Tarot Talk

The Queen of Wands

(The Queen of Wands Card is from the artist Ciro Marchetti http://www.ciromarchetti.com/)**

Welcome to the year 2018! We have one more Queen to talk about, the Queen of Wands, so let’s get started. First, let’s review some information about the royal family of the Tarot.

A Tarot deck has 78 cards. There are 22 Major Arcana cards, with numbers from 0 to 21; the Majors usually deal with broader and more far-reaching life experience issues, archetypes that are easy for us to identify with and connect with at some point in our lives. There are 56 Minor Arcana cards that are customarily grouped into four categories or suits that represent the four elements, with numbers from Ace to 10; the Minors usually deal with day-to-day issues.

The Court Cards are actually a part of the Minor Arcana, acting as a representation of the family unit. Individually, the members of the Tarot Court represent particular personality traits, traits of people, places and events in our lives. These cards can also tell us about our own personality, and how it is perceived by others. Thinking of Tarot cards as people, with each card having an individual personality, is particularly appropriate for the Court Cards, as they are the most human of all the cards in a Tarot deck. Even the illustrations for the Court Cards show humans in the majority of Tarot decks. Generally speaking, there are three different ways that Court Cards can speak to us in a spread: they can indicate personality traits of our Seeker or someone affecting the Seeker; they can refer to actual individuals in the Seeker’s life, including the Seeker; and they can refer to the general aura or atmosphere of a place or situation.

Court cards offer us these descriptions of personality traits and of different ways of being or acting, so we can make use of these styles or avoid them, whichever is appropriate. One way to become more confident in determining this is to learn about the Court Cards themselves, and how the personality of each Court Card interacts with its particular suit. Many times if you break a particular Court Card down to its rank and correspondences, you will understand its message. Let’s get started.

Instead of numbers, Court Cards have rank. The lowest ranking Court Card is the Page, the messenger or intern or apprentice who is still learning of life and living, but who is also good at dealing with the unexpected. Next comes the Knight, the representation of strong, focused and even excessive manifestations of his suit.

Both the Queen and the King represent mature adults. The Queen manifests her suit in a feminine or yin or inner way, and the King manifests his suit in a masculine or yang or outer way. This manifestation does not necessarily correspond to gender; a man can be represented by a Tarot Queen if he has a strong inner focus, and a woman can be represented by a Tarot King if she projects a strong sense of authority. Since we are talking about the Queen of Wands today, we already know that our Queen will manifest her suit in an inner yet mature manner. Our Queen is not so much concerned with results as with the enjoyment of just being in the world and surrounded by her element. She expresses her suit from the inside, setting the tone without imposing it; she embodies the qualities of her suit, rather than acting them out. She is attractive, easy-going, physically fit, and enthusiastic, and because she has a deep faith in her own abilities, she can accomplish just about anything.

Our Queen’s suit is Wands, and for this discussion we will accept that the suit of Wands corresponds to the element of Fire. This is not always the case, depending on the deck being used; some see Wands as being connected to Air. Besides the element of Fire, the suit of Wands corresponds with the playing card suit of Clubs, and the cardinal direction of South. In its natural state, the element of Fire is hot and dry. It tends to bring spontaneous change or impulsive, energetic effects. Fire is passionate in nature and it transforms everything it touches, everything in our world. Fire can sanitize or cleanse, and it can destroy everything in its path; Fire can warm us and keep us safe, or it can kill us.

All of the cards of the suit of Wands (including our lovely Queen of Wands) teach us about Fiery attributes, such as creativity, ambition, growth, passion and actions, and how their presence or absence can affect our lives. The suit of Wands represents our ability to experience joy and passion (including sexual passion), and the Wands cards can represent our creativity, our ability to be artistic or to be drawn to beautiful things. Fire often represents Spirit or the Divine Will, and Wands cards also can present the possibility of some interaction with Spirit or the Divine, or actions or passions manifesting in line with Divine Will.

