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Wands

About the Suit of Wands

ELEMENT: FIRE DIRECTION: SOUTH SEASON: SPRING

GENERAL KEYS: AMBITION, ENTERPRISE, ENERGY, GROWTH, CREATION, ACTION, PASSION, CREATIVITY, FAITH

Note: While some of this material was taken from our experience and early training, much of this material was sourced directly from “The Tarot” by Eden Gray ISBN: 0553277529 and “The Enchanted Tarot” by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber. ISBN: 0312050798. Meanings are divinatory (for use as general guideline in interpretation in a reading) and do not provide the mythical or general background behind each major arcana card.

 

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ACE OF WANDS

Keyword: Initiation, inspiration, power, creation, beginnings

Creation, invention, enterprise, the powers which result in these; principle, beginning, source; birth, family, origin; the beginning of enterprises; according to another account, money, fortune, inheritance. New things starting. New growth. Beginning of an enterprise, invention or beginning of a family. Perhaps beginning a journey, an adventure or an escapade. At this moment, you feel alive, creative and passionate. If you don’t accept this instant when it arrives, it may be lost. Use your instincts during this time of impulse and enthusiasm. It is time to initiate new projects. Do not question your power to do so. Go by your first impression and do not second guess yourself.

Rev. Take stock, have a second look. Canceling of a new enterprise, journey deferred, clouded joy, false starts, miscarriage. Fall, decadence, ruin, perdition, to perish; also –not unclouded joy.

2. TWO OF WANDS

Keyword: Planning, decision, negotiation, obstacles

Between the alternative readings there is no marriage possible; on the one hand, riches, fortune, magnificence; on the other, physical suffering, disease, chagrin, sadness, mortification. Sign of achievement in business and plans. Boldness, courage in embarking on an enterprise. The employment of scientific methods. Influence over another. Kindness and generosity, yet a proud and unforgiving nature. You have become established and independent. Because you are now in a position of decision-making power, the fears that you have experienced in the past no longer hold sway. This is a time to map out your plans before you are forced to return to the day to day reality of working out the details. You can be a master of all you survey.

Rev. Foundations laid may not bring desired results. Restlessness, obstinacy, fear, physical suffering. The good beginning has turned against you. Surprise, wonder, enchantment, emotion, trouble, fear

3. THREE OF WANDS

Keyword: Opportunity, preparation, group energy, fate, luck, successful enterprise

Symbolizes established strength, enterprise, effort, trade, commerce, discovery. Someone is willing to give you assistance. Partnership or cooperation is possible. Realization of hope, established strength, nobility, wealth, power. Caution against pride and arrogance. Partnership. Help will be offered by a successful merchant. Adopt an attitude that allows you to see directly as a child and look for playmates or soul mates for collaboration in a happy enterprise. Let this moment of openness be joined with practicality and find others who, in union, will each add specific skills for a successful conclusion to a shared venture. Now is the time to sow the seeds of future harvests. Effort spent today will produce the desired results tomorrow.

Rev. Talents, skills, efforts being wasted. New direction needed. Beware of help offered. Wealth may slip away. There may be treachery and disappointment. The end of troubles, suspension or cessation of adversity, toil and disappointment.

4. FOUR OF WANDS

Keyword: Completion, celebration, harmony, marriage, holiday, relaxation

Country life, repose, concord, harmony, prosperity, peace, and the perfected work of these. Harmony, peace and satisfaction. Perfected work; rest after labour. Peace, prosperity. Romance; a coming marriage. Enjoy the satisfaction of a job well-done. Your labours have not only created a strong foundation, but the hard work done to meet your obligations and the effort required to produce your best have resulted in an optimistic, proud and thankful celebration. Can also speak to someone who has talent with words, a good writer.

Rev. Positive improvement. You are well on your way to achievement. Meaning is essentially the same as upright position, but not quite the same fullness of peace, prosperity and success. The meaning remains unaltered; it is prosperity, increase, felicity, beauty, embellishment.

5. FIVE OF WANDS

Keyword: Competition, collaboration, irritation, confusion, strife

Imitation, the strenuous competition and struggle of the search after riches and fortune. Some say it is a card of gold, gain, opulence. Nearly there! Opposing energies create agitation. Violent strife, rashness, competition. In battle of life, boldness changes things for the better. Obstacles, lawsuits. In this world of competition and conflicting views, stand up for yourself and your ideas. Refuse to be a victim. But, in a frustrating situation, try to be creative instead of restrictive. The struggle should be fair and representative of all points of view. If your sense of self is strongly defined and manifested, do not let this deny others a forum for their own ideas. Also, do not fail to express your own ideas with clarity and logic. Can represent someone who is good at organizing, sorting things out, filing, someone who knows how to work with people, one at a time.

