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The Queen of Wands in Tarot and How to Read It

Andrea has a background in Myers-Briggs and Western astrology. She mostly writes about relationships.

The Queen of Wands is a charismatic woman who knows how to engage with others. Her enthusiasm allows her to open all kinds of doors to opportunities.

The Queen of Wands is a charismatic woman who knows how to engage with others. Her enthusiasm allows her to open all kinds of doors to opportunities.

How to Read the Queen of Wands Tarot

The Queen of Wands combines the properties of fire and water. The Suit of Wands is associated with fire, while all Queen cards are associated with water.

The court cards combine elemental properties. The numbered cards are strictly about the element their suit represents.

Court cards have the following elemental associations:

  • Pages = Earth
  • Knights = Fire
  • Queens = Water
  • Kings = Air

The card represents a woman who is lively and warm to others. She wants people to feel reassured. She goes to places that are fun, exciting, and trendy. The back of her throne doesn't have a top; this indicates endless possibilities and opportunities.

Card Alignments


Charisma, potential, self-aware, career-oriented, hard worker, independent, thoughtful, vivacious, passionate, enthusiastic, happiness, attraction, healthy self-esteem, extroversion.


Jealously, deceit, infidelity, manipulative, cunning, impulsive, instinctive, moody, brash, arrogance, overly sassy, insufferable, over-the-top, mean-spirited, super stressed, introversion, self-respect, inner healing, studying thoughts.

The Queen of Wands is a summoner of beasts. She calls ferocious creatures like lions to her side. She also summons cats who are cunning, picky, and intuitive.

The Queen of Wands is a summoner of beasts. She calls ferocious creatures like lions to her side. She also summons cats who are cunning, picky, and intuitive.

Card Description

In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the Queen of Wands shows a woman sitting on a throne. The throne has lions on the back. Lions are associated with the element of fire and the astrological sign Leo.

The Queen wears a golden outfit, a color that's associated with Leo. Deserts are often depicted on wand cards. This was the same landscape for the Page and Knight of Wands. Deserts are associated with spiritual awakenings (places where you find inspiration). The Suit of Wands court cards all have magical powers. For example, the Page of Wands wields the Staff of Power, and the Knight of Wands wields a sword of flames. The Queen of Wands can summon creatures with her staff, particularly cats. She can also heal people with the staff.

The rocks near her throne indicate toughness, resilience, and independence. The Queen of Wands welcomes the Suit of Pentacles into her inner room. She believes in physical manifestation.

There are symbols related to Leo all over this card. The Queen of Wands pairs well with The Sun card, another Leo-based card. Here are some of the other connections to Leo in the card:

  • The Queen has a lion pendant clasping her cape.
  • She holds a sunflower, which represents happiness, fertility, and sunshine. When young, sunflowers track the sun in the sky.
  • The Sun is the ruling planet of Leo.

There is a black cat at her feet. The cat is associated with luck, whether bad or good. The cat represents the Queen's subconscious, and the lions represent her conscious. The calm nature of all the cats (small and large) shows she has mastered her impulses. She is self-aware and knows how to follow her instincts.

The cats also indicate that she is nurturing. She knows how to comfort animals and people who are non-verbal, and she doesn't require words to communicate.

Black cats are also associated with intuition. This means that the Queen can read between the lines. She thinks outside the box and gathers information from patterns, not just her senses.

The Queen as a Summoner

The Queen of Wands has the ability to conjure powerful beasts. She is a skilled sorceress because of her enthusiasm and creativity. She can conjure beasts that are meant for healing or destruction.

The Queen summons creatures who are associated with fire, like salamanders, phoenixes, and, yes, lions. She nurtures these beasts and turns them into her guardians.

The Queen as a summoner also relates to fertility. This is a woman who inspires life. She may want to have children or pets. She believes in living creatures, and she wants all of them to have a safe space.

The Suit of Wands cards often relate to battles and conflicts. The Queen of Wands has the power to summon dragons into battle. Game of Thrones fans, the Queen of wands is essentially Daenerys Targaryen.

Tarot Suits













Free will

Physical Manifestation (The Body)




Land Mammals










1, 5, 9

2, 6, 10

3, 7, 11

4, 8, 12











Body Representation

Head, Heart, Thighs

Throat/Neck, Chest, Legs/Shins

Arms & Shoulders, Belly, Ankles

Hands, Root Chakra (Spine Base), Feet

Four Humors

Yellow Bile

Black Bile



Ruling Planets

Mars, Sun, Jupiter

Mercury, Venus, Saturn

Mercury, Venus, Uranus

Moon, Pluto, Neptune

Western Astrology

Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Chinese Zodiac

Dragon, Monkey, Rat

Snake, Rooster, Ox

Horse, Dog, Tiger

Sheep, Pig, Rabbit

Yin and Yang





Court Cards





Poker Equivalents





The Queen of Wands carries a staff for healing and for summoning beasts to her side. She gets to decide whether she'll use her powers for creation or destruction.

The Queen of Wands carries a staff for healing and for summoning beasts to her side. She gets to decide whether she'll use her powers for creation or destruction.

Upright Queen of Wands

The Queen represents an individual's basic instinct. She encourages you to think about the consequences of your actions. She also encourages you to think about what you need to do to get things started.

The Queen abhors a sedentary life. She wants to feel alive and often goes to places that have activity, noise, and energy. You won't find her in a quiet room meditating. She is more likely to dance, run, jump, swim, and bend. She doesn't like to sit still.

