Meaning of Tarot Cards

The Wands

The meaning of tarot cards always vary from suit to suit.  The Wands is the Tarot suit most often connected with issues related to creativity, spirituality and energy.  

When you read these Tarot cards, keep in mind that their Tarot definition can change from the standard tarot card meanings.

The meaning of Tarot cards should  be interpreted differently according to the cards around them in a Tarot spread.  When learning the definition of Tarot cards, look at the cards individually and as part of the Tarot card spreads.

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Ace Of Wands

Upright: Fiery and creativity, the Ace of Wands speaks of energy and ambition.  Ideas are not enough.  It takes hard work and perseverance to take something from a though to reality.  With the Ace of Wands, heady optimism mixed with ambition can make any dream come true.

Reversed: At this time, the urge to change and develop is present but circumstances are delaying progress.  In creative and intuitive matters, blocks and delays lead to impatience.  Sexual and emotion relationships can also be subject to misunderstandings and dysfunction.

Meaning of Tarot Cards Keywords: invention, creation, creativity, birth and transformation, intuition, delays, spiritual blocks, misunderstandings, disappointments, fantasy failed to translate into reality

Two Of Wands

Upright:  Power and success in career matters is often indicated by the Two of Wands.  Productive partnerships may form at this point in time, and many positive relationships may develop at work.  

Two of Wands can also indicate a successful business man or woman who will act as a guide or mentor, working with you towards greater career achievements.  Agreements in business or real estate will make you more money than you expect, and contracts can be easily negotiated.

Reversed:  Partnerships filled with friction and misunderstands can occur when the Two of Wands is reversed.  Delays and miscommunication in legal matters are par for the course.  

Sometimes it is because partners are seeking difference outcomes from their venture; one may want money while the other is searching for creative freedom.  Being inflexible can lead to further misunderstandings.

Meaning of Tarot Cards Keywords: balanced partnerships, productive relationships, work friendships, employment mentors, successful real estate deals, profitable contracts, hollow success, end of partnerships, delays, unexpected expenses, stubbornness and pride

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Three of Wands

Upright: Opportunities are quickly approaching, particularly in the areas of creativity and career. These may be connected to relationships nurtured previously, and are likely ideas you've been pursuing for some time.  

Further growth of your ideas will occur, while some previously developed will start to bear fruit.

Reversed:  Dreams are the starting point for any new venture.  In order to become a reality, they need a combination of hard work and practical planning.  

When success fails at this point, it's usually because of unrealistic expectations and a lack of focussed hard work.  You may have another chance to live this dream later but next time be better prepared with the resources you currently have.  

Meaning of Tarot Cards Keywords: success, manifesting dreams into reality, old contacts, working with the present to create the future, visionary, hard work, need for practical planning, unrealistic expectations, wanting a free ride 

Four of Wands

Upright: Creating a country home, complete with a bountiful harvest waiting to be collected is the perfect visual for the Four of Wands.  This card is about the stability a home provides and the importance that having this security can bring to you.  

When a home is signified by this card, it has been long awaited and will be a nurturing environment filled with love and hope.  The Four of Wands is about building a strong foundation for years of future successes and growth.

Reversed:  Your dreams, especially in terms of having a home, may but put aside for a little while.  It doesn't mean that this dream must be abandoned but rather that there is still some more work for this to be achieved.  

When this card appears reversed, you may be in such a hurry to wrap things up, you don't  realize how many loose ends you're leaving.  The Four of Wans reversed is offering you a brief rest, time to collect yourself before you move forward.  While the impatient part of you is annoyed by this, enjoy it while it lasts.

Meaning of Tarot Cards Keywords: success, manifesting dreams into reality, old contacts, working with the present to create the future, visionary, hard work, need for practical planning, unrealistic expectations, wanting a free ride

Five of Wands

Upright:  Competitive challenges are part of the Five of Wands.  There are struggles and tests which may seem like a game sometimes and a fiery battle at others.  The end result is a better  product or ideas.  

These battles are just part of the process of challenging the old to create the new.  Peaceful sharing of ideas?  No way!  Arguments will be common and it may be hard to hold you temper in check.  Just remember that the Five of Wands has a purpose behind the words.

Reversed:  When the Five of Wands is reversed, legal issues or disputes are likely looming on the horizon. Any resolution to the legal problems will be the result of a lot of negotiation and understanding. 

Internal conflicts will frustrate and it seems there is no easy solution to these problems.  While these trials can seem insurmountable, conclusion may be close at hand.

