Queen of Wands

Keywords for the Queen of Wands

OUTGOINGENERGETIC
FRIENDLYACTIVE
OPTIMISTICHONEST
CHEERFULCONFIDENT
ENTHUSIASTICSINCERE

In the image on this card, we see the Queen of Wands seated on her throne. It is the brightest of summer days out in the desert where she reigns. 

Her throne is decorated with sunflowers and lions, emblems of the fiery energy of the Sun, the element of Fire and the suit of Wands.

She is dressed in a brilliant solar yellow, a reference to her radiant optimist, bright attitude and powerful vitality.

We also see a back cat seated before her, staring directly out at us. According to Rachel Pollack, in the medieval era it was believed that black cats were given to witches by the Devil to protect them from harm. 

As a result, this black cat can be thought of as representing the good luck and protection which follows this Queen and anyone else who chooses to embody the fiery optimism and cheerful good will on display here. 

For those who love life with eager enthusiasm like our Queen of Wands, life seems to respond in equal measure, granting them good fortune and enough blessings to continue their bright and optimistic way of perceiving the world.

Queen of Wands Interpretation

Like all of the court cards, this can represent someone in our outer environment that shows the same qualities and characteristics of the Knight of Wands. Alternatively, in some instances it can also refer to how we ourselves are showing up in a given situation.

This card can refer to any person who embodies this Queen’s positive attitude and shares in her enthusiasm for life, as well as her belief in herself and her capacity to make good things happen.

First and foremost, the Queen of Wands represents a type of personality that is friendly and outgoing, one which loves to connect with people and to have a good time. Confident and self-assured, she is typically quite well-received in whatever social environment she finds herself in. 

This Queen is popular and well-liked, not only due to her warmth and friendliness, but also because of her [basic] nature that is open, honest and essentially truthful. 

She sees no need to complicate matters with falsehoods and lies, but relies instead on a direct and sincere way of relating that makes it easy for others to trust her.

This card also refers to a person who is quite active and energetic in how she lives her life. This Queen is not very concerned with taking time for quiet reflection or introspection. She views life as something meant to be lived to the fullest.

Knight of Wands

Keywords for the Knight of Wands

DARINGEXCITABLE
ADVENTUROUSRECKLESS
BOLDPASSIONATE
CONFIDENTSPONTANEOUS
COURAGEOUSIMPULSIVE

In this card, we see an arid desert landscape stretch before us in the background. The only thing visible to us is a vast expanse of dry sand and finally, three imposing pyramids to our left.

Directly in front of us, we see an attractive, brightly dressed young man. In his right hand, he holds a wand, although it seems it does not extend any further than what we can see. 

In his left hand are the reins to his handsome and noble brown steed. His horse is clearly excited and chomping at the bit, eager to move into action at the slightest command from his rider.

The Knight of Wands also wears a shining suit of armor and helmet decorated with extravagant orange feathers, although they are so vibrant and fluid they could almost be tongues of flame rising up from the shining  metal.

His yellow tunic is covered in salamanders (which, in contrast to the other court cards of the suit of Wands, do not manage to reach their tail in a complete circle). Like the feathers, this garment also possesses a flowing, fiery quality that alludes to the intensely alive energy exhibited by the Knight of Wands.

Knight of Wands Interpretation

Like all of the court cards, this can represent someone in our outer environment that shows the same qualities and characteristics of the Knight of Wands. Alternatively, in some instances it can also refer to how we ourselves are showing up in a given situation.

The Knight of Wands will likely refer to a person who is easily excitable, has a passion for action, and may even have a tendency to jump headlong into things before thinking them through.

This Knight tends to be courageous, confident and bold. While his intense and passionate nature are often part of his charm, he can also be quick to anger. You might find him overreacting at some minor perceived slight against his reputation. 

He can even be irritable or aggressive when he feels he is not being treated with the respect he believes he deserves.

This Knight’s daring and adventurous nature have the potential to bring him success and acclaim. He is more than willing to rush off to battle to defend a cause he believes in.

However, due to his easily excitable nature, he has a tendency to get distracted by another, equally appealing challenge, which can mean that he sometimes fails to follow through on what he begins. This Knight, indeed, is known for starting more than he can finish.

