Tarot cards are an incredible source of information that could help us get a clue about many things in our lives.
Tarot reading or any other divination technique does not change the course of our destiny, but could be very helpful in interpreting our own. It could offer precious guideline. Some of the divination practices emerged from what was not originally esoteric.
When it comes to tarot cards, they were originally used for playing games; you have perhaps heard of tarock or maybe of tarocchini. In some countries, the tarot cards are still commonly being used for playing games. They are, in fact, quite old; tarot decks originate from medieval Europe.
For occult and esoteric purposes they have started commonly being in use from the 18th century.
The first thing one would notice about tarot is that each card is richly illustrated. The illustrations are stylized, though highly symbolical, featuring allegorical scenes, archetypical personifications and a whole a lot of mystical symbols.
Each card’s imagery is carefully composed and quite meaningful. In the following paragraphs we are learning more on that.
Tarot Suits Basics
Tarot decks consist of seventy eight cards in total. The decks are divided into two parts, called the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana.
The terms ‘major’ and ‘minor’ do not have to do with the significance of the cards in a reading; all are important.
Moreover, when combined, they offer specific new meanings.
The Major Arcana set consists of twenty two cards, the trump ones. They are numbered from 0 to 21, since the card of the Fool is zero. The last card of the Major Arcana is The World.
The Minor Arcana, which interests us more, counts the rest 56 cards. These are divided into four more suits. They are the Wands, the Cups, the Swords and the Pentacles. These suits count fourteen cards each.
They contain ten numbered cards, from 1 to 10, and four face cards, that is, Kings, Queens, Knights and Pages. Each of the suits have specific characteristics and qualities.
The Major Arcana are related to the personality of the questioner, while the Minor Arcana cards typically relate to the mundane aspects of life, with face cards representing figures we meet in life.
Suit of Wands Major Characteristics
The suit of Wands relates to artisans and the creative power. If you look carefully into the imagery of those cards, focusing on the symbol of wands, you will notice that the wands are not made of a dead wood, but feature little green leaves; at least that is the case with most of the designs, such as the widely popular Rider-Waite deck.
The Wands represent creation, moving force, growth, progress and are linked with the element of Fire; each of the four Minor Arcana suits are associated with one essential element, that is, with Fire, Earth, Air and Water.
The Wands encompass both the concept of creation and re-creation; they have to do with rebirth. The Wands also stand for authority and willpower.
The Queen of Wands Tarot Card Quick Facts
The Queen of Wands is a female counterpart of the final card of the Wands suit, the powerful and fiery King of Wands. Before we take a closer look into this card, we will quickly go through its basic characteristics.
The Queen of Wands is similar to the King, although she, of, course, emphasizes the female principle. The Queen stands for an energetic approach to life, creativity and uniqueness, taking charge.
This card usually represents the female influential figure in one’s life, although it could also relate to the female questioner. There are other possibilities, as well. In any case, the Queen of Wands is an impressive female personification of great potential, energy and a fiery temperament. Let us learn some quick facts about the card.
Key terms for The Queen of Wands tarot card: Dynamic and energetic nature, creation and creativity, openness of mind, fatal female, seduction and passion, the figure of a mother, a dominant personality
Key essential element of the Queen of Wands: Fire
Minor Arcana type: Court, face card
Yes/No question for The Queen of Wands card: Yes
Reversed card key terms: Vanity, self-delusion, selfishness, drama queen, demanding and controlling person, self-sabotaging, egoism and shallowness
Visual Description of The Queen of Wands Card
Now to the one of the most interesting parts of our Minor Arcana cards analysis, the visual appearance of The Queen of Wands card. All tarot cards are full of meaningful symbols, none of the elements are put there without a proper reason.
The tarot design most are familiar with is the aforementioned Rider-Waite deck, originally created in the early twentieth century.
There are thousands of authentic tarot cards designs, some of which a true masterpiece of art.
However, in order to be used for esoteric purposes, they have to encompass characteristic elements. True, some of the old decks differ from one another. The standard pattern is the old Tarot de Marseille. Now, to the Queen!
Unlike the King of Wands, the Queen sits facing the reader, although, just as the King, she does not look in our direction. She is enthroned on a luxurious seat, adorned with pattern of sunflowers and red lions standing on their rear legs, a typical heraldic royal symbol. Just like the King, she holds a single wand in her right hand.
