King of Wands

Alt names: Knight of Wands, Father of Feathers
Keywords: Creativity, ingenuity, achievement, direction
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Range of meanings

Personality: The King of Wands can represent anyone who wants to oversee or take control of (King) a situation (Wands), especially in academic, romantic, and professional areas of life. The King may also represent the tendency to be more authoritative than cooperative or the need to control the actions of others.

Light: Putting old things together in new and exciting ways. Coming up with unexpected solutions. Using your experience to solve puzzles and problems. Doing what you set out to do. Directing the efforts of others.

Shadow: Using your creativity to get out of honest work. Investing great energy in avoiding responsibility. Boasting about achievements without putting your expertise to practical use. Lording it over others.

Questions to ask

  1. Many are eager for power and authority, but few are prepared to accept the consequences of absolute power. Are you?
  2. How confident a leader are you?
  3. How is confidence projected and what is it useful for?
  4. How can you offer my expertise in ways that inspire others to follow you?
  5. In your situation, who is trying to appear impervious to attack, like the salamander? Why?


Personal Growth: In order to achieve your goals, you must control what you can: your habits, your choices, your schedule. Without being rigid, you can put a structure in place that takes the craziness out of the most hectic days. That foundation will help you maintain the calmness of a King, even when the castle walls are falling down around you.

Work: Someone in authority needs to be calling the shots. There is a need for input from an experienced worker who has been empowered to cut through red tape and make things happen. If you’re that person, step up. If you’re not that person, step aside.

Relationships: When it comes to your own relationships, you’re in the driver’s seat. What do you want? Are you getting it? If not, why not? While relationships are a two-way street, you ultimately decide whether or not you will continue to be involved. It could be time to lay down the law.

Spirituality: Who’s in control? We like to think we hold the reins of our lives, but all too often, the Universe reminds us that we are a very small cog in a very large machine. Consider today the role you play in larger plans, and make yourself available to be a means for accomplishing great things.

Fortune-Telling: This card represents an older man with a commanding, charismatic personality, likely born between November 13th and December 12th, who prefers to give directions and have them followed.


Element: Fire

Fool's Journey: Surrounded by indecision, the Main Character takes control and gives orders.

King: A King card in your reading makes things limited and certain but also delivers results that are more concrete, more absolute and of a longer lasting impact.

Wands: One of the four suits of the tarot. Also sometimes called rods, staves, or staffs. Represents desire, inspiration, vision, creation, and invention. Many decks depict budding Wands, suggesting the potential for growth. As a suit marker, Wands suggest the power and potency of a king’s scepter. When a Magician wants something to happen, he waves his magic wand to make his intentions manifest.

Lion: Generally, the lion, king of beasts, suggests bestial and untamed instincts. Closing the mouth of the lion graphically illustrates the power the central figure has over instinctual forces.

Salamander: The lowly salamander was once thought to be born in fire and capable of passing through flame without injury.

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