10/27/13: Stay Frosty! / Queen of Swords

Queen of SwordsSee what I meant about the nap yesterday? The Queen of Swords is here now, rested and ready. She’s got her gun at the ready, her trap set for any zombies that wander too close, and she’s relaxed but alert. Grandma or no, sentimentality is not going to get in the way of the job she has to do.

This card for today suggests a Queen of Swords approach: cool, rational, always fair but ready to rumble if need arises. The Queen of Swords doesn’t go looking for trouble, but she’s nonetheless fiercely protective of her domain. If you try to drag her down, she will cut you without the slightest hesitation. She will also rightly feel no guilt in doing so.

While her approach is not as warm and fuzzy as some other Tarot Queens, well…she has a job to do. Her unique skills have a place and sometimes serve when nothing else will.

You’ve heard the expression “stay frosty”? That’s what we’re looking for now. Stay cool and calm, sharp and focused. Don’t let yourself ride around on waves of emotion because it just clouds the issues.

You feeling frosty?

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04/28/13: Burn Hot / Queen of Wands

“An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.” –Thomas Fuller


In a lovely follow-up to Death, the Queen of Wands appears to light the way forward the next day. She’s strong, determined, and just stubborn enough.

I tend to read Tarot queens as internally focused, Tarot Kings externally focused. In that context, the thought of what she suggests in the wake of cleaning up from devastation becomes apparent.

Your job doesn’t start with convincing anyone else of your inner drive, your convictions, or your sincerity. It starts with convincing yourself. Before that fire is lit for the world to see, it must already be burning brightly inside you. Contagious enthusiasm is a fire—one much more likely to catch nearby souls alight if it’s already burning bright and hot at it’s source.

Look inside to develop your own passions. This queen is not a follower! She’s a leader, but not the kind that requires follower to lead, Instead, she is fiercely independent. She leads courtesy of inspiration. Her fire catches because it burns so bright and true. Be the queen. Let your passions inspire you.

Can you feel the Queen of Wands?

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06/28/12: Swimming with Queen of Cups


“Our visions begin with our desires.” –Audre Lorde

Associated with Water in Water, the Queen of Cups can be highly intuitive, emotionally attuned, or perhaps she’s just slippery.  Either way, she remains perpetually difficult to pin down. She sometimes shows up to suggest therapy of some sort.  That’s because her natural expertise is emotional, matters of the heart as well as mysticism and psychic knowing. She is an artist, dreamer and seer, although the fact she is may be hidden—even from herself.

Listening to the heart is key to working with this Queen. Pay special attention to emotional states, especially those stronger than you’d otherwise expect. These pockets of intense feeling point to “pay dirt,” little bits of concentrated energy to be understood, morphed or heeded. She guides us to the source of our most potent energy if we can quiet our minds enough to listen.

As one of the Tarot Queens, she frequently speaks to personal concerns, internal energy, although close friends or family can also be the recipients of her attention. Tears of release are healing for her, so don’t bury her pain. Let her transmute the pain instead, into a higher understanding, sacrifice or service. This allows her to rise above more mundane concerns and reconcile difficulties.

Listen to your desires and allow your visions to grow out of them. Those that you can feel swelling in your chest, right about the heart chakra, are those with the most powerful charge. Let her guide you, and you’ll find if you’re honest with yourself, the way she points is true.

You feeling the Queen of Cups?

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01/09/12: Living Out Loud | Queen of Wands


“If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.” –Emile Zola

I always wince a little bit when I pull the Queen of Wands. Not because she’s ugly, necessarily. She can be, if you get in her way. But because I relate so little to her. While I consider myself creative, my chart is notably short on Fire. I’m much more comfortable with the sharp wit of the Queen of Swords, or the caretaking of the Queen of Pentacles. Even the water-works sentimentality of the Queen of Cups works for me. I know that energy; it feels comfortable. But Tarot wands? Eh, not so much.

I have heard it said, though, that the cards that dog you, keep popping up while you’re scratching your head, are ones especially worthy of your attention. Tarot is kind of like that, turning up the volume if you can’t hear the message.