Page of Wands

Keywords for the Page of Wands

ENTHUSIASTICSPONTANEOUS
EXCITEDORIGINAL
ACTIVECREATIVE
INNOVATIVECOURAGEOUS
ENERGETICCONFIDENT

In the image on this card, we see a well-dressed young man, attired in elegant yellow and orange clothing. What stands out from among his attire is the yellow tunic covered with black salamanders, a symbol of the element of Fire. 

He stands out in the barren sands of the desert, with the only landmark in sight being three imposing pyramids behind him.

He gives the impression of being like a child who has shown up to the very first day of school in his finest attire, eager to make the best impression possible. He’s even added a jaunty red feather to his cap, alluding to his sense of confidence and pride in himself.

This Page holds his wand tightly in front of him with both hands. He looks up at this wand appreciatively, admiring this tool he will carry with him on his future adventures. He is excited and filled with hope for the future, and his enthusiasm for the adventures which lie ahead is clearly palpable. 

Page of Wands Interpretation

When this card comes up in a reading, it can be an indicator that someone in our lives (or perhaps we ourselves) is acting in a way that expresses the enthusiastic, eager and playful attitude of the Page of Wands.

Physically, the Pages tend to represent children in our lives, however, these cards can also refer to any person who has a very youthful energy and lighthearted, innocent and carefree way of being in the world. 

As a Page, this card is associated with students, or those who are new to their path in general. They tend to possess a certain pure, uncomplicated passion for life and for the way they express the energy of their suit.

When the Page of Wands appears in a reading, he asks us to approach our current circumstances with the same eagerness, optimism and excitement that he brings to everything he does.

This card encourages us to be willing to take risks and try something new. The Page of Wands wants us to have faith in ourselves, knowing that “fortune favors the bold.” This Page shows us how we can believe again and commit ourselves to something new with courage, for he knows that what is attempted with conviction and self-assurance is far more likely to meet with eventual success.

Ten of Wands

Keywords for the Ten of Wands

HARD WORKOVERBURDENED
CHALLENGESEXHAUSTED
STRUGGLEOVERWHELM
DIFFICULTIESOPPRESSION
BURDENSCARRYING A HEAVY LOAD

In the image on the card, we see a tired looking man, dressed in drab, ill-fitting and worn work clothes. He is carrying a heavy bundle of ten wands in his arms as he struggles down the path toward town. 

Unfortunately, he seems to be struggling so intensely to carry the weight of his burden that he hardly seems aware of the destination he is heading toward. 

He has lost sight of his goals, and under the strain of his effort, seems to have forgotten where he had even hoped to arrive at the end of his journey. 

He holds his head down, pressed up uncomfortably against the load he carries. All he seems aware of now is the crushing weight of the burden he bears before him. 

10 of Wands Interpretation

When the 10 of Wands comes up in a reading, it typically means that we have taken on more than we handle. It often indicates that we feel overwhelmed by the amount of responsibility that we now have to deal with. 

It can also indicate that we may be struggling to clearly define what is ours to carry. We might find ourselves carrying burdens that are not truly ours, but more rightly belong to others.

This can lead to the “daily grind” of work and errands and tasks and projects to be completed, all of which take a toll on our mental and physical health. We might begin to feel disillusioned, apathetic, with little hope for a happy future. 

When all we can see ahead are struggles, with no room for rest and relaxation, we may well begin to despair of ever feeling the optimism and joy we had once envisioned our future with. 

As a result, this card often asks us to pause for a moment, put our burdens down for just a moment, and take a step back to re-evaluate our situation. From this place, we can take a clearer look at what it is that weighs us down.


We can then try asking ourselves: Does this responsibility truly belong to us? Do all of these things we are paying so much attention to truly still matter? 

And, if we have found them to no longer be a priority, how can we put them down and move on in a way that is ethical and fair to all involved? 

We might even ask ourselves if there is a friend we can call on who would be willing to walk beside us and share the load together.

If we can do any one of these things, we might find ourselves walking with a lighter step. With this weight now off of our shoulders, our sense of frustration and overwhelm can begin to recede into the past. 

