Original watercolor and inkline depiction of “The Queen of Cups” tarot card designed for an Art Nouveau deck.
I designed this piece as part of a proposal for an all-female tarot card deck to be depicted in an art nouveau style. I also wanted the women to have different ethnicities depending on suit and for the deck to combine astrological (zodiac signs) and wiccan (elements, Four Directions, seasons) components into each card in a meaningful way.
I see Cups as a Water suit, with a Western direction, situated at night during a warm spring. Cups signify emotionality and beauty, pleasure and knowledge, as well as being a symbol for the unconscious mind and the dreamworld. I wanted my Queen of Cups to embody love, passion and beauty. She says, “I Feel”, “I Focus” and “I Believe”. I envision all the women in the Cups suit as being Caucasian. This Queen sits on a carved sand throne by the edge of the sea and contemplates her cup and the visions she sees therein by the light of a waxing moon. Poetic and imaginative, she is surrounded by symbols of fertility and nurturing and her chalice is etched with the zodiac symbols Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. All cups are depicted in watery cool tones.
This original artwork is copyright Ramona Szczerba 2010. Copyright is not transferable with the sale of this item. The buyer is not entitled to any reproduction rights – image cannot be reproduced without my express written permission. Thanks!