Please keep in mind that this is just a brief overview of each card. Every card has an endless depth of meanings. You never actually stop learning about tarot and the card meanings, you just build up your knowledge. This article is just a starting point for beginners or a quick review for regular tarot users.

✧ The Wands ✧

Element: Fire | Duality: Masculine

The Wands are the fire suit of the Minor Arcana. It represents harnessing willpower, determination, innovation, creativity, and movement. It consists of ten cards (ace/one-ten) and four Court cards, the Page, Knight, Queen, and King. Sometimes the names change but the principal is the same. For example, Page to Princess or Daughter and Knight to Prince or Son or Queen to Mother and King to Father.

| Ace of Wands |

Upright:
  • unity
  • optimism
  • wholeness
Inverted:
  • difficulty focusing
  • anxiety
  • misunderstandings

Meaning: New beginnings and the possibility for change and transformation

Other cards to look out for:

| Two of Wands |

Upright:
  • diversity
  • progress
  • growth
Inverted:
  • wasteful destruction
  • obsession
  • restlessness

Meaning: Realisation and progress of the new beginnings of the first card

Other cards to look out for:

| Three of Wands |

Upright:
  • foresight
  • expansion
  • progress
Inverted:
  • lack of foresight
  • unexpected delays
  • impulsiveness

Meaning: Committing to a plan and seeing to opportunities it holds

Other cards to look out for:

| Four of Wands |

Upright:
  • harmony
  • celebration
  • relaxation
Inverted:
  • unhappy families
  • cancelled events
  • leaving home

Meaning: Achieving an important goal and celebrating before continuing your journey

Other cards to look out for: If this card appears with the Two of Cups, Ten of Cups, the Hierophant, or the Lovers, this can indicate a wedding in the future. The Justice card appearing with this card can suggest a civil union or "courthouse wedding".

| Five of Wands |

Upright:
  • conflict
  • tension
  • disagreement
Inverted:
  • avoidance
  • risk
  • inner conflict

Meaning: Conflict and rising tensions

Other cards to look out for:

| Six of Wands |

Upright:
  • ambition
  • progress
  • success
Inverted:
  • ego
  • personal success
  • individual achievements

Meaning: Recognising an achievement and good fortune

Other cards to look out for:

| Seven of Wands |

Upright:
  • challenge
  • competition
  • defense
Inverted:
  • exhaustion
  • giving up
  • overwhelm

Meaning: Defensiveness for an unknown or unclear reason

Other cards to look out for:

| Eight of Wands |

Upright:
  • self-understanding
  • change
  • momentum
Inverted:
  • slowness
  • lack of progress
  • delays

Meaning: Fast paced movement towards a goal

Other cards to look out for: If this card appears with any Page, a message will play a key role in the situation or critical news will soon arrive

| Nine of Wands |

Upright:
  • persistence
  • effort
  • resilience
Inverted:
  • struggle
  • inner strength
  • overwhelm

Meaning: Preparing for the next challenge

Other cards to look out for:

| Ten of Wands |

Upright:
  • hard work
  • burden
  • responsibility
Inverted:
  • delegation
  • completion
  • release

Meaning: Carrying a large burden my yourself

Other cards to look out for:

| Page of Wands |

Upright:
  • discovery
  • free spirit
  • ideas
Inverted:
  • re-channeling energy
  • new ideas
  • self-doubt

Meaning: A person that is energised by passion, determination, and inspiration

Other cards to look out for:

| Knight of Wands |

Upright:
  • adventure
  • energy
  • inspired action
Inverted:
  • delays
  • frustration
  • scattered thoughts

Meaning: A person that takes action based on passion, determination, and inspiration

Other cards to look out for:

| Queen of Wands |

Upright:
  • courage
  • independence
  • self-confidence
Inverted:
  • sense of self
  • self-respect
  • demanding

Meaning: A person that encourages other people's passion, determination, and inspiration

Other cards to look out for:

| King of Wands |

Upright:
  • authority
  • vision
  • honour
Inverted:
  • impulsiveness
  • demanding
  • ruthlessness

Meaning: A person that's motivated by passion, determination, and inspiration

Other cards to look out for: If this card appears with the Magician, something momentous and unexpected will likely happen, especially if accompanied by any Ace, Two, or the Tower.

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