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Queen of Cups - reversed


Card position:


Past

This card represents the past. These are the forces and influences that are fading away and losing their effect on the querent.

Card interpretation:


Description

Beautiful, fair, dreamy--as one who sees visions in a cup. This is, however, only one of her aspects; she sees, but she also acts, and her activity feeds her dream.

Divinatory Meanings

Good, fair woman; honest, devoted woman, who will do service to the Querent; loving intelligence, and hence the gift of vision; success, happiness, pleasure; also wisdom, virtue; a perfect spouse and a good mother.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

The accounts vary; good woman; otherwise, distinguished woman but one not to be trusted; perverse woman; vice, dishonour, depravity.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

Sometimes denotes a woman of equivocal character.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

A rich marriage for a man and a distinguished one for a woman.


Queen of Cups - reversed


Card position:


Past

This card represents the past. These are the forces and influences that are fading away and losing their effect on the querent.

Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Queen of Cups - A fair Woman, Success, Happiness, Advantage, Pleasure.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

A Woman in good position, but intermeddling, and to be distrusted; Success, but with some attendant trouble.


Queen of Cups - reversed


Card position:


Past

This card represents the past. These are the forces and influences that are fading away and losing their effect on the querent.

Card interpretation:


Tradition

Fair woman, good honest and devoted; virtuous and one who will do service to the querent; another version says: "Loving intelligence, and hence the gift of vision; success, happiness, pleasure, also wisdom, virtue." (Waite) Reversed: Vice, corruption, scandal, etc. A rich marriage.

Theory

The personification of the soul on the house of Capricorn, the Tenth, manifesting into the world that which it carries. As such this queen is to us the image of the married woman and the mother and of all that which woman can give to man and mankind, by her virtue both of soul and body. So the card must also mean the realisation of hopes and wishes, consequently success, etc. The 'wisdom' is here more of the practical blend, usefulness, knowing how to act with care and prudence. The card may represent a woman, or an impersonal power or authority, whom the querent has to obey, or to whom it will be to his advantage to submit. It expresses a tendency to go out into the world and make a name and position for oneself, and indicates the right moment to do so. It is fairly certain that it will ensure some publicity, renown, fame, or even glory or theatrical success, but of 'scandal' we see no indication whatever in the card itself, though of course 'publicity' connected with very evil influences might end in something like that. In such cases, however, we must not ascribe the effect to the card, which means publicity, but to that of the evil influences. It is a mistake, which we very often meet in the traditional interpretations, to ascribe effects, resulting from certain combinations of influences to one card which is only one of the composing causes.

Conclusion

A good, intelligent, active and practical woman (may be fair), whom the querent will do well to obey and who deserves his full esteem. Type of the married woman and mother. Careful and attentive, of much use to the querent. Loving intelligence; and practical wisdom. Success, pleasure, happiness, virtue. Natural growth, promotion in the world, position and name, fame or renown.


Two of Cups - reversed


Card position:


Present

This card represents the present. These are the forces and influences currently at work on the querent.

Card interpretation:


Description

A youth and maiden are pledging one another, and above their cups rises the Caduceus of Hermes, between the great wings of which there appears a lion's head. It is a variant of a sign which is found in a few old examples of this card. Some curious emblematical meanings are attached to it, but they do not concern us in this place.

Divinatory Meanings

Love, passion, friendship, affinity, union, concord, sympathy, the interrelation of the sexes, and--as a suggestion apart from all offices of divination--that desire which is not in Nature, but by which Nature is sanctified.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

Favourable in things of pleasure and business, as well as love; also wealth and honour.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

Passion.


Two of Cups - reversed


Card position:


Present

This card represents the present. These are the forces and influences currently at work on the querent.

Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Deuce of Cups - Love, Attachment, Friendship, Sincerity, Affection.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Crossed desires, Obstacles, Opposition, Hindrance.


Two of Cups - reversed


Card position:


Present

This card represents the present. These are the forces and influences currently at work on the querent.

Card interpretation:


Tradition

Love, passion, inclination, sympathy, attraction, concord, friendship, the inter-relation of the sexes; Reversed: Lust, cupidity, jealousy, wish, desire, but the card may also give, says Waite, "that desire which is not in nature, but by which nature is sanctified."

Theory

The Water of the soul on the house of Capricorn, the Tenth house of the act, the deed, manifestation. The two souls find each other here in an act, which of course must be that of meeting in the body. Soul-union, ending in bodily attraction. So the traditional rendering appears once more to be fairly correct. It is the outcome of idealism, indicated by the ace, shared by two souls. It is anyhow not the sex-element as a curse, but as a blessing in practical life. The card may further denote any sort of friendly act and sympathetic encounter. We should say, as regards 'love,' it is to be rather defined as love-making, courting.

Conclusion

Love-making, passion, friendship, attraction, concord, good action, hospitable meeting or reception, the interrelation of the sexes, desire. In the weaker aspect: lust, cupidity, 'cupboard' love.


Six of Swords


Card position:


Future

This card represents the future. These are the forces and influences that are coming into play and that may operate on the querent at a later time.

Card interpretation:


Description

A ferryman carrying passengers in his punt to the further shore. The course is smooth, and seeing that the freight is light, it may be noted that the work is not beyond his strength.

Divinatory Meanings

journey by water, route, way, envoy, commissionary, expedient.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Declaration, confession, publicity; one account says that it is a proposal of love.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

The voyage will be pleasant.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

Unfavourable issue of lawsuit.


Six of Swords


Card position:


Future

This card represents the future. These are the forces and influences that are coming into play and that may operate on the querent at a later time.

Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Six of Swords - Envoy, Messenger, Voyage, Travel.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Declaration, Love proposed, Revelation, Surprise.


Six of Swords


Card position:


Future

This card represents the future. These are the forces and influences that are coming into play and that may operate on the querent at a later time.

Card interpretation:


Tradition

Route, way, path, envoy, journey by water, emigration, manner, expedient. Reversed: Proclamation, declaration, publication, avowal, knowledge, charter, constitution, bill, ordinance, discovery, vision, revelation, apparition. A proposal of love, says another rendering.

Theory

This is the element of Earth on the Sixth house, and the Virgo-particulars expressed in 'earth' become the 'ways' that carry the message from the centre, the heart, to the parts of the system. So it is the nervous system and the arterial system in the animal and human body. Thus it must be the way or path leading out into the world from our house or living place. This explains what tradition says about envoy and emigration, though the latter is somewhat far-fetched, and not in every instance will the way lead so far as that, nor the path be trodden until we meet with a 'proposal of love.' But it is true, that the effect of that which this card represents may go far and in general signifies the message in the sphere of matter (Mercury is lord of this house), the message materialised. And this explains why tradition says it means 'apparition'--'publication'--'constitution' etc. It is quite correct therein. The message is conveyed by means of the way, path, canalisation, etc., and appears in some effect or other. So it may even be a vision or materialisation from the 'other side.' It may also, however, be the passing over to that side, the crossing of the Styx, which seems to be indicated by the picture of this card. The cusp of the seventh house in the horoscope is 'the end,' in the same way as the ascendant is 'the beginning.' Though tradition has not rendered it so, this card must in many instances have the significance of passing away.

Conclusion

Route, way, canal, conveyance, nervous system, arterial system; experiment, order of service, practical prescriptions for any service, rules and measures of internal service. It warns that care must be taken for health and the internal service of the body must be cleared, in order to avoid intestine troubles. There may be something of a course, a voyage to be made, a cure or even emigration, if other indications confirm it. If in connection with Venusian influences, sensuality and the expressions of it. If badly aspected: serious illness and probability of the passing away of the patient.