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Thoth- Queen of Wands
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Thoth-Queen of Wands
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/ Spirit than this is less counterintuitive, and it becomes consciously aware energy. 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 two 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 awake consciousness, 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.
Dionysus and his Thyrsus.
This wand is also topped with a cone, and resembles the Greek-Thyrsus, hinting at the mysteries of Bacchus/Dionysus and the pineal gland. Those mysteries merit further study by the interested student, for this Wand of Dionysus, which traditionally was said to made water into wine, and was also considered a weapon used by the Maenads; in ancient Greece, a Maenad was a female follower of the Roman god of wine Bacchus, and/or the Greek- Dionysus who was traditionally associated with divine possession and frenzied rites. When the pineal gland is "intoxicated" by the Kundalini...inner solar energy stimulates clairsentience, a form of intoxicating energy that focuses one on the higher planes of energy vibrations.
Maenad and Thyrsus used to fend off amorous Satyrs.
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. They represent the first Heh, in Yod Heh Vau Heh, the Princess represents the last Heh. By bringing forth a material and/or Maternal Force of each suit, the Queens develop and realize the Will to Force of the King/Chokmah. 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 which also means great creative potential, so this person performs her best, 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 Hel (One of her many names) 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, and calm authority which she knows how to use to enhance her attractiveness. She is kind, generous, but impatient with opposition. She has an 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. Wyatt Earp is an example of this Queen of Wands personalities non-gender. I Am also sure that if anyone called gun toting Marshal-Wyatt Earp a "Queen" to his face, they 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. This Queen can be everything the world needs in a strong woman and/or man.
Tarot Personality Birth Wheel.
The Declarative Tarot-Flows of Perceptive Passion-Passionate Wisdom.
The Declarative Tarot-Flows of Perceptive Passion (suit of Wands)-Passionate Wisdom (Queen of Wands) represents the fiery action brought on by the flowing of inner fire and knowledge put into in-form-action. As Grace Sequioa put it in her book: "Fiery, yet calm, this card asks you to stroke the coals of your inner belly and fire up to meet the tasks at hand".
The central focus of this card is a smoldering eyed Leopard.
Leopards have appeared in various mythologies, folklore, and cultural contexts throughout history. Here's a general overview of what leopards have symbolized in diverse cultures:
African Cultures: In several African cultures, the leopard is seen as a symbol of power, courage, and nobility. It's common for chieftains or other high-ranking officials to wear leopard skins as a sign of their authority and strength.
Chinese Culture: In Chinese mythology and folklore, the leopard is often associated with bravery, martial strength, and fighting skill. It's one of the five main animals that can be seen in Chinese martial arts styles. Along with the tiger, the leopard was also one of the animals represented in ancient totemic beliefs.
Hindu Mythology: The deity Parvati, who is the goddess of love and power, is sometimes depicted riding a leopard, emphasizing her fierce and protective nature. However, this is a rare image as she is most often shown riding a Lion and/or a Tiger.
Greek and Roman Cultures: Leopards were sometimes associated with Bacchus (Dionysus in Greek mythology), the god of wine and merriment. This association links the leopard with both revelry and unpredictability. Additionally, the Chimera, a mythological creature from Greek lore, sometimes had the body of a lioness with a leopard head.
Native American Cultures: While leopards are not native to the Americas, the jaguar, a big cat that's similar in appearance to the leopard, holds significant symbolic value in many Native American cultures. Jaguars were often seen as symbols of power, fertility, and the spirit of the underworld.
Christian Symbolism: In Christian iconography, the leopard is sometimes used to represent sin or malevolence, due to its mention in the Book of Revelation as one of the creatures with seven heads.
General Attributes: Across various cultures, the leopard's stealth, strength, and hunting prowess have made it a symbol of cunning, agility, and power.
In interpreting or referencing the symbolism of the leopard, it's essential to be mindful of the specific cultural and historical context, as meanings can vary.
The Leopard represents the awareness of Wisdom as it is the "motion within all movement" and/or action in the Qabalistic realm of Aziluth(Relm of Archetypes). Hence, those who have acted more in life than reacted to it are the leopard-like strength of will among us. On either side of this leopard are a Fire Lilie and the Red-Hot Poker Flower. The fire lily grows from a bulb, producing nodding heads of large, orange-red flowers on stems that are up to 20cm tall. It flowers after wildfires in dry summer seasons, appearing within two weeks of a fire. After a week, the flowers are replaced by dry capsules of wind-dispersed, winged black seeds.
The burning pinecone is a metaphor for how growth sometimes needs to be heated by infernal passions to bring forth the action potentials stored in the seeds of mind. This is because pinecones of certain species of Pine Trees need a forest fire to burst open and sow their activated seeds. Some plant communities, like the lodge pole pine community, rely on high intensity fires for regeneration. Lodgepole pines have serotinus cones dependent on fire to open and disperse their seeds. Passion waits for no one and when linked with wisdom, passion is focused with intent and purpose...a high horse powered way to get potentials to manifest as creations. Thus, the secrets of Ecstasy were often use in the worship of the Greek god of Wine, Dionysus.
DIONYSOS (Dionysus) was the Olympian god of wine, vegetation, pleasure, festivity, madness, and wild frenzy. He was depicted as either an older, bearded god or an effeminate, long-haired youth. His attributes included the thyrsos (a pinecone tipped staff), a drinking cup and a crown of ivy. He was usually accompanied by a troop of Satyrs and Mainades (wild female devotees).
Dionysos' sacred animals were the panther (leopard), tiger, bull, and serpent. The god rode on the back of a panther/leopard or drove a chariot drawn by a pair of the beasts.
His sacred plants were the grapevine, ivy, bindweed (prickly ivy) and pine tree. Devotees of the god wore wreaths of ivy and carried pinecone tipped staffs.
Hence, the leopard and Dionysus, are perfect representatives of Passion. Next to the flaming pinecone, is the fiery and radiant glow that shines from within and often influences others around the passionate one. Without passion, life is a mediocre experience at best. Those of passionate heart, roar louder than the whispering meek, and are the power that turns the wheels of time.
The Queen of Wands 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-radiant, representing solar flames and between the horns is the "eye of Horus", it represents her Element of Water of Fire, and her royal power over it and a glowing, bright, and warm intelligence. Also represented here is a 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 Wands. 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 "/Light 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/Military Industrial Complex are on the wane. If your core personality is that of the Queen of Wands, life is giving it all to you, good friends, good luck, ideas, and even promotions, so channel this energy into confidence and go after your impassioned goals.
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 sidetracked from goals.
- A deep desire to understand the deeper aspects of self.
- Fiery passion and sharp wit.
The negative characteristics of this Queen, as shown by accompanying cards, 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 tyrannical and obstinate.
- May be quick to take offense, harboring revenge, often without worthy cause, destructiveness that outweighs joy and love.
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