The Queen of Cups sits, contemplating the symbol of her suit.
Ornate and completely covered, hers is the only chalice like it in the deck.
Surely, this vessel holds mysteries and secrets within.
As a court card, she represents the epitome of a personality in your life. She may be you, or someone close to you.
And here I will tell you a secret of Tarot–whether Page, Knight, King or Queen–each court card embodies the energies of an elemental force.
In these elemental terms, Queens represent water, and her suit of Cups does the same. This makes our lady today the ultimate mistress of her liquid element.
Her throne rises above the ocean’s edge with a seashell at the crown, reminiscent of the Goddess Aphrodite’s birth. Cherubic mermaids surround her on the throne, as if waiting to answer her whim.
The silvery white robes of our monarch’s gown seem to flow into the waiting waters before her as if she was herself a giant waterfall, echoing the cliff’s edge behind her.
In the sand at her feet lie a number of round and colorful stones. Each, jagged and unlovely when it arrived. Each, washed and tumbled persistently until all edges worn smooth and the beauty of the stone is revealed. Each new wave renewing its bright sheen. Perfect now for a ‘comfort’ or ‘worry stone’ and perfect too, for skipping.
None of these wonders gain her attention. All our Lady sees is the lovely chalice in her hand. Is she enchanted by the glittering outside, or does she concern herself with its contents? As many a wine collector knows, we can spend a lot of time looking at the outside of a lovely vessel, and not be sure of what is inside.
Adding adornments to the chalice will not make it taste any better, and that lid just keeps the water from spilling before it is needed.
For whom does she hold the chalice? We are left to wonder will she drink from it when thirsty–or is it for someone else she holds this mysterious prize?
Images from The Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck are used in this blog. They feature the artist, Pamela Colman Smith’s, original coloring and lovely back design. The cards are a bit oversized and printed on sturdy cardstock. This deck is one of my personal favorites. =:->AD
Rider-Waite images used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.