Are you a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)? I think many of the people involved in tarot are. It is a generalisation, and not everyone who is exploring tarot is, though from my own observations quite a few practitioners are.
I had no clue the qualities inherent in my nature had been explored in psychology, let alone defined in an actual category. A friend hinted at this a couple of years ago, and last week my partner actually brought home this book from the library. There is a self-test you can take here to see if you are a HSP.
I thought I would do a three card spread to give me more insight into the HSP personality, but as I was shuffling one card just flew right out. The Queen of Cups, and what better description is there in the tarot than this Queen as a HSP? I think all the Cups court cards are HSP yet the Queen in particular would define this personality very well.
With an extremely rich inner life, the Queen of Cups has a deeply nurturing and insightful awareness of human feelings, and she is sensitive to her surrounding environment. In the Golden Tarot, she is holding a book and a quill, and to me these speak of the ability to contemplate and penetrate the inner life of an artist, a writer and composer. The two doves are symbolic of nurturing, love and peace. Doves mate for life, so they also stand for loyalty – and this is also reflected in the Scorpion. Astrologically, Scorpio is known for loyalty, intensity, determination, deep emotional inner worlds and also secretive nature (her book is closed).
“What is most important is that she joins consciousness to feeling. She knows what she wants and will take the steps necessary to get it. Yet she always acts with an awareness of love.” Rachel Pollack – Seventy Eight Degrees of Wisdom