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

Western Hermetic Qabalah, Tantric, Astrological, and Alchemical Tarot Card Comparisons.

· Golden Tarot

Above all things, Know Thyself!

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Thoth- Queen of Wands

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The golden Tarot-Queen of Batons

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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 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;

  1. 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. 

  2. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.  

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Albert Einstein-March 14, 1879

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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.

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The The Golden Tarot-Queen of Batons, displays what was considered an attractive woman in the 1400's, who stands out from the crowd. Here the Queen is shown relaxing on her throne wearing a soft flowing empire-style dress with long graceful sleeves. The red shoes hint at her fiery nature. Beneath the bodice of her dress, are the Visconti heraldic devices of the rayed sun and a bird's nest. In her left hand is a royal scepter and in her other hand is a large baton. Her Renaissance art represents someone who is compassionate, outgoing, loving, graceful, charming, non-judgmental, and interested in others.

When the Queen of Wands/Batons 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 (Thoth) or reversed (Golden Tarot),  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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