Queen of Wands Explained - Upright & Reversed Meanings
Last Updated: January 18, 2023
The Queen of Wands is the thirteenth card in the suit of Wands (also known as the suit of blades) and one of the fifty-six suit cards from the minor arcana. In divinatory tarot, the Suit of Wands is associated with the element of fire and traditionally signifies creativity, inspiration, ambition, determination and willpower. Each card of this suit represents aspects of our lives such as career, travel and spirituality.
Divination practices such as cartomancy can help us make decisions, offer guidance, and help us tune into our intuition when we are at a crossroads in our lives. Understanding the meanings of each tarot card can help you sharpen your interpretative skills so you can get the most out of your readings.
The Queen of Wands boasts a lot of feminine-like qualities, and can either be represented to be yourself or another individual when it comes to tarot readings. This Queen carries with them a lot of enthusiasm, confidence, and high sex appeal. They know what they want to get done and oh boy, are they doing it!
This card usually shows up as a support card for those looking to take on their next big challenge, as this card always looks to bring as much positive energy with it as possible. The Queen is here to support you moving forward with beautifully fierce determination, be bold, and trust in your ability to do what you put your mind to.
In this article, we will discuss the meanings of the Queen of Wands in various tarot reading contexts as well as the different symbols and nuances that can be found within this court card.
Pictorial Symbolism in the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck
The artworks from the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck contain deeper esoteric meanings that tarotists love to decipher. The Queen sits strongly and proudly upon her lion and sunflower-decorated throne. The imagery on the throne represents a mix of pride, strength, joy, and fertility. They hold a singular wooden staff in their right hand and a bold and colourful yellow sunflower in their left. The sky behind them is clear, they gaze off to their left, as a black cat in front of the throne looks onward. The black cat here is considered to represent the Queen’s shadow self.
The Queen of Wands key correspondences
Confidence, passion, determination, optimism energy, charisma, organising and taking control of your life, efficiency, and independence.
Selfishness, poor self-esteem, temperamental, bitchyness, jealousy, acting like a bully, being overbearing, pushy, and exhausted.
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Sagittarius, Aries, March 11th – April 10th
What does the upright Queen of Wands mean in the Tarot?
The Queen of Wands is all about that self-assured, determined, and ‘taking control’ energy. You’ll be putting yourself out there, being an absolute busy-body during this time, and you’ll be looking to complete as many tasks as possible – but you will do so with a rather optimistic grin on your face!
This Queen is reminding you to not shy away, be true to your own power, and go after what you want, you have feistiness right now to make changes, positive changes at that, and people will be respecting you for it as they will be feeling inspired and also in awe of you. Own that leadership vibe, boo!
When pulled in the upright position, the Queen of Wands is associated with confidence, passion, determination, optimism energy, charisma, organising and taking control of your life, efficiency, and independence.
What does the upright Queen of Wands mean in a love reading
If you’re in a relationship, then the presence of this Queen usually signifies that you are both feeling all loved up, that you’re enjoying the accomplishments within your relationship and really happy with the ways things are going right now. Yet there may be a chance that you’re focusing too much on your passions that you’re letting your connection slip a little, so be mindful of that if this makes sense to you! It’s okay to do what you enjoy but make sure your significant other isn’t feeling the strain of you being a busy human.
This Queen can also bode well for those that are perhaps looking into having a baby together, as this is one of the minor arcana’s pregnancy/fertility cards. If you’re single, then this Queen popping up is representing how you are full of confidence, enthusiasm, and a ‘can do’ attitude when it comes to your love life; it’s a creatrix card that shows up for successful in career, confidence in sexuality or at peace spiritually.
You are very much feeling like you can get back out there and grab a hold of the dating world and get out of it what you want – and you’ll probably find that this confidence is what attracts people to you during this time!
What does the upright Queen of Wands mean in a career reading?
You seem to very much be going at things full pelt at the moment and getting things done! You may have taken on a herculean number of tasks and you’re smashing your way through each and every one of them – and this hasn’t gone unnoticed.
This Queen also favours you beginning new projects so if you’ve been feeling the itch, go for it! It may also be possible that you seek to gain wisdom from a figure that matches the character traits of the Queen of Wands, so you may even be taken under the wings of a form of a mentor.
What does the upright Queen of Wands mean in a health reading?
As mentioned, this card can be linked to parenthood and fertility, so it can signify that pregnancy and sexual needs to be looked into. But if this isn’t the case, then it still has a positive message overall with your health as it shows you’re feeling good and living on a high!
You’re full of energy, you’re feeling healthy, and nothing is really knocking you down at the moment. Ensure that burnout isn’t on your agenda by maintaining and not over doing it.
The Queen of Wands as feelings/emotions
If you are asking the tarot how someone feels about you, pulling the Queen of Wands suggests that this individual admires you deeply. There is a burning passion for you and all that you are, you make this person very happy, and they have a newfound sense of excitement and confidence about life whenever they are with you.
Essentially, you make them feel alive, and this leaves them buzzing with excitement. This will be someone that would be overjoyed to commit to you and have a solid future together. It bodes well for taking things to the ‘next level’ in any relationship/friendship/connection.
The Queen of Wands as a person
As a personality archetype, the Queen of Wands represents someone that is full to the brim of confident sex appeal! This will be someone that has a lot of typical feminine qualities, and they will radiate confidence and be full of passion. They may even get mislabeled as “aggressive” when what folks really mean is “assertive”.
They will be someone that’s fiercely independent and have the drive to go after what they want in life, so they may typically hold quite high/leadership roles within their life. Their downfall is that their fierceness can also mean they have a quick temper, pushy and sometimes they can be too overconfident with how much they’re taking on, and chaos ensues as it becomes too much for them to deal with.
The Queen of Wands as advice
The Queen of Wands wants you to chase after your burning desires. When, you ask? Now! 100% now! Now is the time to focus on what makes your heart soar and to go after it. You may even be called on to lead by example, as you may be needed to inspire those around you to also go after what they’re passionate about.
Now is the time to be encouraging and inspiring to not only everyone else, but also yourself. Use that fire burning away inside of you to fuel your next proactive step.
What is the zodiac or astrological sign associated with the Queen of Wands?
The Queen of Wand has themes of fiery Sagittarius and is timed with the first two decans of Aries, March 11th – April 10th. This independent, fierce energy aligned with the warm soul of the Queen energy provides a self-assured kick-start energy that aligns with the equinox.
Is the Queen of Wands a yes or no card?
Due to this card’s nature of taking control and being confident in your next move, this is very much one of the minor arcana’s ‘yes’ cards. This Queen favours those going after their passions, but they also bring an air of “getting s*** done” when it comes to milestones and goals – and you’ll be no doubt feeling this drive to get going.
The Queen wants you to progress in a positive manner, so chin up and shoulders back! Now, onwards you go!
Below are some of my interpretations, as an experienced tarot practitioner, based on different types of questions:
Querent question: “Will I get the job?”
Card interpretation: The Queen of Wands is a good omen to receive when it comes to looking to start a new job! With this card favouring those that go after their passions, if you’ve been chasing a job that really aligns with your heart and soul, then the outcome is looking positive! It can also suggest working a job where you are mainly your own boss, so if you’ve been looking to go self-employed, this would be a great omen!
Querent question: “Is this new person in my life good for me?”
Card interpretation: Honestly? Things with this person seem great! You may find yourself coming to learn a lot from this individual as they have a real chance of becoming a tutor role in your life – perhaps not explicitly, but there is knowledge to be gained! Don’t be surprised if you end up looking up to this person for their life experience and what they can offer you in the ways of wisdom; this will be a very positive connection indeed.
Querent question: “Should I make the investment?”
Card interpretation: This Queen will be in favour of making investments as long as you don’t plan on going overboard with it. Never put all of your eggs in one basket when it comes to investments, and absolutely do not get yourself involved in one without knowing it like the back of your hand. This Queen prompts you to have a clear understanding of where your money is going, they want you to be confident with the steps you take. Whilst this does bode well for financial improvement, there’s still a warning to not stick your entire life savings into one single investment plan – be smart about this.
Querent question: “Will I achieve my current goals?”
Card interpretation: Well, you’re definitely moving in the right direction! The Queen of Wands always bodes well for those chasing their dreams and going after their passions. Therefore this card is acknowledging that you’ll reach your final destination so long you stay true to yourself and your journey and that you always seek to gain new knowledge that will help propel you forward on this mission.