Meaning of Tarot Cards Keywords: arguments, conflicts, testing circumstances, forging new ideas, creating new products, power struggles, mastering yourself, sharing viewpoints, litigation, court battles, negotiation, inner conflict, anger, possible resolution

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Six of Wands

Upright:  If you've been waiting for good news, the Six of Wands is a sign you'll soon hear it.  A positive card filled with successful energy, the Six of Wands usually relates to business and career matters.  

What you achieve now has required a lot of effort but is well worth it.  Negotiations requiring tact and compromise may have occurred to secure this success.

Reversed:  When the Six of Wands is reversed, don't expect to forge ahead in office affairs.  From trouble to working with others, miscommunication in group projects, and small failures will cause tension for you at work.  

Whether with co-workers or managers, tempers will flare.  The best you can hope for is to keep on until the energies change in your favour.

Meaning of Tarot Cards Keywords: victory, hard won battles at work and in creative endeavours, legal triumphs, good news, success, troubles caused by others, arguements at work, lack of reward at work, unable to move ahead, failure to receive promotion

Seven of Wands

Upright:  When the Seven of wands appears, you are in a time where you are trying to stand up for yourself and what you believe in.  Everything may seem like a major challenge and external energy is working against you.  

You may be at a point where it feels like no one is helping you and it is hard to persevere. The positive news is that you are nearly the end of your struggle and victory may soon be at hand.  The bad new is that you need to muster up your courage and keep fighting the good fight until you win.  

Reversed:  Courage has fled and fear controls you when the Seven of Wands is reversed.  You have tremendous talents and abilities but aren't using them - you're afraid to let yourself shine.  

There may not have been a lot of encouragement to take risks but this is the time for you to support yourself.  If you reach and strive now, there is no limit to what you can achieve.   

Meaning of Tarot Cards Keywords: standing up for yourself, tenacity, struggle, you against the world, faith in future success, fear of failure, insecurity, risk, embracing your talents, encouragement needed

Eight of Wands

Upright: When the Eight of Wands appears, news and opportunities may be arriving faster than you can see.  Whether travel, education or change in career, the Eight of Wands brings expansion and change quickly. 

New horizons that expand your mind are highlighted.  Energy that felt controlled or stilted is now flowing freely along with exciting opportunities.    

Reversed:  Delays, miscommunication and abandoning the need for speed are all part of the Eight of Wands reversed.  It doesn't seem no matter now how well things have been planned, they can and will go awry.  

Now is the time to reassess you choices and think twice before committing to anything.  The delays are beyond your control so remember to stay calm or reschedule to avoid headaches.  

Meaning of Tarot Cards Keywords: expanding horizons, travel, far-off places, news, invitations, education, change in career, increase in social life, freedom, extra energy, hurrying creates mistakes, less speed, delays, miscommunication, cancelled travel plans, strikes, reassess choices

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Nine of Wands

Upright: When the Nine of Wands appears, it is asking you to reach down deep inside yourself and find the energy you need to keep going.  You may  have overcome obstacles including illness, to reach where you are - but you're not quite where you want to be.  

One last push and you'll be on the peak of that mountain.  Remember too that you need success to emanate from within you to reflect what is on the outside.  Sometimes the Nine of Wands says that you don't fully accept of feel comfortable with your successes.  Believe in yourself first, and others will too.

Reversed:  Stress and the need to repair are part of the the Nine of Wands reversed.  This card will appear during times of overwork, when you are feeling like you can't continue.  

Constant stress has burdened your body and mind and you need to take a break.  You might feel driven right now to finish what you started but if you press on, your health will suffer.

Meaning of Tarot Cards Keywords: strength, persistence, inner reserves, prudence, one last challenge, success is in sight. insecurities, doubting your own strength, loss of will, tiredness, metal exhaustion, stress, meditation, delays, overwork

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Ten of Wands

Upright: With the Ten of Wands, you are on the brink of achieving a lifelong dream.  Drive and ambition fuel your passion so all this hard work feels like less of a burden.  Sometimes, all the energy you are pouring into this project may feel to be wasted; you doubt yourself and whether this means enough to you. 

Other times, your ambition may drive you to exclude areas of your life and make your work your sole focus.  Learn to relax and leave work at work; you may feel like this is your calling, but you need a life too.

Reversed:  The responsibilities you shoulder right now with the Ten of Wands reversed are just right.   Instead of feeling burdened, these are welcome responsibilities that reinforce your worth and create strong feelings of drive.  

In an environment of strong workers, you are nurtured and working at your best.  External forces support you and you feel like you are in sync with your job.  Promotions or raises are a likely result of all your hard work.

