queen of cups open heart maria treben
long walks, meditating in the snow, turmeric, garlic, ginger, hot showers with eucalyptus, candelight vigils, sandalwood incense, the changing winter light, rose fireweed tea, thomas bartlett’s album shelter, the dark moon, identity shifts, wool socks, animal horns, used poetry books, homemade stock, attention, boundaries, solitude, early morning runs
Judith Mickel Sornberger, Open Heart, 1993
queen of cups
sophia, isis, hekate, athena, ihi, idyia, neith, egeria, tara, vajrayogini, vegoia, the muses
what does it look like to find knowledge outside of the intellect? how does knowing and understanding feel in the body?
the queen of cups is showing us an equitable and interconnected authority, one that necessitates the collaboration of self and other. the divine cup is closed, yet the queen makes no moves to open it. here we learn to sit quietly in the space between the question and the answer. what happens if we substitute judgement with attention, or decision with awareness?
this card asks us to move beyond the anthropocene into a position of deep ecological support. how does the universe hold what is not yet known? modeling and trusting the natural systems around us, our bodies become our greatest ally in this practice. listening and identifying how we can integrate with the flow of divine energy around us becomes essential to this process.
some tangible practices in this spirit could look like walking barefoot outside, taking long baths, sculpting clay with our eyes closed, a daily mediation practice, using our five senses to explore materials in unexpected ways, or stretching our bodies with curious attention.
1907-1991, an austrian herbalist who worked with eastern european and german tradition, treben researched and administered local herbal resources to those in need. her work has been assimilated into european cultural and generational knowledge that remains to this day. she widely administered the cure-all use of swedish bitters, and applied herbal medicine primarily through herbal teas, tinctures, and baths.
here is a resource catalogiung most of her herbal knowledge categorized by plant and practical application.
most common herbs used: thyme, greater celandine, ramsons, speedwell, calamus, camomile, nettle, and lady’s mantle.
an ancient greek and egyptian herb, marjoram means joy-of-the-mountain. associated with the goddess aphrodite, it was often used in love spells and to crown young married couples. known for cultivating love and civility, this herb is also a bringer of good luck.
as with most herbs, marjoram can aid our health in many ways. in anthroposophic medicine, marjoram is often prescribed to aid in healthy menstruation.