thank you, yes, every little piece is helping me with this card.
I don't know if this will be helpful to anyone, but I had a strong, immediate emotional connection to this card.
My own mother is very much a Queen of Wands type -- charming, vivacious, and strong-willed. Ever since I started reading tarot, I have associated my mother with the Queen of Wands, and no matter what description I read in any book, it fits her to a T.
To see this card, with the mama snake guarding her babies, was healing and moving for me, because despite my mother's flaws (narcissism for one), she has always been there for her children when it counts. This card reminded me of a whole host of positive attributes in my mother that I had lost sight of. The fire, stubbornness and selfishness of the Queen of Wands can be an asset when it comes to protecting her own.
That said, she is definitely not a traditional "motherly" type as depicted by, say, the Queen of Pentacles.
I love the depth this deck adds to my study of tarot and I really treasure this card.