Another look at the Court Cards, part three

The Queen of Cups and Death, Cary-Yale Visconti Tarot deck

The Queen of Cups and Death, Cary-Yale Visconti Tarot deck
Introducing the Knight of Swords, Queen of Cups and Page of Wands.
Queen of Cups – Scorpio (Fixed/Water, Pluto in Scorpio), under the rulership of Death.
The Watery Queen is all about emotions on high octane. Intensity is the keyword for her. The Queen of Cups is most attracted by the occult, sex, faith, secrets and death as a means to transcendence. She will be preoccupied how to bring things that are hidden out into the light. She will leave no stone unturned to find out secrets or discover hidden meanings where others will not notice anything out of the ordinary. She tends to believe that she knows best in any circumstances and has all the right answers for any question. On the other hand, she questions all the rules and may feel coerced by social and moral standards. Therefore, she likes to experiment much as it is possible and explore beyond the generally accepted boundaries. Intriguingly, the Quen of Cups can be both a nun or a prostitute, and sometimes she can be both simultaneously, one during the day, the other during the night. For her, sex is not a purpose, but only a mean to get her where she wants to be. The Queen of Cups is intuitive, has psychic abilities and a great will-power, loves to be mysterious and can be manipulative, and she is inclined to gaining wealth and power to be in control.
Death is not the Reaper as one may be tempted to jump to the conclusion. However, the mysteries of death are the mysteries of life. Regarding the physical death, Gurdjieff noted: “In ordinary circumstances, we die every moment. External influences change, and we change with them, that is, many of our I’s die. If a man develops in himself a permanent I that can survive a change in external conditions, it can survive the death of the physical body.” Going deeper, Gurdjieff explains how death is taking out of context and generally, misinterpreted and misunderstood. He said: “ ’To awake’ ‘to die,’ ‘to be born’ are three successive stages. If you study the Gospels attentively you will see that references are often made to the possibility of being born, several references are made to the necessity of ‘dying,’ and there are very many references to the necessity of ‘awakening’ (…) But these three possibilities of man, to awake or not to sleep, to die, and to be born, are not set down in connection with one another. Nevertheless, this is the whole point. If a man dies without having awakened, he cannot be born. If a man is born without having died, he may become an ‘immortal thing.’ Thus the fact that he has not ‘died’ prevents a man from being ‘born’; the fact of his not having awakened prevents him from ‘dying’; and should he be born without having died he is prevented from ‘being.’” The causality of these processes, respectively, the identification of these three facets as one coherent whole are the key to understand the true meaning of the Death card independently and in relation to the other cards. The question here is which card signifies ‘to die’, which represents ‘to awake’ and which ‘to be born’? To answer the question is a mandatory spiritual exercise which everyone should take it on its own.
Finally, “Death” is not about dying, at least, not “for good”, but about dying “just a little bit”. La petite mort is a French expression signifying “little death” and which means the brief loss or weakening of consciousness, respectively, refers to the sensation of orgasm as a faint or intense spasm some women experience and allegorically is likened to death. It also refers to the spiritual release that comes with the orgasm or to a short period of extasy as a result of living of the life force known as Kundalini. These experiences of the post-orgasmic state of transcendence sometimes may lead to gaining brief moments of spiritual awakening or revelations.
Upright: intuitive, passionate, emotional and has psychic abilities.
Reversed: secretive, manipulative, pessimistic and possessive.

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(Excerpt from the book “Manual of Cartomancy, Volume One: Fortune-telling with playing cards” by Attila Blága. Full or partial use of this text for commercial or non-commercial distribution by any means whatsoever is strictly prohibited unless expressly authorised by the author.)

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