A good leader inspires others to have confidence in their leadership.
A great leader inspires them to have confidence in themselves.
– Source unknown
It has been a couple of years since we were visited by this dynamic, powerful Queen, so in this week that brings us the magical Harvest Moon (which will be in the cardinal fire sign of Aries), let us warmly welcome the creative, inspiring Queen of Wands.
With her black cat familiar and her sunflower (which Tarot expert Rachel Pollack notes looks as though it was just plucked from the garden of The Sun card), she is famously the only Queen who sits facing forward, her legs spread apart, beneath her sunny gown.
The lions on her throne and on the tapestry behind her reveal her connection to the sign of Leo, and a resonance with the Strength card.
While all is calm for now, she is always able to spring instantly into action and is a fully capable warrior ally for people and causes she is passionate about. She combines the fiery, extroverted magic of the Wands suit with the inward focus of a Queen.
Of course, as with all the court cards, she may or may not be a literal person, and if so, she may or may not be the same gender of the person in question. She can also be you, or simply a certain kind of energy.
When this showed up as our card this week, I instantly thought of Michelle Obama. While Michelle is not a fire sign, or even a Leo (she’s a very late Capricorn), her ties to her Leo husband are obvious and essential (making this an example of why I am personally skeptical of stubbornly tying the court cards to their astrological associations).
Trend-setting, dynamic, and, among her many activities and causes, she is a crusader for children to be physically fit through movement. Michelle Obama nearly stole the show at the Democratic National Convention — clearly she is a charismatic leader in her own right. Perhaps she will be in the spotlight this week.
The Queen of Wands is extroverted, popular, loves to laugh, and is always up for an adventure. When she walks in the room, everyone notices, and her natural leadership shines in every situation. She tackles problems in a candid, straightforward manner, and she is never afraid to take a risk when she is aroused.
Plain-spoken and direct, she is incapable of deceit, cynicism, or manipulation. With her attractive good looks, warm smile and easygoing manner, she has many friends and admirers. Does this sound like someone you know?
Bear in mind, though, she is not just empty charm; her creativity and enthusiasm are contagious. Never one to sit on the sidelines, she is willing to give her all to the matters at hand. She exudes a sense of mastery.
Yet she usually has plenty of help, for she is a natural leader, usually surrounded by people who are inspired by her example and more than willing to pitch in. Her specialty is helping people tap into their own reserves of enthusiasm and creativity, teaching them to believe, not just in her, but in themselves.
She is almost always upbeat and cheerful, ready to look for the positive in any situation. She is also an intensely passionate lover. And while she is not naïve, anxieties never slow her down. She is always willing to confront her fears directly and then move straight through them.
The Queen of Wands is never condescending, haughty or pretentious, although she needs to beware of vanity or overestimating her influence. But she has good reason to be confident. She has a knack for accomplishing whatever she focuses her tremendous energy upon.
However, she also can tend to oversimplify situations, underestimate those who are working against her, and is not always tuned in to nuance. She can also be impatient with people who are hesitant, or who appear weak to her.
Yet her sincerity is such that people rarely feel resentful when she wields her power. She has high expectations of those around her, so she helps us discover what is best and brightest in us. She challenges us to walk our talk, just like she does.
What might she be encouraging you to recognize in yourself? How might her appearance be an invitation for you to meet your own challenges or situations this week head-on, with fierce good humor, courage and creativity? What dynamic, charismatic powers might you tap into, in the days ahead?
This week that celebrates the Full Aries Moon could be an unusually inventive, productive week, 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 deeds and how you live.
Inspiring, passionate, creative and forthright, use your power now for the greatest good of all. May you shine in the days ahead, blessed by the Queen of Wands’ warmth, courage, and sincerity.