Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot-Queen of Wands & The Connolly Tarot-Queen of Wands
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot-Queen of Wands & The Connolly Tarot-Queen of Wands

The Tarot of EliThe Hermetic Qabalistic Thoth-QUEEN OF WANDS

Binah is the Third Sephira on the Tree of Life; she is called the Sanctifying Intelligence known as Understanding. The four Queens are another aspect of this Sanctifying Intelligence.
Seated and enthroned, the Queens represent the forces of Heh (meaning window or sight)  in the Divine Vibration of each suit.  By bringing forth a material Force of each suit, like the window in a home bring in the Sun light, the Queens, develop and realize the Force of the King.  This is a steady, unshaken and enduring force that is not as rapid in motion, as are the Princes.

Astrologically the Queen of Wands rules in the zodiac from 21 degrees Pisces to 20 degrees Aries.
Since the Mundane aspect of each court card symbolizes a specific person this card would represent a mature, red/gold haired woman with blue or brown eyes who is both steady and resolute with great attractive powers. When not opposed, she can be kind and generous...but when opposed "there is no hell likened to her wrath"!


To a Hermetic Qabalist, the Queen of Wands represents Water of fire, Specific Water (Personal Consciousness) in the World of Primal Fire (Impersonal Sexual Yod-Force). Thus you see her enthroned in steady flames of Impersonal Passion and/or "Will to Force". 

In her left hand is the Fire Wand (Pine Cone on top means wisdom) and in her right hand rests the head of a Leopard.

The Leopard represents the extreme ferocity of the Divine Fire (The Original Passion that created energy-movement) tamed by the Queen, i.e. Her dark side, is usually represented as a Black Panther, but when combined with her Higher Solar-Bright and Gold Mind, it becomes a leopard. In Her hands He purrs!

The Wand represents Will, showing that She has complete control and is able to direct this Fiery force of Divine Frenzy.  She is warm, attractive, passionate, and generous when well defined, Ill defined, she is the embodiment of hell, tyrannical, revengeful, and violent. 

As with all Great Power [Passionate "Will to Force"] it can be emotionally very beneficial or very destructive, depending on the Will of the wielder.  Now that also means that She has an immense capacity for  friendship and love, but always on her own terms. So this card is often the representative of Great Personal Female Power in action. Since the Feminine or Anima of The Divine Creative Collective Universal Unconscious, is "Will to Form", she is Magnetism at its highest order. Therefore the Queen of Wands, is the Law of Attraction, personified for consciousness.

Being that her persona is warm, passionate, honest and sincere, and seeing no purpose in falsehood, she will respond harshly to deceit!

She is the Greek Helen of Troy, a symbol of being both highly sexual, and indomitable and expressive, she attracts the strong Animus/Male Electric, by her presence alone. In other words, a very dangerous personality, whose very presence attracts "moths to flame"! This alone can be stimulating to some men which is all well an good on her terms, but devastating to those who try to control her,
fiery, delightful, passionate, and active beauty

 This attraction in also shown in the zodiac, as the Queen of Wands rules from 21st  degree of Pisces to the 20th degree of Aries and represents the mysteries of the Watery part of Fire that forms the "Crystal Prism"(Consciousness of Passion/ Spirit) that refracts One Conscious (Divine Self Awareness) into many individual consciousnesses. What can be simply said here, is that Fire is Spirit, the Divine Frenzy of Intelligent Movement, and the Watery part of Spirit is "spiritual self-aware intelligence" or the Conscious Spirit which is both fluid as fire and colored (colors are not reflections of the force--but the actual force itself) and is often mundanely called "Emotions" and/or "energy in motion".
If one could see the Aura and Chakras, as I do, one would know that the 8 conscious-states of Energy, called auric bodies, are made of "Spiritual matter/invisible light"....Solar-Conscious-energy and therefore, are an composite of "Entity" (Entity, in Physics is a "point-in-time"). The Eight "sided" collective of intelligent entities, are often called "Bodies of light" or bodies. This is an intelligent, multi-dimensional hexagon (the symbol of a Hexagram) of EQUAL dimensions! They really are Conscious Self Awareness, that has been developed by the Divine Creative over the 14 billion years of measurable time, non greater than another, all One Self. Therefore, I call them conscious.

