Card of the Week: Queen of Wands
"I don’t like to gamble, but if there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself.” - Beyoncé
This week we will be studying the Queen of Wands. I enjoy breaking down this card, not only because it helps people understand Tarot better, but because the energy it represents is one I personally feel we should try to embody the most. Similar to the King of Wands, the queen sits atop her throne holding a wand. However, unlike the king, her other hand holds something too: a sunflower. I see this sunflower as a representation of the optimism and faith the queen always has. The queen knows that her faith towards her endeavors are equally important as the actions she takes to accomplish them.
The Queen of Wands’ faith will be doubted by the other people in her world, even her own kingdom; however, as long as she keeps her sunflower (faith) and wand (actions), she knows there is nothing she can’t see through to the end. The Queen acknowledges that she cannot be like everyone else and do what everyone else does. Instead, she must lead by example and do the things others might be hesitating on. A fave reader of mine likes to refer to her as, “being in a classroom by herself.”
In the original Rider-Waite Tarot deck, there is a black cat that sits at her feet. I read this as her intuition; at the core of all her actions and endeavors is her intuition. She will not embark on something if her intuition is telling her otherwise. This card also speaks to someone who gets a lot of attention and onlookers. If and when this card comes out, just know you are quite popular at the moment. When the Queen of Wands comes out in your reading, this is overall a good sign that your life is about to move more in your favor and it won’t have to deal with any type of luck. The happiness and joy that you feel will come solely from the actions you are taking yourself.
Past: If this card comes out to represent the past, you might have been in a leadership position or recently promoted. The Queen of Wands is also someone who looks after her family very closely and can be a little overprotective. Recently, you could have felt more called to be there for your family and step up to help take care of them. For example, having your parents live with you instead of a retirement home. The Queen of Wands is someone who feels so confident about her own capabilities that she’d rather handle something herself than outsource it to someone else. If done in excess, this can cause burnout, which could be why it’s a past energy. You could currently be in the process of finding that balance so that you are not everything to everyone. Even the Queen needs a break.
Present: Queen of Wands in the present position can speak to someone starting on a new creative idea and getting the wheels moving along. This is not someone who is stagnant and still in the planning phase; no, this is someone ready to put foot to the gas and go full speed ahead. Remember that your confidence, faith, and intuition play a huge role in your success and they cannot be compromised. Whatever you are passionate and dedicated about, go for it! And do not allow anyone to speak fear over what you already know you can accomplish. Also, at this time, your work and actions could be getting more attention so it’s important you stay on top of things.
Future: If this card comes out in the future position, you can expect to gain a lot more confidence and more consistency in creativity. In your current state, you could be feeling uninspired, rejected, or doubtful of your abilities. You could have been going along with things because other people support it, which is now causing you to feel uninspired. You are moving away from all those outside energies because there is so much awesomeness you can bring to the world, but you must first separate yourself from the masses. Remember, the Queen of Wands feels like the only student in her class. Yes, sometimes you will feel lonely, but just imagine how much you are able to get done without doubters in your ear.
*Disclaimer: Reading tarot cards in reverse is totally up to the reader. There are many who choose not to. There is no right way to do it; go with your intuition. For some readers, a reverse means that the energy of that card cannot manifest into reality due to a block. So if you are someone who chooses to not read reversed cards you may skip this part, however if you are that reader, keep reading!
Remember to always be authentic with your spiritual practices.*
The Queen of Wands reversed is still someone who is very powerful and influential. However, this person might be more interested in their own personal gain than the betterment of those around them, or the kingdom. If this comes out in a reading, someone is being asked to reign in their controlling antics and allow for people to do what they feel is best for them. This is a reminder of what happens when you see just how impactful your own words and actions are for someone and you choose to take advantage of that; simply put, it’s abuse of power. Make sure that you utilize all the attention that you get from others to show them how to be more brave, ambitious, creative, and steadfast towards their own dreams so they can go out and inspire the next person.
The Queen of Wands in this position is advising that you take a more confident, glass half full kind of approach towards the matters in your life. Whether this be relationships, work, or general hobbies, your spirit guides want you to have a more optimistic view for your life. Instead of thinking what could go wrong, just imagine all the beautiful things that can go right. You are being advised to remember that there are very little things that will be put on your plate that you cannot handle as long as you have three things: faith, actions, and intuition!
Shannon, Mary, and Skye Alexander. The Only Tarot Book You'll Ever Need: A Modern Guide to the Cards, Spreads, and Secrets of Tarot. 1 ed., vol. 1, Avon, Adams Media, 2019. 1 vols.
- Symone Smith, @aquaa_cunt