Querent question: “Should I start my own business?”
Card interpretation: This Queen says “yes, do it”. This sort of challenge is favoured right now, so why hold back? This card, however, does warn that you can’t just enthusiastically jump into things and magically expect them to pay off. The Queen of Wands wants you to learn and then learn some more, become an information sponge, and only then will you have the insight required to bring about a (hopefully) brilliant success with this new venture!
What does the reversed Queen of Wands mean in the Tarot?
The reversed Queen of Wands usually shows up when we’ve bitten off way more than we can chew, and we are becoming overwhelmed because of this! Naturally, this is taking its toll on your mood too and you may find yourself lashing out more and having a rather short fuse.
The reversed Queen is imploring you to seek structure and ways to organise your life and routine once again, you don’t want to put yourself at risk of burning out if you carry on like this. You cannot tame chaos with more chaos, it’s time to gain some structure again to end your near-exhausted state.
When pulled in the reversed position, the Queen of Wands is linked with selfishness, poor self-esteem, temperamental, bitchyness, jealousy, acting like a bully, being overbearing, pushy, and exhausted.
What does the reversed Queen of Wands mean in a love reading?
If you’re in a relationship, then the reversed Queen of Wands may be showing up to point out the negative traits of the individual you are with. Are they hurtful and deceitful? This won’t be someone that treats you kindly, and the Queen is warning you of this, this won’t be someone you want to stay around.
If this doesn’t relate to you, then this card can also mean that you and your partner need to make time to be with one another as there are overall feelings of personal tiredness, and eventually potentially being overworked and overwhelmed, so you need to be checking in with one another to make sure these aspects don’t negatively impact your connection. Commitment’s that are damaged due to tiredness or unnecessary bitchiness deserve better.
If you’re single, the reversed Queen can be here as a warning to let you know that somebody embodying the Queen’s poorest traits could be showing up, someone with a rotten temper and prone to jealousy – so just be mindful when you’re meeting new people.
However, it could also mean that you aren’t ready to face the dating world yet and that’s because you don’t currently have the self-esteem necessary to do so. Your confidence may be at an all-time low and you’re hesitating and holding yourself back from putting yourself out there to meet someone.
What does the inverted Queen of Wands mean in a career reading?
Have you perhaps taken on too much at work and now you’re failing to get stuff done? You may be feeling like a failure because of this, and this has resulted in you losing quite a lot of motivation with your job in general.
It may be time to seek help from those around you to gain support in getting back on track and getting things completed! You may also be feeling like you have no love or passion for your job at the moment. You also may be having to do stuff that you aren’t really enjoying and/or facing challenges that you are struggling with and overall, you’re just feel worn out because of it all.
What does the upside-down Queen of Wands mean in a health reading?
With regards to parenthood and fertility, unfortunately, this card isn’t a great omen as it can suggest issues surrounding this area – it’s best to seek professional help with this one.
But if this doesn’t relate to you, then the reversed Queen of Wands can also represent that you’ll be having little to no energy, and that your health is going to be negatively impacted unfortunately.
In conclusion, the Queen of Wands tarot card is a powerful symbol of confidence, passion, determination, optimism energy, charisma, organising and taking control of your life, efficiency, and independence. When this card appears in your reading, it is often a sign that you will be taking on a leadership role, or that you will be entering a period of increased creativity and passion in your life. It can also indicate that you will be facing challenges and competition and that you will need to be assertive and confident in order to succeed.
Despite its association with mysticism and occultism, the tarot has grown to become much more than a simple “fortune-telling” tool. For many tarot practitioners, it is a complex system made of symbolic imagery and psychological considerations (Jungian archetypes for example) that can be used for self-exploration, meditation, and personal transformation.
The 56 lesser arcana cards relate to the day-to-day events of our lives, the more mundane aspects of our existence. Even though that part of the tarot is about the “smaller picture”, it symbolizes the constant choices we make that shape our lives, our characters, and ultimately our destinies.
Have you ever had a reading where the Queen Of Wands appeared? What was the outcome? What does that card mean to you personally? How do you interpret this card in your own tarot practice?
Share your thoughts and experiences with me in the comments below. Additionally, If you want to know more about the different tarot cards, feel free to check out my complete list of all 78 tarot cards and their meanings.
Written by Amy
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