Queen of Cups

"I choose to be enabled, not disabled, by my strong emotions."

XIII: Queen of Cups

insightfulness spirituality compassion empathy instinct

Here we meet the feminine beauty, she embodies the hypnotic power of the feminine and is a catalyst for the emergence of deep feelings, which are bottomless. The image of unconscious, of intense passion and fate. As a mystery herself, motivated by her own secret purposes, introverted and magical loves she wholeheartedly or hates. She is both virginal and harlot, a calculator and a victim. A mature woman, caring and loving, has experienced an eventful and emotional life and is consequently sympathetic to the problems of others. She is capable of activating the depths in others and calls action and conflict without doing anything at all.
Inverse: Stirs up trouble wherever she goes, defies rational analysis, can live her life through others and neglect her own reality.



  • 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.
    • Symbolism

      The 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. Do your emotions support you...or rule you?

      The Pensive Expression

      Some see the Queen of Cups as pensive and moody. Are your own strong feelings an aid...or a distraction? What might happen if you set them aside for now?

      Feeling vs

      Thinking. The Queen of Cups feels things deeply and thinks deeply, too. Which approach is your personal default? How well can you integrate your thoughts and your feelings?

      The Marseilles Image

      The Marseilles Queen of Cups holds both a chalice and a sword. As a result, she may suggest the need to allow your emotions, your spirituality, or your psychic insights to inform your decisions. What would happen if you set pure logic aside?

      Queen of Cups' Advice


      • 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.


      • 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.


      • 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.

      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.

      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.


      • Between June 11th and July 11th.

      Questions to ask

      • How do I handle strong emotions?
      • To what extent am I a victim of my own feelings?
      • How can I move from reflection to action?

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      Parts of this page's description of the Queen of Cups tarot card are taken from "A Guide to Tarot Card Meanings" by Mark McElroy.