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Queen of Wands – Tarot Meaning Deep Dive

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Welcome to part 4 of my 16 part series Meet the Court Cards – each week we will hang out with ONE court card and dive deeply into the symbols, personality traits, talents and dark side. This is similar to my Major Arcana Meanings Deep Dive series, but we’ll also explore how each court card acts in the context of love, work and money.

I’ll give you specific ways to embody this card as well as some journalling questions to help you connect with this card on a more personal level 🙂

Today we’re diving into the Queen of Wands – fiery and passionate, she’s a creative dynamo and outside-the-box thinker who lives her life on her own terms.

Sit back, relax and discover the secrets, surprises and shocking truths of this Queen…

Element: fire!

Keywords/personality traits:

Energetic, lively, spiritual spark, creative, action oriented, passionate, intense, inspired, outside the box thinker, eccentric, entrepreneurial spirit, visionary, doesn’t care what others think, independent, bold and brave, adventurous.


Lions = powerful, regal, majestic

Cat = graceful, elegant, mysterious

Sunflowers = shine, extroverted, flowering/in bloom – respond the the Sun (attention)

Wand/staff = ability to direct energy and will

Yellow = 3rd chakra (willpower)

Orange = 2nd chakra (creativity)

pyramids = ancient power, mystery, energy directing and alignment with the stars

Leaves (on wand and crown) = new growth, aliveness


The Queen of Wands knows how to tap into her creativity and passions, put it into action and really make things happen! She is a true visionary who is highly creative and knows how to grab people’s attention and hold it – the trait of a real entertainer.

She loves to explore the unusual side of things and come up with creative solutions to tricky dilemmas. While she is very spiritually connected and holds all kinds of mystical qualities, she would never describe herself as “spiritual”.

At a party…

She’s the life of the party! In fact, without the Queen of Wands, it isn’t a party at all but a gathering. You will often find her at the centre of a large group as she is highly entertaining and a master storyteller with an electric sense of humour!

She knows how to draw people in and have them hanging on her every word. She’s especially talented at hosting parties as she keeps the drinks flowing, the music blaring and the energy high. No one throws a party like the Queen of Wands!

In love…

this is the area where she doesn’t exactly excel. She gets bored easily and so she ends up having many short lived relationships. Because she seeks passion, excitement and fire in her romantic connections, she loses interest as soon as that initial spark begins to fade.

She’s more into passionate affairs and flings with unavailable partners than serious, long term commitments. But if she does settle down, it will be with someone who is conventional and boring, who will let her shine and be the star. She doesn’t want anyone stealing her spotlight. Her relationship will rarely be her focus because her career and artistic journey come first, adding yet another layer of challenge to her romantic life. Plus, she hates the idea of being trapped by the institution of marriage.

The good news is, she gains a ton of inspiration and energy from her brief yet passionate affairs – while others may get distracted by a tumultuous love life, this Queen feeds on it and let’s if fuel her creative fire!

In money…

She’s great at making lots of money but is equally good at spending it, often on silly stuff like overpriced “spiritual” retreats, expensive crystals and pricey shoes and makeup. She is, after all, the most fashion forward of all the Queens!

But despite her reckless spending, she always bounces back. She never hoards money and often completely forgets to save it, mainly because making it is just so darn easy for her. She has absolutely no blocks to making money and is great at negotiating contracts and demanding what she’s worth. She isn’t really materialistic though – making money feels fun and exciting to her, but spending money feels as mundane as sneezing!

In work…

She’s a natural problem solver, creative thinker and entertainer so any profession where she can be creative and expressive is best. However, she often gravitates to the unconventional professions and her independent streak makes her the perfect entrepreneur. She usually has her own business or does freelance, not wanting to be tied down or beholden to anyone in any way.

This Queen makes a wonderful actress, artist, or performer of any kind. She is a great event planner – creating amazing festivals, concerts and retreats. She’s the kind of gal who gets wild, out-there ideas that other people may raise an eyebrow at, but they actually end up working most of the time.

She’s a hippy dippy artist/mystic who has her shit together and knows how to make things happen in a BIG way. You won’t find her thriving in a “safe”, conventional job as she longs to get out there and do daring new things – busting stereotypes and expectations!

This Queen thrives on…

Being onstage, in front of an audience and being challenged both creatively and spiritually. She loves environments full of open minded people with few rules and regulations and feels very much at home at festivals, parties and events.

She can’t stand…

Rules, regulations, institutions and “the man”. She can’t stand being labelled or put in a box or feeling over-committed or burdened in any way. Feeling stagnant, stuck or uninspired are her worst fears. Group think and herd mentality disgust her.

She does not enjoy care-giving and motherhood just simply isn’t her thing. She’ll often forego motherhood altogether or leave most of the child raising to others like nannies and other family members.

