Queen of Wands

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The Queen of Wands makes a powerful first impression. She is the proud and confident female ruler of the element of fire, and she shows up in Tarot readings with enormous energy and vibrancy.

With her intense personality, the Queen of Wands encourages us to approach life with passion, enthusiasm, self confidence and guts. She demands of us that we shake off complacency, rise from our sofas and reach out to touch the very core of life with our bare hand.

If we follow her advice, the Queen of Wands promises great adventure, passionate relationships and the magic of deep self discovery.

What do the wands mean in Tarot?

Wands are a prevalent symbol throughout the Tarot. Not only do wands appear again and again in many of the trumps of the Major Arcana as symbols of magical ability and self mastery, they are also the main symbol of one of the Tarot’s four suits – the suit of Wands.

The Tarot’s Minor Arcana consists of four suits representing each of the four elements of nature. The suit of Pentacles (sometimes called Coins) is linked to the earth, the Swords to air, the Cups (or Chalices) to water, and the Wands to fire.

The element of fire is imbued with certain characteristics, including passion, drive, life force, enthusiasm and courage. The Queen of Wands is a personification of the element and its qualities.

When the Queen of Wands Tarot card appears in a Tarot reading, she is almost always a good sign.

What are the court Tarot cards?

Each of the four suits of the Minor Arcana also has four court cards – they are like a royal family embodying and ruling over each of the four elements.

Each suit has four personality cards; a King, a Queen, a Prince and a Page. The King and Queen are the more mature and established figures, while the Prince and the Page are younger and still searching for their place in life.

In most Tarot decks the King is interpreted as a mature man, the Queen a mature woman, the Prince a young man (or teenager) and the Page a young woman (or teenager). These categories can be a little rigid, and while each of the four personality cards embodies a different aspect of the element they rule, any of the four could signify a person of any gender or age.

A lesser known fact is that the Queens of the Tarot are all representatives of the receptive, fluid and feminine element of water. This means that the Queen of Wands combines the energies of water with the intense and eruptive nature of fire.

Symbols in the Queen of Wands Tarot card

Depictions of the Queen of Wands vary from Tarot deck to Tarot deck. Most include versions of the key symbols found in the traditional Rider-Waite Tarot, so these are the ones we will be looking at here.

The Queen

The Queen of Wands is the personification of the element of fire – she is the female ruler of the element and embodies its many associations.

Although the Queen of Wands is always depicted as a woman, her meaning and characteristics can apply to any gender. She signifies a personality that is passionate, captivating, confident, wilful, impulsive, volatile, bold and temperamental.

On a deeper level, the Queen of Wands is uniquely self assured – she is quite unspeakable in her belief in herself, and she is driven by her inner will, rather than by the opinions or expectations of others.

The staff

In her right hand, the Queen holds a wand, which in fact has grown into a long staff, touching the floor at her feet and stretching above her crown.

In the Tarot, the wands are linked to the element of fire, so it is only fitting that the Queen of the element should be wielding an impressive staff.

Another key significance of wands in the Tarot deck is magical ability. A wand is the traditional tool with which a magician channels the force of their will in order to manifest their desire. In the Tarot, size does matter – the bigger the wand, the greater the magical prowess.

The sunflowers

Sunflowers sprout from the tip of the Queen’s staff, further underscoring her magical potency.

The Queen also holds a sunflower in her left hand, and sunflowers grow from her crown and behind her, symbolising fertility and linking her to the life-giving powers of the sun. The solar energy, of course, is also a sign of confidence, joy and zest for life.

The throne

The Queen is seated on an impressive throne, decorated with golden lions facing in opposite directions.

The lions symbolise power, pride, courage, strength and ferocity.

The black cat

A black cat sits in front of the Queen’s throne.

Black cats are a traditional sign of the shadow self, consisting of all of the repressed or unwanted parts of who we are. Some would consider a black cat a bad omen, but not the Queen of Wands; she embraces her shadow self as a source of strength and joy. She has claimed the black cat as her familiar and companion.

The presence of the cat is a sign that she has made peace with her inner demons and is not conflicted about her wants, needs and desires. Instead, she boldly owns and embraces them – they may even be part of the secret behind her inner vibrancy.

Queen of Wands Tarot card meanings

Whenever the Queen of Wands card appears in Tarot readings, she brings fiery passion and energy to the situation.

The Queen of Wands Tarot card may represent qualities that we admire, envy or struggle with when we encounter them in others, or she may represent a side of our inner self that we struggle with or need to get in contact with.

These are the key meanings of the upright Queen of Wands Tarot card. Which ones come to the fore depends on the other cards and context of the Tarot reading.

Confidence

The primary meaning of the Queen of Wands Tarot card is confidence, which is the key ingredient in manifestation, magic and generally making things happen in life.

With confidence comes self permission and a healthy dose of entitlement. A person who oozes self assurance and positive energy as they approach their goals is likely to reach them, while avoiding the common pitfalls of self sabotage and opportunities lost to indecision.

