The Suit of Wands | Minor Arcana

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The Meaning of Wands in the Minor Arcana

Across tarot decks, wands are also drawn as batons, rods, cudgels, pillars, or even polo sticks, and many associate wands with fire. According to Celtic mythology, there is an Irish god of the sun, named Lugh, who holds a lance; a few historians surmise that the link between wands and fire is Lugh. Additionally, the wand or rod represents the classical Cardinal Virtue of fortitude. That the wand is sometimes depicted as a polo stick may reference the idea that fate hits our souls around like a pinball machine. Overall, this suit has a masculine energy and deals in the extremes of creativity and destruction. 

Wands, associated with the element fire, mean brightness, boldness, and, of course, heat! They represent hot summer and therefore also what goes along with summer: freedom, playfulness, creativity, and adventure. When particles are heated up, they expand, so the wand-fire symbol means expansion and growth. Flowers bloom in the summertime, and the whole world is lit up through prolonged interaction with the sun. Fire is also in charge of the heart which means passion, lifeblood, and the human core. The heart is a muscle that keeps time and rhythm; between beats there are moments of near-death, and so it is that fire navigates both extremes. 

Wands connect to passion, action, and immediate changes and fluctuations enlivened by energy. Motivated by the power of wands, a person gains the energy to seek truth or go on a journey. Or, one could allow oneself to be completely consumed by the fire of wands and then reborn and purified like a Phoneix. Other associations of the wand are the hiking pole, a broom (as in a witch’s broom), and a phallus. Wands connect to a person’s will or desire as well as intuition. The focus here is on taking action and following cues from the body. It is also about unlocking latent, physical energy and removing any obstacles to expression. 

If there is an imbalance of wand-fire energy, a person could have trouble focusing. This could lead to feelings of bewilderment, lack of radiance, somberness and gravity, depression, inability to express oneself, inhibitedness, poor memory, general weakness, and exhausted spirit. A wand is used in casting magical spells, and in order to cast a spell, it is important for the magician to be confident. Many magic rites and ceremonies begin with the spell-caster performing a chant that boosts his or her confidence level. For example, a magician might begin by calling on the power of muses or gods, or by boasting. Some who exhibit a wand-fire imbalance might feel averse to heat or fearful of true expression. They might feel out of touch with their physicality and sensuality.

One cause of such imbalance could be overwhelming focus on mind. Often people are preoccupied with to-do lists and go through each day normalizing a high level of worry and anxiety. In this case, energy is redirected from the heart to the nervous system, and the heart, within the chest, is being ignored. This might give a person a feeling of not being grounded and could also cause headaches. When a person is able to balance and bring focus back to the wand-fire energy, s/he is able to feel more centered. Thought and action combine and fortitude comes from this body-mind harmony.

Ace of Wands

At a Glance

The Ace of Wands is a Minor Arcane Tarot card that deals with a great deal of energy bursting forth with assertion and confidence. This card is all about energy and passion.

If You Drew This Card…

Tarot cards are open to individual interpretation, but the best way to get the most out of them is to consider each image in context with your life and experiences. Insight about your past, present and future can even come from the way you draw the card.

Eight of Wands

At a Glance

The Eight of Wands is a Minor Arcane Tarot card, the meaning of which is best summarized by describing it as a pause or a comma in the long sentence of our lives. Stop, look around, breathe deeply and wait.

If You Drew This Card…

The intricate and ancient images on Tarot cards are open to interpretation. However, you can better understand what each one means to you if it is examined in relation to your life and the direction in which it was drawn.

Five of Wands

At a Glance

The Five of Wands depicts a group of five young people each brandish a stout wand. They stand on uneven ground and each appears to be trying to gain advantage.

