hidden below. She is adorned in robes with water designs and wears a grand gold crown. She holds an embellished cup that is closed and her throne is perched on the water’s edge with pebbles at her feet.

What it means: The Queen is the ruler of emotions, yet the closed cup in her hand reveals that the emotions are from her subconscious. All the water and sea imagery represents the subconscious and her connection to it.

The story: The Queen of Cups represents the nurturing mother energy; she signifies relying on your intuition and empathy to guide you.

Reversed meaning: Reversed, the card represents being out of touch with the subconscious or your emotional side, or being overwhelmed by them.

Reflection: I aspire to be the Queen of Cups, and yet most times I find myself overwhelmed by my emotions. The card represents the virtues of our feminine side: the nurturing, compassion, empathy and mystery, and reminds us that our emotions can be a strength if we recognize them and wield them.

My research sources:
A Complete Guide to the Tarot, Eden Gray, 1970
Tarot Card Meanings, Biddy Tarot
Card Meanings, Labyrinthos
Root Lock Radio: A Tarot Podcast



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