In the Minor Arcana of the Tarot, the Suit of Wands symbolizes creativity and action in a tarot reading. After incubating our most precious ideas and projects in the Suit of Cups, the Suit of Wands helps us send them into the world. Cards from the Suit of Wands channel energy to areas of our life where they can encourage growth: new business projects, important communications, our most brilliant ideas.
Here are definitions for each card in the Suit of Wands.
Meanings: Beginning of a focused, creative period. Inspiration that inspires action. The masculine, or yang, aspect of life. Great energy. Reversed: Difficulties with new ventures. Being "burnt" out by too much energy, too much expenditure, too many thoughts. The need to focus.
Meanings: Beginnings of a business venture. Possible partnership. New ideas that transform lives, bring inspiration, and energize people. Reversed: A good start to a venture that loses momentum. Disappointment in projects.
Meanings: An enterprise about to cumulate in success. The ability to transform goals into realistic action. Reversed: Ambitious plans which may not be grounded in reality. A frustrating delay in receiving success.
Meanings: Stability of ventures. A new home. Accomplishing goals. Satisfaction. Putting down roots. Reversed: The desire to put down roots, but elusiveness in doing so. Wanting stability. Frustrations at home.
Meanings: Conflict for the sake of conflict. Ego-oriented competition. Losing sight of what's important because of petty disagreements. Reversed: Moving beyond pettiness to realize what's important. Unifying forces. Overcoming obstacles.
Meanings: Victory! Acknowledgment and honor. Reversed: Victory is elusive. You've done the work, you deserve the honors, but recognition has yet to come.
Meanings: Though you may have the upper hand in this situation, there is still struggle. Success is possible, but only after dealing with difficult people who may not be supportive. Reversed: Indecisiveness in the face of opposition. Feeling overwhelmed.
Meanings: Sudden communications—unexpected telephone calls, surprise letters. Energetic movement. Reversed: Waiting too long for communication. Perhaps it is time to take the initiative.
Meanings: A pause in work to reconsider plans. Completion is so close, yet so far away! Reversed: Feeling overwhelmed by work. A break is needed.
Meanings: The cumulation of the creative venture begun with the one of staves. Success that becomes overwhelming with its responsibility. Reversed: Overwhelmed and burdened by responsibilities.
Meanings: Important communications. New ideas. However, these should be weighed according to practicality. Reversed: Too much energy and not enough focus. Ideas and messages that fizzle out after initial excitement.
Meanings: Energy, integrity, creativity. Initiative. New ideas or ventures to be acted upon immediately. Reversed: Scattered energy. Inability to focus on matters at hand.
Meanings: Intelligence applied to creating material goods, business expansion. Cleverness. Reversed: Waiting too long to act. Not showing the world your talents. Undermining your authority.
Meanings: Dynamic, stable enthusiasm. Mastery over business ventures. The ability to bring ideas to fruition. Reversed: Wanting to harness these forces, but unable to do so. Someone who seems supportive, but when push comes to shove loses interest.
So that's the Suit of Wands. Ready for the Suit of Swords?
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