Tarot: Wands

Like the suit of swords, different decks will associate the suit of wands with either fire or air.  As said before, I identify it with the element of fire, but you might associate it with air. The suit focuses on creativity and energy.

Ace of Wands

Upright: As all Aces represent beginnings, the Ace of Wands represents motivation and inspiration.  The potential to create is shown in this card, and if it appears in a reading, now’s the time to start your projects.

Reversed: If reversed, then the Ace of Wands represents a lack of motivation.  Something is delaying your creative process or you’re feeling weighed down.  Take a moment away from your projects, it may be exactly what you need.

Two of Wands

Upright: The Two of Wands represents discovery and progress.  When this card appears, it calls for you to start planning your future to ensure success.  Look for new experiences and new adventures, even outside of your comfort zone.

Reversed: When this card shows up reversed, it’s a sign that you should start organizing your long-term goals.  You might be feeling afraid of new adventures, or perhaps you’ve overlooked an important detail while traveling through life.

Three of Wands

Upright: After the foreplanning of the Two of Wands, the Three of Wands indicates that your plan is underway.  It’s a sign to expand your horizons and embrace change as you travel through life.  It’s time to think big and explore the world around you.  This card can also indicate travelling, a fun journey full of new experiences.

Reversed: When this card shows up reversed, it’s a sign that while you’ve started the journey, you’ve hit a snag in the road.  You might be having a hard time putting you plans into action.  In a relationship reading, this is a sign that something is standing in the way of your long-term plans together.  Whether this is a fundamental problem, like one of you wants kids and the other doesn’t, it’s something that needs to be discussed.

Four of Wands

Upright: This card showing up is always a good sign.  Symbolizing celebration, good news, and a stable home life, it’s a perfect time to rejoice.  It could also indicate that you’ve just reached a milestone in a project you’re working on.  It’s a representation of moving past obstacles and past mistakes from one stage to the next.

Reversed: This card symbolizes that there’s disharmony in your home life.  Either there are arguments and dissent in your house, or you’re getting caught up in other people’s problems.  Due to this, you’re starting to feel uncertain about your own relationships and who you can trust.  This card can also represent a period of transition where your life is feeling uncertain.

Five of Wands

Upright: As with the other fives in the deck, the Five of Wands represents conflict and change.  This conflict is keeping you from moving forward; everyone is arguing and no one is listening.  However, this conflict might not be completely bad, and approaching things in a different light may be just want you need to complete your project.  Take time to listen and make sure everyone’s thoughts are heard.

Reversed: When reversed, this card is a sign that you’re avoiding conflict.  You’re pushing tension to the side so you don’t have to deal with it.  It can also be a sign that you’ve worked through your anger, allowing your relationships to heal.

Six of Wands

Upright: After the conflict of the Five of Wands, this card represents success, victory, and public recognition.  You’ve harnessed your strengths and in doing so brought the project you were working on to completion.  This card is telling you to have faith in yourself and keep going, nothing can stop you when you put your mind to it.

Reversed: Negativity abounds when this card is reversed.  It’s a sign that you are doubting yourself, your abilities, and your potential.  You might have recently had a setback or fall from grace that is causing you to question yourself.  Or you might simply be trying to juggle too many things at once.  Whatever the reason is, this card is a sign to pick yourself up and keep going.

Seven of Wands

Upright: The Seven of Wands speaks of challenge, of hardship, but also of perseverance.  You’re about to hit a snag in your road, but you’re not about to let that stop you.  Rather than a fight to the top like in the Five of Wands, this is a fight to stay on top.  Don’t let others get you down, you’ve earned your success and no one can take it from you.

Reversed: If this card shows up reversed, it’s a sign that you’re feeling overwhelmed.  You may feel constantly judged by friends and family on how you live your life and you just want them to leave you alone.  But this card can also be a sign that you’re being too protective.  Those concerned friends might be onto something.

Eight of Wands

Upright: This card is a sign of clear skies after the struggles in the Seven of Wands.  High energy abounds in this card, giving you the momentum to keep pursuing your goal.  Rather than the simple raw energy of the Wands suit, the Eight of Wands is focused in its direction, allowing you to control where it’s spent.

Reversed: While the reversed Eight of Wands still indicates energy towards your goals, you are now met with a series of obstacles blocking your path.  On the other hand, this card may be a sign that you need to slow down in order to not trip or stumble.  Last thing you want to do is run headlong off of a cliff.

Nine of Wands

Upright: Keep your head up, you’re almost there!  That’s what this card says when you draw it in a reading.  You’ve been fighting to finish your goals for a while now and just when you thought you were done, you hit another obstacle.  A part of you just wants to give up, but this card is a sign not to.  Keep going, it’s all downhill from here.

Reversed: If this card shows up reversed, it’s a sign that you might be debating making a long-term commitment.  You’ve made boundaries for yourself, but they’re now trapping you inside them.  This card is a sign not to make assumptions or hasty decisions; think about things before going out to do them.

Ten of Wands

Upright: The ten is the end of the number cards and thus the Ten of Wands is the end of your journey.  Now able to reap the rewards, your struggles are over.  Yet the ten also warns that this victory comes with responsibilities.  While the initial journey is over, you still have to take care of the final product.

Reversed: Like the upright Ten of Wands, the reversed form indicates that you have taken on a burden.  However, while the upright is a burden that is needed, reversed shows that this burden is unnecessary for you to continue holding onto.  Now’s the time to let go so it stops holding you back.

Page of Wands

Upright: A free spirit with a passion for life, the Page of Wands is similar to the Fool.  When this card shows up it’s a sign that you are currently creatively restless.  It’s telling you that you need to be spontaneous, but not reckless, and follow your inspiration.

Reversed: This card reversed is a sign that while you recently started something new, it didn’t go the way you planned for it to go.  You might not be all that eager to start a new project for fear of it turning out the same way.  This card might also indicate an emotionally immature person, who undercuts your enthusiasm and inspiration.

Knight of Wands

Upright: Where the Page of Wands is the spark of inspiration, the Knight of Wands is the drive to follow that inspiration.  The card also holds a small warning that while you might want to rush into everything, remember to keep a realistic eye on your projects.  Don’t get swept away without a paddle to steer yourself.

Reversed: Delays make everyone mad and when this card shows up, you’re stuck and getting pissed.  You might have lost some personal power or being using it in a negative way.This card is also a sign of impulsiveness, impatience, and a lack of foresight.  Take a moment to slow down and reign in the horse.  It’ll do you a world of good.

Queen of Wands

Upright: This card represents a strong female leader who knows what she wants and how to get it.  Highly energetic and almost always busy, she actively inspires others.  A social butterfly, she’s the center of attention and loves being there for people.  Be careful though, the Queen of Wands risks burning herself if she stretches herself too far.

Reversed: When reversed, this card represents manipulation, selfishness, and resentment.  Either you or another is almost always in a bad mood and it’s dragging down those around you.  It may also indicate a loss of confidence in yourself and it’s calling for you to pick yourself back up.

King of Wands

Upright: A visionary and a strong leader, people naturally gravitate towards the King of Wands.  The card represents someone who, once they set a goal, strives towards it.  When this card appears, it’s a sign that there’s an opportunity in front of you, and now is the time to grab it.

Reversed: If reversed, this card is someone who is dominating and rash, making hasty decisions.  This person is ruthless and selfish when it comes to business, not caring about those they step on on their way to the top.  He can also be a sign that you set your goals too high and are now struggling to achieve them.



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