In some tarot decks wands are called clubs but no matter what you call them, wands are the fiery nature of Spiritual expansion and expression. The Princess of Wands, is also a male person in some cards and is often called a Page.
Since this card represents a combination of Fire and Earth (fire of earth card) it is truly an androgynous expression of mastery of internal blocks, obstacles and obstructions. Fearless, spontaneous expression. On the Crowley card she has the tiger by the tail! Implying fearlessness.
She represents both magnetic and electric force; a free and liberated spirit that resides in all of us as a divine inheritance. This is all about motion; "moving up" in new directions that fearless and energizing like her Sun wand and wearing the Aries crown, the Princess has placed her old obstructions and fears on the altar of spring and offers them as a spring sacrifice.
Totally exposed and seemingly defenseless she boldly expresses her new motion creating her own beauty by her essential vigor and force. She believes in the power statement of "Get over yourself and get on with you, impeccability is what we do"!
Therefore , she is a Solar Self that owns and runs her physical self with inner authority, ignoring the any outer authority. The Princess of Wands is the earthly part of fire and/or the fuel of fire. She represents the irresistible chemical attraction the combustible substance, the connotations of which go beyond physical matter into Spiritual potency.
As stated before, the Princesses have no zodiac attributions, yet they can represent four types of homo sapiens sapiens personality. They are more of an "elemental" personage, whose moral character---is often open and freewheeling. Lots of Passion but not a lot of "common sense". In the Thoth Tarot they are subdivided according to planetary predominance, thus the Princess of Wands is associated with one quadrant of the sky/space above the North Pole. Therefore, the Princess of Wands Rules the quadrant of space occupied by Cancer, Leo and Virgo. She sits on the Throne of Malkuth and wields the Elemental power of the Ace of Wands.
Princess of Wands Rules: the area of Asia.
Princess of Cups Rules: The Pacific.
Princess of Swords Rules: The Americas.
Princess of Disks Rules: The areas of Europe and Africa.
The Princesses and Court Cards are not purely integral to the Sephiroth, as they are extensions of their qualities. Tretragrammaton's powers are represented as the Court Cards in the 4 Worlds of Qabalah. The attributes of Specific Elements are personified in the Court Cards, and as such generally represent real people when thrown in a divination. Where this is not the case, they represent an event or situation having a certain personality. The Princess of Wands also represents immature sexuality.
When we examine the image of this card, we see that she has plumes of fire radiating from her brow; these symbolize justice. Since chemical action can only happen when each element is free to combine with its partner, thus she is shown unclothed. She is surging leaping flame, with the Sun Wand in her left hand and the "tiger by the tail" in her right, she shows both her solar power and fearlessness. She actually represents the Virgin Fire Priestess of the Lords of Fire (also the Roman Vestal Virgin keepers of the eternal flame) and is in attendance of the Rams headed flaming -altar of spring.
Just looking at this card tells you that this Person is highly individual showing passionate qualities of brilliance and daring. Being too hot for the controlling male, her best mate must be one who loves heart rending passion without trying to control it.
Her beauty is created by her own vigorous energy. Her passion is so great that one is dazzled by a chemical reaction that enforces the impression of beauty on the beholder. Being a type of "spontaneous combustion", in anger or love she is violent, sudden, and implacable. She can often be irrational, when displaying her enthusiasm, fiery ambition, and aspiring nature. Such a Princess, never forgets an injury-----and the only patience she shows, is when lying in ambush to revenge a perceived wrong. She is often self-absorbed to the extent that she is entirely reckless in achieving gratification and is notably insatiable. However, as is all Power, she is as destructive as she is constructive, so caution and encouragement compete with each other in this one.
The Knaves or Pages are traditionally androgynous cards and Aleister Crowley replaced them with Princesses, simply because of the formula of Tetragrammaton (YHVH) is well met with Princesses who are Daughters of the Queen. Knaves just didn’t work in that Qabalistic formula which is well explained in his Book of Thoth. Passion is the foundation of the Universe, and this type of person is a thrill to behold and to a Prince of Cups, the proper mate of the moment, as his swiftness and vigor is to be "invoked" and her insatiable Passion will invoke the very rocks into flame! But like all fires, one must know how to work with it to properly achieve the necessary transformations of their Great Work. I'll not go further into the Magick applications here, as this is not a treatise on esoteric eroticism, although if our eyes are not blinded by the fear of Passion, we'll see that the Universe is a hotbed of Pure Passion to be; an insight that the Princess of Wands surely has.
Probably needless to say, if ill-defined The Princess of Wands person, would be the defects of such passion. She would be superficial and theatrical, shallow and false while never expecting that she is anything of the sort. She would then become predominantly a "spasm of mood" in which she is cruel, unreliable, faithless and domineering.
To meditate on this card is to invoke the "inner fires" of the "Big Bang", be sure you are willing to become a Phoenix before you try. You must be strong in virtue (true to yourself) and need not a state of permanence for personal comfort; in other words, "Above all things know thyself" before entering the Sexual Fires of Spirit, for in this state, the violent motion of change is breathtaking and often fatal to the weak personality. But for those who succeed----you'll love your fiery wings!
The Thoth Ace of Wands, shown as a fiery club. (Flames in shape of Yods), represents the essence or seed of the Alchemical Element-Fire. It is a solar-phallic outburst of flame from which lightning springs forth in multi-direction. If you were looking at the Sun, it would comparable to multiple solar flares, as this is how the Sun acts as a phallus by ejecting its "seed" into the dark womb of space-time.
It is the earliest stage of Primordial matter, unwilled and violent.