Having achieved new clarity on the priorities that matter, we may very well find ourselves with a new sense of vitality and hope for the future and what lies ahead. 

Nine of Wands

Keywords for the Nine of Wands

DETERMINATIONDEFENSIVENESS
RESOLVEREACTIVITY
GRITFEELING GUARDED
ENDURANCEUNHEALED WOUNDS
RESILIENCEHYPERVIGILANCE

In front of us we see a man who, battered and bruised, stands in front of a tall fence of wands he has built himself.

He grips a final, ninth wand tightly in front of him, on the defensive and ready to ward off any potential attack. 

Despite the defense he has created for himself, he is still wary and ill-at-ease. He gazes suspiciously behind him, unwilling to trust that he could be safe and out of harm’s way.

9 of Wands Interpretation

When the 9 of Wands appears in a reading, it typically indicates an area of our lives where we may feel insecure and doubtful, one where we have been hurt before and now have difficulty in trusting again as a result. 

The Nine of Wands can indicate an unwillingness to let our guard down. We may feel wary about others’ motivations, and could exhibit defensive or even paranoid behavior, as we assume the very worst about a person or situation in our lives.

This is especially true if we have experienced trauma or abuse in our lifetime, particularly in childhood. This card at times speaks to the hypervigilance or generalized anxiety we may have developed as a response to overwhelming situations that occurred in our pasts.

It often indicates where we may be letting our physical and psychological defense mechanisms stand in the way of greater connection, intimacy and growth. 

When the 9 of Wands comes up, it may be helpful for us to ask ourselves if we are, in reality, responding to an actual, present danger—if we are truly in danger now—or if this may in fact be a learned response based on a past situation we have now left behind.


The point of this kind of questioning is not to abandon ourselves in the places where we feel fear. Inquiring about the true nature of our patterns and defense mechanisms should instead be a gentle process of determining what our current needs truly are, and then, if our habitual patterns of response no longer feel adequate, looking for creative new ways to meet the needs of our current lived experience (rather than simply responding to the past).

It is often useful to remember that no matter how “unreasonable” a reaction to challenging circumstances may seem, our subconscious mind is typically doing the very best it can to protect us from harm. We often find that what appears to be “self-sabotaging” behavior is often a perfectly logical response rooted in a desire to protect the self, that makes sense when viewed in light of past experiences. When viewed in this light, we often find that there is no self-sabotage, only self-protection. 

The challenge comes in catching yourself in the moment, having compassion for the parts of yourself that are afraid, and then finding new, more self-appropriate ways to meet your current needs for safety and security. When we can do so, we often find that our boundaries become less rigid, letting in more of what we want, and shutting out more of what we truly do not. 

Eight of Wands

Keywords for the Eight of Wands

SWIFT ACTIONNEW DEVELOPMENTS
FORWARD MOVEMENTUNEXPECTED SURPRISES
FULL SPEED AHEADNOVEL CIRCUMSTANCES
A FRESH STARTCOMPLETION
NEW BEGINNINGSENDINGS

In the background, we see a small city which stands atop a hill. Underneath, a river flows quickly on its way to meet the sea. 

Above it all, we see eight wands caught in flight as they move across the sky. They are like arrows which have just left a firmly pulled bow. 

It is now only a matter of moments before they arrive to strike their intended target. 

The fast-moving energy of the suit of Wands is on display here: pure action, essential movement, it is the quintessence of the element of Fire. 

8 of Wands Interpretation

When we see the Eight of Wands come up in a reading, we know that the time is right to take a chance and move forward into action. The time for waiting has passed; be brave and take a leap into the future that awaits you.

The 8 of Wands can signify quick action, forward movement, rushing forward full speed ahead. 

It can also signify the appearance of an unexpected surprise, novel developments in a once-stagnant situation, and the intrusion of the unforeseen or unexpected into our lives.

Alternatively, the Eight of Wands can signify the results of such action: it can allude to the end of an era, or the last burst of effort taken to complete and close out a long standing project.

