I think magical training brings a responsibility with it — the responsibility to hold a vision, not just for yourself, but for the world around you… What is the most positive and creative future you can envision for our world?
Diotima Mantineia, “Evolve Already! Full Moon Eclipse in Aquarius”
As I placed my hand upon the card that was calling to me this morning, I knew right away who it was. Sure enough, I turned it over and one of our most frequent Guides gazed at me. In this week that opens the Gate of the eclipses, let us welcome back yet again the Queen of Wands.
As you may know, she is one of the Tarot court cards. So who, of the “people cards” in the Tarot, shines most brightly?
For starters, we would select the suit of Wands, since it is ruled by the element of Fire.
At the top of the chain of command, we have the King of Wands. But frankly, he has always looked a bit dour to me, showing us only his left side. The Page holds lots of potential, but is not yet come into his or her full power. And yes, the Knight of Wands is pretty dazzling, but he can be fickle, and rarely sticks around.
No, my vote is for the Queen of Wands, fiery yet calm, facing us directly from her Leo-decorated throne, and gazing into the distance of all that is possible.
She reminds me a little of The Magician, as she is gripping in her right hand the living wand of power, and in her left, with a delicate touch, a manifestation of Summer’s beauty — a blossoming sunflower.
Sitting in the middle, before her, is her familiar — a rather feral looking black cat.
Who Is She?
The Queen of Wands represents an inspiring combination of the passionate, magical fire energy of the Wands suit with the maturity and collaborative power of the Queen. She is popular, charismatic, and adventurous.
She tackles problems in a candid manner, and she is never afraid to take a risk if it is for something or someone she is passionate about. She is incapable of deceit, cynicism, or manipulation. With her attractive good looks, warm smile, and easygoing manner, she has many friends and admirers.
But she is not just empty charm. She sits her throne with her legs uncrossed, breaking the rules of traditionally ladylike, deferential posture. She is most at home as a mover and shaker. Never one to wait for permission, she is willing to give her all to the tasks at hand.
Thus, she is a natural leader, inspiring and empowering people around her to shine as well. She can be demanding at times, but she works magic with people, helping them 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. Although she needs to beware of vanity, the Queen of Wands is never pretentious or petty.
Because she can be ambitious and results-driven, empathy is not her strong suit. Neither is patience, although she is much more aware of the importance of timing than the impetuous Knight.
However, even if she does sometimes bruise the more delicate sensitivities of some, she is usually forgiven, thanks to her sincerity and ability to get successful results.
In Brighid’s Name We Light Our Flame
I am fond of thinking of the great Goddess Brighid when I work with this Queen.
Thus, the Queen’s visit this week is perfect, since today is the astronomical cross-quarter day that is precisely between Solstice and Equinox. It is Lughnasadh in the Northern Hemisphere, but for those in the lands below the Equator, this is the celebration of Imbolc, welcoming the first stirrings of Springtime.
The holiday of Imbolc coincides with the feast day of Brighid in the Northern Hemisphere. Therefore, our friends in the Southern Hemisphere are now celebrating this sabbat, and will be invoking Her for their Imbolc vows and pledges.
Regardless of geography or season, many of us are dedicated to Her service, year-round. I would suggest that the Queen of Wands may inspire all Her qualities, and how we may personally embody them in our own world.
For whether we think of Brighid as an actual sainted person, or a Goddess who was assimilated by the Roman Catholic Church, She opens the way for all.
Brighid’s fire and forge strengthen us to become the best and brightest we can be. She enlightens us to see and know our ancient, wise souls. Hers is the purifying fire that heals our wounds, forges new strength, and awakens poetry, skill, and art — and therefore, depth, beauty, and meaning — into our lives.
So, too, the Queen of Wands can inspire us to become more than we have ever been – encouraging and tending our creative, life-affirming potential.
The astrological influences this week are massive, as we have been awash in the powerful Aquarius Full Moon, that just eclipsed earlier this morning (Aug. 7).
