Tarot for the Modern Reader

Tarot for the Modern Reader

The Suit of Wands

Image of The Ace of Wands cardThe Suit of Wands corresponds to the element of Fire. This is the assignment given by the Order of the Golden Dawn, and as such, corresponds to speed. When a matter of timing is in question, the results will be seen quickly, as in a matter of days to weeks. Fires burn hot and fast, as such is the energy of the Suit of Wands. Similarly, Fire also corresponds to the season of Spring, the first Season, led by the Vernal Equinox in Aries, the Cardinal Fire sign.
The Suit of Wands typically relates to growth, action and forward movement. Consider the corresponding season of Spring, where we begin to see all of the new growth for the coming year. Whereas Cups tend to represent the emotional being, Swords, the mental state and Pentacles the physical world, Wands tend to represent how and when those things happen.
When Wands cards appear, you know that things are HAPPENING. Many link this suit to career; not necessarily the work or the pay, as those would fall under the Pentacles domain, but moreover the concept of pursuing something meaningful, and the drive to attain it. That is the Suit of Wands. Matters of Spirituality are also under the Wands domain.
When we look deeper at the meaning of growth, we see the full spectrum in this suit, from the initial seed, spark, inspiration or idea (which is associated with Wands) to the creativity, drive and determination (also Wands attributes) to see it through to fruition. On the negative side we see arrogance, bad temperaments, lack of direction, inertia, waffling and false starts.
The Suit of Wands corresponds to the playing card suit of Clubs, and you may see this suit also named Rods, Batons, Staves and more in other decks. This does not change the inherent meaning of the cards. As it relates to people, the Wands Court Cards are usually used to represent those with a Fire Sun sign; Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.
Major Arcana Cards that correlate to the Suit of Wands are as follows: The Emperor, Strength, The Wheel of Fortune, Temperance, The Tower and The Sun. In each of these cards you will find Wands energy.

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    Image of The Ace of Wands card

    Ace of Wands

    Keywords: New beginnings, opportunities, creative ideas, seed or spark

    Reverse Keywords: Thumbs down, not now, stalled energy, slow start

    Image of The Two of Wands card

    Two of Wands

    Keywords: Choice, stay or go, contemplating new options

    Reverse Keywords: Difficulty in choice, waffling, unexpected turnaround

    Image of The Three of Wands card

    Three of Wands

    Keywords: New enterprise, international, travel over water,foresight, planning

    Reverse Keywords: Delays, setbacks, no travel, need more planning

    Image of The Four of Wands card

    Four of Wands

    Keywords: Celebrations, homecoming, harmony, marriage, engagement, harvest

    Reverse Keywords: Rites of passage, leaving home, internal celebrations

    Image of The Five of Wands card

    Five of Wands

    Keywords: Conflict, competing ideas, strife, power struggle, contest, banter

    Reverse Keywords: Resolving conflict, synthesis of ideas, working together

    Image of The Six of Wands card

    Six of Wands

    Keywords: Victory, leader, confidence, triumph, conquering hero, advancement

    Reverse Keywords: Fall from grace, no support or recognition, corruption, treachery

    Image of The Seven of Wands card

    Seven of Wands

    Keywords: Hold your ground, defending yourself, take a stand, don't give up

    Reverse Keywords: Embarrassment, paranoid, losing your footing, vacillating

    Image of The Eight of Wands card

    Eight of Wands

    Keywords: Swiftness, messages, travel, falling in love, streamlined

    Reverse Keywords: Delay, mixed messages, hasty, miscommunication, no direction

    Image of The Nine of Wands card

    Nine of Wands

    Keywords: Defensiveness, protection, strength, wariness, old wounds, exhaustion

    Reverse Keywords: Broken down, psychological wounding, isolation, delusional

    Image of The Ten of Wands card

    Ten of Wands

    Keywords: Burdens, overwhelmed, overworked, burnout, pushing too hard

    Reverse Keywords: Delegating responsibilities, laying down of burdens, proliferation

    Image of The Page of Wands card

    Page of Wands

    Keywords: Exciting news, messages, new projects, young energetic person

    Reverse Keywords: Rash behavior, temperamental, childish, feisty, bad news

    Image of The Knight of Wands card

    Knight of Wands

    Keywords: Fast moving, risk taker, enthusiastic, moving forward

    Reverse Keywords: Rash behavior, reckless, thrill seeker, hot-headed

    Image of The Queen of Wands card

    Queen of Wands

    Keywords: Confident, powerful, generous, fun-loving, energetic, sexy

    Reverse Keywords: Vengeful, self-righteous, irrational, temperamental

    Image of The King of Wands card

    King of Wands

    Keywords: A benevolent leader, generous, lead by example, compassionate

    Reverse Keywords: Arrogant, domineering, controlling, bossy, dictator