Rev. Litigation, disputes, trickery, contradiction. Harmony and sense of peace prevail. Generosity. New business opportunities. Victory after surmounting obstacles.

6. SIX OF WANDS

Keyword: Victory, recognition, progress, excellent news – often by mail

It can cover several significations; on the surface, it is a victor triumphing, it is also great news; it is expectation crowned with its own desire, the crown of hope, and so forth. Have faith – you can win. Good news. Victory after strife. Pleasure gained through labour. Success through industry. Advancement in arts/sciences. Friends are helpful. Victory is approaching. Have faith that you will win. The spotlight is upon you. Accept this time of recognition and growth as you have triumphed in a difficult situation. Things will work out favourably if you persevere in a time of crisis. Remember to use this victory to make a firm foundation on which to build future successes. Include those who have been of help to you in your celebration.

Rev. Apprehension, fear, as of a victorious enemy at the gate, treachery, disloyalty, as of gates being opened to the enemy, etc. Unable to get it together. Things don’t gel. Rewards are delayed. Insolence of the victorious. Watch for successful enemy.

7. SEVEN OF WANDS

Keyword: Courage, challenge, good results, valor

A card of valour. On the intellectual plane, it signifies discussion, wordy strife; in business –negotiations, war of trade, barter, competition. It is further a card of success. You are blessed with inner strength. You can accomplish your goal. Victory through courage. Success against opposition. The querant/client has position of advantage. Competition in business or trade. Certain success. You are challenged to stand by your beliefs and values. Don’t be afraid to personally defend what must be defended. Only by being assertive will you win the day. Trust your judgment and intuition and believe that, even if the situation looks forbidding and difficult, you will know how to handle it. Remember that the difference between heroic and cowardly behaviour is that a hero or heroine goes forward in spite of fear. Do not allow yourself to be overwhelmed by the bigger picture, take things one step at a time, do what is in front of you to do.

Rev. Plumb your own depths and feel strength within. Ignorance, pretense. The client is threatened. Caution against indecision. Perplexity, embarrassments, anxiety

8. EIGHT OF WANDS

Keyword: Signals, passion, speed, flight, activation

Activity in undertakings, the path of such activity, swiftness; great haste, great hope, speed towards an end with promises assured felicity; generally, that which is on the move; also the arrows of love. Acceleration in your affairs. Movement. News coming in. 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. Do it and do it now! Action is demanded if the things you wish for are to be attained. Initiate communication first and the answering messages will come back to you. Make that call. Act on that new idea. The time is right to respond to the needs of the moment in the most direct way possible. Messages of love and romance are highlighted. Perhaps it’s time to tell someone you love them. Have patience with the constraints, don’t push against the obstacles, allow the appropirate time to pass and you will be free to move forward with your plans.

Rev. Apprehension creates insecurity. Delay, stagnation in business or affairs of the heart. Jealousy. Arrows of jealousy, internal dispute, stinging of conscience, quarrels.

9. NINE OF WANDS

Keyword: Discipline, courage, persistence, advantage, stability

Signifies strength in opposition. If attacked, he will meet the onslaught boldly. With this main significance there is delay, suspension, adjournment. You are able to maintain control of your interests. Use discretion in forthcoming adventure. The pause in a struggle. Preparedness and strength in reserve. Eventual victory but steady force must be applied. Obstinacy, strength, power, health. You must gather and maintain great strength in reserve. Prepare to defend your position even if it’s unpopular with those you respect. You may have to bide your time, but you must stay faithful to your purpose. Apply techniques of strict, military like discipline to the development of your strength of will, character and body because the time of challenge approaches. Remember to temper your strength with the knowledge that it is used to meet a challenge. Endurance. Winning the war, having lost a few battles, scarred, but victorious in the end.

Rev. Lack of initiative and application. Weakness, ill health, adversity, displeasure, obstacles to overcome. Obstacles, adversity, calamity

10. TEN OF WANDS

Keyword: Oppression, burden, accomplishment, stress, excess activity

A card of many significances, some of the readings cannot be harmonised. It is oppression simply, but also fortune, gain, any kind of success of these things. Also a card of false seeming, disguise, perfidy. The place which the figure is approaching may suffer from the rods that he carries. Success is stultified if the Nine of Swords follows, and if it is a question of a law-suit, there will be certain loss. You’ve been under pressure and have experienced many changes in life. Plant the new seeds now. Force and energy applied to selfish ends. Power unwisely used. Carrying the burden of ill-regulated power. Also, here is a refining test by fire; the heart tried by pain. Problem soon to be solved. When you’ve over committed yourself, everything becomes a strain. The resulting fatigue leaves you unable to express your thoughts and feeling drained of power. Take time to think through your predicament if you are lucky enough to be able to do so. Watch your step. Define your real goals stripped of all extraneous distractions. In this way, tensions will be released and your limited energies put to their best use. Be willing to apply yourself and to work hard and you can achieve your goals.