The element of Fire can be seen as kinetic, or even electric. It has the power to create greatness (when we are inspired to be better than we think we can be), or destruction (when we believe we are greater than we actually are). Fire fuels innovation, but an imbalance or lack of Fire can bring austerity. Action and energy are enhanced by this element, but so are destruction and oppression.

In the Tarot Court, the suit of the card has an elemental correspondence, and the rank of the card has an elemental correspondence. Pages correspond with Earth, Knights correspond with either Air or Fire (depending on the deck), Queens correspond with Water, and Kings correspond with either Air or Fire (depending on the deck). All Queens represent the element of Water, as well as the element corresponding to their suit. This means that our Queen of Wands represents Fire of Water. This can be seen as a steady force, where emotions transform the will. However, Fire and Water do not share attributes or dignities, Fire is hot and dry and separates and shapes, and Water is cold and wet and binds and adapts. This can result in a sense that we are getting in our own way, but if our Queen of Wands is able to balance and reconcile these opposites, nothing will stop her.

Like the other cards of the Tarot, Court Cards have astrological correspondences. Our Queen of Wands corresponds with the cusp or joining point of the signs of Pisces and Aries.

The astrological sign of Aries, a cardinal Fire sign that is a catalyst, represents a person that inspires others by being totally committed to his or her own vision. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, the leader of the pack, and those born under this sign prefer to initiate; they won’t shy away from anything new. Aries people are action oriented, assertive, and competitive. Aries is ruled by Mars, the God of War, bold and aggressive, and able to tap into the focus needed to take on any challenge. The symbol of Aries is the Ram, blunt and to the point, and a sheer force of nature. The great strength of those born under this sign is found in their initiative, courage and determination.

The image for Pisces is fish, and we all know where fish live, in the Water. Pisces is a sign of feelings of all kinds, of the suffering that brings soul growth, and of duality (the reflective surface of a lake can hide the depths below). Pisces is the twelfth sign of the zodiac, and it is also the final sign in the zodiacal cycle and thus, brings together many characteristics of the other eleven signs. Pisces people are selfless, spiritual and very focused on their inner journey and their feelings. Many people associate Pisces with dreams and secrets, which makes sense because their intuition is highly evolved. Pisces are fluid and easy-going, in keeping with the Mutable Quality assigned to this sign. The fact that two fish (as opposed to one) represent the members of this sign also speaks to the duality of Pisces, their yin and yang sensibility. 

The Pisces/Aries cusp (which joins the 12th and last sign with the 1st sign) is known as the cusp of rebirth; it joins the intuitive and compassionate with the independent and courageous. Those born in this cusp seem to have a natural ability to push limits, and to encourage others to follow them toward success. However, they do need to remember to include their empathic side along with that assertive side, and they will balance the ability to manifest dreams and prevent impulsive behavior.

Because they are Minor Arcana cards, Court Cards also correspond with a sephira on the Tree of Life. The Queens correspond with the sephira of Binah, along with the Threes of the Minor Arcana and the element of Water. The Queens sit at the top of the Pillar of Form; Binah, representing the Sacred Feminine and the Womb of Life, offers shadow and contrast, which in turn gives us shape and form. Binah restricts in order to provide a springboard, and that restriction can also be its downfall if it becomes greed. The energies of this sephira are the purest of receptive energies.

Our Queen represents people who are capable and generous and self-disciplined, people who never do things halfway and who want to do things on their own terms. Unlike the King of Wands, who tends to dominate his environment and focus on the individual, the Queen of Wands focuses on relationships, on encouraging those around her, and on bringing everyone forward along with her; she is all about her people skills and her knack for steering matters and opinions in her favor. She could be a capable businessperson, someone in a management position, or in a research, engineering or technical position, or any position involving independent research or planning. She could be a journalist, a marketer, or a performance artist or TV show host. She is resourceful and works well on her own, but she is also very good at networking, personal development, and inspiring others to reach for the stars.

