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. Shown seated and enthroned, the Queens represent the forces of Heh (meaning window or sight) the willful force of the Divine Feminine of each suit. By bringing forth a material and/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.
The Queen of Wands is Queen of the Thrones of Flame. Queen of the Salamanders, or Salamandines. Salamanders or Salamandines, are terms used for the Elementals of Fire. 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 active 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 Energy, 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 Tarot, 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 2 things;
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-subconscious and domesticated animal energy where she controls the animal nature rather than being controlled by it.
dionysus and his Thyrsus
This wand is also topped with a cone, and resembles the Greek-Thyrsus, 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 traditionally made water into wine, was also considered a weapon used by the Maenads .In ancient Greece a Maenad was a female follower of Bacchus, traditionally associated with divine possession and frenzied rites.
Maenad using Thyrsus as a weapon
This is the character of a powerful, sexually attractive mature woman, such as Joan Crawford who was of the Queen of Wands personality and the strong woman portrayal that the Queen of Wands represents.
tarot personality birth-wheel
Joan Crawford · Born-March 23rd, 1904
Great Sexual energy, means great creative potential, so this person is best off, if she pours 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 loose 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 Swedish actress Ursula Andress was also such a strong personality.
Ursula Andress · Born
Mar 19, 1936
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]
The Queen of Wands personality, can also be that of a male, for example:
Albert Einstein-March 14, 1879
Wyatt Earp-March 18, 1848
Therefore, one can see that the Queen like personality of "one who must be obeyed" (From H. Rider Haggard's science fiction story of She), does not pertain to a sex of the individual, but rather a birthdate. Although if anyone called Wyatt Earp a "Queen" to his face, they probably expired in a rapid 44 caliber-manner. Therefore, there is a downside to this wonderful personality, for this one can take offense easily, and in a selfish sort of way, loves their people, but is often so self absorbed, that when the opportunity for personal love presents itself, they may become cruel, tyrannical and savage. Resulting in the person's unhappiness and eventual destruction. Crowley described this personality in his Book of Thoth, on Page 153, as one who "when she misses her bite, she breaks her jaw!" But this is the shadow side of such a one. In reality this Queen can be everything the world needs in a strong woman and/or man.
Haindl Tarot-Mother of Wands in the East-Queen of Wands
The Haindl Tarot-Mother of wands in the East-Queen of Wands, continues with his fascination with the Eastern Theology. Here he uses the Black Kali (black means "nonbeing" and/or Dark Energy), who is also a perfect example of the black 3rd Sephiroth of the Qabalistic Tree of Life-Binah, who also happens to be the source of the Tarot Queens. Black Kali is considered by the Tantrics as the Source of all Gods and insist the even the Trimurti ( Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, ) where born of Kali's infinite being. Kali is often depicted in 3 colors: Black for the No-thing beyond creation, Red, for the Mother who gives birth, and white, for the pure virgin. Hence, the Western Maid, Mother and Crone trinity goddess tradition is also shown here.
Here she is depicted with 6 limbs (the number of her lovers-a long story) and She wears a moon crown , a common symbol for the Divine Feminine. She is copulating with a dead Shiva, her consort, who is also bound in a serpent, not unlike the Orphic Egg that births the Universe. Huge in the sky, Kali's feet are on the Earth. She is considered by the Tantrics, as Birther, Perserver and Destroyer.
When the Queen of Wands is thrown during a reading, she/he represents:
- 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 (Thoth) or reversed (Haindl) implies:
- 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 that is both tyrannically and obstinate.
- May be quick to take offense, harboring revenge, often without good cause.
- Destructiveness that outweighs joy and love.
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