Inverted Queen of Cups

Interpretation

Inverted Queen of CupsThis is a woman over the age of 35, with a great deal of water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) in her chart. This could also be a man who is in touch with his feminine side. The inversion of this card throws the water element out of balance. This woman can be emotionally insecure.

This can be a woman who falls in love too quickly or with the wrong partners. She might use sex as a lure or a weapon. She might appear emotionally fragile or needy. She might be jealous. She might be an energetic vampire, drinking in the energy of the people around her. You might find you feel tired after you’ve spent time with her.

Somewhere this woman learned she had to do something to prove she was worthy of love. She might have a history pf using her sexuality to get attention. She might have learned early on that the damsel in distress gets the prince. At her core, she believes she is somehow lacking. That is why she absorbs others’ energy and acts out. This woman needs to find something within herself to love. It will not be an easy journey, but it is necessary. She must learn to care for her own body, not as a way to attract a mate, but to feel healthy. She must develop her own interests, again not to please someone else. Somewhere, she has to reclaim her self for herself alone.

For a more mystical interpretation, read my post on Thematic Tarot.

The Suit — Cups or Hearts

The cup holds water, the heart holds emotion. Water nourishes, refreshes, revives. Emotions remind us we’re alive, give us reason to commune with others. Water can give life and take it away. Emotions can make us want to feel more and wish we could just stop feeling entirely.
This suit invites us to that place below the surface, to search for the Holy Grail, to get in touch with our creative side.

Rank — Queen

Traditionally, queens represent women over the age of 35. Energetically, the queens represent a wise and nurturing ally or formidable enemy. Queens may indicate a period of inner growth.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous

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