The Running Press Tarot-Queen of Wands, depicts a fanciful sunflower dressed Queen. She also holds a sunflower in her left hand and a fruitful wand in her right. Sunflowers and a lit candle, imply this is the element of fire. Her red outfit also implies fire, along with the red and orange corners of this fun card. Leaves and flowers abound, expressing her fertile and fecund nature. This is a tame card, whose art is not intimidating to the new querent to tarot.
In reiteration:The Thoth Tarot works for the Reader, illustrating the Arcane as well as possible. In Qabalah, Binah is the Third Sephira on the Tree of Life; she is called the Sanctifying Intelligence known as Understanding. All the Queens are another aspect of this Sanctifying Intelligence.
Seated and enthroned, the Thoth 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 and therefore, longer lasting than the spontaneous.
The Thoth 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 Elemental-Beings 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 self-consciousness and Fire to be Primal Spirit, than this is less counterintuitive.
This fire is Vital Life Force, 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. 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, for the Wand of Dionysus/Bacchus, is called a Thyrsus in Greek mythology. It was said that the touch of a Thyrsus, could turn water into wine. The pine cone, was linked to male sexuality and immortality. Hence, she is a mature feminine sexuality, deeply passionate, volatile, hot and all consuming. She is not one for junior males.
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.
Yes I know, Christian theology gave its underworld the name of the Goddess Hel, and this underworld became quite a different place from her womb of regeneration. The ancients didn't view the underworld as a place of punishment and torture. It was always, dark and mysterious, as death is to most people, but it was never a place of suffering. Hel was where all the dying gods and people went for rebirth and resurrection.
In Indo-European dialects, Mother Hel, was actually Mother Earth. She had names in such forms as, Tera, Gaea, Rhea, Ops, Hel, Hera, Demeter, Europa, and many others. In-fact, she was also considered a volcano goddess such as Pele of the Hawaiians. Naturally, this is an archetypal personality with the fiery character of a fertile, fecund and passionate earth.
When the Queen of Wands is thrown during a reading, she represents:
- 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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