Ambition, determination

Closely linked to confidence is ambition and the determination to focus on your goals.

When you are feeling good about yourself, centred in yourself and assured of your right to go for our dreams, setting the bar high and expecting much from life is natural.

The Queen of Wands Tarot card meanings include ambition and the determination and drive required to get there.

Courage

The upright Queen of Wands Tarot card represents courage and bravery. The Queen of Wands is self-assured and confident in her abilities, ferocious when it comes to going for what she wants, and ruthless in defending it once she’s got it.

The Queen of Wands is unafraid and bold. Because she is self aware and believes so firmly in herself, she has the inner strength to stand up to anyone or anything that may challenge her.

The Queen of Wands Tarot card suggests an ability to meet difficult situations head-on, the ability to stand your ground in the face of adversity.

Independence

Another meaning of the Queen of Wands Tarot card is independence.

The Queen of Wands is an independent, self-directed thinker. She depends on no-one and asks no-one for permission before making a decision. She trusts in and followers her own inner voice. If people don’t agree with her stand, this doesn’t affect her at all. She is the ruler of her world and never waits for any other person to call the shots.

Reversed Queen of Wands Tarot card meanings

When the powerful Queen of Wands is reversed, so are its energies and general meaning, and this positive card reveals its darker and more challenging aspects.

Lack of confidence

The Queen of Wands reversed can be a sign of low confidence and a lack of belief in oneself.

When the Queen of Wands is reversed, her fiery confidence is inverted, suppressed or squashed. Fire needs room to breathe. Ask yourself whether your surroundings are supportive and allow you the space and stability you need to rediscover your mojo.

The fact that the Queen of Wands Tarot card appears is a sign that the confidence is there, the fire is there – even if it has been buried deep within. It may require a conscious effort and some soul searching if you are to rediscover and reclaim it.

Seeking approval, co-dependency, people pleasing

The Queen of Wands reversed can suggest that you are overly dependent on others. You may rely more on the opinions of the people around you than on your own.

The Queen of Wands asks you to become just a little more self-centered. Ultimately, you have to be the highest authority and wear your crown in your own world. It is fine to seek the advice and council of people you trust, but ultimately, part of your journey consists in stepping into your own power and relying on your own inner voice above all else.

Selfishness

Occasionally, the reversed Queen of Wands tells of a tendency to lean too far into the positive qualities of the Queen of Wands, taking them to the extreme where they come toxic. Just as a health taken to the extreme becomes ill health, self love taken to the extreme becomes selfishness and disregard for the feelings and rights of others.

The Queen of Wands Tarot card reversed can point to a need to find balance between a healthy focus on your own wishes, agendas and desires, and consideration of others.

What the Queen of Wands means in a Tarot reading about your personal development

Upright

In a Tarot reading about your personal development or spiritual journey, the Queen of Wands meaning is a positive omen, a sign that you are in a positive place, at once anchored within yourself and curious and open to the world.

Reversed

The Queen of Wands reversed is bad news in a Tarot reading about personal development. Depending on the surrounding Tarot cards, the significance of the Queen of Wands reversed may be softened, highlighted or elaborated on.

Often the reversed Queen of Wands card means that you are struggling to express or reach the aspects of your nature that the wands represent, in this case, you are struggling to express or experience passion, drive, ambition and self-reliance. Focus on reconnecting with this aspect of yourself and reconnect with your inner Queen of Wands.

What the Queen of Wands means in a Tarot reading about your love life

Upright

The Queen of Wands meaning is two-fold when you read Tarot cards about a relationship; the meaning of the card may apply to either partner, or both.

When the Queen of Wands appears upright in a Tarot reading about love, this usually signifies a passionate union with plenty of magnetism and attraction.

Depending on whether the Queen of Wands represents you or your partner in the Tarot reading, her appearance may be an indication that one or both of you is being a little too hard-headed and controlling, taking up all of the space and energy in the relationship. If, say, the Queen of Wands appears next to the Page of Cups, there may be a power imbalance in the relationship that needs to be addressed.

Reversed

Challenging details of the Queen of Wands Tarot card meanings come to the fore when the card shows up reversed in a Tarot reading about love and romance.

Since the Queen of Wands is a personification of fiery passion and sensuality, having her show up reversed can point to a lack of desire and attraction. Another meaning could be that there is too much fiery energy in the relationships, an excess of drama and heightened emotion but not enough nurturing and stability.

In rare instances, the Queen of Wands suggests a controlling or even abusive partner.

Lucius Nothing

Lucius has been slinging tarot cards professionally since 2014. He’s taken the tarot to places most wouldn’t think of: His best-known patrons include Torture Garden, The Dark Circus Party, Handel & Hendrix, A Curious Invitation and The Candlelight Club, where he has been resident tarot reader for the past half-decade. His writing on divination, magic and creativity has been published in Sabbat Magazine and on Medium.

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