If You Drew This Card…

This is an interesting card full of complicated meanings and seeming contradiction. It is sometimes connected to the process of learning and practice. Reflect on these questions to begin exploring the Five of Wands:

Four of Wands

At a Glance

The cheerful scene depicted on the Four of Wands shows two figures in the distance holding up bouquets of flowers. In the foreground we can see four Wands draped with rich floral garlands; a castle or manor can be seen in the distance.

If You Drew This Card…

It is easy to see how this card suggests celebration, merriment, and repose in a comfortable environment. You can reflect on these meanings with these questions:

King of Wands

At a Glance

The King of Wands is a Minor Arcana tarot card that symbolizes power and courage. It often indicates the presentation of a new opportunity or challenge.

If You Drew This Card…

Tarot cards offer a range of meanings to draw insight from. Both negative and positive aspects of each card can resonate with various aspects of your life.

Knight of Wands

At a Glance

The Knight of Wands is a Minor Arcana tarot card that carries a meaning of determination, drive and movement. This often indicates a big change coming up in a person’s life.

If You Drew This Card…

There are many different ways to interpret the meaning of a tarot card. Here is a little insight as to what the Knight of Wands can mean for your life.

Nine of Wands

At a Glance

The Minor Arcana Tarot Card the Nine of Wands has a meaning that is related to bravery. With this card, you may be in store for an important battle, which could have you defending something or standing up to someone.

If You Drew This Card…

During your card reading, there may be several cards in front of you. It’s important to consider the different interpretations depending on the combination you get and the position of each card.

Page of Wands

At a Glance

The Page of Wands is a Minor Arcana tarot card associated with free spirits, change and starting things anew. It is often an indication of the onset of a new idea or change on the horizon.

If You Drew This Card…

Tarot cards have many different meanings, and it is up to you to decide. Here are some ideas for the interpretation of the Page of Wands.

Queen of Wands

At a Glance

The Queen of Wands is a Minor Arcana tarot card representing femininity and independence. Its appearance can often indicate a strong career drive as well as joy and satisfaction.

If You Drew This Card…

Many different meanings are associated with tarot cards, and the meaning is ultimately what you decide. Here are some possible interpretations for the appearance of the Queen of Wands.

Seven of Wands

At a Glance

The Seven of Wands is a Minor Arcane Tarot card that represents valor as well as defensiveness against having fallen in the opinion of others or self.

If You Drew This Card…

There are multiple ways to understand the Tarot images. However, you must look at each image and how it relates to your life and experiences. Different meanings can even be conveyed by how you draw the card.

Six of Wands

At a Glance

A celebratory scene welcomes a rider on horseback. The rider is greeted with laurel wreaths and people in the crowd hold wands aloft.

If You Drew This Card…

Traditionally this card is associated with good news and a victory after a struggle. It suggests being recognized for one’s successes and celebrated with rewards, especially social recognition. Reflecting on the concept of victory and success will help personalize this card’s meaning.

Ten of Wands

At a Glance

The Ten of Wands is a Minor Arcana Tarot card that suggests a burden or too many responsibilities. Seeing this card means you may need to readjust your expectations and commitments.

If You Drew This Card…

If you’re looking for meaning, consider the combinations of cards for a better understanding. Here are some possible interpretations that this card could suggest in your life.

Three of Wands

At a Glance

In this card we see a person standing with their back towards the viewer; they are looking out at distant ships on the sea. The person is standing on a high cliff, holding an upright Wand next to the other two Wands of this card.

If You Drew This Card…

The Three of Wands is closely related to the Two of Wands in terms of meaning; both have to do with expanding vistas and burgeoning curiosity. In this card, the person who began their journey by considering a globe now sees the terrain up close for themselves; this process brings many questions to mind:

Two of Wands

At a Glance

The Two of Wands is a Minor Arcana tarot card that stands for courage and achievement. It often carries a message of new beginnings or a change of lifestyle.

If You Drew This Card…

Tarot cards can be interpreted in many ways, but the key is to examine each image in relationship to your life. Here are some ways this card can provide insight regarding your past, present and future.

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