The Queen gets a bad rap. Let’s clear that up.
When I sit in the Anointing Temple with people, The Queen often takes the most explanation, or even convincing. She’s one of the most difficult Archetypes to understand because of the many versions of queen in our culture. The associations we have for queen span the spectrum: they “have it made”, they are wealthy and have lots of help, they are special, worshiped, revered, lucky. On the other hand, they are bossy, bitchy, tyrannical, cold, inaccessible and cruel.
Where does the medicine lie with all of these connotations? Resonating with The Queen as an archetypal ally can be tricky to decipher.
I see the The Queen archetype as the divine manifest-er. She has the special ability to manifest heart-centered visions into reality. Yes, she “gets to” have the vision and be at it’s center while helpers buzz around. She also shoulders all the burdens of the vision. She must stay at it’s center, never taking her eyes off the plan, never wavering.
This is a mixed bag, for sure.
Summer is The Queen’s season. The sun is at it’s highest place in the sky, as if in a thrown. Everything is in production. This is a physical time of year. Things are happening. We are not planning, dreaming, resting, nesting, or wondering. We are doing. It’s on.
Whatever you dreamed six months ago, in the velvet-y dark of Winter Solstice, is happening. The seeds you sowed have sprouted, maybe in neat rows, maybe all over the place. Maybe your harvest is well timed, maybe you have a shitload of zucchini all at once. Either way, this is your manifestation! Let me say “well done”, Queen.
So now what?
Now you take stock. Look at how things are going. Really look.
Where do you need help? Get it.
What’s not going so well? Nourish it or compost it, decide.
Where is there abundance? Appreciate it and use it as fuel, save some for later.
What’s coming at you in a week? a month? three months? Prepare.
Why are you doing any of this? Ask your heart.
We Queens are tired right now. It’s been a long climb up to this vantage point. But we can’t rest quite yet. We can’t put this vision down.
You can’t climb in the hammock and let the zucchini harvest itself.
You must tap into your heart for strength. You must ask for help. You must take only the finest nourishment (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual). You must not waver.
Because the world is made of manifested visions. If we Queens are wasting our time on bullshit in any form, we are off our game. This is why Queens seem bitchy and bossy, because they must be discerning about how to spend their energy.
I blend The Queen anointing oil with Rose otto, to keep The Queen’s heart at the forefront of her work. I also use Geranium, because of it’s affinity for the breast tissue, a metaphor for The Queen’s capacity to nourish tender things. And Ginger, which I think of as “grounded fire”, to keep The Queen’s vision rooted and stable, and her heart warm with passion.
The Medicine of The Queen is:
birthing, planning, commitment, vision, leadership, confidence, nourishing, centered-ness, courage, heart strength, endurance, and grounded-ness .
I wish you a beautiful season of The Queen.
May the two of you walk together in harmony.
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Katie Vie aligns people with their purpose using scent and symbolism. She creates the river island apothecary Archetype Anointing Collection as tools for personal alignment. Her eZine, The Posh Priestess Packet, is published 8 times a year in conjunction with seasonal shifts. Visit riverislandapothecary.com and sign up to receive your FREE copy.