Whatever the case may be, we can trust that when the 8 of Wands appears, we cannot remain “stuck” for much longer—something is sure to push us out of our comfort zone, propelling us forward into new situations and circumstances that will ultimately change our lives in a new and exciting way. 

Seven of Wands

7 of Wands

Keywords for the Seven of Wands

ASSERTIVENESSFIGHTING SPIRIT
TAKING ACTIONTHE THRILL OF BATTLE
DETERMINATIONDEFIANCE
CONVICTIONDEFENSIVENESS
STANDING YOUR GROUNDRESILIENCE

A man stands at the edge of a cliff, both hands gripping a wand held high in self-defense. He is on high alert, ready for battle, fully prepared to fight off any of the attackers we see closing in on him, represented here by the 6 wands pointed in his direction. 

The man in front of us is fully alert, his body completely activated in a “fight” sympathetic nervous system response that has all of his internal resources mobilized and at the ready. Adrenaline and cortisol rush through his veins, making him feel fully alive, and ready to do whatever it takes to defend himself and survive. 

7 of Wands Interpretation

When the 7 of Wands comes up in a reading, we are most likely involved in a situation where we feel that we are on the defensive. We could have the sense that we are being backed into a corner, with little choice but to take up arms and defend ourselves the best way we can.

The 7 of Wands in a reading can also indicate the quality of resilience, of enduring and continuing to thrive even in the face of great adversity. It shows a capacity to persevere through even the most difficult of circumstances.

This card card can also mean that, with regard to the situation at hand, we are standing our ground, and holding true to our values. It can indicate our capacity to remain committed to the values that matter to us, even when confronted by challenges which seek to weaken our allegiance.

Above all, the 7 of Wands shows our capacity to meet the difficult challenges life presents us with strength, resolve, and determination. Even if it is not always an easy or enjoyable process, we often find that ultimately we have grown as a result of the tests life has given to us.

Six of Wands

6 of Wands

Keywords for the Six of Wands

VICTORYOPTIMISM
TRIUMPHSELF-ASSURANCE
GLORYCONFIDENCE
ACHIEVEMENTINFLUENCE
RECOGNITIONLEADERSHIP

We hear horns blaring and the clanging of cymbals, as a deafening military march causes a violently loud commotion in the streets. A throng of garishly dressed followers, acolytes and admirers crowd around our hero, jostling to get a glimpse of their beloved leader, the man who has made it all possible: our victory.

The victor sits back proudly on his horse, a wreath made of laurel crowning both his head and his wand. A lush royal purple robe sets him apart with distinction even further above the crowd around him.

However, not all is as it seems. If we take time to look a bit closer, we may notice the way the green cloth falls against this noble animal’s body in a highly unnatural way. The way the fabric is draped is unusual; it extends lumpily behind its rider, and forward beyond the horse’s own body. 

This seems to suggest that the truth of what brought our brave hero to power is not what it seems. There is the image that appears at the summit of power, and then, there is also what lies beneath.

The perception that his followers have of who he is and what he has done to deserve his crown may be a false one. 

There is often much that is done in the struggle for power that is far from noble or glorious. This indicates that we may do well to be wary of the images of power, status and moral goodness presented to us by the societal forces which surround us.

6 of Wands Interpretation

One of the most obvious meanings for the 6 of Wands in a reading is that of victory and success. It often speaks to personal recognition, power and influence.

It also indicates the attitudes of confidence, optimism, and self-assurance that so often accompany the most successful members of society. It is not simply that those who have succeeded have something to feel good about; rather, it is often the very expectation of fulfillment that ultimately creates the consequence which has been anticipated.

Another aspect of this card that we might consider is that of the power imbalances that may arise between ourselves and those around us. When we attempt to set ourselves up over and against the rest, there is a natural resistance and resentment which is aroused in the hearts of others.

It is wise to remember that glory and acclaim is not experienced in a vacuum. For an example of this, we can look to the man at the rear of the crowd behind the hero. He holds his wand up with a suspicious (or perhaps envious) glare in his eyes. 

Indeed, many of the most exalted and successful people have noted how lonely achievement often is. Distinction may very well be experienced along with a sense of alienation from others. At times, achieving the success dreamed of may be tinged with bitterness at having lost a sense of belonging to the collective of which one was once simply a part.

