Suit of Wands Tarot
Suit Name: Wands, Staves, Clubs, Sceptres
Element: Fire 🔥
Planets: Sun ☉, Mars ♂, Jupiter ♃
Zodiac signs: Aries ♈, Leo ♌, Sagittarius ♐
Moon Phase: Full Moon 🌕
Season: Summer ☀️
Time interval: Day
Main card: King 🂮
The suit of Wands is a very fiery and bright card. Arthur Waite, the creator of the classic Tarot deck, advised considering the Arcana from Ten to One. Following this theory, if you lay out all the cards of the group of Staffs, you can see a certain process of creation. According to the plot, here the heroes are building a garden lattice, symbolizing success, achieving victory. The pressure and heaviness, starting with the Ten, smoothly return to the Ace. This is a kind of transmission of the victorious torch, illuminating everything with its light. But if you turn the cards over, you can meet the destructive power of fire. The same flame that once gave hope now destroys all plans and hopes. The meaning of the cards should be considered based on their position in the spread.
Symbolism and Key Ideas of the Wands in Tarot
On all the Arcana of the Wands suit group in the classic Rider-Waite Tarot, there is an image of poles. Visualization of clothes and landscapes is made in warm colors – red, yellow, brown. At the same time, there are green elements – leaves on staves, trees in the background, or decorations of the King and Queen. The action most often takes place in the desert or on hilly terrain. From the cards there is a feeling of the scorching sun, heat. But on several Arcana there are still reservoirs – rivers or lakes. Also in the group there is one card on which there are no main characters at all – the Eight of Staves.
The suit of Wands originally symbolized the caste of farmers. Therefore, poles denote growth, development, forward movement. Warm shades show brightness, ambition, drive. Green leaves and trees hint at life even among the sands. These are the most active cards in the entire Tarot deck. They belong to the element Fire, personify summer, day. The phase of the moon is the full moon. Ruler planets – Sun, Mars, Jupiter. Other names for the suit are Clubs, Maces, Sceptres, Staves. Energy comes into full force and brings the fruits of labor. Farmers are real philosophers. After all, to plant a tree, you need to stock up on patience and faith in the future. The suit of Wands symbolizes both physical and spiritual development.
Meaning of the suit of Wands in spreads
In any Tarot spread – whether it be love or work, the Staves group is responsible for speed, active actions, and manifestation. These are not Cups with their sophistication and ability to adapt. The energy of the element of Fire is direct and sweeps away everything in its path. However, in the upright position, the cards of Wands speak of a positive manifestation, appropriate perseverance. Events will develop quickly and for the benefit of the questioning person. He will have a chance to show the best sides, to declare himself as a person. The suit of Wands is a burning torch, illuminating even the most difficult path. Its flame warms the querent and those around him.
But in the reversed position, the Maces take on a negative meaning. Excessive activity destroys any business in the bud. The situation begins to put pressure, makes you do rash acts. The querent is overwhelmed by conflicting emotions. Now the suit of Wands in the opposite sense implies violence, suppression. Events are stacked against the fortuneteller. Perhaps this is a consequence of the wrong behavior of the questioner himself, or simply a combination of circumstances. But, one way or another, the fire begins to burn, not warm. Ambition becomes a trigger for negative situations.
Love and Relationships
The suit of the Wands of the Tarot in the relationship spread gives meaning to passion. Important events take place in a couple that affect their further development. Partners are ready to fight for their right to love. It is possible that one of them is taking active steps, trying to gain favor or strengthen existing positions. Or maybe both people strive not to lose the spark. In any case, they will not be bored. The relationship according to the suit of Staves is always bright, and personal life is rich and interesting.
However, the reversed Scepter cards symbolize aggressiveness. The partner is quick-tempered, quarrels often occur in a couple. Clarification of the relationship may lead to a temporary separation. But then people come together again. Such a situation is exhausting, makes you worry and spend energy on maintaining a love relationship. Partners either love each other, or sincerely hate. The movement from one pole to another is dictated by the clash of characters, the unwillingness to give a leadership position to a loved one.