This queen isn’t all overwrought with planning or thinking or feeling. She isn’t agonizing over what others will think or carefully playing it safe, careful of every step lest she make a mistake.

She just DOES. With passion, with fire, with her whole self engaged. She can, because she’s in touch with the light in her heart, the fire in her belly. She knows what drives her and that knowledge helps her tap inner passion. She’s determined (some would say stubborn, and they may be right), resourceful, and above all, unafraid. To her, making a mistake is a far lesser risk missing an opportunity. She is not timid. She lives out loud.

Taking notes, Tarot. Just do.

Where do you see the Queen of Wands energy?

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12/30/11: Open the Suggestion Box | Queen of Wands

queen-of-wands-meaningHaving a “smidgen” of Virgo and Jupiter in Gemini, I know I have the capacity to overthink into oblivion. I can plan to perfection for YEARS, and have! That doesn’t really get much done, though. In fact, it’s kind of the opposite, because easier, real world action gets put off as feeling not good enough. Today, we’ve got a nudge to move  instead of just plan.

Today’s Tarot is the Queen of Wands—Water in Fire. She especially manages the emotional (Water) elements of getting it done (Fire),  whatever “it” may be. Her attire and huge Sunflower is good indication she generally has a sunny disposition! But be aware—she’s none too pleasant when you cross her, having the capacity to be exceptionally unyielding and stubborn. We would do well emulating her resourcefulness and drive. But the bull-headed part, not so much.

The rules of dealing with this Queen are about being respectful, NOT telling her what to do, and staying out of her way. She’ll roll right over you otherwise! However, if you would like to influence her, appeal to her passion and drive to make a difference. She’s makes a great team player, so long as she’s convinced you’re on the same team! The trick is offering up input in a non-critical, collaborative manner. Share your commitment to her goals before offering feedback and you’ll get her attention.

suggestionboxIf you’re not a Queen of Wands sort (and I’m not), perhaps you can learn a bit from her style. Organize, rally the troops, and above all, keep moving! Keep your sights on the higher aims of what you’re doing and for God’s sakes, do stay open to input from others. Not every suggestion is a criticism. If you’re working on what’s in the highest good for all, then be sure to touch base with “all,” okay? What you can do alone may be awesome, but what you can do with others’ support surpasses awesome. Be the catalyst for the higher good.

You have any Queen of Wands in you, or in your life?

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10/05/11: Do-it-Yourself Confidence | Queen of Wands


“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” –Dale Carnegie

Being pregnant with my daughter, I remember being more or less terrified of the thought of being a parent. What if I messed it up? How would I know what to do? The responsibility was staggering, and I wondered if I was up to the task. The wondering part isn’t the same as a “no” here. I ultimately decided, if you’re not nervous about some things, you’re probably not taking them seriously enough. Doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea to go ahead, though. That’s how we grow.

Today’s Tarot is the Queen of Wands or Queen of the Thrones of Flame, associated with Water (Queens) in Fire (Wands). “Passion” is one of my keywords for this queen, along with “stubborn!” Both are different sides of the same coin, after all.

I don’t see her a whole lot, at least not in personal readings. I’m more a Queen of Pentacles kind of gal—earthy, not so much fire. I ground people, help them stabilize. That’s my comfort zone. But this Queen’s energy has her place. Sometimes, we need to light a fire, too! She nudges and encourages us to do just that.

The sunflower she holds (I almost wrote “funflower”), represents joy. The bright flowers and colors on her clothing, and the candle in the background all are expressions of her light. She shines, this queen, but if you cross her, you may get a burned! Quite simply, she gets the job done. If you want to get along with her, help or get out of the way, don’t hinder! She’s good hearted, but not so much  she’ll let others take advantage or impede her vision.

The Queen of Wands reminds us to stick to our guns when it counts. She is strong and creative, and has the gravitas to make things happen. If you find your confidence wavering, hers is a great energy to call upon. She lets no one deter her, kindly but resolutely on her own path. She knows she on the right track by the passion and joy her work gives her. I call on her when I need extra energy, stamina, and a shot of confidence, especially embarking on a new adventure. She comes through.

How might you channel the Queen of Wands?

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