Tarot, like astrology, has long been one of our favorite divination systems. Interpreting either takes practice. As you learn, we wanted to help you to quickly connect to the cards and use them in ways that are actionable and practical in every area of life. xoxo, Tali & Ophira
Co-authored by James Kerti
What does the Queen of Cups tarot card mean?
The Queen of Cups represents compassion, sensitivity and kindness. This card also has a strong connection with the intuition and subconscious. The Queen of Cups often appears in a reading to call attention to buried emotions that need to be explored.
When you see the Queen of Cups in a reading, it’s a good reminder to honor your emotions and use them as a guide.
This card might come up in a reading when you’ve been disconnected from your emotional experience. Maybe you’ve been putting other people’s emotional needs ahead of your own. Take the space you need to connect to your own desires and needs. Do so with the care and compassion you grant others.
As with other court cards, the Queen of Cups may symbolize a particular person in your life. If it does, that person is likely to be someone with a mature, parental (maternal) energy who is highly compassionate, caring and supportive. This person connects with others on a deeply emotional level.
Queen of Cups Tarot Guide
Keywords for the Queen of Cups: Compassion, femininity, warmth, healing, supportive, counselor, kind, sensitive
Yes or No: Yes
Zodiac Sign of the Queen of Cups: Pisces
Planet of the Queen of Cups: Neptune
Element of the Queen of Cups: Water
What does the Queen of Cups card mean in a love reading?
The Queen of Cups frequently appears in a love reading to highlight the importance of the emotional connection.
If you’re asking about a relationship, this card is a positive sign for its emotional health. It can also be a signal that you two have a great capacity to offer each other emotional support. The high level of sensitivity and compassion indicates that this may be a healing relationship for both of you—especially if you’ve never had your feelings honored in this way before.
The Queen of Cups can represent a new connection that is characterized by compassion and emotional support. But if you’re expecting explosions and fireworks, you could miss the potential here. The Queen of Cups encourages you to open up your heart to a more intimate and tender experience of love. There’s plenty of juiciness to be found!
What does the Queen of Cups tarot card mean for career, money and finance?
As the Queen of Cups is compassionate and sensitive, its appearance in a career reading urges you to tune in to your emotional needs in this area of your life.
Do you feel satisfied at work? If not, the Queen of Cups encourages you to prioritize what you need to feel secure and fulfilled emotionally. It may mean changing something meaningful about your situation. Personal differences have been known to permanently sour work relationships. This may be a signal to search for a company whose culture you feel “at home” in. Perhaps you switch departments or teams to work with people who feel safe and respectful.
If things are going well for you in your workplace, this card validates that you’re in a positive, caring environment. An important need is being met—or can be through this work relationship.
How might you make sure those around you feel appreciated? For example, are there ways you can channel that positive energy at work in an even more productive way? Maybe it’s time for a little morale-boosting connection with your career crew. How about organizing a special out-of-office lunch?
This card is associated with caring and counseling. It might be a signal for you to do more work that’s aligned with that type of activity. If that’s something you’ve been considering, the Queen of Cups might be offering the validation you’ve been looking for!
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What does the Queen of Cups tarot card mean for health?
As a card of caring and compassion, the Queen of Cups reminds you of the support you have.
If you’ve been dealing with any short-term or ongoing health issues, you’re encouraged to ask for help. It will make for a quicker, easier recovery. By letting others be there for you, you may find that you grow closer to them in ways that benefit your connections.
Have you been absorbing people’s emotions lately? This caretaking Queen may indicate that you need to step back from worry (or even codependence). As much as you wish you could prevent others from being hurt, they may be hellbent on learning the hard way. This card is a cue to create healthy emotional boundaries so that you can protect your body from stress-related symptoms.
Queen of Cups Tarot Card in Reverse Meaning
The Queen of Cups in a reversed position points to an emotional experience that is out of alignment or proportion to the situation.
This card is associated with compassion. Its appearance in reverse indicates that you might be having trouble granting others or yourself the understanding and sensitivity a situation deserves. Is it possible that you’re overreacting to what’s actually happening?
When you see the Queen of Cups in reverse, it’s often a message to calm and steady yourself. This is not an instruction to ignore your emotions; in fact, bottling them up make them more likely to come out in an explosive way later. This is a time for healthy emotional processing. Can you lean on a caring, supportive person in your life? Perhaps someone with Queen of Cups energy. That person can help you navigate the way you’re feeling.
Is the Queen of Cups tarot card a yes or no?
The Queen of Cups’ message of caring and compassion translates to a big yes in a yes or no reading.
What does the Suit of Cups mean?
Cups are associated with water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces), which rule emotions and connection. Water signs carry a romantic, artistic, and intuitive energy, and people with those signs love to create and connect.
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