Exploring the Queen of Wands

Welcome to Tarot Thursdays! This week we will be exploring the Queen of Wands and how it can be used as a prompt or brainstorming in our writing.

Tarot is an interesting thing. It’s based upon symbolism and metaphors through imagery. With these images the subconscious mind is tapped into through the story provided. Not everyone gets the same thing from a piece of art. Each piece will influence each person in a slightly different way.


Introduction of the Card

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The Queen of Wands is card number 34 in the deck, the thirteenth card of the Wands Suit, and the third card of Wands’ Court in the Minor Arcana of the Tarot.

Let’s take a look at the following examples of this card below.


Card Examples

L-w13Notice the similarities between them and take note of their differences. Do any of these move you more than the others? Take your time and allow these cards to tell you their story.


My Analysis of These Cards

In each of these cards a bold and confident queen is depicted in a warm environment. I like how in the Mythic Tarot and the Universal Tarot a member of cat family is present at her feet. Both of these cards suggest a savannah type of biome to me. The other two cards, the cat isn’t present but the worlds these queens are in appear to be very hot. Despite this apparent heat, they are clearly comfortable.


Themes of the Card

Each card has a set of keywords associated with it that serve as themes for its image. These keywords will vary somewhat depending on who you ask.

According to the Learning the Tarot website, the keywords associated with the card are:

  • ATTRACTIVE
  • WHOLEHEARTED
  • ENERGETIC
  • CHEERFUL
  • SELF-ASSURED

You can learn more about what this site has to say about this card here.

According to the Biddy Tarot website, the keywords associated with the card are:

  • EXUBERANCE
  • WARMTH
  • VIBRANCY
  • DETERMINATION

You can learn more about what this site has to say about this card here.


What this Card Means to Me

So once again we have in the Queen the maturity of the feminine aspects of individual. And here this means the maturity of one’s expression and how it relates to others in terms of the soul. This means someone who has vibrancy, warmth, energy, and determination in such a way that is undeniably felt by those around them. One who is also kind and caring while possessing these qualities will also have a way of drawing out these same things in others. While on the other hand, we see the domineering types use these same qualities to overpower and take control.

We see both types of parents with these traits everyday, both in the real world and in our stories. We need to remain mindful that while we want what is best for our children, that we don’t crush their spirit in the process of raising them.

The key phrase I choose for this card is: MOTHER OF THE SOUL.


Music Playlist

In this spirit of all this, these are the songs I have picked out for this card.


The Writing Exercise

This exercise is a free write. Permit yourself to write whatever comes to mind based upon the theme of this card. Choose a keyword or key phrase and run with it to see what you come up with.


I would love it if you linked or pinged back what you wrote so I could see where you went with this.

Happy writing!


Mythic Tarot by Liz Greene (Author), Juliet Sharman-Burke (Author), Tricia Newell (Illustrator) © 1989
Dragon Tarot by Terry Donaldson (Author), Peter Pracownik (Author) © 1996
Universal Tarot by Lo Scarabeo (Author), R. De Angelis (Illustrator), A. E. Waite (Designer) © 2001
Tarot of Dreams by Ciro Marchetti (Author), Lee Bursten (Author) © 2015

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