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The Wands represent energy, inspiration, leadership and achievement. This page features the suit of Wands, from Ace to King. Scroll down to see each card. Click on the card to view a larger image.

Ace of Wands

The Aces represent beginnings, and the Wands represent inspiration and mental energy. This card in particular represents new ideas and plans. Traditionally, creation, invention, energy, birth, adventure.

The Ace of Wands Tarot Card


Postponements, deferrals, cancellations. Difficulties getting started. Loss of work or social contacts. Perhaps the time is not right to start that new project. Lack of energy.

Two of Wands

Choosing well and following the chosen path. Though hard work will always be necessary, achievement of success is likely.

The Two of Wands Tarot Card


Unable to choose the best path. Indecision and uncertainty. As a result, success may not come anytime soon.

Three of Wands

The ideas and energy of the Wands are taking tangible form. The wheels of enterprise are in motion. The entrepreneur watches his ships full of merchandise sail off on what he hopes will be a successful voyage. Travel may be required to bring the operation to fruition. Traditionally, trade, negotiations, enterprise, travel, audaciousness. Cooperation in business.

The Three of Wands Tarot Card


Delays or interruptions. Problems making the plans work. Difficulties with the voyage. Lack of cooperation from others. Expected rewards may not be forthcoming, or may require exceptional efforts. Traditional meanings include distrust, misfortune and treachery, but also the end of trouble and toil. Be on guard for partners with ulterior motives.

Four of Wands

Success. Rewards for one’s hard work. A good harvest after a long season of caring for the crops. Celebrations. Fairs. Harvest festivals. Time to relax and enjoy the company of friends and loved ones. And also to give thanks. There may be partnerships in formation, business or personal. Sometimes thought to suggest martimony. A good first step toward a prosperous life. Traditionally, community, reunion, gatherings, relaxation, prosperity.

The Four of Wands Tarot Card


Not very different from upright, but something may be missing. Perhaps the subject does not quite appreciate what they have achieved, or the blessings they have been given. Perhaps they are not quite yet ready for partnership or marriage. Traditionally, pleasure, advancement, beauty, but the pleasure is hollow and the beauty is tarnished. This card is known as a good omen for recovery from illness and for healthy childbirth.

Five of Wands

Competition. Contention. Struggle. Others will not just stand aside. The lesson of the Five of Wands is that it is necessary to deal with competitors to achieve success. Learn to work with the opposition for mutual benefit, or strive to rise to the top. Be open to the ideas of others, but also alert to their self interests. Maintain self-control and avoid anger. The traditional meanings suggest victory in this struggle: gain, riches, abundance, happy marriage.

The Five of Wands Tarot Card


Walking away from opportunity to avoid the struggle. Fear of competition. Alternatively, litigation, dispute and trickery by the opposition are likely if the contest continues. Traditionally, lawsuits, fraud, persecution, harassment, delays. But a favorable outcome is suggested if one stays in the game.

Six of Wands

The Victory Card. The Six of Wands celebrates overcoming previous challenges, and also suggests that future victories are coming soon. Study the card and note that the horseman is surrounded by his troops. This is not only a card of personal victory, it is a card of team victory. The leader has achieved his success with the help of his followers, and without teamwork, it would not have been possible. Traditionally, good news, hope, desires, expectations, fulfillment.

The Six of Wands Tarot Card


The opposite. Victory is not forthcoming. Likely due to dissension or disloyalty on the team. Problems working together with subordinates. Distrust. Disharmony. Betrayal. The leader perhaps makes his followers feel that he thinks he is above them, causing resentment. A warning to appreciate the efforts of those working with you, and find to a way to let them know that you do.

Seven of Wands

After achieving success, it will be necessary to fight to stay on top. The subject’s dominating position helps assure their ultimate victory, but only if they continue to make their best efforts. The Seven of Wands speaks particularly of the business world, but might also have implications for sport or other competitive endeavors. Traditionally, commerce, conferences, gossip, profit, advantage, competition.

The Seven of Wands Tarot Card


Defensiveness. Withdrawal into fortifications. Fearful or lacking the energy to continue the competition. Possibly losing composure or poise in the face of contention. Traditionally, indecision, embarrassment, doubt, anxiety.

Eight of Wands

The pace quickens. The Eight of Wands has been called the Arrows of Love. Perhaps the subject is, or soon will be, in a new, exciting relationship. Perhaps new business ideas are fueling excitement and productivity. High speed travel is possible, perhaps a journey by air. Utilize the energy and enjoy the ride, but avoid carelessness. Traditionally, activity, swiftness, haste, great hope, progress, direction, new love.

The Eight of Wands Tarot Card


Arrows of Love become arrows of jealousy. Arguments, disharmony. Delays. Setbacks. Things may be stalled, or alternatively, the frantic pace was too much and mistakes resulted. The new ideas may not have been so good after all. Traditionally, Internal dispute. The sting of conscience. Quarrels, discord, regret. Be wary of meddlers or outsiders that may cause marital strife.

