The Tarot of Eli, LLC-Court Cards: Thoth- Queen of Wands & Gothic Tarot- Queen of Wands

· Gothic Tarot

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Thoth- Queen of Wands

Queen of the thrones of Flame; Queen of the Salamanders.

The Qabalistic Binah,  the 3rd Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, is called the Sanctifying Intelligence known as Understanding. The Queens are another aspect of this Sanctifying Intelligence. Seated and enthroned, the Queens represent the forces of Heh (meaning window or sight)  the willful force of the  Divine Feminin of each suit.  By bringing forth a material an/or Maternal Force of each suit, the Queens, develop and realize the Force of the King.  This is a steady, unshaken and enduring-Creatrix Force that is not as rapid in motion, as are the Princes and/or Suns/Sons.   

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The Queen of Wands is Queen of the Thrones of Flame. Queen of the Salamanders, or Slamandrines. The astrological attribution is the last Decan of Pisces--the first two Decans of Aries. Because the Queens are about Materialized Force, there are no Angels represented here, rather the Elementals are the conscious force here.  The Queen of Wands is Water of Fire, which would seem rather silly to mundane understanding; However, if we understood Water to be consciousness and Fire to be Primal Spirit, than this is less counterintuitive.    This fire is Vital Life Force, passionate, extreme and often violent in Nature, as it is the Motion in the movement of all things of Water.  To show her great control over this Primeval Fire, the Queen of Wands of the Thoth deck, sits on a Throne of flames, one hand resting on a leopard and one hand holding the Wand of Dionysus (Thyrsus). Here the leopard represents the ferocity of fire under the on-hands control of the Queen; as the leopard is symbolic combination of Dark fire and Light fire, the dark fire (energy) showing through the light fire (reflected light energy) as dark spots. The Wand, also a symbol of Will, indicates that she is also able to direct the Force she has tamed, also symbolized by the leopard, who is both shadow and light; both dark animal and domesticated animal energy.


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  1. (in ancient Greece) a female follower of Bacchus, traditionally associated with divine possession and frenzied rites.

This wand is also topped with a cone, and resembles the  GreekThyrsus,  hinting at the mysteries of Bacchus and the pineal gland. Those mysteries merit further study by the interested student, for this Wand of Dionysus, which traditionaly made water into wine, was also considered a weapon used by the Maenads .

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Joan Crawford · Born

Mar 23, 1904

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This is the character of a powerful, sexually attractive mature woman, such as Joan Crawford who is an example of the Queen of Wands and the strong woman portrayal that the Queen of Wands represents. Great Sexual energy, means great creative potential, so this person is best off, if she pores her passion into the arts and/or career. Devoting her life to bringing something of value into being.  As with Primordial Fire, this person must practice focus and willful control of her fiery nature, or all Hell will break lose for she won't stand for opposition!  Oh, did I mention that the figure on the Throne is that of the Goddess Hel who rules the underworld of deep dark emotions?  And in Mythology, the underworld is where mundane souls go to be cleansed of memories of past life and cleansed for a ritual rebirth...of course, on Hel's initiative.

The characteristics  of the Queen are adaptability, persistent energy, calm authority which she knows how to use to enhance her attractiveness. She is kindly, generous, but impatient of opposition. She has immense capacity for friendship and for love; but always on her own initiative.[The Book of Thoth, p.,152]

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Gothic Tarot-Queen of Wands

The Gothic Tarot-Queen of Wands, with young red dragon (gothic symbol for the element of fiire) perched on her shoulder, is shown casting forth her will into the environment. Her mask bespeaks of mystery, and her powerful attractiveness.  Such a one is indeed one who must be obeyed as s/he has a strong God of War, Aries, influence. Believe it or not, but Wyatt Earp · Born-Mar 19, 1848, was also one who's core personality was the Queen of Wands. Marshal Earp was definitely  one who must be obeyed!

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When the Queen of Wands is thrown during a reading, she/he represents:

  • Adaptability.
  • Persistent  energy.
  • Calm authority that s/he often uses to add to her/his attractiveness.
  • Kind and generous to those who don't oppose her/him.
  • Hates opposition.
  • Powerfully gracious in love  and friendship, all of which is on her/his own terms.
  • Such passionate emotion  can create a Tendency to be side tracked from goals.
  • A deep desire to understand the  deeper aspects of self.
  • Hot passion and sharp wit.

The negative characteristics of this Queen, as shown by accompanying cards:

  • Vanity and  snobbery.
  • A tendency to  brood, thereby, making wrong decisions that promote acting in great  violence.
  • Her/his great passion makes her/him easy  to deceive, causing a reaction to stupidly,  both tyrannically and obstinately.
  • May be quick to take offense,  harboring revenge, often without good cause.

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