The Queens, of course, are feminine, and therefore in esoteric terms receptive and open to psychic and emotional influences. They represent the psyche, not the gender, so they reveal the archetypal characteristics within men as well as women, which means that men as much as women--if not more so--can benefit from invoking the Queens. In the games, you only need to lay down the cards in a Pentagram Spread as a way to practice for advanced invocation. Of course, for effective invocation at the advanced level, you should do simple invocations of each Minor Arcana card in the spread first, in order to internalize the meanings of the relevant cards. The following reveals two ways to invoke the Queen of Cups.
Queen of Cups.
Start by placing the Queen of Cups in the center of the pentagram. Next, create the Invoking Pentagram by placing the Queen of Wands at the lower right point of the star, then move to the upper left point and lay down the Queen of Swords. Move to the upper right point and lay down the High Priestess, a planetary modifier representing The Moon and associated qualities: psychism, connection with higher levels of consciousness, and the spiritual realm. Then move down to the lower left point and lay down the Queen of Pentacles. Imagine the positive energies of the element of Water, the archetypal plane often associated with emotion, opening and filling your heart with creativity and intuitive knowledge.
Queen of Wands.
Queen of Swords.
The High Priestess.
Queen of Pentacles.
In this layout, you will use two cards associated with planets, The Empress (Venus) and The High Priestess (The Moon), and one with a zodiac sign, Justice (Libra). They are powerful Goddesses representing love and abundance (Venus), harmony and balance (Justice), spiritual awareness and regeneration (High Priestess). The Queen of Pentacles embodies their qualities on the physical plane. Start by placing the Queen of Cups in the center of the pentagram. Next, create the Invoking Pentagram by placing The Empress at the lower right point of the star. (The Empress as Venus is associated with the seventh sphere on the Tree of Life and therefore with the element of Fire in nature.) Then move to the upper left point and lay down Justice, which represents Libra within the triplicity of Air. Move to the upper right point and lay down the High Priestess, associated with the Moon and Water. Then move down to the lower left point and lay down the Queen of Pentacles. Imagine the positive energies of the Goddesses filling your heart and mind so that you also embody their qualities as well as the qualities of the Queen of Cups.
The High Priestess.
Queen of Pentacles.
The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram.
The Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram starts with the Earth element in the lower left hand corner and moves toward the apex, the element of Spirit, or Aether, then to Fire, Air, Water, and back to Earth. So for the Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, the player should lay down the card with the unwanted energies in the middle of the star and then the Ace of Pentacles in the lower left hand corner. Then proceed as in the Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, placing “Judgement” at the top of the star, the Ace of Wands in the lower right hand corner, the Ace of Swords in the upper left corner, the Ace of Cups in the upper right corner. Then draw the full pentagram above the star in the same order from the Ace of Pentacles back to the Ace of Pentacles, thereby banishing the energies in the card.
Fire and Air are active elements and Earth and Water are passive elements. Therefore, the invoking ritual for Air and Fire is slightly different than the one for Earth and Water. This requires you to decide which element you are focusing on, which is simple if you are invoking a number card, court card or zodiac card, but more subjective if you are invoking the energy of a planet. As you can see in the chart below, except for the Sun and the Moon, each planet rules two zodiac signs, one sign in an active element and one in a passive element. When invoking a planet, you must decide, based on your ritual purpose and the modifiers you are using, if the ritual is more in an active element of Air and Fire or a passive element of Earth and Water.
When it comes to laying out the cards, a little advanced planning is always helpful. Remember to arrange the cards in an order that enables you to perform the ritual without worrying about the placement of the cards, especially if you are using a lot of modifiers. You can, for instance, make separate piles, one for the primary card and the foundation cards, with the primary card on top; one for the zodiac modifiers; one for the planetary modifiers; and one for the number cards--all in the order of placement. Remember that the type of invoking pentagram you are using, either active or passive, affects the lay out of the cards since you will either be starting with Wands in the position of the Fire element in the lower right hand corner and moving to the upper left-hand corner, or with Pentacles in the position of the Earth element in the lower left-hand corner and moving in the opposite direction. This may all sound extremely complicated, but once you've mastered the basics, which is much easier than may appear at first, you shouldn't have any problems. One of the purposes of this layout is to help you with memory and concentration. Both are extremely important in invocation and in the Great Work in general, especially when it comes to the more advanced rituals.
Invoking the elements using court cards with the Pentagram Spread.
A more detailed explanation of banishing and invoking with the Pentagram Spread.
The Basics of the Pentagram Spread.
Invoking the positive energy of adverse cards.
The Supreme Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram.
Meet the King of Wands.
Meet The Fool.