It is important to remember that, although the small cards are sympathetic to their numbered Sephiroth, they are not identical nor are they Divine Persons. They are more like sub-elements and/or parts of "Blind Forces" whose ruling intelligences are of the Realm of Yetzirah, The Formulate World (Shemhamphorasch). What is astounding to note, if not confusing, is that each Major Arcana (Atu) has its own Tree of Life and hierarchy. Obviously this requires more investigation on the student’s part. As an eternal student who teaches, I am still investigation this phenomenon.
To reiterate, THE PRINCESS OF WANDS: represents the Earthly part of Fire and wields the elemental power of the Ace of Wands. She or he is the expression of the irresistible action of a combustible substance. If the Princess of wands represents a male, it is his Anima and/or feminine spirit-side that is predominant.
It is interesting to note, that the Female Magnetic Force gives Form to the Fiery-electric male force, which in its primeval stage, as the Ace of Wands, is unwilled, unformed and undirected. But like the Magnetic Field of Earth, giving form to the Solar rays, not unlike the Aurora in the night sky, she justifies the direction of this male Force. Seen in the Thoth Card with flames of justice leaping from her forehead, and wearing nothing as a sign that she is perfectly free to combine with her partner; she bears a wand crowned with the Disk of the Sun and leaping into Yod shape surging flame.
The Lords of Fire reside in the realm of Yetzirah, towards which she is leaping, thus she can be compared to the Virgin Priestess of the Lords of Fire. Further championing this fact, is the illustration of the flame topped Altar of Spring, in the left lower corner of this card.
The "seed of fire", The Ace of Wands" is now given a personal Willful expression in the Princess of Wands, as she is brilliant and daring. She has bridled passion, shown by grasping the Tiger by the Tail, and given it direction----where she goes--Passion goes.
Like Fire, it is her essential vigorous energy that describes her beauty. Beauty seen, as the force of her personality dazzles her beholder. Such force can also be expressed as love and anger, which is passionately charged into sudden forms of violence and implacability. Much like a Coral snake, stand back and enjoy its beauty, but don't try to possess it, as its anger is terminal.
I have described the Princess of Wands or Fire Sister as a personality/intelligence that harnesses the Ace of Wands, ( the solar phallus)to Earth and is volatile in nature. She consumes all within Her Sphere. She is ambitious, aspiring and full of enthusiasm and is often accused of being irrational. Being the Earthly Part of Fire, She is likened to the Polynesian Volcano Goddess, due to her Volcanic Personality. She is the Earthly fiery womb, rather than the Earthly Watery Womb. If the Princess of Wands is ill dignified , we have a person omnivorous in passion of whatever kind, entirely reckless in the means of obtaining gratification, and insatiable. I
The name Yod Heh Vau He, (YHVH) often called the Secret Hebrew name for God, is attributed to the Court Cards, where Yod, is attributed to Knights, Heh-to Queens, Vau =is attributed to Princes and the last Heh-is attributed to Princesses, the Earthly Manifestation, as the ultimate issue of the original Energy in its Completion, i.e. crystallization. However, the Princesses also represent the counter-balancing and re-absorption of the Energy. They are also the Silence into which all things return.
Of such elemental persona Eli Levi wrote:" The love of the Magus for such creatures is insensate, and may destroy him." Which it will, as lovers of the Scarlet Woman (Babalon) have found out. She will consume you, as fire does a wyrm, only for you to rise again as a phoenix out of the ashes of Universal consumptive passion, a form of Dragon is made manifest. Be very cautious young magi, she is spontaneous and unforgiving! But if there is any of the Eternal Fire unperverted in you, and your Will is unshakable in unrequited- Passion's extreme heat, she'll make you blaze as a Phoenix! If your sanity doesn't return expanded, then your will was flawed. Needless to say, this Elemental Persona is not for the timid.
In history, the Princess of Wands persona was Atargatis, a fish-tailed goddess. She was reputed to give birth to men by swallowing them, and gave rebirth to Jonah in his earlier Babylonian form as the fish-god Oannes. The Philistines called Jonah, Dagon who was the consort of Atargatis.
All in all, The Princess of Wands represents a mysteriously dark power that is both irresistible and with great force. She may be misunderstood or misrepresented by the mundane who wish only comfort in life. Such is the reality of all great passions.
The Tarot of The Spirit-Fire Sister, according to the author, she represents the spark between the horse's hoof and the sea of wisdom which are shown on the Fire Father Card. Hence, she is the light of the spark, dancing with a dark image which represents her partner and her Self. She is illustrated feather like, implying a continual transformation, i.e., flight to the heavens and back to earth. As the balance between light and dark, she is shown as the eternal grayness. From her rest in the cave of the underworld, the forest of the night, she emerges refreshed and well rested as she dances in delight. All the components of life exist in the spirals out of her as the comic sea. The salamander, which is the western magic image of alchemical fire, is the Fire Sister's emblem of the original will made flesh. The Original Will is from Kether and is called Eheieh, in Hebrew which means, "I Will Be".
The same divinatory meanings of the Thoth Card apply to this Fire Sister Card.
When Fire Sister or the Princess of wands card is thrown during a divination it states:
- That it is time to express one's sense of Freedom (from the Anglo-Saxon Free-doom--which means "I choose my own death".), adventure, passion to be and initiating something new.
- If you are male, it points to the anima within you that doesn't want to be limited or obstructed by fear.
- This is the symbol of the ultimate free spirit within us all that overcomes fear and accelerates creative purpose.
- We are all "star seeds" and have a deep inner fiery nature that will not be subdued.
- This person’s inner passion is best/ or being, channeled in life
- Joy of life.
- High spirits.
- Sexual charisma.
If ill defined by surrounding cards:
- Reduced intuitional grasp and ability to be devoted.
- Sexual problems.
Thank you for your interest, comments and supportive donations. Your generosity blesses you. May you live long and prosper.