Five of Wands

5 of Wands

Keywords for the Five of Wands

COMPETITIONCONFLICT
PLAYING GAMESMINOR SETBACKS
FIGHTINGIRRITATIONS
DISAGREEMENTSARGUMENTS
STRUGGLEFIERCE DEBATE

In the image on the card, we see a group of young men engaged in what appears to be a lively and playful battle game. Each of the five youths, armed with a wand of his own, has joined the fray and is enthusiastically wielding his baton in a spirited sparring match against his opponents.

Although it is clearly every man for himself here, their engagement with each other seems clearly to be more for the thrill of the fight. There seems to be little intent for physical harm. Above all, it is a fight that seeks instead to playfully show their skill in battle, to win out on top against their reasonably friendly opponents, and to develop their expertise and talent in battle.

Five of Wands Interpretation

When the 5 of Wands comes up, it can indicate challenges and some level of difficulty or interpersonal conflict.

In some cases, the conflict may very well be light-hearted and playful. In a similar vein, this card can indicate engaging in a lively and spirited discussion. We may be involved in a debate, a battle of ideas, a testing of arguments that is enlivening and intellectually invigorating.

On the other hand, this card can also signal a situation characterized by unhealthy competition. It may involve petty disagreements, lack of cooperation, and small but significantly irritating frustrations. 

The Five of Wands can symbolize feeling at odds with your environment, with days filled with minor setbacks that are not so harmful in the whole scheme of things, but which do serve as sources of profound annoyance and irritation.

While many might find themselves frustrated by the challenges represented by the 5 of Wands, there are some possessing a more competitive nature who might find the extra competition to be just the motivation they needed. 

Competition and rivalry are not always unhealthy. The powerful energies it unleashes can be the spark which lights a fire within us, one which burns intensely with a desire to succeed and win. 

When we see the 5 of Wands in a reading, we may wish to allow the powerful energy of this card to drive us to be our very best. It may not be easy, but we will often find that it has been worth it. 

Four of Wands

Four of Wands

Keywords for the Four of Wands

LIBERATIONCELEBRATION
FREEDOM HAVING FUN
OPTIMISMGOING TO A PARTY
JOYEXPRESSING GRATITUDE
EXCITEMENTENJOYING LIFE

It is a warm, early summer afternoon, one of those days where the sun seems to be smiling directly upon you, and you feel blessed to be alive. The sun, the season, the fruits, vegetables, and everything else under the glorious solar rays seem to be at full volume, completely ripe and ready to burst with life. A palpable sense of vitality permeates everything–all is graced by the golden touch of the sun.

In front of us stands a flowery canopy: four wands stand connected by a lush green garland of vines and leaves, decorated with the best of the season’s fruits and flowers, the crown gems of summer’s harvest on display.

Underneath this canopy, two women appear, raising lush bouquets of flowers towards the sky in a triumphant gesture of celebration. We can see other guests mingling behind them, all dressed in bright hues that express in vibrant tones their cheerful mood. The thrill of partaking in genuine and joyful communion with one another is palpable in the air.

Four of Wands Interpretation

When the 4 of Wands appears in a reading, it often signals a time of celebration, a time where we are free to rejoice and express our gratitude. We may have experienced difficulties in the past, but when this card appears, we can trust that the worst is over, and our freedom and liberation from restrictions is now assured.

At times, this card can quite literally signify a celebration: we may go to a dinner party, a festival, wedding or other social event. In simple terms, this card refers to having fun, to getting out and enjoying yourself fully and without reservations.

On a more general level, this card refers to celebration as an attitude of mind, an inner state of being characterized by a sense of optimism, happiness and joy. On that note, the appearance of the Four of Wands in a reading can more simply signify an attitude of enthusiasm, of faith in what the future holds for us.

It can also represent a spontaneous, open and free response to our current lived experiences, one where we feel free of restrictions, and unbound from any limitations. When the 4 of Wands appears, it signals that we are now free to go with the flow. We can feel grounded in the present moment, trusting in our capacity to react spontaneously, responding to whatever arises for us with a light touch and an open heart.