Dark Side of the Queen of Wands

She can be a bit of an attention whore and needs a high level of excitement in order to feel inspired and energetic. She has a tendency to be narcissistic and self centred, with a penchant for getting high on her own supply!

Sometimes she tries really hard to get reactions out of people, being controversial just for the sake of stirring the pot since she thrives on attention. The worst part is, she might discard someone like they’re yesterdays trash if they fail to worship her adequately and lavish her with enough adulation.

Practices to embody this card:

-perform in front of an audience (bonus if it’s something unconventional and a bit out-there)
-paint a mural on your bedroom wall
-throw a themed costume party!
-go clothes shopping at the thrift store
-write a zany stage play and cast your friends as the main characters

Journalling Questions:

♥ What part of her to do you relate to?

♥ Who do you know like this?

♥ Which of her qualities would you like to cultivate in your own life?

♥ Which of her traits do you want to minimize? Or watch out for?

Tell me your thoughts!

Did you enjoy this deep dive? What aspect of the Queen of Wands do you most relate to?  Let me know in the comments below…

♥ Join me next time as I dive into the Knight of Pentacles – he’s very different from all the other Knights in the Tarot…can you guess why? Hop on my mailing list so you won’t miss out!

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Tarot Meanings Deep Dive series (Major Arcana)

Understanding Court Cards (by focusing on the negative!)

There’s one thing I really excel at – negative thinking! Focusing on what ISN’T working, dwelling on what’s WRONG and what needs FIXING comes as natural to me as Facebook stalking and screaming at my husband.

And I’m guessing you’re the same (with the negative thinking).

It’s because our brains are built to be Negative Nellies, not Positive Pollyannas. If you ignored all the bad stuff and just stared at the sun smiling, you wouldn’t notice that nefarious crocodile coming to eat you and you’d burn out your retinas.

This also explains why there’s scores of books on positive thinking, but none of negative thinking. This shit doesn’t come naturally to us and we need to read lots of books on how to do it and force ourselves into it.

Now, if you’re like everyone else you don’t just LOVE negative thinking, you also DESPISE court cards!

This is because court cards are so. fucking. hard. to. learn!

But are they hard to learn when we put a negative, catty, gossipy spin on them? I think not!

So instead of trying to memorize a bunch of boring-as-fuck (BAF) keywords for each court card, let’s just focus on the negative aspects of these cards…


Rider Waite Tarot, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

King of Cups – This guy is like an addict who just got out of rehab and wants to tell you every little detail of his “story” and his road to recovery. Great! Better pour yourself a strong one and sit back. He finds himself endlessly fascinating and assumes everyone else does too!

Negative traits: Narcissism, talks too much, is “touchy feely” in an annoying way, drinks way too much (or talks about how he’s quit drinking), thinks he understands exactly how you feel (he doesn’t!)





hanson-roberts tarot
Hanson-Roberts Tarot

Queen of Swords - This chick is waaaay too uptight and judgy and takes everything sooooo seriously. She's constantly finding jokes "offensive" and "problematic" and it's hard to have a casual conversation with her without it becoming a game of PC intellectual twister.

Negative traits: Uptight, serious, humorless, judgemental, kind of a bitch. She uses her superior intellect to make you wrong and herself right.





Crystal Visions Tarot

Knight of Pentacles - This guy's a real stick in the mud who says NO! to everything new, fun and exciting. He's incapable of creating change in his life but hides behind the flimsy facade of being sensible and thinking things through. Um yeah, it shouldn't take you 12 years to write a resume, dude!

Negative traits: Simply cannot move forward in life, avoids risk taking at all cost, takes an eternity to make a decision and is so set in his ways you'd think he was 96 years old.




Hanson-Roberts Tarot
Hanson-Roberts Tarot

Page of Wands - This little bastard is annoyingly enthusiastic about almost everything. It's fucking exhausting. He's like the New Guy at work whose spirit has yet to be crushed, resulting in an upbeat and gung-ho attitude that is totally uncalled for.

Negative traits: Way too jazzed up about life, is a real go-getter whose willing and able to learn and work hard. Yuck!





So now that I've done shitting all over the court cards, I want to add this.....ideally you want to have a grasp of BOTH the negative and positive traits of each court card. But the negative traits are easier to remember so you can use them as a trigger to help you remember the good stuff.

Try this!

Fan out all your court cards. Think of them as people with both good and bad sides (but because you're a jerk like me, just focus on the bad stuff). What terrible personality flaws does the Queen of Cups possess? What irritating habits does the Page of Pentacles flaunt? Which King do you want to tell to STFU already?!

Have fun and if you feel like sharing...tell me which court card is The Worst and why? in the comments below.

Want more? Check out my e-course Learn the Tarot Court Cards for more juicy-fun tarot lessons and exercises!