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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Princess of Wands

This is my least favourite card in the lovely Spiral Tarot by Kay Steventon. Why did she have to put Pete's dragon on the card? Oh well, as I've said many times, there's always at least one clunker in every deck. According to the LWB, the baby dragon and the girl look on in wonder as the wand sprouts a new leaf.

Other than the dragon, it's a pretty card. I like the girl's sunflower dress and the leaves on what looks rather like a river of fire. All in all, it's a good card. (Shame about the dragon, though. I'd have liked it better if there were perhaps a curly little salamander by her bare foot.)

'The character of the Princess [of Wands] is extremely individual,' writes Aleister Crowley. 'She is brilliant and daring. She creates her own beauty by her essential vigour and energy. The force of her character imposes the impression of beauty upon the beholder. In anger or love, she is sudden, violent, and implacable. She consumes all that comes into her sphere. She is ambitious, aspiring, full of enthusiasm which is often irrational. She never forgets an injury, and the only quality of patience found in her is the patience with which she lies in ambush to avenge.'

LOL. Good old Uncle Al. Always looking on the bright side.

The Princesses in Spiral Tarot are not nearly as conniving and mature as Crowley's descriptions. They are all little girls, and I feel they represent a pure, immature, fresh manifestation of the energy that springs to life in the aces.

So there.

She reminds me to look for new growth and activity in my life, however small.


  1. Yeah, I much prefer your take to Crowley's. I could see what he wrote applying more to the Queen of Wands, ill aspected. Not to the innocent enthusiasm of the Princess! :)