The Babylonian Tarot, Queen of Wands-Aya, represents the Sumerian goddess of Light, Serida. Aya, was the consort and "beloved one" of the Sun god, Shamash. Beginning on the Vernal Equinox in the ancient month of Nisan, the marriage of these 2 deities was celebrated. Because of the life giving energy of the sun, Aya is associated with fertility and sexual love. Aya is credited with receiving the Sun upon his setting in the West. Some speculate that she represented the "double sun" from the magnified solar disk that can be seen at sunset. On the Babylonian Queen of Wands Tarot Card, Aya is shown wearing the horn cap of Babylonian divinity and crowned with the sun's rays. A double wand is shown on the right.
When thrown in divination, the 2 of wands implies:
- Steady creative force, not as swift as it is long lasting.
- A person of authority who is self-assertive, self-confident and talented.
- One who is adaptable and steady, with the power to attract and to command.
- She is honest, sincere, animated, and magnetic.
If ill defined:
- One who is jealous, bitter, deceitful, vengeful and domineering.
In Qabalistic Tarot, Mother Binah is the 3rd Sephiroth on the Tree of Life; she is called the Sanctifying Intelligence known as Understanding. Understanding is what turns ideas into information. The Queens are another aspect of this Sanctifying Intelligence.
Seated and enthroned, the Queens represent the forces of Heh (meaning window or sight) in the Divine Vibration of each suit. By bringing forth a material Force of each suit, the Queens, develop and realize the Force of the King. This is a steady, unshaken and enduring force that is not as rapid in motion, as are the Princes.
The Queen of Wands is Queen of the Thrones of Flame. Queen of the Salamanders, or Slamandrines. 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 conscious 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 Will and/or Spirit, than this is less counterintuitive.
This elemental fire is Vital Life Force, sexual, 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 Fire. Here the leopard represents 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 as dark spots. Hence, the leopard could also represent her absolute control over the Animal-Survival Mind which was often shown as a black panther. The Wand, also a symbol of Will, indicates that she is also able to direct the Force she has tamed. This wand is also topped with a cone, hinting at the mysteries of Bacchus and the pineal gland. Those mysteries merit further study by the interested student.
The Thoth Queen of Wands, holds in her left hand the Greek Thyrsus, the staff of Dionysus, which was said to turn water into Wine. Wands, are representative of the male phallus, and the electric forces that they ejaculate. Hence, the Queen of Wands, with Phallus in hand, represents one who forms the electric forces of the male lightning/fire into manifestations. Interestingly, some Grecian Urns, showed a Maenad striking a satyr in the "plums" with a Thyrsus. Since the Thyrsus represented the fertility of the god Dionysus, and even Satyrs were often shown with this pine cone toped staff, one may speculate that the Maenad is demonstrating that the fertility of the erect penis of the Satyr was granted by that of Dionysus or bestowing said fertility. However, the upraised hand, as if to strike, may also state that she is not interested in his erect proposals and telling him to back-off. Satyrs, Maenad, and Dionysus's sileni were all known to have displayed the Thyrsus as participants in his sacred orgia.
The Tarot Court cards represent Archetypal personalities. Hence, a person born from March 11 to April 10, has a core personality like that of the Queen of Wands.
This is the character of a powerful, sexually attractive mature woman or the Anima of a passionate Man. Great Sexual energy, means great creative potential, so this person is best off, if s/he pores their passion into the arts and/or career. Devoting their life to bringing something of value into being. As a Anima, she would be the passionate creative Muse of a successful poet, artist and philanthropist. The inner female creative of the outer male.
As with Primordial Fire, this person must practice focus and willful control of their fiery nature, or all Hell will break lose! 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.
When the Queen of Wands is thrown during a reading, she represents a person of:
- Persistent energy
- Calm authority that she often uses to add to her attractiveness.
- Kind and generous to those who don't oppose her.
- Hates opposition.
- Powerfully gracious in love and friendship, all of which is on her own terms.
- Her passionate emotion creates a Tendency to be side tracked from goals.
- A deep desire to understand the deeper aspects of herself.
- Hot passion and sharp wit.
The negative characteristics of this Queen, as shown by accompanying cards:
- Vanity and snobbery
- A tendency to brood, thereby, making wrong decisions that promote acting in great violence.
- Her great passion makes her easy to deceive, causing her to react stupidly, tyrannically and obstinately.
- May be quick to take offense, harboring revenge without good cause.
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