THE QUEEN OF THE THRONES OF AIRThe Queen of Swords – Queen of the Sylphs & Sylphides.WATER of AIR
Meditation pattern: Place 10 of Disks, 2 of Swords, and 3 of Swords side-by-side, with the Queen of Swords above them. Below the two Swords, place Atu VIII, Adjustment.
Traditional Description: A graceful woman with wavy, curling hair, like a Queen seated upon a throne and crowned. Beneath the throne are gray cumulus clouds. Her general attire is as that of the Queen of Wands; but she wears, as a crest, a winged child’s head. A drawn sword in one hand, and in the other a large, bearded, newly severed head of a man.
HEH of VAV (WATER of AIR): The watery characteristics of Air are its currents and flow, not the unyielding temper of the sword’s steel. Heh of Vav represents Neshamah functioning in the mental world of Yetzirah. She is hunches and insights more than hard fact. She has no shortage of conviction, nor lack of precision, but is perceptive of pattern more than particulars. When heeded, she represents the willingness of the egoic intellect to respond to hunches and intuition.
In her hand is a man’s severed head: she is the “Liberator of the Mind,” ensuring that intellect responds to higher governance rather than signals from the body. The same symbol paints her as a “black widow” and suggests the phrase, “I’ll have his head;” for her aspect is severe when warranted. She represents alienation and isolation (the “division hither homeward” of Liber L. 3:2). Hers is the painful separation inherent in Swords, feeling “cut off” from all else. In
her, this cuts more deeply, for h, the Mother principle, is our soul’s native experience of oneness. This idea corresponds to one of the decanates with which she is associated, the second decanate of Libra, ruled by Saturn and called SORROW. (She rules from 20° Virgo to 20°Libra.) It reflects her primary loss, and the grief and bereavement thereof. She also corresponds to the first Libra decanate, ruled by the Moon and titled PEACE. A contrast must be made, however, between this and the third Libra decanate, of which she has no part, called “Truce”: There is no truce in her, though there is compromise. That is, distinctive views can be brought into harmony by the effect of Heh
on the plane of mental dialectic, but their differences will not be whitewashed nor set aside.
By her relationship to Libra in general, she is equated to Maat, and to the “woman girt with a sword” (Liber L., 3:11). The Scarlet Woman – Binah, Neshamah, Heh– must, in this present stage of humanity’s growth “take up her sword.” That is, intellect, increasingly, must become a tool in the hand of Neshamah. Lamed , corresponding to Libra, means “to teach,” and its teaching is through consequences of our thoughts, words, and other deeds – the benevolent, faithful, and invariable instruction of karma on which we must learn to rely as one important means of admitting
the consciousness of Heh into our very human intellectual and reactive minds.
She also partakes of the last decanate of Virgo, ruled by Mercury and called WEALTH; yet this is her shadow, her nemesis. Hers is not the way of the finished product. The child she nurtures is a work in progress. Hers is not the practical management of completed affairs but, rather, the ongoing brainstorming of creative solution. The potential is always in her, the possibility of simply autocratically administering “what’s so” as a fait accompli; but in this, she becomes more Sword and less Queen. She loses her timeless perspective.In divination
, the character is intensely perceptive, keen in observation, intuitive, subtle, quick, precise, and confident; often persevering, accurate in superficial things; compromising and adaptable, yet without being abdicating; graceful, fond of dancing; yet sorrowful and alone. (May indicate a widow). If ill-dignified: cruel, severe, autocratic, alienated, grieving, alone; sly, deceitful, stubborn, unreliable, though with a good exterior.
"To advance—that means Work. Patient, exhausting, thankless, often bewildering Work. Dear sister, if you would but Work! Work blindly, foolishly, misguidedly, it doesn’t matter in the end: Work in itself has absolute virtue." -Magick Without Tears