Upright: empathy, sensitivity, Support
Reverse: frivolous, insecurity, smothering
a snail rests atop a mushroom planted in a small glass cup terrarium. the snail moves slowly, but intent guides each careful movement. snails represent a slow, gradual sort of intuition, a “look closely before you leap” sort of energy that grants it considerable foresight no matter where it intends to go. the queen of cups reminds us to think heavily on our choices and to act only when our inner self resonates with agreement. move in concert with the world around you; the snail knows the scope of its world and, because of this, knows how to traverse it safely.
when upright, the queen of cups implores the user to rely on their highly intuitive self to guide them through the world. you possess great empathy, understanding, and emotional literacy. people may seek you out to help with their problems. feel your way through your creative tasks and trust that you are in a highly intuitive state where letting your feelings guide you will lead to wonderful results. this position also represents treating yourself and others kindly and with great sympathy. you’re more sensitive to the outside world than you might let on. be aware and caring towards yourself and others. try not to overthink things, and let your heart be your guide. it won’t lead you astray.
when reversed, the queen of cups suggests that you need to draw your attention inside yourself to focus on your emotional well-being. perhaps you’ve spent considerable time these days working to help others with their problems or insecurities. now’s the time to focus on yourself. break away from unhealthy or codependent relationships that may be drawing too much on your emotional balance to stay afloat. seek out space to replenish your reserves, and if you’ve been relying too much on your heart to guide you, take efforts to think through things logically before going forward. this position also cautions being aware of hostile feelings of jealousy, bitterness, or clinginess coming from you or those close to you. if you’re the source, explore your inner feelings and work to reset things to a healthy balance. if it’s from others, take a temporary time out to allow yourself a moment to breathe before tackling this emotional hardship. it’s time to worry about yourself and let everyone else work through their own problems.