Career and Finance
In terms of work, the suit of Wands means constant growth – the acquisition of new skills, the development of competencies. The querent is aimed at achieving heights, striving for career growth. The Clubs group holds positions of leaders and managers. Activity most often does not imply stability and clarity. Rather, the questioner has to constantly fight for better working conditions. This includes work for a percentage, project employment. However, the querent has great chances to improve his financial situation well, to hit the jackpot.
In the reversed form, the cards of the suit of Wands speak of a loss of relevance, a loss. It is difficult for a fortuneteller to rebuild from competitors, to prove his own importance in the team. Revenues are falling, plans are not being realized. The querent is focused on momentary whims and therefore cannot make a breakthrough. All actions will not bring the expected result. Work is wasted, material and energy resources are wasted.
Health and Spirit
In the context of health, the suit of Wands is responsible for bones, cartilage, hair and nails. Sometimes Arcana show blood and genetic inheritance. In the upright position, the cards speak of harmony, the beauty of the body. The man is strong, agile and ambitious. The state of health allows you to achieve goals in the shortest possible time. Such a person has a sporty approach to life – the achievement of goals stimulates to move further, to new heights. The questioner can boast of cheerfulness, strength of mind.
In the opposite position, the Staves also show a burst of energy. But now its vibrations are becoming destructive. The reversed suit of Wands symbolizes problems with the musculoskeletal system, bone fractures and burns of the skin. Also, these are allergic reactions, fever, the presence of bleeding wounds. In terms of the psyche, the reversed Arcana of the suit of the Wands denote a despotic character, a tendency to violence. Now a person does not motivate, but suppresses, makes him obey because of his own whims.
Situations and Questions
From the position of mysticism, the meaning of the suit of Wands will be positive. The seeker actively strives to develop himself from all sides – body, mind, spirituality. He equally directs forces to all aspects of life, wants to know it completely. You can draw an analogy with the poles on the cards of the group – the same staff is visible on the priests, rulers and ordinary vagrants. There are many examples of wandering princes and kings in history. A man of nobility dressed up as a beggar and went into an unknown world for himself. The staff or scepter itself has a sacred meaning – it sets the direction of energy, conducts it through itself, like an electrical wire.
In the opposite form, the cards of the suit of Wands lose their positive meaning. Now the once merciful king is turning into a tyrant. He will never go among the people and put on the dress of a beggar. On the contrary, his self-conceit will tell you to destroy all objectionable sections of society. Hot temper, thoughtlessness, radicalism – in this respect, vibrations are similar to the group of Swords. In any matter, the suit of Wands in the reversed position speaks of destruction, degradation.
What kind of people do Wands represent?
The group of Clubs characterizes a person. These are always very bright personalities, mobile, extraordinary. They are used to acting openly, directly declaring their desires and aspirations. For such people, nothing is impossible. If necessary, they are ready to learn, work on their character or body. The suit of Wands shows a strong disposition, love of freedom, passion for life. Such a person constantly expands his horizons, learns new things. His views are not limited to traditions and foundations. Often cards fall on travelers and discoverers. Personality is oriented outward, into the world of society.
However, the reversed Arcana of the suit of Wands symbolize too persistent and arrogant people. They are not accustomed to reckon with anyone and take into account someone else’s opinion. Waywardness is now expressed negatively. Such a person can embark on the path of self-destruction. Reverted cards denote rage, discontent, the desire to destroy, not to create. The personality is envious, can put sticks in the wheels of loved ones. However, she does not calm down, having achieved her goal. Even after the defeat of the enemy, a person will still remind of himself from time to time. Punishing the undesirable becomes the meaning of life.
