Learn to Read Tarot Cards _ The Suit of Wands
The Suit of Wands: An Overview/Brief intro
Each of the suits consists of 14 cards. Ace – ten and then four court cards. Just like we did with the Major Arcana I’m going to do a brief overview here and eventually we’ll get into ever card in more detail.
When an abundance of the suit of wands appear within a spread it indicates a lot of planning, the initial stages of an event, something taking form or ideas that are being formulated and beginning to take shape. Wands are the suit of new beginnings, fresh starts, initiative. They speak of ideas, concepts, planning and initiating change.
Wands are the element of Fire and represent passions, motivation, feeling compelled to do something. In abundance they can tend to indicate a need to take action on ones goals or to carry through with ones plans. The ideas and motivation are there but perhaps not the action to back it up.
Below is a chart with brief descriptions of each of the Wands cards.
- Card: Ace of Wands
- Simple Interpretation: Ace’s speak of new beginnings and fresh starts, each ace represents a season – in this case the Ace of Wands represents the season of Spring, where all that was silent/dormant springs forth into life again. It is a card with great enthusiasm and indicates a thumbs up to an idea, a sudden burst of creative energy.
- Card: Two of Wands
- Simple Interpretation: Potential, having the whole world in ones hands. Gaining a higher perspective and recognizing all ones options, not limiting oneself. A choice between two paths and both show signs of promise.
- Card: Three of Wands
- Simple Interpretation: Embarking on a new journey, moving into the new and unknown, uncertain of one’s path but hopeful, stepping out into a new world, faith building – taking a chance.
- Card: Four of Wands
- Simple Interpretation: celebrations, coming of age, ceremonies like weddings/graduations – rights of passage. A new venture that leads to celebration. Can also indicate a delay in progress but eventually it turns out positive.
- Card: Five of Wands
- Simple Interpretation: Inner conflict, turmoil, possible conflict or confrontations in the workplace or family, a need for compromise, a need for more clarity or to get clear on what ones true goal is. battles between heart/head
- Card: Six of Wands
- Simple Interpretation: Independence, marching to the beat of one’s own drummer. Learning to act on your own sense of what’s right rather than the opinions of others. Trusting your judgment, courage to be uniquely you! Sometimes going against the grain or rebelliousness.
- Card: Seven of Wands
- Simple Interpretation: Defensiveness, approaching things with skepticism or distrust, too many things coming at you all at once. Feeling defensive or maybe even a bit hostile. Inner conflict and anxiety.
- Card: Eight of Wands
- Simple Interpretation: abundance of energy flying, need for more direction or a clear cut goal. A lot of ideas and enthusiasm but perhaps not enough planning or solidity. a need to harness and better direct ones creative force.
- Card: Nine of Wands
- Simple Interpretation: A battle has been fought and it’s not clear yet who’s won. Feeling a bit battered and not in the mood for any further demands on your time/patience. Recovery from past challenge before taking on a new direction. A need to work on trust issues or feelings of abandonment.
- Card: Ten of Wands
- Simple Interpretation: Carrying a heavy burden, multiple responsibilities, a need for rest, biting off more than you can chew. Too many irons in the fire and a need to let go of some of the issues weighing on you. An “uphill battle” or path that will be too difficult if not impossible to succeed at.
- Card: Page of Wands
- Simple Interpretation: youthful, enthusiastic, learning and gaining experience. This card speaks of the desire to break into a new field or learn something new. Personality traits: kind, humorous, sometimes a trickster, charming, driven.
- Card: Knight of Wands
- Simple Interpretation: Sudden changes that bring about a new way of life or new direction to pursue. Sudden inspirations or ideas a compulsion to initiate much-needed changes. Personality traits: impulsive, fast on their feet, tenacious, sometimes boisterous or overly enthusiastic, persuasive.
- Card: Queen of Wands
- Simple Interpretation: Generosity, graciousness, a good hostess, good sense of humor, someone who loves to serve others. Creativity and logic combined. Personality traits: good sense of humor, gregarious, warm, generous, a good story teller.
- Card: King of Wands
- Simple Interpretation: Strong ideas and a winning attitude. Taking charge of creating a new destiny, good business sense, plans/construction – putting ideas to good use. Personality traits: Boisterous, jolly, attention seeking, sometimes a bit egocentric, sarcastic.