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King of Wands In Tarot

Updated on January 3, 2017


Tarot divination is also known as cartomancy. Card games were introduced to Europe in the 14th century. The Tarot originated as a card game in Latin countries. It is still played today.In English speaking countries occultists began doing fortune telling spreads with these cards in order to peer into the future.

The King of Wands is a court card in the Minor Arcana. Generally this card is a positive card to receive in a reading. This card may be telling us to look for new ways of doing things. It is sometimes associated with the astrological sign of Sagittarius. It is often used as a designator card to represent an older man who is a fire sign.The Minor Arcana typically discusses day to day events. There are various types of spreads used to divine the future. The position the card is in is always very important to the reading. If this card is found in the past position it would be referring to somebody who had an impact on events in the past. If it is found in relation to yourself you may need to call upon these qualities within you.


Suit of Wands

The suit of wands represents fire. Fire is passion, creativity, and energy. It is an all consuming force which can get out of control. Fire requires boundaries or it will consume everything in it's path.

In a traditional set of playing cards clubs corresponds with wands. Wands are associated with the season of summer. If you are looking to predict a particular time frame in which an event will occur fire will suggest that the warm season of the year is when it will be. Fire can be anything which consumes us. Our passions to our daily activities.


Kings are the head of the suit. They can represent an older, mature male. They also represent mastery and self-control. Kings are associated with fire in the Tarot. They are the energy driving the entire suit.


  • Leadership
  • Bravery
  • Honesty
  • Innovation
  • Vision
  • Entrepreneur
  • Generousity
  • Pioneering


The King of Wands is seated on a throne with a salamander at his feet. He looks out over a desert landscape from his throne which stretches off the card. The staff in his hand is blossoming. Wands represents the element of fire. Salamanders were once thought of as being capable of walking through fire. There is a lion emblazoned on the throne also symbolic of fire.

Some decks many offer imagery which is slightly different from this card.


This card is signifies an authentic person capable of getting a job done. Fiery energy will alter circumstances to bring a vision into focus. It is time to give all you can to achieve your goals.

The King of Wands is someone people gravitate to. His leadership abilities give him the ability to bring people together. His ability to delegate tasks to the appropriate party means things can be seen through to completion. Everyone will be kept on task. This King is an effective problem solver. Looking at the big picture helps give the vision to work towards the betterment of an entire group. There is an attitude of reassurance which helps everyone move past their fears of failure.

If you are feeling passionate and enthusiastic about a new project, this card foretells success. It can also signify person.The person signified could be an entrepreneur or authority figure. The person in question may be a mentor who is responsible, enthusiastic, and inspiring. This would be somebody who is influential and works well with people. If you are seeking employment this card is definitely a positive side that something pleasant will be coming up in the future. This may also represent an increase in cash flow due to a new skill.

In relationship readings this may signify a passionate lover coming into your life. It would be a honest person with a prideful personality. Their nature would be quite sexual. There may be an ability to communicate your feelings with this partner.

This card could also suggest that it is time for you to sit down and think about your goals for the future. The clarity you have in terms of understanding yourself has developed to enough of a degree that you are able to plod forward to achieve your dreams. You also possess the energy required to set forces in motion to your favor. This card always imbues you with a great deal of vital energy. The only danger is that you may be over-doing it.

Reversed Key Words

  • Insincerity
  • Selfish
  • Beligerent

Reversed Interpretation

There may be some issues with sincerity. You might not be acting like your true self or someone else around you may be dishonest. Be sure to examine your own feelings. Are you being honest with yourself about the situation at hand?

You may be behaving in a way which is too impulsive. Rushing into things without thinking about the consequences. Your expectations may be too high. You may not be examining important details. It is never good to set limits on yourself, but always be adaptable. Sometimes life gives us apples when we were expecting oranges. Have gratitude even when the fruit you receive isn't what you had in mind.

King of Wands reversed may suggest someone with an overbearing personality becoming an obstacle. Watch out for pushy people and those who try too hard to control a situation. Watch your own aggressive tendencies. It is best to be assertive without becoming too aggressive. Let go of your anger and other negative emotions if you wish to succeed.

King of Wands


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