Meaning of the cards of the suit of Wands
The suit of Wands symbolizes any enterprise, business, active actions. Energy is directed to a single point, not sprayed into trifles. Therefore, success is only a matter of time. In divination for any sphere, these minor Arcana say that a person will achieve his goal, no matter what it costs him. Reverted cards mean the wrong strategy, wasting resources. Directness frightens and destroys plans. Where it would be necessary to act with caution, the querent is armed with pressure and imprudence. The desire to prove something to someone leads to a resounding failure. The reserve of forces is running out, and the events seem to be playing a cruel joke.
Ace of Wands
The Ace of Wands is the root of the element Fire. It combines two polarities – the beginning and the end. The card predicts the appearance of a chance to change something. Events are already taking place, or will soon make themselves felt. This is a strong passion, pressure, perseverance. The Ace of Clubs predicts an active phase of growth, the development of plans, ideas. The reversed Arcana denotes the suppression of the will, problems with the manifestation of oneself in society. Also, the Ace of the suit of Wands in the opposite form personifies evil intent, the desire to harm someone. This is also a missed chance, a lack of self-realization. The querent does not know how to approach the matter, to achieve the goal.
Two of Wands
The Two of Clubs is traditionally considered the traveler’s card. The Arcana personifies the breadth of views, big plans, grandiose accomplishments. The person has already achieved something, but still continues to move. The card indicates a perspective, sometimes showing an observation of a situation or a specific person. In the opposite form, the Two of the suit of Wands changes the value to a negative one. A person begins to envy others, looks at someone else’s. The focus shifts from self to others. The questioner is not satisfied with his own results, devalues the achievements. Also, the position of the card indicates an incorrect analysis of the situation, a radically different outcome of events than was originally expected.
Three of Wands
The Three of Staves symbolizes a new beginning. The querent sets off on an unknown path, strives for knowledge. The Arcana shows a constructive approach, the prospect of growth. It is also the presence of experience, the ability to cope with difficulties. The situation is actively developing, the first results are already visible. The reversed Three of Wands card, on the contrary, shows delays. Insurmountable difficulties appear, the path becomes difficult. The implementation of plans is shifted in time or even frozen for an indefinite time. The querent’s ambition is impossible to satisfy. The wrong or incorrect way to solve the problem is chosen.
Four of Wands
The Four of the suit of Wands is responsible for success and victory. The card indicates a reliable rear, the presence of a stable job and a strong family. At the same time, development continues, a person strives to continue working on strengthening his own positions. The situation will end positively, with a benefit for the questioner. The reversed Four of Scepters does not fundamentally change the meaning. Now, however, joy turns into gloating. Someone else will take advantage of the chance offered and bypass the querent. This is a dishonest game. The prize will go to the one who is the most ruthless and selfish. Enemies will celebrate the fortuneteller’s failure.
Five of Wands
The Five of the suit of Wands shows the active phase of growth, the creation of something. This is a collective card, it falls on joint projects, common affairs. Success here depends on the contribution of everyone. Also, the Arcana denotes various competitions, the spirit of rivalry. The situation will allow the querent to manifest itself, to declare itself to the world. In the reversed form, the Arcana shows disunity, disputes, undisguised selfishness. Everyone drags the blanket over himself, and therefore it is impossible to come to a common solution to the problem. The situation requires a careful approach, the ability to negotiate. The goal is not fully developed, there are inconsistencies.
Six of Wands
The Six of the suit of Wands is the card of winners, leaders. It means the ability to motivate and lead, take responsibility. The querent will be able to achieve recognition in society, prove his own importance. Events will lead to success and allow you to reach a new level. The reversed Six of Clubs, on the contrary, speaks of notoriety. A person may be involved in the criminal world. The victory is not deserved, and the querent may not be able to cope with the assigned duties. These are black PR methods, attracting attention for their own benefit. The position of the Arcana shows impostors and tyrants.
Seven of Wands
The Seven of the suit of Wands symbolizes an open struggle, an active phase. You have to fight for your views. We’ll have to decide everything at once, forgetting about the rest. Events will unfold quickly, unforeseen situations will appear that require immediate solutions. The reversed Arcana speaks of a loss of control. A person will not be able to cope with current circumstances. New problems will appear at the speed of light. The querent will feel powerless in the face of certain factors that affect the outcome of the case. Internal protest will not lead to constructive results. You won’t be able to achieve the goal.
