(The above image is a copy of The Queen of Wands card in a standard Rider-Waite Tarot deck. The 7 symbols pointed out above are explained below.)
Like all upper court cards, the Queen of Wands illustrates the reader's power and authority over their situation. If this card appears in your spread, take it as a green light for all of your ideas. Bring together a trusted team of friends and work to make your vision a reality.
For more information about The Queen of Wands card, check out A. E. Waite’s description here.
Point 1 – QUEEN
The Queen of Wands sits elegantly on her throne, fully in command of her situation. Unlike the Knight of Wands, The Queen is a leader and manifests her vision from a position of authority. Her legs and arms are squared, suggesting a relaxed and alert posture. She is comfortable with her power and ready to act whenever it is required of her.
Point 2 – CAT
A black cat sits at the Queen’s feet. Cats have a particular relationship in desert cultures. In Egypt, for instance, they were worshiped as the manifestation of the divine feminine. Relating to the Queen, the black cat reveals her cunningness and wisdom.
Point 3 – SUNFLOWER
The Queen holds a sunflower in one of her hands. In juxtaposition with the black cat, the sunflower illustrates life; it is yang to the black cat’s yin. The sunflower reiterates the theme of fertility despite a hostile environment. The sunflower connects the Queen to other cards in the deck, like The Empress.
Point 4 – LEFT AND RIGHT DESERTS
Like the cat and sunflower, the different deserts in the background further reiterate the yin yang relationship in the Queen of Wands. Like most paradoxical elements in Tarot, the two deserts reveal a harmony in opposites. This harmony can be seen more easily in The Chariot’s sphinxes and The High Priestess’s columns.
Point 5 – RED SHOE
The Queen wears a red shoe on her left foot. Because the left side is associated with the subconscious, the red shoe further connects the Queen to figures like The High Priestess. The color red also reveals the Queen’s passion and connects her to the red plumes of the Knight and Page of Wands.
Point 6 – GRAY FOUNDATION
The gray foundation below the Queen’s feet illustrates the unbiased nature of the Queen’s judgment. While the Knight is erratic, the Queen is composed. She weighs all situations equally in order to gain the best results.
Point 7 – THRONE
The Queen sits on a red throne decorated with lions, symbolizing fire and strength. The throne notably extends beyond the bounds of the card, showcasing the Queen’s reach in power. By extending beyond the top of the card, the throne also connects the Queen to the heavenly realms.
An Upright Queen of Wands suggest that you are in a position to see your vision through. It encourages you to open your social circles up and to utilize the gift of community to help you in your projects. As you proceed with your project, don’t be afraid to express the parts of you that others might not know about. Use your full self to reach your goals.
A Reverse Queen of Wands reveal a rich inner life that may be unknown to others. You hold fast to personal beliefs and carry a confidence about you that keeps you leveled. A Reverse Queen of Wands encourages you to continue this cultivation of an inner life. At the same time, it suggest branching out and making your outer world as strong as your inner world.
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