The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
We have certainly been getting a run of Wands lately, and now to crown this brilliant week of the Leo New Moon, we welcome the Queen of Wands.
With her black cat familiar and her sunflower, she is famously the only Queen who sits facing forward, poised for action in 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 act quickly, 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 subtle 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.
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 enthusiasm is contagious. Never one to sit on the sidelines, she is willing to give her all to the matters at hand. She exudes vitality, good energy, and a sense of self-mastery.
As a natural leader, she is 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 power. By inviting full participation, she teaches her subjects to believe, not just in her, but in themselves.
She is almost always upbeat and cheerful, able to see opportunity in any situation. She is also a vibrantly passionate lover.
The Queen of Wands is never condescending, haughty or pretentious, although she needs to beware of vanity or overestimating her influence.
Yes, she has good reasons to be confident.
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, anxious, 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 dares us to walk our talk, just like she does.
The Queen’s Way
While the dust continues to settle from the Republican Presidential front-runner’s despicable comments last week, this Queen is a reminder to both sexes that it is long past time for women to cease tolerating hostile, misogynist behavior and words.
The Queen of Wands inspires and challenges men and women to belong to ourselves, to recognize and own our power, and to consider chucking the old hierarchical “power over” model, embracing instead a more creative and collaborative “power with.”
She is a helpful guide in dramatic times, through her steadfast, informed optimism and her willingness to be proactive.
What might she be encouraging you to recognize in yourself?
What new adventures and creative projects might you launch under the New Leo Moon this week?
How might the Queen of Wands’ appearance be an invitation for you to deal with matters head-on, with fierce good humor, courage and creativity?
What dynamic, charismatic powers might you tap into, when, like this dazzling Queen, you embrace life with open arms?
Inspiring, passionate, creative and forthright, wield your power now for the greatest good of all.
May we all shine in these magical days with the Sun in Leo, blessed by the Queen of Wands’ warmth, courage, and sincerity.