Court Card Thumbnails: The Queen of Wands

The Court Cards: The Queen of Wands

Titles:

Water of Fire; The Queen of the Thrones of Flame

Astrological Correspondence:

21° Pisces to 20° Aries

Commentary:

Golden Dawn “Liber T” (S.L. Mathers):

“Adaptability, steady force applied to an object. Steady rule; great attractive power, power of command, yet liked notwithstanding. Kind and generous when not opposed. If ill-dignified, obstinate, revengeful, domineering, tyrannical and apt to turn suddenly against another without a cause.”

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot (A.E. Waite):

“Wands . . . is a suit of life and animation. Emotionally and otherwise, the Queen’s personality corresponds to that of the King, but is more magnetic. A good harvest, which may be taken in several senses.”

The Book of Thoth (Aleister Crowley):

“The characteristics of the Queen are adaptability, persistent energy, calm authority which she knows how to use to enhance her attractiveness. She is kindly and generous but impatient of opposition. She has immense capacity for friendship and for love, but always on her own initiative.”

Discussion:

As a person involved in the situation, it’s probably fair to say that the Queen of Wands is the most magnetic of all the tarot matriarchs. While she can be engagingly agreeable, one key thing about her is that she is absolutely intolerant of opposition, and can become impatient or abusive if contradicted. She can be vivacious and charming when it suits her purpose, relentlessly scornful when crossed. Her dominant qualities are well-stated in the Crowley quote, to which should be added pride, contagious enthusiasm, lucidity and steadiness. She can be a loyal, rock-steady friend and a remorseless enemy.

As an attitude or behavior of the seeker, it advises maintaining an even temper in all things, avoiding tantrums and mean-spirited grudges. The gracious side of the Queen’s personality should be kept to the forefront unless serious wrong has been done, in which case a swift, clean retaliatory strike is better than harboring corrosive resentment.

As an impersonal influence upon one’s circumstances, it can show a period of friendly discourse and social stimulation, with an undercurrent of watchful self-interest keeping the lid on too much superficial congeniality.

Copyright Notice: The quoted sections were taken from Tarot Divination: A Description of the Cards of the Tarot, Aleister Crowley’s publication of the Golden Dawn’s Liber T, the tarot papers of Samuel Liddell Macgregor Mathers (from The Equinox, Volume 1, Number 8, Autumn 1912, Samuel Weiser edition 1981); The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Arthur Edward Waite, originally published in 1911 by William Rider & Son, Ltd, Dover Publications edition 2005); and The Book of Thoth by Aleister Crowley, originally published in 1944, Samuel Weiser edition 1974.

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