Today’s card draw from The Wild Unknown Tarot is the Mother of Wands, or traditionally called the Queen of Wands.
I want to start off by providing an important notice, which will be included in all of this series. However, other things that will be included that you can skip to are:
- Card Description
- Considering the Card, where I look at how I would interpret certain imagery used
- Traditional Rider-Waite definition
I only include the latter as a comparison, to show how wandering down your own understanding of images and symbols can bring you to a similar meaning, though along a different path with different experiences. This is to help expand knowledge of the card.
I will not, however, be including the definitions from the guidebook, as that is not the point of this. Also, I don’t have rights to that material.
I started this series because I had read that people struggled with the deck purely because the definitions in the Little White Book were very Rider-Waite-based, and that there wasn’t much wisdom regarding the animals and symbolism chosen.
This series is to help you to decipher the meanings yourselves. I am by no means saying what I have to say about the cards are correct for anyone outside myself. However, I am providing my daily journal entries regarding the deck to act as a guide so that you can begin your own journey.
When I started tarot, I had no idea what to write in my journal, and thus didn’t. Instead I obsessively read and re-read the Little White Book belonging to the Spiral Tarot (which is why today I can completely quote the book). I didn’t trust myself to know the cards, even when I could recite the definitions. I was afraid to put the book down.
To this fear of lack of knowledge, the creator of The Wild Unknown writes:
You do know enough. You’ve been a person on earth every day since you were born. You’ve experienced all the emotions and situations these cards depict. Quiet the naysayer…don’t let it prevent you from sitting down with a friend (or yourself) and using these cards to help talk about what’s going on in your life. It will be positive. It will be radical. You’ll find things start to reveal themselves through the cards that have been hidden away, covered with dust.pp. 10-11, The Wild Unknown Guidebook
Description of the Card
The Mother of Wands shows a snake coiled around her eggs, looking protective. There’s a wand that weaves between her coils and her eggs. The background is red and orange and yellow, consistently pattered for the whole card.
Traditional Card Meaning
The Queen of Wands is a nurturer of passion. Figuratively, this card can represent spending time on your craft, on what is burning inside of you to be released. As a person, the Queen of Wands can represent an individual who is instinctive and nurturing, full of energy and direct, passionate and creative. This person might likewise be even tempered, though call it like it is. Astrologically speaking, they might be a fire sign such as a Sagittarius, Aries, or Leo.
What I derive from the Card itself
The mother of Wands has ideas and passions. She’s not only nurturing, but protecting. She has her nest of eggs that represent the potential waiting to be born into the world.
When Water (the Queens/Mothers) meets Fire (Wands), there is steam, and steam burns in a deeper way. It manages to collect and delve into the pores of the skin and burns the under layer. You don’t mess with steam. Likewise, you don’t mess with a mama snake and her eggs.
But snakes are reptiles, and thus have reptilian brain. This translates to a more automatic and sometimes predatorial brain. But really, it means doing what needs to be done, instinctively, perhaps without forethought.
Thus is the Wands. The energy behind the Wand itself needs the heat of the sun, or the energy of Fire to act. But the element of Water also slows Fire, bringing in the loving, intuitive, nurturing layer, that is more than instinct.
Thus, the Mother of wands is about tending the flame—protecting it, nurturing it, knowing how to raise it, while maintaining focus on the goal of the flame.
About the Deck
The Wild Unknown Tarot is a 2016 Harper One publication, created by Kim Krans. The deck is widely available at most bookstores who carry Tarot cards, but also on Amazon. Kim Krans always wrote The Wild Unknown Guidebook.