This card represents a woman over the age of 35 with a lot of fire (Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius) in her chart. This could also be a man in touch with his feminine side. Inversions often show an imbalance in an element, in this case, fire.
This woman has internalized her fire. She is angry. She may have been slighted or humiliated. This can manifest as catty, pushy, malicious, or passive-aggressive behavior. She might be out to get whatever she can sexually, which is a means to regain lost power.
She does not need to be aggressive. She might become the dutiful and self-sacrificing wife and mother, who has burned out putting everyone’s needs before her own. If either of these sounds like you, where is your real power? Did you gave it away or was it stolen from you? Answering these questions may or may not require the guidance of someone outside of your current community. Once you know what you lost, you are on the path to reclaiming it. If you feel the need to reclaim it through violence, you probably need to find a different community. Regaining true power can be a long and difficult process. Once it’s yours again, you will able to move mountains.
The Suit — Rods, Wands, Staves, or Clubs
The Rod is a tool with a spark of life in it. This suit is associated with the element of fire, due largely to an ancient belief that fire is held captive in wood. Certainly, sensitive souls can feel the energy of wood, but we don’t expect it to combust on its own. When we refer to this suit as Wands, we acknowledge its power. Rods are creative and fiery. They can also feel like a burden in excess.
Rank — Queen
Traditionally, queens represent women over the age of 35. Energetically, the queens represent a wise and nurturing ally or formidable enemy. Queens may indicate a period of inner growth.
There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:
- Blocked or Resisted
- Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
- Inner, Unconscious, Private
- New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
- Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
- The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
- Misused or Misdirected
- The Upright Meaning Backward
- A Rectification or Cure
- Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous