The Tarot Card Suit of Wands is one of the four suits of the Minor Arcana
The Minor Arcana are believed by some to be of even more ancient origin than the Major Arcana of Tarot Cards.
The four suits of the Minor Arcana: Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles—also correspond with IHVH and the four elements, being:
The Suit of Wands is connected to Fire
The Suit of Cups is connected to Water
The Suit of Swords is connected to Air
The Suit of Pentacles is connected to Earth
Each suit is made up of cards numbered from ace to ten, and the four Court cards: King, Queen, Knight, and Page.
– The Suit of Wands –
The wands are made up of cards numbered from Ace – Ten, and the 4 Court cards: King, Queen, Knight, and Page.
The suit of Wands is connected to Fire
This suit indicates animation and enterprise, energy and growth. The wands depicted in the cards are always in leaf, suggesting the constant renewal of life and growth. The associations are with the world of ideas, also with creation in all its forms, including agriculture.
The salamander is the animal associated with Wands.
Ace of Wands
Inspiration. Initiative. Passion. Creativity.
Vision. Positive energy.
Planting seeds. Birth.
Sexuality. Identity. Attraction.
Upright Meaning: Beginning of an enterprise, invention, or the beginning of a family.
Perhaps the beginning of a journey, an adventure, an escapade.
Reversed Meaning: Canceling of new enterprise, journey deferred, clouded joy, false starts.
Two of Wands
Planning. Setting goals.
Making decisions. Foresight.
path. Travel. Overseas connections.
Courage. Following your instincts.
Upright Meaning: Boldness, courage in embarking on an enterprise. The employment of scientific methods. Influence over another. Kindness and generosity—yet a proud and unforgiving nature.
Reversed Meaning: Restlessness, obstinacy, fear, physical suffering. The good beginning has turned against
Three of Wands
Expansion. Anticipation. Optimistic.
Expecting a good outcome. Exploration.
Visionary. Broadening your horizons.
Upright Meaning: Realization of hope, established strength, nobility, wealth, power. Caution against pride and arrogance. Partnership. Help will be offered by a successful merchant.
Reversed Meaning: Beware of help offered. Wealth may slip away. There may be treachery and disappointment.
Four of Wands
Celebration. Home. Awards. Team effort.
Achievement. Marriage. Reaching a goal.
Joy. Happiness. Freedom. Socialising.
Upright Meaning: Perfected work; rest after labor. Peace, prosperity, harmony. Romance, a coming marriage.
Reversed Meaning: Though the meaning remains the same, there will not be quite the same fullness of peace, prosperity, and success.
Five of Wands
Five of Wands ~ Teamwork. Struggles.
Obstacles. Competitiveness. Disagreements.
Controlling behaviour. Effort. Difficult
situation. Setbacks. Frustration. Defensive.
Upright Meaning: Violent strife, rashness, competition. In the battle of life, boldness changes things for the better. Obstacles. Lawsuit.
Reversed Meaning: Generosity. New business opportunities. Victory after surmounting obstacles.
Six of Wands
Victory. Admiration. Pride.
Acclaim. Confidence. Praise. Gratified.
Promoted. Recognition. Rewards.
Success. Triumph. Superior.
Inflated ego. Self-absorbed.
Upright Meaning: Good news. Victory after strife.
Pleasure gained through labor. Success through industry.
Advancement in the arts and sciences. Friends are helpful.
Reversed Meaning: Rewards are delayed. Insolence of the victorious. Watch for successful enemy.
Seven of Wands
Seven of Wands ~ Challenges. Threat.
Defiance. Courage. Assertiveness.
Obstacles to overcome. Making a stand. Persistence.
Defensive. Strength against adversaries.
Upright Meaning: Victory through courage. Success against opposition. The Querent has the position of advantage. Competition in business or trade. Certain success.
Reversed Meaning: Ignorance, pretense. The Querent is threatened. Caution against indecision.
Eight of Wands
Communication. Travel. Intense energy shift.
Movement. Incoming information.
Developments unfolding. Momentum.
Upright Meaning: Great haste, great hope, too rapid advancement. That which is on the move. Hasty communication. Messages, letters of love. Approach to a goal. Journey by air.
Reversed Meaning: Delay, stagnation in business or affairs of the heart. Arrows of jealousy.
Nine of Wands
Wounded. Anxious. Burnt out. Defensive. Last
reserves of strength. Guilt. Cautious. Hurt.
Persistence. Preparedness. Safeguarding.
Upright Meaning: The pause in a struggle. Preparedness, strength in reserve. Eventual victory but steady force must be applied. Obstinacy, strength, power, health.
Reversed Meaning: Weakness, ill health, adversity, displeasure, obstacles to be overcome.
Ten of Wands
Workload. Heavy burden.
Stress. Hard work and effort. Determination.
Resentment. Unsupported. Struggle. Too much
responsibility. Difficulties. Lighten the load.
Upright Meaning: Courage, beauty. A nature sudden in love or anger. Desire for power; enthusiasm. A messenger or postman.
A bearer of tidings. If this card appears in a spread next to one representing a man, there will be favorable testimony concerning him.
Reversed Meaning: Cruel, unstable, domineering. If you are a woman, he may break your heart. Announcing bad news.
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Page of Wands
Inspiration. New path.
Travel. Adventure. Ideas. Creativity.
Networking. New information. Proactive. New
ideas. Courage. Enthusiastic. Youthful.
Upright Meaning: A young man, possibly a warrior, filled with energy. He can be a generous friend or lover, but is also likely to be cruel and brutal. He is hasty in all he does. May also mean change of residence, emigration, quick departure. Knights in a spread may also mean the coming or going of a matter.
Reversed Meaning: The would-be lover turns jealous, creates conflict. Discord, frustration, lack of energy. Work interfered with.
Knight of Wands
Change in direction.
Taking action. Flight. Travel. Moving- house.
Impulsive. Adventurous. Flirtatious.
Unpredictable. Unstable. Swiftness.
Upright Meaning: She has great power to attract that which she wants, and is fruitful in mind and body. Loving nature and her home, she is practical with money and sound in her business judgments. If she does not represent a woman, then she represents these qualities: success in undertakings; love of home and growing things; kindness and generosity.
Reversed Meaning: Domineering, obstinate, revengeful; likely to turn suddenly against another without cause. If married, she could be unfaithful.
Queen of Wands
Queen of Wands ~ Passionate. Entrepreneur.
Organised. Intuitive. Creative. Inspirational.
Supportive. Helpful. Fiery. Sexual. Attractive.
Warm. Friendly. Busy. Good management.
Upright Meaning: Handsome and passionate, he is agile in mind and body. A country gentleman, generally married. Loyal and noble, he comes of good family. Sometimes he is too hasty. If no man seems to be involved in the spread of cards, you will find these traits: honesty, friendliness, passion. The card may mean unexpected heritage; a good marriage.
Reversed Meaning: Intolerant, prejudiced, ill-natured. High-principled to a fault. Severe and ruthless.
King of Wands
Leader. Charismatic. Dramatic. Confident.
Enthusiastic. Entrepreneurial. Business. Career.
Management. Egotistical. Sexual.
Upright Meaning: The beginning of great love. Joy, contentment. Productiveness, fertility. Beauty and pleasure.
A reminder that when the mind is filled with Spirit, the Spirit will fill the material cup
Reversed Meaning: False love. Clouded joy. Instability. Hesitancy to nurture love.
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