The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
~ Alice Walker
In the wake of the devastation in Paris, as well as the less documented but equally tragic attacks in several other countries, it is a joy this week to 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
This Queen is a reminder to both sexes that it is long past time for us to cease tolerating hostile, misogynist behavior and words as if this is acceptable or normal. We can begin by shutting down those individuals and systems who do so in the name of politics or religion.
The Queen of Wands inspires and challenges men and women to belong to ourselves, to recognize and own our power, and to topple 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 with her inspiration?
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. Even in the most terrifying, deadly circumstances, never, ever be misled to give away your power and freedom for “safety.”
As the dark deepens this Autumn, with, seemingly, our world at perpetual war, may we all shine brightly with the Queen of Wands’ warmth, courage, and sincerity.