They are:
1). Super-Conscious (invisible movement of light-intelligence in the Divine Collective)
2). Causal Conscious (The intelligence of Cause)
3.) Mental Conscious (the intelligence of effect)
4) Emotional Conscious (The animating intelligence)
5) Astral conscious (The  intelligence Fluid of Thought forms/dreams)
6) Pranic conscious (The Intelligent Breath of the Body)
7) The Etheric Conscious ( The Intelligence of Conscious electromagnetic Manifestation)
8) The Sensual Conscious (The Human cell collective- Body)

Therefore, the Human being is a Psycho-dynamic collection of entity. An intelligent copy; a Microcosm of the Divine Creative's Collective Unconscious that those who study metaphysics name a Macrocosm. The whole combination of 8 forms of intelligent light, both visible and invisible are called the Soul! Therefore, contrary to common thought, the human body, is also an intelligent entity of the Soul! Therefore, the Whole of Self Awareness (Holy Spirit) includes the Sensual Entity- body physical!

The Queen of Wands knows this, and she is unashamed of her body, mind and spirit, in fact she revels in manifestation. Such a personality can be devastating to the "divided" who believe the body and soul are separated by a "good/bad" value system of divisionism (Divide and conquer) perspective!

The Queen of Wands represents this mystery of the Maternal Solar-Mother of the Spiritual/Spiral forms.

Upon her head is the  winged globed-flame-rayed crown, in her left hand is the cone topped wand of Bacchanalian mysteries ( The Wisdom of Sacred Sensuality) and her left hand is placed on the sitting leopard. The Black Panther is (or black cat) is usually associated with the Dark Goddess, who represents the Dark Energy/Matter of quantum physics fame; However, this is the Solar Goddess, and the leopard is used to symbolize her power in repose since it is both black spotted and lion- tawny, as the lion is representative of the Sun/Solar Logos.

Everything about this card seems to shout "fire", but if you've noticed, it is a controlled force here, as even her fiery thrown is formed in geometric shapes suggesting "controlled"or purposely directed Passions of a fiery nature.

 Again, mundanely speaking, she is an Archetype personality, this would be a red or golden haired woman who is adaptable (spontaneous) , persistent in her energy but of calm authority which she knowingly uses to enhance her attractiveness. Such a woman of passion can be vane, but that is because she knows that passion is attractive in its own rite. She is often kind and generous  but will not tolerate opposition.

There is an immense capacity for friendship and love, as that is the nature of fiery passion, however, it is always done on her own initiative where she can not be talked into it or out of it.The tyrannical tendency is very present here. (the image of Empusa).

From Wikipedia


As a demigoddess:

Empusa was the beautiful daughter of the goddess Hecate and the spirit Mormo. She is based on vampires, which the idea came from. She feasted on blood by seducing young men as they slept (see sleep paralysis), before drinking their blood and eating their flesh. Empusa is pictured as wearing brazen slippers and bearing flaming hair. By folk etymology, her name was said to mean "one-footed" (from Greek *έμπούς, *empousen-, one + pous, foot). This gave rise to the iconography of a one-legged hybrid, with a donkey's leg and a brass prosthetic leg.


When ill defined The Queen of Wands personality can be snobbish, vane, brooding which invariably leads to the negative decisions that cause her to fiercely attack. Therefore the misogynistic-mythological  fear over this powerful Magnetic Feminine Conscious that seems to "drain the Power" from men.  Some might call this a "Fiery Latin" type of personality.

Whatever you call this divine feminine magnetic power (see astrological birth-tarot chart), her legendary Passion can be stunning whether it is a sexual relationship or a vendetta...so as the Leopard in her hand, she must be treated with respect, and remember that to play on Her terms, which may be beyond the capacity of a less passionate mate. As myth states, her wrath is "World famous".

