Queen of Staves

 

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Queen of Staves

Planetary: Saturn (Above) / Jupiter (Below)

Diamond Path: Binah, Understanding (Above) / Chesed, Benevolence (Below)

Geomantic Figure: Fortuna Major

Tetragram: Water (Above) / Fire (Below)

 

Keywords: Bitchiness, Material Power, Enlightenment, Vanity, Trust, Lucid Conception, Order

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Melancholoy, Debauch, Rage, Blind Vengeance

 

Interpretations

Historical: Usually depicted as a strong and well dressed, even armored woman with a crown on her head. She is enthroned and may be accompanied by a cat. She will have a rod or scepter.

In the Pierpont Morgan-Bergamo Visconti-Sforza pack she is wearing a gown with the Visconti heraldry of a bird emanating a blaze of rays and a bird’s nest.

In the Etteila she is referred to as Passion des Richesses, (reversed – Obstacles), the Queen of Batons.

The French born Mary of Anjou aka Argine (Regina) is the historical Queen of Clubs, powerful, strong willed, intelligent, ambitious, aggressive, ruthless and charismatic. She was the wife of the English King Henry VI and is depicted in the Shakespearean play of the same name as carrying around a severed head of one of her lovers, the Duke of Suffolk in mourning after his death. She may be called the Queen of Staves in old decks, and in newer decks it is popular to call her the Queen of Wands.

Golden Dawn: Called The Queen of Wands, Queen of the Thrones of Flame, The Queen of Wands card corresponds to the zodiacals Pisces and Aries along with the constellation Andromeda and places at Sephira #3 (Binah) in the Golden Dawn system.

Dressed in a red cloak and armor, the Queen of Wands will be accompanied by a feline of some kind.  She is meant to appear strong and authoritative, and flames should be present near her in any traditional Golden Dawn pack.

Thoth: In the THOTH pack the queen appears assuming and regal, but her face is complacent. Crowned with the winged disk and the vesica she is accompanied by the leopard, symbol of the dark lord and wild feminine. The staff she carries is the same found in many Roman mystery cults, topped with an acorn. Flames are everywhere and the background features projective geometry.

Despite the fair imagery, Crowley cannot stop criticizing her of course. In his words he vastly underestimates her power and covers it with all sorts of petty remarks so that we get a very unfair and incorrect picture of her. It’s almost inevitable in his book, called The Tarot of the Egyptians.

Crowley will begin by throwing out some general attributions for the girls, and then a barrage of criticism begins. She doesn’t take a shower, she smells like poop, and she is a bitch, and she is this and that. Since one cannot do anything about Crowley’s terrible upbringing under his horrible mother it just needs to be tolerated, but it does get oppressive after a while.

 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: Moving from Chesed to Yesod on the Hidden Diamond, the Queen of Staves’ path notably blocks access to Netzach, Victory. This is a hallmark of Venus who rules Victory in War. Jupiter in the above and Luna in the below signifies the power of expansion, especially of the technological kind. Advanced societies such as spacefarers or ones which create new kinds of life in harmony with Ain Soph Aur or the Paramatman are where this Queen will be most at home. In all other more primitive societies she will be at war. She is resourceful and a great leader. As a general she has no superior. She will utilize many different styles of attack depending on the battle, and she has many allies, both hidden and known.

She will not be seen at rest very often, as her tetragram signifies. The auspicious Heaven in the below, Earth above,  is constantly churning and generating creative energy and luck. The geomantic figure resembles a goblet, reminiscent of a graal, a magickal cup which grants the bearer strength and immortality. Perfectly suited to the magickal psychosexual legend cycle of Anahita-Mithra, where the goddess is eternally renewing the god.

The Scene: Water of Fire, Anahita is a major figure in the ancient Achaemenidean (Persian) state religion.  This comprised modern day Iraq, Iran, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the Balkans, Pakistan and Afghanistan. She serves a very similar in function to that of Ishtar, a Sumerian and Semitic war goddess of the fertile crescent. Anahita is depicted as bringing together two lions, just like Ishtar/Inanna. Zoroaster, the founder of Zoroastrianism, was struck by a vision of Anahita rising from the waters, flanked by two red lions with blazing blue eyes. As the standard setter by which royalty and empire was built, Anahita’s importance to kings and generals, especially in the might Persian empire, could not be overstated. Like the Morrigan she decides the fate of armies, but she was also equated with Aesclepius, and was a healer. Her consort was Mithra, the god of contracts, who was also self created from her. She is considered to be a virgin goddess, second to Ahura Mazda and first before Mithra. Israel also adopted her worship as Anath, and the Sumerian Nanna, goddess of fresh waters could also be equated with her iconography. She influenced the iconography of the Virgin Mary of the Romans and one of her epithets is “Anahita, the Immaculate Virgin Mother of the Lord Mithras”. Mithraism, of the Roman Empire, certainly was consumed by the Catholic Church, ritual and all, with an untidy attempt to cover up this cannibalism.

The parallels to Crowley’s Thelemic Goddess, Babalon, are accidental on the part of the artist, but they are still parallel. Even the geomantic figure modernized in its form by m1thr0s resembles the Graal. Her pale vampiric skin blushed with purple and the blood red elements of the incense, lion, carpet and rippled texture of the columns of the ruins of the great Anahita temple, resembling the vaginal canal with its full moon egg are all in perfect harmony with virgin-whore Babalon’s attributions.

In Nippon, purple and red have been identified as the most sacred and auspicious set of colors to attire females in and in the traditional Budo schools such as the Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu tradition the female ninja is supposed to attire herself in a purple gi with a red belt.

Significant Revisions/Additions:

Geomantic: Called Fortuna Major (Latin for *the Greater Fortune*) in its medieval interpretation, the correct Elemental association should define it as a (Mature) Feminine/Creative character corresponding to the qabbalistic Atziluth (Emanation) in the Four Celestial (or Elemental) Worlds.

Jungian Type:  Rationals Class / INTJ (Mastermind) Type

Efficiency and independent thought are qualities the INTJ strongly value. They prefer the company of intelligent people who share their views of theoretical models. They are calm and reserved, but care deeply about their close relationships and have a need for a harmonious environment.  They are adept at creatively formulating complex theory and analyzing data, and have a need to share this ability and their discoveries with the world.