The Suit of Wands is a suit in tarot decks and is part of what is called the "Minor Arcana". Like the other tarot suits, it contains fourteen cards: ace (one), two through ten, page and knight (sometimes referred to as princess and prince), queen and king.
Tarot cards are used throughout much of Europe to play Tarot card games, where Wands corresponds to the suit of Batons. In English-speaking countries, where the games are largely unknown, Tarot cards came to be utilized primarily for divinatory purposes.
Divinatory and occult meanings
In Aleister Crowley's 1944 The Book of Thoth, the suit of wands is associated with the action of the Will and the element of fire. The meaning of the suit as a whole focuses on ideas or readings associated with primal energy, spirituality, inspiration, determination, strength, intuition, creativity, ambition, expansion, and original thought.
Generally the suit relates to work and accomplishments, and indeed anything related to fruitfulness. Reaping the benefits of hard work is a fundamental aspect of wands. It is also about new beginnings and it is worth bearing in mind here that fire is sometimes used to clear the ground in preparation for new crops, or planting etc. Metaphorically speaking this is what may be happening or may need to happen when wands cards appear in your reading.
The cards not only point to the cleansing power of fire though, but also to the misuse of fire and the finality of burned bridges. It is always tempting for those with a fire sign to metaphorically go “full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes!” New beginnings are all well and good but that doesn’t mean bridges should always be burned behind you.
The cards of this suit also evoke the wide eyed optimism of youth and the force which gets you out of bed in the mornings – life itself.
The meanings of the Wands Tarot cards deal with the spiritual level of consciousness and mirror what is important to you at the core of your being. They address what makes you tick – your personality, ego, enthusiasm, self-concept, and personal energy, both internal and external.
The negative aspects of the Suit of Wands include illusion, egotistical behaviour, impulsiveness, a lack of direction or purpose, or feeling meaningless.
Wands Tarot cards often represent the astrological signs of Fire – Leo, Sagittarius and Aries. When you see a Wands Court Card in a Tarot reading, it often relates to a person with a Leo, Sagittarius or Aries star sign. Generally, Wands people are energetic, charismatic, warm, spiritual.
Cards in the suit of wands
- The Ace of Wands depicts a hand holding a branching wand.
Card images in the Rider-Waite tarot deck
- Batons - suit of Latin (Italian/Spanish) playing cards
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