The Queen of Wands is a hotly burning flame as well as a slow and persistent course of action. Her totem animal is the leopard, and she is often shown with a cat of some kind beside her. The leopard is a totem of rebirth after a period of suffering and challenge; this cat heals deep wounds by reclaiming the power that was lost when the wound was inflicted. The leopard also reminds us to accept our spots and use them as our strength. We have what we need to succeed, we just need to be persistent and believe.

In the Witches Tarot, the suit of Wands represents the element of Air, and the Queen of Wands tells of the evolution of an urge into a thought and then a concept, on its way to formation. When reversed, this Queen tells of the creation of a concept that is not practical or even possible to manifest.

The Llewellyn Welsh Queen of Wands is an intelligent woman with a warm heart who is admired because she earned her standing in the world through her own hard work and carefully honed talents. Because she had to make her own way up the ladder of success, she is sensitive to the struggles of others. She can be sharp-tongued, judgmental and suspicious, or she can be courageous, intelligent and influential, or she can be both.

The Shadowscapes Tarot Queen of Wands is dedicated, cheerful, attractive and upbeat. She knows the role of Queen and is used to being the center of attention. Her presence exudes confidence and capability; she is not arrogant but rather is able to objectively assess her own skills and abilities.

The Thoth Tarot Queen of Wands could very well be what the world needs: a strong, intelligent and caring woman. But we need to remember that while she is just, she is also ruthless, and she takes offense easily. In his book, “Understanding Crowley’s Thoth Tarot,” DuQuette describes the Queen of Wands as personifying Queen Ayesha of H. Rider Haggard’s science fiction story “She.” Queen Ayesha is known by her people as “She Who Must Be Obeyed,” which pretty much sums up Crowley’s thoughts about this Queen.

The Legacy of the Divine Queen of Wands nurtures independence and self-expression. Her advice is to not hold back, but rather to allow creativity and passion to flower. She has a commanding presence and not only has she found a way to feel empowered herself, but she has also found a way to empower others. The image on this card shows a confident Queen whose face is painted with elaborate red flames, with hair elaborately braided and adorned with gold, dangling golden earrings, a red dress ornamented with gold, and wearing a golden crown, who looks at us straight in the eyes, with nothing to fear and nothing to hide, proud of who she is.

The Queen of Wands is an inspiring person, passionate, intelligent and creative, who is a natural leader with a warm and compassionate heart. In a reading, she is usually a positive omen that tells of getting lots accomplished, of creativity of all kinds (including the conception of a child), of good health, vitality and energy, and of success that comes from hard work – the most satisfactory kind of success.

** This year we will be featuring the art of Ciro Marchetti as part of Tarot Talk.  You can view his work and Decks at http://www.ciromarchetti.com/ .


About the Author:

Raushanna is a lifetime resident of New Jersey. As well as a professional Tarot reader and teacher, she is a practicing Wiccan (Third Degree, Sacred Mists Coven), a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, a certified Vedic Thai-Yoga Massage Bodyworker, a 500-hr RYT Yoga Teacher specializing in chair assisted Yoga for movement disorders, and a Middle Eastern dance performer, choreographer and teacher.  Raushanna bought her first Tarot deck in 2005, and was instantly captivated by the images on the cards and the vast, deep and textured messages to be gleaned from their symbols. She loves reading about, writing about, and talking about the Tarot, and anything occult, mystical, or spiritual, as well as anything connected to the human subtle body. She has published a book, “The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journey To Understanding,” and is currently working on a book about the Tarot, pathworking and the Tree of Life. Raushanna documents her experiences and her daily card throws in her blog, DancingSparkles.blogspot.com, which has been in existence since 2009. She and her husband, her son and step son, and her numerous friends and large extended family can often be found on the beaches, bike paths and hiking trails of the Cape May, NJ area.


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