The Queen of Cups sits on large, stone throne covered in young, winged cherubs. She sits on a beach with the cliffs to her back, the ocean's foam almost touching her feet. Her dress is a simple blue-ish white color, and her cloak is a fantastical sight – it looks almost just like the water with it's blue, stained glass appearance. It's very hard to tell where her cloak ends and the water begins! She wears a crown on her head, and holds a glorious cup in her hands. The cup looks almost like a religious relic – a wide brim, a lid with a long, decorative top, and even handles with angels perched on them. The queen seems to be staring at the cup fixedly – it seems almost nothing could break her gaze.
To start with, we'll want to disambiguate court cards. They are often the most difficult to read, due to their general nature. It is easier to remember that a court card often signifies a person or entity: the sex of the person may not match that of the court card, but the attitude and persona will seem familiar. If it's clear, however, that the court card doesn't refer to a person, remember to break it down further. First, define what the suite stands for – e.x. Cups generally refers to emotion. Then take the role of that court card and apply it to the suite – e.x. A Page of Cups would be a young juvenile in the world of emotion, just as the Page of Swords is the inexperienced lad of thought. This can help you to decide what the court card is trying to tell you.
Person: She is the queen of unconditional love. She considers her emotions to be her power, the driving force in her life, and the thing that she prizes most in herself and others. She is loving to a fault, the kind of woman you could expect to have friends, family, and a few strangers eating at her dinner table. She's the one who sees those heart-wrenching commercials for charities and openly cries, quickly calling the hotline and giving all she can to those poor people. She can also be, as noted by the angels on the cup, a spiritual and intuitive being. She'll often notice how you're feeling before you even tell her.
Metaphor: The card may be telling you to assume more characteristics of the Queen of Cups. If you find yourself afraid to stretch your hand out and help a friend, set the fear aside and assume they will appreciate the assistance. Don't be afraid to invest your emotions in others – everyone can benefit from having a bit more love in their life, and you'll feel much better being the one to spread it! A queen is often pictured as the one, final person who stops the king from putting someone to death: find that sort of compassion and sympathy in your own heart.
When pulling the Queen of Cups, ask yourself these questions. What do you have to gain from opening loving all those you meet? What do you have to lose? How many of the Queen's characteristics can you find in yourself? Could you take it upon yourself to become more like the Queen? Is there anyone like her already present in your life? What could you learn from that person?
The Queen of Cups shares a lot of factors in common with the rest of the Cups suite, especially the positive aspects. The 6 of Cups has that emotional innocence that the Queen can sometimes display – it can be a foolish, trusting love, but love is not meant to be analytical. The 10 of Cups also displays the Queen's joy and love – she expresses some of the most pure, honest caring of any tarot card in the deck.