She can come across too directly and sometimes hurts people's feelings with her candor. She is spontaneous, independent, and wild. The Queen sometimes needs help finding patience as she has a tendency to do things too quickly or aloofly.

She encourages you to embrace the Sun. Let your heart be open to others. Accept warmth and kindness, and don't be cold and detached. Push a little harder to connect with those around you.

Represents a Feminine Mentor

In a reading, the Queen of Wands is an influential person who inspires the querent's life. The Queen of Wands could represent a teacher, a therapist, or a family member. This woman is supportive and motherly.

The Queen of Wands is a reminder to be courageous. Don't let fear take root, and don't run away from your opponents. This card is a reminder that you can face conflict. To do so, you must channel your best strengths and not let them get blocked by your weaknesses.

Constant Epiphanies

A person who is full of fire has a plethora of ideas running through their brain. This is someone who is highly creative and often spiritual. Stay optimistic that you will eventually arrive at your goal.

Stand up for what you believe. Go toward that which makes your light shine brighter and allow yourself to be moved by your passions and interests.

High Social Intelligence

The Queen is a social butterfly and has a vast network of friendships and connections. She can inspire people to do more than they had ever dared to dream. She is a natural-born leader with striking intelligence. When she walks into a room, people feel more confident. She really makes you think you can achieve what you desire.

The Queen of Wands has a powerful role. She is meant to nurture others and to help them discover their own inner self-confidence. It is her job to inspire others and to keep people enthusiastic.

The Queen of Wands has a powerful role. She is meant to nurture others and to help them discover their own inner self-confidence. It is her job to inspire others and to keep people enthusiastic.

Reversed Queen of Wands

The reversed Queen of Wands can represent someone who is economical, obliging, and service-oriented. However, it may reveal negative qualities like jealously, deceit, and infidelity.

The Queen of Wands in this position can make choices that negatively impact those who are important to her. She sometimes pushes on boundaries and can't control her impulses. She might have a full-blown affair, or she might verbally abuse those around her at the drop of a dime.

If you are struggling with impulses and are being way too hard on others, you may need to work on improving your relationship with yourself. You might be out of alignment with who you really are, and this could put pressure on you.

When you're out of alignment with yourself, it will manifest in curious ways. You might struggle to reach deadlines that usually aren't a problem for you. You might struggle with insomnia or lethargy.

Intimate Knowledge of the Self

The reversed Queen of Wands knows herself on a deep level. She knows her own personal belief system and works hard to know her inner desires. She is self-aware and has her own definition of success.

The Queen of Wands in the upright position expresses extroversion. It encourages gaining knowledge and stimulation through social contact. The Queen of Wands in the reversed position expresses introversion. It encourages gaining knowledge and stimulation through ideas and skills development.

The reversed Queen of Wands can be found in a quiet room meditating. She desires to be with her thoughts and emotions. She wants to have a clear focus on what she truly desires.

The Queen in this position will watch things from the sidelines. She's acting cunningly as she doesn't want people to know everything that's going on in her mind. She is plotting something, and eventually, she may turn upright.

The reversed Queen wants to hear her inner voice. She doesn't like a noisy room that distracts her. She finds value in herself.

Look inward to assess your personal strength. Use your memories as a guide to better understand yourself and what you have been through. Don't let other people's expectations guide you.

The Meaning of the Card in a Love Reading

In a love reading, this card is very sensitive as to whether it's upright or reversed. In the upright position, it describes an extroverted woman. In the reversed position, it describes an introverted woman.

Important Note: A Queen card doesn't necessarily represent a woman. It can represent someone of any gender. Queen cards, of course, often relate to women or femininity.

Upright Card

The upright Queen of Wands identifies a suitor who is magnanimous. She is generous, loving, and forgiving. The woman is electric and constantly has the energy to be on the go. She seems to buzz with a kind of electric excitement.

The Queen of Wands is often career-oriented. They're often driven by success. This Queen wants to prove that she can achieve something meaningful. The woman is nurturing. She wants to raise open-minded and well-adjusted children. She also loves pets and wants to teach them tricks.

This woman has a gigantic social network—more like a social arena. She loves gossip, hanging out with friends, and going places. She doesn't do well sitting and letting her day go by. She wants to make social discoveries.

Reversed Card

The reversed Queen of Wands will have a long list of skills. She likes to sit in a library reading books. She wants her imagination sparked. She has a close-knit group of friends. She wants to develop children who have tight interpersonal relationships and who are empathetic to others. She encourages her children to be quietly ambitious and humble. She is less about competition and more about collaboration. The Queen of Wands upright is more competitive.

The reversed Queen is lovely. Everywhere she goes, she heals people's hearts. She has a way with words, but it's more her listening skills that make her so prized. She has an intense network of memories in her mind, which she uses to guide her decision-making. This person reminds me of Aerith Gainsborough from Final Fantasy 7. (I mean, her name comes from the astrological sign Aries. She wears red and pink clothes. She even carries around a staff. She, in a way, associates with the element of fire.)

A Salacious Affair

The reversed Queen of Wands can also suggest a woman who is cheating on her partner. She has no problems with infidelity and sometimes can't control her impulses. She has many secrets and often betrays those close to her. Her reputation has been soured.

In order to figure out whether this card is about an Aerith Gainsborough type or an affair, you'll need to look at other cards for context.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2021 Andrea Lawrence