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Queen of Cups

A description and interpretation of the role of The Queen of Cup in the Tarot

In a nutshell...


  • compassion

  • jealousy


General overview

Much loved by cartomancers, the Queen of Cups belongs to the large family of court cards. This means there is a greater symbolism on the card than is usual with minor arcana, making it easier for those who love the divination tarot to understand the different facets of the personality of this sensitive and loving character.

The Queen of Cups is, unsurprisingly, represented by a relatively young woman, whose hair color varies depending on the tarot version. She is, however, most often blonde. Represented in 3/4 length and looking to her right, the queen sits on a throne covered by a canopy. The central part of her dress and the blue background suggest the world of emotions to which she belongs. First and foremost, the Queen of Cups is an intuitive and receptive woman.

In her right hand she holds a closed cup, which might contain the secrets of her heart and the mysteries of the human soul. This closed cup of course refers to the notion of what cannot be said, but also of clairvoyance. Doesn't the queen's gaze directed towards the object let it be understood that she alone is able to uncover the truths it contains?

The Queen of the Cups holds a kind of scepter in her left hand. Calm and placid in appearance, she will nonetheless be formidable if someone breaks her heart. Her red coat is a reminder of her power to act.

We are better when we feel ourselves weeping. Compassion makes us feel so good!


  • from an emotional viewpoint

    As part of a romantic analysis, the Queen of Cups is a particularly positive card, in that it is associated with the ideas of calm and moderation essential to any lasting love story. With her, the shared feelings are sweet and full of tenderness, far removed from the dangers of passionate love, which is often attractive at first sight, but destructive in the long run.

  • from a career viewpoint

    To understand the influence of the Queen of Cups in the seeker's professional life you should give most consideration to her qualities of listening and empathy. These will greatly facilitate the seeker's integration into their work team and encourage joint projects. There is excellent connection with others, which is welcome news for anyone who is looking to flourish in their professional life, both from a career and an interpersonal point of view!

  • from a life path viewpoint

    The Queen of Cups is an invitation to always stay as close as possible to your positive emotions. Empathy and sensitivity are two profoundly human qualities that allow you to get a better understanding of the world around you and of the difficulties experienced by your loved ones. If you allow yourself to feel, without hiding, you can connect more easily with those around you and better understand your role in a world that is sometimes difficult to read.

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    Its influence

    • short-term

      In the short term, the Queen of Cups encourages you to get closer to your emotions and to develop the delightful qualities of empathy, respect and love that make human life so much richer. Reach out to those who need it and feel free to trust the people who reach out to you.

    • long-term

      In the long run, the Queen of Cups' influence is manifested by a burst of creativity and strong intuition. Thanks to her, you will be able to feel things before they are shown to you, and also to connect on a deeper level with those around you. In your career, your communication skills will ensure a good-natured coexistence with your colleagues.

    Full interpretation

    Interpretation of The Queen of Cup upright

    Whether directly related to the seeker or referring to a person around them, the Queen of the Cups is a deeply sensitive character, for whom relationships with others always involve sharing and empathy. Not much appreciated in a world increasingly focused on productivity and individuality, these rare qualities make this woman a unique being. With her, you need to let your heart speak and let yourself feel a little maternal softness.

    The highly developed receptivity and sensitivity of the Queen of Cups give her a tremendous capacity to understand the mysteries of the human soul. You should follow her example. When drawn upright, this card may be a sign to the seeker that it is now necessary to take the time for a little introspection. This pause can be extremely beneficial: it will make them aware of the blockages preventing them from moving forward and reconnecting to their true emotions. The constant flow of everyday life sometimes forces you to act on automatic pilot. By trusting your intuition, you will find it is easier to understand how your psyche works and also to get closer to others, in good times and in bad.

    Interpretation of The Queen of Cup reversed

    When drawn upside down, the Queen of Cups can be associated with two diametrically opposite situations. It will therefore be necessary to take into account the other cards in the draw, including the Старшие Арканы, to analyze it more accurately.

    Sometimes the inverted Queen of Cups reflects some form of lack of control on the part of the seeker. They are gripped by particularly vivid emotions that they find difficult to use. This excessive sensitivity affects their social relations and also prevents them from seeing things clearly.

    In the other situation, the draw suggests the difficulties the seeker has in connecting with their inner self. So their actions are a result of habit, which tends to distance them from their true self and the benefit they could draw from getting closer to their true emotions.