You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life
What a powerful, fearless companion has arrived to usher us across the threshold from the old year to the new! Let us welcome the Queen of Wands.
Court cards can sometimes be symbolic of a kind of energy, but usually they represent a literal person – either someone else, or an aspect of ourselves. The Queen of Wands offers a complex combination of the passionate, magical fire energy of the Wands suit with the more receptive focus of a Queen. With her black cat familiar and her sunflower, she is famously the only Queen who sits facing forward, her legs spread apart beneath her sunny gown, ready for adventures of any sort.
The Queen of Wands is popular, charismatic, and daring. She tackles problems in a candid, straightforward manner, and she is never afraid to take a risk if it is for something or someone she is committed to. She is incapable of deceit, cynicism, or manipulation. With her attractive good looks, great sense of humor, and easygoing manner, she has many friends and admirers.
But she is not just empty charm. Her vitality is powerful, and her creativity and enthusiasm are contagious. Never one to sit on the sidelines, she is an innovator, willing to give her all to her many projects, plans, and activities.
Leadership comes naturally to her, for she is usually surrounded by people who are inspired by her, and are eager to pitch in. She is a magnet for excellence, because her aim is not just to gather power to herself. She leads by empowering those around her. Her specialty is helping people tap into their own reserves of enthusiasm and creativity.
She is almost always upbeat and cheerful, ready to look for the positive in any situation. And while she is not naïve, anxieties never slow her down. She knows exactly how to confront her fears directly, and boldly move ahead.
Although she needs to beware of a tendency towards vanity (she adores the limelight) and her secret belief that she is indestructible, the Queen of Wands is never pretentious and she has good reason to be confident: she has a knack for accomplishing whatever she sets her mind to.
She especially loves to succeed in spectacular fashion. She is also savvy enough to recognize that her accolades are never diminished by sharing the credit with those who have helped her.
She also can tend to oversimplify situations, and is not always tuned in to nuance. Yet her sincerity is such that people rarely feel used or resentful by the wielding of her power. She invites us to tap into what is best and brightest in us.
Pulling this card today, I instantly thought of Hillary Clinton. Yes, her Sun is in Scorpio, but her ascendant is fiery, extroverted Leo. Regardless of your political persuasions, you have to admit that she is a great role model of leadership and service, especially for young girls. I hope that her health issues will clear up soon, because once she is out of the harness of the grueling Secretary of State position, there’s no telling what brilliant adventures lie ahead for her!
I also think this Queen urges all of us to refuse to be held hostage by threats of fiscal cliffs, or political posturing of any sort. And she would never trade her freedom for comfort or “safety.” She would probably quote you Helen Keller, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
So what bold deeds call to you in this turning of the year (and the Age)? In what ways are you the smart, sassy leader that not only takes the discomfort out of change, but makes it fun?
This week is likely to be an unusually inventive, productive time, with much friendship and fun. You may find yourself stepping into a leadership position, or hosting parties, events, or important gatherings. Yours now is the power to inspire others, not by your words, but by your example and how you live.
Although much grief was given us in this past year, we now stand at the doorway of a new beginning.
This Queen reminds us we can face our fears and tackle whatever comes next. With our passion, creativity, and confidence, we summon the courage, we wave our magic wand, and we succeed in doing what we thought we could not.
Let us all shine in the New Year, blessed by the Queen of Wands’ warmth, brilliance, and courage.