Eight of Wands
The Eight of the suit of Wands is responsible for growth processes. The situation develops regardless of the participation of the questioner. Business or personal relationships are getting stronger, reaching a new level. A person has put enough effort into the realization of what he wants, and now he can watch how the sprout turns into a strong tree. In the opposite form, the Arcana means a miss, choosing the wrong strategy. The seed didn’t germinate – time was wasted. At the same time, attention is split into unimportant things, there are no significant results. The development of the situation is slowing down, a suspended state is felt. The querent has to wait.
Nine of Wands
The Nine of the suit of Wands represents personal boundaries. In the upright position, the card symbolizes the detuning of oneself from competitors, the observance of acceptable behavior. This is the protection of one’s own interests, a firm position. The situation will require a clear answer, a willingness to stand your ground to the end, to be true to traditions and foundations. The reversed position speaks of hypocrisy, excessive suspicion. The person is afraid of losing control of the situation. This is a fear of letting yourself in, opening up to loved ones. Distrust of the world makes you close the doors with ten bolts. Such behavior deprives the development prospects, makes you stagnate in one place.
Ten of Wands
The Ten of the suit of Wands symbolizes heaviness and at the same time strength. The querent will have to solve many problems, while bearing a huge responsibility. No business will be decided without his direct participation. Tighten your belt and get to work. Perhaps the questioner will get a complex project that requires the application of strength. The Ten of Clubs reversed shows a heavy burden that is almost impossible to bear. A person is attached to a place or relationship, cannot step aside. This fact finishes and does not allow to develop as a person. Events on this position of the card will develop negatively. You can’t expect help from others.
Page of Wands
The Page of the suit of Wands denotes a messenger. The querent will hear from an important person. The essence will be the approval of the project, permission to move on. Also, the card can symbolize an active child or teenager. He is inquisitive, mobile, loves attention to his person. In the opposite sense, the Jack of Clubs speaks of delays, incorrectly transmitted news. The situation will not lead to positive results. The child in this position of the card becomes arrogant and selfish, stubborn. He does not compromise, bothers his parents and friends, relatives with his behavior.
Knight of Wands
The Knight of the suit of Wands shows a very fast development of events, instant results. A person’s wish can be fulfilled in a short time. Also, on the card are various working meetings, getting motivation from the outside. Also, the Arcana symbolizes young active guys, most often Sagittarius. The reversed Prince of Staves becomes uncontrollable. The situation is out of control, the querent can not cope with the difficulties. In the context of personality, the position of the Arcana shows narcissistic natures, striving only to satisfy their own whims. They are focused on momentary passion without a logical continuation and taking responsibility.
Queen of Wands
The Queen of the suit of Wands falls on specific individuals. These are young, ambitious girls who value freedom. They are hard to conquer, but easy to conquer. They easily captivate with their eccentricity and active life position. Such women are not accustomed to waiting for anything. It is morally easier for them to achieve their goals on their own. Often the card shows Aries. The reversed Mistress of Fire means initiation to magic, mysticism and isolation from reality. Events have a double bottom, and the true reasons for what is happening are not as obvious as it seems at first glance. The reversed card personifies an evil character, envy and a desire to harm others.
King of Wands
The King of the suit of Wands is the main Arcana of the entire Fire group. It denotes a strong desire, passion for life, motivation. Bright events await the querent in the future. He will be lucky enough to meet a certain leader or become a star himself. The Arcana can show young brunettes or redheads in terms of appearance. By nature, these are people-lighters, according to the sign of the zodiac – Lions. They always strive for something, set unattainable goals and then achieve them. In the opposite form, the card falls on despots, manipulators. Such people consider themselves above the rest, like to humiliate and suppress the will of others.