Rev. Talents, abilities, skills etc. used in wrong way. Intrigues, separation, emigration. If a lawsuit is pending, there will be some loss. Contrarieties, difficulties, intrigues, and their analogies.

PAGE OF WANDS (Sometimes known as Princess of Wands) (Sagittarius)

Keyword: Young Woman or Child; Ambition, enthusiasm, pure intention, helpful information

Dark young man, faithful, a lover, an envoy, a postman. Beside a man, he will bear favourable testimony concerning him. A dangerous rival, if followed by the Page of Cups. Have the chief qualities of his suit. Indication of a message from a near relative or close friend. 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 the spread next to one representing a man, there will be favourable testimony concerning him. An opportunity may be coming your way. You must balance your need to be rash or impulsive and impetuous with the necessity of acting in a mature, steady manner. Wild at times and easily fired up, this card awakens us to the enthusiastic and spontaneous side of life. Pages can also mean children energy or energy of a young woman. This card can often represent an achievement of some small financial goal, the opportunity to reward oneself, the purchase of something stylish.

Rev. Receiving information from a young person. Could be bad news, but not necessarily. Cruel, unstable, domineering. If you are a woman, he may break your heart. Announcing bad news. Anecdotes, announcements, evil news. Also indecision and the instability which accompanies it.

KNIGHT OF WANDS (Sometimes known as Prince of Wands)

Keyword: Young Man, Excitement, surprise, energy, flexible intuition, adventure

Departure, absence, flight, emigration. A dark young man, friendly. Change of residence. Young man can create vibrations that call for sudden decisions or change in life. Young man filled with energy, possibly a warrior. Can be a generous friend or lover, but also can be cruel and brutal. Hasty in all he does. Can also mean a change of residence, emigration, quick departures – or an embarrassing moment. Knights can mean the coming or going of a matter. Change of residence or change of job. In making this move, you will meet someone who sparks a creative urge. This will be an opportunity to expand your effectiveness in the world through courage and endurance. Original thinking will be a strong asset. Be careful not to boast too much about your successes.

Rev. You feel restricted by minor disputes. Young man possible cause. The would be lover turns jealous, creates conflict. Discord, frustration, lack of energy. Work interfered with. Rupture, division, interruption, discord.

QUEEN OF WANDS (Leo)

Keyword: Mature Woman, Exuberance, creativity, initiatory self, inspiration

A dark woman, countrywoman, friendly, chaste, loving, honourable. If the card beside her signifies a man, she is well disposed towards him; if a woman, she is interested in the Querent. Also, love of money. A woman who has an attractive personality and draws people to her. Power to attract what she wants and is fruitful in mind and body. Loving nature and loves her home. Practical with money and sound business judgment. Someone who has some interest or talent in the arts, particularly the performing arts. If not a woman, then she represents these qualities: success in undertakings, love of home and growing things; kindness and generosity. Act in a manner of an authoritative and self-assured person who knows how to initiate action. Prepare to be inspired in the near future. You need to be involved in a creative project that will hold your steady attention. You are prone to bouts of anger and intensity but can be just as generous and radiantly charismatic as long as your self-expression is not opposed.

Rev. A woman rather narrow-minded. Often takes domineering approach. Obstinate, vengeful; likely to turn against another without cause. If married, could be unfaithful. Good, economical, obliging, serviceable. Also signifies opposition, jealousy, even deceit and infidelity.

KING OF WANDS (Aries)

Keyword: Mature Man, Leadership, entrepreneur, conscious self, honour

Dark man, friendly, countryman, generally married, honest and conscientious. A man, secure in business or profession. Strong and generous, can be impulsive, selfish, self-centered. Handsome, passionate, agile in mind and body. A country gentleman, generally married. Loyal and noble, comes from good family. Sometimes hasty. If not a man, then qualities of honesty, friendliness, passion. Unexpected heritage, good marriage, focus on the future, commitment to plans. You are developing the art of taking action where power and pride are concerned. Don’t rush impulsively and you will be able to simultaneously handle many situations. Adopt a warm and confident approach and go forward as a decisive leader.

Rev. A man inclined to be strict and intolerant in manner (or you are). May be opposing you. Intolerant, prejudiced, ill-natured. Highly principled to a fault. Severe and ruthless. Good, but severe; austere, yet tolerant.

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