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Queen of Cups Meaning - Tarot Card Meanings

By Tina Gong


Queen of Cups Keywords

Upright Keywords Reversed Keywords
compassion, warmth, kindness, intuition, healer, counsellor, supportive insecurity, giving too much, overly-sensitive, needy, fragile, dependence, martyrdom
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Queen of Cups Meaning - Original Rider Waite Tarot Depiction

Queen of Cups Tarot Card Description

The Queen of Cups rules the emotional realm. She is the woman whose throne is right on the ocean’s edge, and water is typically symbolic of the unconscious and feeling. Her position at the shore indicates that she lies between land and sea, the place where feeling and thought exist. She holds a cup that has handles shaped like an angel. This cup is closed, which is why the Queen of Cups symbolizes the thoughts that come with our unconscious mind. The queen sits alone, which allows her to think. The calmness of the water and the sky symbolizes the serene mind of the queen. Her feet are not touching the water, which stands for her looking at her thoughts and feelings from the outside. 

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Upright Queen of Cups Meaning

We can understand the meaning of the Queen of Cups from taking a closer look at the woman in image. She is seen as compassionate, caring, sensitive, and nurturing. She connects with people on the emotional level, so people enjoy her honesty and fairness. The appearance of the Queen of Cups in a reading can be guiding you to find help from others. Most times, like the other queens, this is a female figure that will come into your life.

The Queen of Cups has an intuition which is very powerful, and is only rivaled by the one of the High Priestess. The Queen of Cups acts as a mirror and reflects the depths present in others, so they see themselves in a new light. Most times, the Queen of Cups can also represent the trusted inner voice you have within you. She seems to say that you should take the time to focus on your emotional health before trying to help others. Self-love creates compassion. 

The Queen of Cups can also represent the trusted inner voice you have within you.

The Queen of Cups can also reflect your relationships with other people. You may be the emotionally strong rock that serves as an anchor for someone else. You may be here to help teach and support others using your intuition, instead of logic.

The Queen of Cups normally thinks with her heart, instead of her mind. She can lack rationality and common sense, but she can also be intuitive, dreamy and almost psychic at times. The Queen of Cups could be the answer to your problems when a logical approach is not working.

Upright Love Meaning Upright Career Meaning Upright Finances Meaning
caring and supportive nature brings suitors, deepening existing relationships taking the role of carer at work, seeking out support and compassion at work using resources to care for others, giving, charity, generosity

Upright Queen of Cups Tarot Love Meaning

With her wise, supportive and kind nature, the Queen of Cups is likely to have many admirers. Her compassion makes it quite natural for her to lend an ear to anyone who needs a listener or a shoulder to cry on. If there is nobody entering your life now with these traits, you may find that it is you taking on this role. You may attract many people this way, but be careful avoid someone clingy and too dependent on you. It is important to be able to draw boundaries at this time, as emotional support is also emotional labor. Don’t wear yourself out. Let your intuition guide you. Those in relationships can enjoy deeper love at the moment.

Career Meaning - Upright Queen of Cups

The queen of cups is a particularly caring and compassionate card. Thus, if she appears in relation to your career, you can consider several meanings. This queen can serve as a reminder that whatever you are doing should help you feel fulfilled emotionally and not just financially. When it comes to your workplace environment, this card can point to someone that takes on the caring and compassionate role amongst your colleagues. Sometimes, this card can also signal that you are taking this role. Along this vein, the queen also hints that the guidance of a person with this nature in your field could benefit you.

Finances Meaning - Upright Queen of Cups

You may be using your financial resources to care for others at this time. The queen of cups can signal that your heart moves you to contribute to a cause, a family member or a friend that is in need. Often when the queen appears here, it is to remind you that money isn’t everything. You should not focus on it at the expense of other considerations in your life.

Queen of Cups Reversal Meaning

The Queen of Cups reversed means that you are not in sync with your emotions. You can also feel restricted in the expressing the way that you truly feel. Most times, bottling up your emotions can be very damaging and will lead to a boiling point in the near future. You may have high levels of stress that you are not able to cope with anymore.

The Queen of Cups reversed can also reflect that your mind is wandering too far, and you are letting your imagination run away with itself. While you still mean well, you should take a pause to really see whether your emotions can be trusted, because you are allowing them to control you. You need to take some time to think if these dreams can be turned into reality. You should try to be more emotionally stable during these times, so you will know when your emotions are getting the best of you.

Reversed Love Meaning Reversed Career Meaning Reversed Finances Meaning
a dependent or clingy lover, putting more effort in than partner, overly-sensitive lover emotional exhaustion at work, neglecting your own emotional health for job being too generous, neglecting own financial health for others

Reversed Queen of Cups Tarot Love Meaning

Do you find yourself always taking the role of caregiver and supporter in your relationship? The reversed Queen of Cups tarot love meaning can signal that you’re putting much more effort into the relationship than your partner. You may even occasionally feel more like a parent than a lover. The balance between the two of you must be corrected. Alternatively, you may find the emotional environment to be rather turbulent and constantly shifting. You or your partner may feel as though you are walking on eggshells, never knowing when the next argument will arise.

Career Meaning - Reversed Queen of Cups

When the queen of cups is reversed and appears in the context of your career, you may be dealing with some emotional issues at work. You may find that the projects you’re working on, or the environment you’re in is emotionally draining right now. Sometimes, the exhaustion that we feel comes from our own needs being unmet. Since the queen of cups can be so focused on the needs of others, it may be difficult for her to put her needs as a priority. Have you been so focused on making your colleagues, clients or your boss happy that you have neglected doing what makes you happy? Take the time to take care of your own emotional health for now.

Finances Meaning - Reversed Queen of Cups

When it comes to your financial situation, the reversed queen of cups can be a card to look towards your own emotional well-being and its relationship to your sense of financial security. If you’ve been spending compulsively, or indulging in a little retail therapy, this can be helpful in the short-term, as long as you are also addressing the root cause of your unhappiness. Beware too of overstretching yourself; your considerate and loving nature can mean that it’s easy for you to take care of others, even when you are low on resources yourself.

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