This eclipse opens a window (for eclipses always come in pairs) and this is one of the most intense in many years. The energy is very fiery, and will culminate in the total Solar Eclipse coming in two weeks, on August 21 (I’ll have lots more to say about this in my WINGS newsletter soon).
But for this week’s Lunar event, my friend, astrologer Lynn Hayes writes:
“We are deeply into the season of Leo now – Leo the lion, the Divine Child, the magical Self.
“Beginning with the first Leo New Moon on July 23rd, moving through the lunar eclipse on August 7th when the Leo sun obscures the Aquarius Moon, and culminating at the Solar Eclipse on August 21 (did you buy your eclipse glasses yet??), the divine energies of Leo are showering us with blessings of self-actualization and the potential for the opening of the heart.
“Leo is ruled by the Sun, the center of the solar system and of the astrological pantheon. The Sun represents the True Self – the incarnated soul.
“Powered by the giver of life, the solar energies, Leo encourages us to be our best self that we can possibly be.”
So apropos for the playful, innovative fire of the Queen of Wands.
The quote at the top, that I’ve shared from the always insightful Diotima is from a longer article that I hope you’ll read in its entirety.
Also adding to our insight regarding this eclipse, Annie Heese at Café Astrology notes:
“Lunar Eclipses are about relationships and polarities. With the Leo-Aquarius axis involved, this Lunar Eclipse presses us to look more closely at our needs, lacks, and wants in our lives.
“The Leo-Aquarius polarity deals with the balance between all that is personal (Leo) and all that is impersonal (Aquarius). The energy of Leo is creative self-expression and the boost to the individual ego that we receive through pleasure and romance, while Aquarius rules the group, more impersonal friendships, and objectivity.
“This Full Moon urges us to strike a balance between romance and friendship, and between expressing ourselves in personal and impersonal ways.
“The Leo Sun is proud and intensely individual—not content with simply being just one of the team. The Aquarius Moon, while individualistic as well, values the team. The Full Moon illuminates this conflict.”
I would point out that this tug between individual creative expression and being a team player is never a problem for the Queen of Wands.
For her (and this is the power of all the Tarot Queens, whether actually male or female), there is an innate knowledge of the stronger, more consistent kinds of success that are gained through inspired collaboration and cooperation.
Despite her gentle approach, don’t ever underestimate her. She does not rule by democratic vote, nor unanimous consensus; instead she will always retain her final authority as the leader. But she also recognizes that energizing and sharing credit with her followers leads to stability and long-term satisfaction for all.
In addition, the planet Mercury stations retrograde this coming Saturday. You’ve probably already been feeling the “shadow period” as the planet of communication, technology, and travel has been slowing down (only to our viewpoint on Earth, of course). This retrograde starts in Virgo, but the Winged Messenger planet rolls back into the sign of Leo before it concludes its backwards journey in September.
Again, I’ll have more to say about this Mercury retro in my forthcoming newsletter. But for our purpose here, I would suggest that the Queen’s way of wielding her power in a more subtle, receptive, and indirect style harmonizes better with a retrograde than an insistence on powering through from Point A to Point B.
Your Royal Sovereignty
In what ways might her qualities be important for you this week? Is she a person you know? Or perhaps you will discover her gifts of bountiful creativity and noble energy in yourself.
Be on the lookout for opportunities this week for friendship and fun, perhaps hosting parties, events, or important gatherings.
You may also find yourself stepping into a leadership position. The Queen reminds us that it is the wise and successful leader who shares responsibility with others and fosters an atmosphere of cooperation.
What creative task is calling to you? What manner of transformation is yours to receive or bestow?
As we cross the magical threshold that marks the mid-point between Solstice and the Equinox coming in six weeks, and the long arc of the Sun’s path now clearly shows its slow descent in the Northern Hemisphere, let us embody the vision of this Queen of Fire as life pulses within us and around us.
For it is our sacred duty, as magical people, to illuminate with our lives the path to a more positive and creative future for all.