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The Major Arcana...

0 or 22 -The Fool
1 - Magician
2 - High Priestess
3 - Empress
4 - Emperor
5 - Hierophant
6 - Lovers
7 - Chariot
8 - Strength
9 - Hermit
10 - Wheel of Fortune
11 - Justice
12 - Hanged Man
13 - Death
14 - Temperance
15 - The Devil
16 - The Tower
17 - The Star
18 - The Moon
19 - The Sun
20 - Judgement
21 - The World

The Minor Arcana...

Wands (Rods):
King of Wands
Queen of Wands
Knight of Wands
Page of Wands
Ten of Wands
Nine of Wands
Eight of Wands
Seven of Wands
Six of Wands
Five of Wands
Four of Wands
Three of Wands
Two of Wands
Ace of Wands

King of Cups
Queen of Cups
Knight of Cups
Page of Cups
Ten of Cups
Nine of Cups
Eight of Cups
Seven of Cups
Six of Cups
Five of Cups
Four of Cups
Three of Cups
Two of Cups
Ace of Cups

King of Swords
Queen of Swords
Knight of Swords
Page of Swords
Ten of Swords
Nine of Swords
Eight of Swords
Seven of Swords
Six of Swords
Five of Swords
Four of Swords
Three of Swords
Two of Swords
Ace of Swords

Pentacles (Coins):
King of Pentacles
Queen of Pentacles
Knight of Pentacles
Page of Pentacles
Ten of Pentacles
Nine of Pentacles
Eight of Pentacles
Seven of Pentacles
Six of Pentacles
Five of Pentacles
Four of Pentacles
Three of Pentacles
Two of Pentacles
Ace of Pentacles

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The Queen of Cups
Queen of Cups

Card Nicknames: The mother card, the nurturer, compassion, artist

Short meaning: The Queen of Cups is a compassionate and nurturing woman, often beautiful and creative.

Full meaning: Cups are the equivalent of the suit of hearts in playing cards, and so this is the Queen of Hearts. Queen cards can represent a woman, or the characteristics attributed to the woman on the card. The Queen of Cups is emotional, known for warmth and compassion. Sometimes, due to her nurturing and affectionate nature, the Queen of Cups is known as the mother card.

Key words used to describe this queen include romantic, compassionate, devoted, loyal, sympathetic, affectionate, intense, sensitive, sociable, helpful, trustworthy, creative, artistic, imaginative, attractive, sensual, intuitive, and kind. Negative traits of the queen relate to emotion overriding reason, and may include being easily hurt, self-indulgent, possessive, controlling, naive, gullible, easily controlled by others, impractical, unfocused, and lacking common sense.

This queen is also artistic, and loves to create a beautiful environment. She looks after her family and is concerned with the welfare of others. She can be intuitive, and may have good psychic abilities.

Louis (see Sources) gives an upright summary of this queen as "Deep feeling. Nurturing." His reversed summary is "A fickle woman."

Louis' lengthy description includes "Situation and Advice: The Queen of Cups suggests an opportunity to turn inward to examine your feelings about a matter. Your hunches and intuitions are reliable guides. Pay special attention to dreams and psychic perceptions. A loving friend may come to your assistance, or you may have the opportunity to show someone how much you care. Your mother or a mother substitute may play a significant role in near future events.

"People: One's mother. One who feels deeply. One who understands his or her own feelings. An artistic, emotoinal, imaginative, visionary, empathetic, caring woman. A devoted wife and mother. A nurse. A helper. A good listener. A social worker. A helpful, understanding, caring woman. A lover of animals. A woman capable of mysticism or prophesy. A woman deeply involved in her inner world and in the realm of fantasy. A woman of intuition and keen perception. An intensely emotional, passionate and loyal woman. Cups always represent people who may be too easily influenced by others." (Louis, pp. 282-83)

Queen of Cups Reversed
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