Being that She is spontaneous in nature, she may enjoy young men more than the "'older, wiser Man", and find that she is unable to apply herself to "long term" relationships, just as one hot fire is often too much for one pot.

Therefore this Queen card represents magnificent emotional/spiritual/physical power, but she definitely will need an "opposite" to help steady her, which because of her great reservoir of passion, balance will help her utilize her great capacity for lucid perception and steady prosecution of work; this will only be under the guidance of a very creative personal mind who loves the heat.
The Connolly Tarot Card-Queen of Wands, like many medieval style cards, fails to depict the Power of such a "Queen of Salamander's" personality.
Rather, this colorful card depicts the stately attractiveness of this personality.

However the Fecund wand, and the black cat along with a fiery shield motif, suggest there is much more to this Archetype than is seen at first glance.



With the fiery emotional character of this Queen of Wands:
When the Queen of Wands is thrown during a reading, she represents:

  • Adaptability
  • Persistent energy
  • Calm authority that she often uses to add to her attractiveness.
  • Kind and generous to those who don't oppose her.
  • Hates opposition.
  • Powerfully  gracious in love and friendship, all of which is on her own terms.
  •  Her passionate emotion creates a Tendency to be side tracked from goals.
  • A deep desire to understand the deeper aspects of herself.
  • Hot passion and sharp wit.
The negative characteristics of this Queen, as shown by accompanying cards:
  • Vanity and snobbery
  • A tendency to brood, thereby, making wrong decisions that promote acting in great violence.
  • Her great passion makes her easy to deceive, causing her to react stupidly, tyrannically and obstinately.
  • One may be quick to take offense, harboring revenge without good cause.

  1. This is the character of a powerful, sexually attractive mature woman. Great Sexual energy, means great creative potential, so this person is best off, if she pores her passion into the arts and/or career. Devoting her life to bringing something of value into being. Being of Primordial Fire, this person must practice focus and willful control of her Fiery nature, or "all Hell will break lose"!  Oh, did I mention that the figure on the Throne is that of the Goddess Hel  who rules the underworld of deep dark emotions?  And in Mythology, the underworld is where mundane souls go to be cleansed of memories of past life and cleansed for  a ritual rebirth, as in the "rising of the Phoenix" from its own ashes....of course,on Hel's initiative.There is a liability of fits of depression, that can lead to Tantrums and intoxication or fiery outbursts of panic stricken burst of fury.

  • As in all powerful things, when well guided, there is great fun, joy and Bacchanal-satisfaction here, but ill guided, great emotional destruction is released.
  • The surrounding cards in a reading will tell the able Tarot Reader what is guiding this great passionate personality and there is a whiff of Babalon (Crowley gematric-spelling) in this card by studying the "Scarlett Woman" the student will find further insight into this card. 


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4 Comments to Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot-Queen of Wands & The Connolly Tarot-Queen of Wands:

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LOLA Singer on Monday, August 31, 2015 11:01 AM
Hi, Eli. The Queen of Wands is my focus card today (after throwing the "Shadow Spread" that Grace Sequoia introduced us to.) I am so grateful you posted this blog as a reminder to keep kundalini energy under my control and that this Queen has the ability to unleash that power at will. "Will to Force" and "Will to Form" in one concise image. Perfect for me today!
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Eli on Monday, August 31, 2015 1:26 PM
Hi Lola S.. I am glad I could help, we don't want that "nasty old" dragon to run a muck! Dragons are great companions when under the bridle and saddle of a good rider! I bet you control your dragonish-self by song! May you live long and prosper!


abeldanger on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 10:44 AM
This is the character of a powerful, sexually attractive mature woman. Great Sexual energy, means great creative potential, so this person is best off, if she pores her passion into the arts and/or career.
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Eli on Thursday, March 23, 2017 9:19 AM
Hi abeldanger. Seems you relate to this. Good luck and may you live long and prosper.
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