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Thoth- Queen of Wands
The Dark Santa Muerte Tarot-Queen of Candles
The Queen of Wands is Queen of the Thrones of Flame, Queen of the Salamanders, or Salamandines. Salamanders or Salamandines, are medieval 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 Willed Primal Energy, than this is less counterintuitive. This fire is Vital Life Force, passionate, extreme, willed, sexual and often violent in Nature, as it is the Motion in the movement of all things of Water and Fire. 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. Some call this Shadow and Light.
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. One could say that the Volcano Goddess of Polynesia, Pele, is a perfect Queen of Wands personality.
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 and Thyrsus
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 Sons.
The Tarot Personality Birth-Wheel
Joan Crawford · Born-March 23rd, 1904
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.
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 Thoth Card Throne is that of the Norse 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, especially if the man is more intuitive than rational, as she is Intuition, Imagination, Empathy, etc.,. Albert Einstein was such a man.
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 that forms the core personality. I Am also sure that if anyone called gun toting Marshal-Wyatt Earp a "Queen" to his face, they probably expired in a rapid 44 caliber-manner. Therefore, there is a violent 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.
The Dark Santa Muerte Queen of Candles, is comparable to the Thoth-Queen of Wands. She represents the ultimate feminine authority, who subtlety or powerfully demonstrates the Creatrix-Understanding in all Suits of Tarot that she is representing. "Understanding" (Binah) is the English name of the 3rd Sephiroth on the Tree of Life. Upon her head is a crown of candles, although this is a rather difficult head decoration to manage, it represents her Element of fire, and her royal power over it and a glowing, bright, and warm intelligence. Represented here is an mature, experienced and practical woman who has taken her place in life She is independent, strong willed and fair.
Yin Yang: 0=2
The Queen is the female counterpart to the King of Candles. She is the Yin to his Yang. Therefore, she is Queen, medicine woman, an earth Mother, and the magnetic polarity opposite to his positive electric pole. She is often symbolized as the Moon and He is often symbolized as the Sun. In our modern day, she is the Right side of the Brain and He is the Left side. Being the Ultimate Feminine Power, She offers all the Feminine powers, expressed in Myth as Archetypal role models, as well as, the power of "Will to Form" and/or Magnetism. Hence, the union of King and Queen produces "electromagnetic " children. She is now appearing in the great cycle of Yin vibration, as an expression of Gaia's rebirthing into her Higher Self-Reflection. The days of the Patriarchy are on the wane.
When the Queen of Wands/Candles 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 (Dark Santa Muerte) , it 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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