emotional nurturing

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Intro: The Queen of Cups Tarot Card Meaning - emotional nurturing

Tarot Alley uses the Rider Waite type of deck for our meanings, symbols, interpretations, etc.

When determining the Queen of Cups tarot card meaning, you should consider that it’s a Cups card and a Queen. The Suit of Cups represents emotions and relationships. Queens represent subtle yet persuasive nurturing.

In this way, we can determine that the Queen of Cups represents emotional nurturing. It’s time to guide others to more emotional and empathetic. The Queen of Cups tends to me reflective than active.

Take a look at the Rider-Waite Queen of Cups displayed to the left (or above).

What is your first impression?

Where is she? Where is the water coming from? Is it coming in, going out, or always there? What is she holding? Why?

There’s no right or wrong answer here, just your interpretation.

Common Symbols

  • Water: to represent emotions.

Keywords & Concepts

  • Compassion
  • Empathy
  • Insightfulness
  • Spirituality

The Queen of Cups for Personal Growth

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

Feelings are important and you do need to feel them but there’s a difference between embracing your feelings and wallowing in them. Learn how to pause and feel your feelings then move on, with additional knowledge and insight.

Ask Yourself:

  • How do you handle strong emotions?
  • To what extent are you the victim of your own feelings?
  • How can you move from reflection to action?
  • What would happen if you set pure logic aside?
  • How well do you integrate your thoughts and feelings?
  • Are your own strong feelings an aid or a distraction? What might happen if you set them aside for now?
  • Do your emotion support or rule you?

Interpreting the Queen of Cups

Generally, the Queen of Cups represents emotional nurturing. It’s time to help others be more emotional and empathetic. Your emotions are strong right now and your empathy and sympathy are running high. Allow yourself to be moved by the plight of others.

The Reversed Queen of Cups

How you read reversals is a personal choice. You can ignore reversals and read them as if the card is upright (this is what I often choose to do) or you can interpret reversals as variations of what they would mean upright. There are 3 common ways to read reversals: as a negative interpretation, as an opposite interpretation, or as a block on the upright interpretation. Check out How to Read Reversals for more information.

Typically, a reversed Queen of Cups represents too much emotion. Examples include:

  • Becoming so emotional you detach yourself from the real world
  • Allowing empathy to disable you
  • Wallowing in emotions

Examples of the Queen of Cups

Specific Interpretations

Specific situations are the general interpretation (from above) used for a specific situation (love, career, etc). There is no need to memorize these (or even look them up) if you understand the general interpretation. However, here are some basic interpretations for some specific situations:


Your feelings are valid. Stop second-guessing them! Reflect on what you need and then make it happen.


Stay even. Strong emotions in the workplace are a distraction that can easily become a storm.


Be careful not to spend too much time in contemplation of your spirituality. The real world is where most people need to be.

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The Queen of Cups tarot card meaning is all about emotional nurturing. The Queen of Cups wants to help others get in touch with their empathy and emotions.

Once you feel comfortable with the Queen of Cups tarot card meaning, check out the next card in the tarot deck: the King of Cups Tarot Card Meaning.


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