A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.
Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady
Only a few months after her last appearance (and, ever since the financial crash of 2008, one of our most frequent visitors), the Queen of Wands comes calling once more.
With her black cat familiar and her sunflower (which Tarot authority 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.
She combines the volatile, extroverted magic of the Wands suit with the deeper inward focus of a Queen. Wands are ruled by the element of Fire and therefore are about our creativity, passion, and daring. Thus, she is Fire combined with Earthiness, an action-packed, fertile aspect of her counterpart, The Empress.
While her potency is less aggressive than the animus of the male/King, she is unapologetically assertive. 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 clearly ready to spring into action and is a fully capable warrior ally for people and causes she is passionate about.
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.
Now, as May gives way to June, this sunny Queen has returned once more to inspire and offer her blessings. She is a stalwart guide for us in these difficult times, especially as the entire female gender is facing a hard-core misogyny never seen in our lifetimes.
Where We Might Not Want To, But Ought To Go
I have stated previously that I believe that the Queen of Wands suggests a new model of authority, one that must replace the corrupt, dying structures of the past, if there is any hope for our civilization.
As the saying goes (dubiously attributed to Einstein), “Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking with which they were created.”
Despite the current administration’s bluster, a male-dominant plutocracy cannot reconcile the coming crises of environmental, economic, and social upheaval.
This Queen offers an exhilarating alternative to the hierarchical, elitist system that has rigged the organizations of politics, religion, social control, and wealth for millennia.
She models the qualities of self-sovereignty, creativity, and success. She shines with magnanimity and mastery. Her loyalty, fearlessness, and motivation are boundless.
The Queen of Wands‘ leadership is gentle, even playful, yet laser focused on total success. She is no wimp and her magical Wand of transformation is ready to rock her world.
But one of her greatest strengths is her ability to empower others, thus inspiring commitment and cooperation among all. Her willingness to share command with those who meet her high standards ensures that she attracts only the very best, most talented, and passionate team.
Her insistence that she herself meet those same demands is proof of her great integrity.
How different our world would be if our leaders (of any gender) embodied these qualities.
Who Is This Queen in Your World?
This week, embrace this happy power in yourself, and look for her in the special people in your life.
She is the soul of hospitality, offering the warm welcoming table, feasting, and celebrations shared. She may be encouraging you to throw open your doors for friends or family. Or perhaps a fun event with colleagues, as she is a natural at combining work and pleasure.
Fiercely independent, she can often be a nonconformist. But she is almost never a loner, for she is usually a gregarious extrovert that loves people.
How are you being called to step us as a leader? Like her, be inspired by the energy flow of those around you.
In this magical time of burgeoning growth and flowering, look for a powerful upsurge in your vitality, and a fresh connection to your passionate side.
What creative task is calling to you? What manner of transformation is yours to receive or bestow?
Let us celebrate with this Queen of Fire as life pulses within us and around us this week.