Her grip is a bit firmer than that of the King, speaking of her more controlling person, perhaps. However, while the King’s left hand lies relaxed on his lap, the Queen holds a single beautiful sunflower in hers.
The lions and sunflowers represent her complex character; she is very feminine, like the flower, but also has the strength of a lion or – a lioness.
The flower represents growth and rebirth, and it is especially interesting that she holds no less than a sunflower.
The sunflower turns its head towards the sun and it could be taking as an allegory of pursuit of goals, of dreams, a daring spirit that does not afraid to look straight into the sun. It stands for the great passion, the fire and optimism.
The Queen sits in a more authoritative position than the King, it seems, although it appears as if she was relaxed, as well. Her robes are yellow like the sun itself, speaking of her bright aura.
Now, there is also an intriguing being on this card, just as we had one on the King’s card; the black cat in front of the Queen’s feet.
Cats are associated with feminine energy, with intuition, mystical forces, especially the black ones.
The black cat symbolizes the intuitive energy, the inner guidance, the fatal, seducing feminine power, but also the rebirth and renewal. Well, it is believed cats have nine lives! They must be magical creatures, many would agree.
Think of her counterpart the King of Wands once more. If you put them beside one another, you will get the impression that it was the Queen who really dominates the situation, as the King sits in a more relaxed, side view position and rules by his given authority.
The Queen is the one who pulls the strings, perhaps, but their powers are different as much as they are similar.
The Queen of Wands Card Meaning Guide
I attract, I protect and I have the power.
Indeed so, the Queen personifies everything that was seducing, magnetic, irresistible and for a good reason. She stands for the power of creation and supports uniqueness; the Queen of Wands stand for all who attempt to follow their dreams and for a good cause.
The Queen also has to do with the archetype of the mother, meaning she is both the leader, the guardian and the most reliable support.
The Queen of Wands represents passion and love, a fiery heart ready to embrace all the joys of life, but not without any effort. She personifies those who are generous, open-minded, welcoming and warm towards others, which in no case stand for a weak spirit that easily falls for evildoers schemes and tricks.
Not at all, the Queen of Wands knows what her heart desires and she values life, respects others and find great joy not only in her own talent and skill, but also in those of others. She is a patron of the creative, daring and unique. Think about a child and a mother who greatly supports her young one’s talent, but remains realistic, supporting and offers guidance and love.
That is the role the Queen of Wands card plays in a reading. The black cat stands also for sensuality, the enigmatic attractiveness of a woman, for femme fatale. She is an incredibly powerful personality who has faith in herself, very self-confident and bold, but elegant, sophisticated like a velvet-coated cat. We shall see how this plays out when it comes to love reading!
The Queen of Wands – YES or NO
In a ‘yes or now reading’, the Queen of Wands is a loud YES, similarly to the King of Wands.
The card should encourage you to take the step you wondered about. The Queen of Wands says that you definitely have that daring spirit within, just listen to it! Follow your intuition, rely on what your heart speaks. You should definitely feel proud of yourself and move forward.
Of course, always have in mind how your moves would affect other people. The Queen does not want you to be arrogant and careless, on the contrary. She wants you to be brave, sophisticated and noble! Take the positive energy from the Queen and things will be well.
Just a quick reminder of this type of readings. The ‘yes or no’ technique as a simple one, intended to offer simple answers.
Therefore, it answers direct questions, usually certain doubts people have. It offers yes, no or neutral maybe answer, depending on a single card you pull.
The Queen of Wands Card Upright Meaning
When the Queen of Wands shows upright in a reading, the card represents all the most positive characteristics it embodies. This could mean that there is in your life some influential, protective and caring female person.
It is someone who plays a motherly role, who is passionate, loving, full of understanding and trustworthy.
This person is someone who will recognize your talents and support you, even if you yourself never thought of it before. It is an incredible gift to have such a person on your side.
The card represents great and generous authority that does not restrict or underestimate others. The Queen personifies a mature, experienced and responsible figure.
She is very independent, confident, charismatic and, above all, simply magnetic. This card represents a person who is bent towards goodwill, who is a leader full of passion, but also of understanding.
This is someone you could always count on, even in the hardest of times. This strong persona would never lose faith in you, even if you lose it!
There is an alternative meaning of this card. It could stand for a rival, a bright and noble one, but still a rival who would try hard to prove his worth.