Nine of Wands

Anticipation. Suspension. Possibly hidden enemies. This warrior has come a long way, overcoming many challenges. He is on the verge of completing his quest. But he knows he must pause, perhaps from exhaustion, perhaps to protect himself from danger. He has the tools and the skills to defend himself, if necessary. The real danger that he faces is accepting less than he has earned. The Nine of Wands teaches us that we must see the quest through to it’s conclusion. Finish what has been started. Traditionally, delay, estrangement, adjournment, prudence, experience.

The Nine of Wands Tarot Card


The position may be indefensible. The warrior may be too tired to continue. Perhaps the necessary will or energy is lacking. Surrender or abandonment may be the only apparent options. It might be time to find help, or if none is forthcoming, withdraw from the engagement as prudently as possible. When looking at health issues, the Nine of Wands could suggest mild but chronic illness that saps energy. Traditionally, obstacles, adversity, calamity, barriers, sluggishness.

Ten of Wands

The burden may be too great. Great achievements have been made, but the job is not getting any easier and weariness may be setting in. Perhaps it is time to take a breather for a while. But don’t give up. Persistence and determination will bring success. Traditionally, betrayal, oppression, gain, fortune.

The Ten of Wands Tarot Card


The opposite of working too hard. Irresponsibility. Broken promises. Lack of dedication. Traditionally, treachery, intrigue, difficulty, unexpected problems.

Page of Wands

A message. News of the new and exciting. The Page of Wands, also known as the Princess of Wands, suggests enthusiasm and zeal. When representing a person, this card likely means a youth with vigor and ambition, working hard to achieve a goal. It also speaks of excitement and dedication for projects or hobbies. Traditionally, surprising, exciting, consistent, faithful and helpful.

The Page of Wands Tarot Card


Pretty much the opposite of the upright aspect. Bad news. Lack of interest or rejection of new projects. Unwilling to help others. Prone to tantrums and rashness. Delinquency. Traditionally, unstable, inconsistent, unfaithful.

Knight of Wands

Bold, passionate, spontaneous. The Knight of Wands is a fiery force in relationships. He begins new projects with excitement and creativity. But follow-through is his shortcoming. He is easily bored and prone to move on before things are finished. Although a loyal friend, he is not inclined to relinquish the variety and excitement he craves for a permanent engagement. As with all the Knights, a symbol of travel, suggesting long trips overland by highway. Traditionally, flight, separation, distance, abandonment, emigration.

The Knight of Wands Tarot Card


The reversed Knight of Wands is not outwardly so different from the upright. But he is of lower character, at least for the present. Still bold and spontaneous, but more prone to bully or abuse. Egotistical, impatient, thoughtless and uncaring. Traditionally, estrangement, division, rupture, strife. Possibly car problems or other negative issues affecting travel. Whether upright or reversed, the Knight of Wands suggests departure. Enjoy the glow while you can, he may not be around very long.

Queen of Wands

Creative. Passionate. Bold. Confident. Determined and energetic, but charming. A natural leader. The Queen of Wands’ characteristics often lead to the performing arts. She could be the entertainment director on a cruise ship, perhaps a movie star or an advertising executive. Independent and courageous, she is likely to firmly reject any efforts to rein her in, as her black cat warns. But she is also a loving, loyal mother and partner. Her passion for achievement may sometimes lead her to become a bit more involved in her children’s affairs than she needs to be. Traditionally, friendly, honorable, charming, understanding, a lover of money who is likely to succeed in business.

The Queen of Wands Tarot Card


Spitefulness. Intolerance. The reversed Queen of Wands presents a couple of possibilities. Most commonly, her fire and boldness are exaggerated, while her compassion and loyalty are diminished. This queen may be impatient, jealous, cruel and vengeful. She may be short tempered and think nothing of using her substantial resources to exact unjustly severe revenge for some minor slight. If she is angry at her partner, she may punish him with infidelity. In some cases, however, her energy may simply be drained and she could become withdrawn and unable to sustain her usual workload. Traditionally, the meanings are dependent on the card’s position in the layout, and swing from obliging and economical to deceit, jealousy and infidelity.

King of Wands

The King of Wands is a natural leader who has no doubt that he is in charge. Courageous, charismatic, generous. His ambition drives him ever onward toward greater achievements. His confidence, energy and enthusiasm infect those around him. He greatly enjoys social events and is a loyal friend. As a parent, he is more likely to lead his children by influence and inspiration than with discipline. He enjoys starting new projects, but does not always finish up. Traditionally, honesty, integrity, talent, genius.

The King of Wands Tarot Card


The reversed King of Wands can be intolerant, impatient, overbearing and domineering. He may be childish, selfish, short tempered or jealous. He might lash out at those he believes are not paying him enough respect. Another facet of this reversal may be the King’s abdication. Perhaps the responsibilities of leadership are more than he can handle. If looking at health related issues, pay attention to circulatory problems and be cautious to avoid head injuries. Traditionally, excess, exaggeration, severity.

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