Good morning and Welcome! to the Scales of Ma’at for 23 June 2015: the Queen of Wands and VII the Chariot. (Today’s deck is *The Wickwillow Tarot* by Hal Weeks. Other than the cards being regrettably too small, a restraint imposed upon the author, the cards are wonderfully expressive. Very Colorful. No markings on the face [“XI” or “Justice”, for example] yet the cards are all instantly recognizable. Fun deck!) Today’s Scales is going to be on the order of “I’ll take it plain, no mustard, and no ketchup. I’m in a hurry!” –short, The Queen of Wands is my kind of woman, except that I married a Queen of Cups-kind of gal. Nevertheless, “historically” I have always had strong Wand women in life, all Fire signs, and all very much their own persons. As a result, I barely comprehend wishy-washy or uncertain women; they strike me as unfinished and unable to participate in Life. At any rate, here’s our rundown on the Queen of Wands today: (Queen of the thrones of flame) Binah in the Tree of Life Astrology: 21° Pisces to 20° Aries. Element and world: The waters in the Fire of Atziluth. Tree of Life: Binah. “Personifying the waters in the element of Fire, the Queen of Wands has a similar basis as the Knight of Cups, combining opposing elements when neither of the contrasts can overcome the other, thus having an unstable balance between them. As a queen, she is the mother of her element, the emotion and the sensitivity, thus having her attributes of love, understanding and sympathy, her abilities to form and create, spending trust and warmth. The fiery character provides pride, passion, inspiration and powerful independence, her charisma, strength and expansiveness. Due to the imbalance in her character, the Queen of Wands can easily shift to her dark side, becoming a hot-tempered, revengeful fury, domineering and possessive, taking the tiniest bit as a reason to bear a grudge for years. She never forgets and never forgives, and as easily her fiery temper makes her forget own mistakes, so deeply her watery depths can cause her to ponder long and broad about the mistakes of others. Missing the stability of earth and the logic of air, tolerance and self-control never were her best disciplines.” (Raven) Her Drive is: Motion and transformation; her Light is: Independence, honor, spiritual visons, passion, adaptability and her Shadow is: Intolerance, despotism, jealousy, reckless passion. Our VII the Chariot is as follows: The Path of Cheth 18 in the Tree of Life. Mars in connection with Sun or Mercury; Mars as symbol of enforcement combines with Sun as symbol for will or Mercury as the symbol of the way (the swift messenger.) Zodiac: Cancer. Tree of life: The way from Binah to Geburah. Element: Water. Number: 7 as the number of earthly and divine harmony (3+4), destiny, motion. The Chariot stands for combined powers, ready to move forward. “It represents the dynamic principle and the human will to proceed, the ability to use the powers of life and keep the outer and inner balance. The Chariot shows a strong will, a strong personality, and at its best, victory and success. But it also is a symbol for controversial power, for contradictions that are not solved, but just controlled. In this, the trump also warns of overestimation and recklessness. With every new venture or beginning one should check carefully whether the desired goal is compatible with one's life and inner self. Additionally, the Chariot is a symbol for the armor we build up when moving forward in the process of self-assertion. It also alludes to the danger that we might mix this armor with our actual personality. So a negative aspect of the Chariot might involve understanding that the way of armed power isn't always the right one, which the controversial power inside may to be reconciled with one other, and not just controlled and suppressed.” (Raven) His Drive is: The will to conquer, courage, victory. His Light is: The awakening of powers, the way ahead, searching and finding one's place in life, and his Shadow is: Megalomania, insensitivity, running against walls. All of this taken together, right off the top of my head, tells me to beware about being railroaded into something I don’t really want to do today, by that Queen of Wands. As I said before, I am a “mark” for such dames. So, if need be, I need to be ready to fire back today, and give Queenie some hot lead right in the pump (cheap gangster dialogue seems to impose itself.) At the very least, she can take her scheme and try to sell it elsewhere, I’m not buying into schemes today, thank you. In order to move through life triumphantly, my chariot has to crush a few garlands thrown along the way.