Meaning of Tarot Cards Keywords: ambition, burden, drive to win, hard work, realization of a dream, vitality, workaholic, overwork, neglecting other areas of life, welcome responsibilities, expansiveness, great work situation, promotion, raises

Page of Wands

Upright:  The Page of Wands can refer to a child or teenager of either sex and usually this card represents a person filled with creative impulses and good ideas. 

Sometimes the excitement of these ideas can be so great, projects fall to the side before completed.  Energy is vibrant and contagious when the Page of Wands appears and can infect everyone around this person.  

Reversed:  When the Page of Wands is reversed, it can be that learning disabilities are stopping the surge of creative ideas from coming through.  

It could be that over-activity is hindering their ability to learn; so much energy making it impossible to focus or stay sitting.  Other recognized disabilities can also interfere.  It is important to resolve these difficulties before frustration outweighs the love of learning.

Meaning of Tarot Cards Keywords:  creative ideas, education, putting plans aside, strong upsurge in energy, hyperactive, learning disabilities, invitations, conversation, delayed trips, problems in business matters.

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Knight of Wands

Upright:  When the Knight of Wands rides into the picture, he symbolizes a friendly, intelligent young man whose drive and ideas will lead him to success one day.  Right now, he has a hard time following anything to completion - how can he be expected to follow just one path when life gives so many options?  

Conventional life is boring and dull and he is driven to look for the next exciting thing.  Most often, the Knight of Wands refers to a younger man or teenager, just learning to spread his wings.  Every so often, he will be an older man with a boyish character, secretly looking for someone to keep him in line (not as attractive as he thinks he is).

Reversed: The Knight of Wands can come into your life almost like a con-man.  He is fast talking and always looking to get what he wants without a thought to anyone else.  

Even when you know this is his character, his charming words and easy smile make him hard to resist.  Don't give him anything you value, whether a possession or your heart.

Meaning of Tarot Cards Keywords:  charming, bright, creative, future prospects, easily distracted, dislike of convention, fear of boredom, bad with follow-through, boyish charmer, fast-talking, selfish, rogue, hard to resist, short trips, activities, social whirlwind, invitations 

King of Wands

Upright: The King of Wands is a energetic mover-and-shaker in the business world whose passion and energy is inspiring.  Fair-minded and with an even personality, the King of Wands uses his humour and strong work ethic to create partnerships and opportunities.  

In his personal life, his love of the outdoors may lead him to live in a country or rural setting.  In love, the King of Wands is a genuine romantic, passionate and honest.  Sometimes, this King's passionate nature can lead him astray, making him fun and charming but ultimately unavailable.  Falling in love with him could be pleasurable but is not for the person who wants a commitment.

Reversed:  When the King of Wands is reversed, his fiery nature is self-centred and impatient.  Still a master of the boardroom, he is driven by greed that is not controlled by ethics; he will step on anyone to get to the top.  

Personally, his broad interests and lust for life make him a fun and fascinating partner.  Only for the short term though!  His desire to please himself and love of freedom mean that a long-term arrangement isn't in the cards.  

Meaning of Tarot Cards Keywords: drive, business success, fair, humour, passionate, selfish, freedom-loving, negotiations, legal agreements, property, charities

Queen of Wands

Upright:  The Queen of Wands is a woman who loves company as much as she values her independence.  Smart and sassy, she flies through life with great ideas which she loves to use to help people around her.  Like the meaning of tarot cards in the Wands suit, this Queen is driven with her creative energy.

Once you have gained her trust, she is unfailingly loyal and devoted - in friendship as well as love.  She loves deeply and passionately and her sense of humour and fun lead to good times.  While she doesn't appreciate or tolerate possessive behaviour, she needs admiration and a little reassurance to feel truly comfortable.

Reversed:  Naturally giving, the Queen of Wands can be guilty of making promises she doesn't keep.  She means well but her flightiness over time will make some friends not take her seriously.  The same loyalty that makes her a wonderful friend is also present in her less loving moods.  

She can hold jealousy and anger long after the original offense has been committed.  Sometimes, the Queen of Wands reversed can stand for a slightly unstable person who wants only to create conflict.  Stirring up trouble is commonplace with this person.  Keep her at a distance or her drama will absorb you.

Meaning of Tarot Cards Keywords:  creative, bright ideas, independent fiery energy, loyalty, sense of humour, needs reassurance, flightiness, breaking promises, jealousy, vengeful, drama queen, malicious trouble-maker, fun in the country, success in the business world, philanthropy, country homes

The meaning of Tarot cards in the Wands suit can connect to issues of spirituality and calling.  When you draw the Wands, search within yourself to find the true meaning of these Tarot cards!  

Remember that the more Wands that appear in your Tarot spreads, the more in keeping with the traditional meaning of tarot cards the Wands cards will be.

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