"A very beautiful fair woman like a crowned queen, seated upon a throne, beneath which is flowing water, wherein lotuses are seen. Her general dress is similar to that of the Queen of Wands, but upon her crown, cuirass and buskins is seen an ibis with opened wings, and beside her is the same bird, whereon her hand rests. She holds a cup, wherefrom a crayfish issues. Her face is dreamy. She holds a lotus in the hand upon the ibis.
"She is imaginative, poetic, kind, yet not willing to take much trouble for another. Coquettish, good-natured, underneath a dreamy appearance. Imagination stronger than feeling. Very much affected by other influences, and therefore more dependent upon good or ill-dignity than upon most other symbols. She rules from 20 degrees Gemini to 20 degrees Cancer.
"Water of Water. Queen of Nymphs and Undines."
The Queen of Cups represents the (Heh) Water Force of the Name of Tetragrammaton in the element of Water. She is the reflective and transmitting power of water, the calm, clear mirrored pool. Beauty and tranquillity are her characteristics, along with great creativity and dreaminess. The Queen is the conduit of the Force of Water, channeling its currents and tides. She is truly a mirror reflecting the image of the beholder. Therefore she casts back the influences of her surroundings, for good or ill, while remaining unaffected. If poorly dignified, all that channels through her is distorted.
The Queen of Cups is a fair-haired woman dressed in orange and blue, with the ibis as her personal emblem. The ibis is the sacred bird of Thoth, god of wisdom and communication. This alludes to the powers of water as the communicator of Wisdom through the subconscious mind. Fish jump out of the sea in ecstasy beneath her throne. She is much more passive than the Queen of Wands, having an expression of calm indifference. In one hand she holds a cup with a crayfish, a reference to the Moon, whose ebb and flow is identical to the feel of this card. The other hand holds a lotus, the sacred flower of Isis, the Great Mother of the Sea of Binah. The background color is blue, the color of (Heh) Water of elemental Water.
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The pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that the genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.