It would be a noble, knightly rivalry, though, one from which, in a certain way, both sides could gain and learn much. The reversed card, however, bears a different meaning.
The Queen of Wands Card Reversed Meaning
The reversed position of tarot cards often represent the ‘worst’ qualities they hide; in fact, it usually stands for extremes of the good ones, which could be harmful.
That is not always the case and the things are never that simple, for there are no really negative cards. In any case, the reversed Queen of Wands stands for the following.
The reversed Queen of Wands is very powerful and influential, though aggressive, domineering and often unbearably stubborn. She is an ultimate defender, which is a perfectly good trait, but in a reversed position, she tends to become very jealous, possessive, controlling and strict. Such a person is demanding beyond limits and too authoritative.
When the Queen of Wands appears in such a position, it speaks of such a dominant figure in your life, although it could be a reflection of your own state of mind.
The reversed Queen of Wands simply cannot accept that things are not going the way imagined and she tries to bend the reality so that it would suit her needs.
This is an aggressive and very tiring approach. Similarly to the King of Wands, such a position stands for hot-headedness, rashness, impulsiveness and a general impatience.
The Queen of Wands will not mind the means that would lead to her goals. She is a seducer and a skillful manipulator. One should always be aware of such people or recognize the negative traits within in proper time, so to avoid making mistakes and hurting others.
The Queen of Wands Tarot Card – Career Meaning
In career reading, the Queen of Wands is a promising omen. This card is especially a good sign for creative people who strive for uniqueness and authenticity.
The Queen of Wands is a patron of talented people and this card is a very optimistic sign if you think about starting a business that has to do with something highly individualistic and out of mainstream.
The Queen of Wands suggests you should completely dedicate yourself to your work, not in a sense that you neglect other aspects of life, but with a passionate heart, to dive into it.
Many people are afraid to do so, because they deem their amazing ideas and talents worthless. The Queen of Wands proves the opposite. Have faith in yourself and definitely go for it.
The Queen of Wands is about renewal. You know what they say, if never try, then you will never know.
So what if you fail at some point? You will learn something that would help you to become even better next time or to discover some other talent. It is never to late, the sunflower will always seek for the warm sunrays, even if they burn its face in cycles.
The Queen of Wands Tarot Card – Love Meaning
Now for the magnetic part! The Queen of Wands in a love meaning definitely stands for an overtaking romantic experience, but also the one you should be cautious about. This card is about irresistibly charismatic lovers and breathtaking love relationships.
However, such relationships could completely enchant you to the point of getting lost in other areas of your life.
Of course you should not run away from love and romance; just remind yourself to keep your head cool at times, at least.
In any case, the Queen of Wands definitely speaks about connections. As she is the one greatly supporting the people with unique talents and ideas, it is very likely that you are about to meet a person of similar interests, no matter how rare or unusual those were.
Since the Queen of Wands, similarly to the Empress of the Major Arcana, also represents the motherly figure, feminine energy and motherly love, this card is especially good for those who dream about having children or for those who already have theirs. The card is a positive omen in terms of fertility.
The Queen of Wands Tarot Card – Health Meaning
Besides being overall a good card concerning feminine health, this card is generally positive regarding all aspects of well-being and health.
A card symbolizing growth, rebirth and positivity, also an energetic spirit and vivaciousness, must be a good sign when it comes to health.
It speaks about the renewal of body, mind and soul, so take it as a very good sign.
The Queen of Wands Combined
Let us see into some combinations of The Queen of Wands card with other ones, in which the card will get an alternative and special meaning.
Each combination would specify the questioner’s situation and make it clearer. Here are a few examples for the Queen of Wands.
- The Queen of Wands and The High Priestess: Person of great experience, a professional
- The Queen of Wands and The Emperor: Successful career and family life
- The Queen of Wands and The Page of Wands: Very important news
- The Queen of Wands and The Four of Cups: Not seeing further than the own nose
- The Queen of Wands The Eight of Swords: Fear
- The Queen of Wands The Six of Pentacles: New business opportunities
The Queen of Wands Message
What the Queen of Wands wants to tell you? Discover your talents, invest into your skills and follow your dreams.
Have faith in yourself and do not be afraid to enjoy life.
Keep your head upright, but be honorable, generous and warm hearted.