All Queens are related to the element of water, due to their rank. All Cups cards are related to water as well. This makes the Queen of Cups ‘water of water’. Since Water is connected to our emotional life and the unconscious, we meet with a woman who is highly empathetic, psychic, and emotionally led. She is ruled by her heart.
In a reading, the Queen of Cups could well describe a lover, since she naturally finds herself within emotional relationships. Therefore, she could symbolise the partner or wife of the person who is being read for. Alternatively, her caring and compassionate traits might suggest a friend – someone who readily listens to your problems and who tries their best to give advise from their heart.
This Queen would not be described as practical. Even though a good listener, she is so absorbed by her feelings that she often neglects logic or common sense. This can lead to her being viewed as being away with the fairies or, at worst, over-emotional.
When the sad-looking 5 of Cups sits next to this Queen, the cards describe someone who could very-well be suffering emotionally. This is the person who has taken a relationship break-up or some kind of disappointment very badly. Of course, Cups-cards do not always describe romantic relationships. This combination could be speaking about someone who doesn’t trust their inner-feelings or a person who takes things extremely personally in day-to-day life.
The 9 of Pentacles is a card of independence and single-handed accomplishment. When paired with a court card, we can see a businessperson or someone who has worked their way up, despite the odds.
Because the queen is from the suit of Cups, this combination describes someone who uses their emotions or psychic abilities to make money or a career. It could suggest a counsellor, a medium, or anyone who is paid for being emotionally supportive or for using their psychic skills.
© Steven Bright Tiferet Tarot 2014
All illustrations by Steven Bright