Two of Wands | Tarot Card Meaning & Interpretation

Two of Cups

Keywords for the Two of Wands

AUTHORITYMAKING A CHOICE
INFLUENCESUCCESS
WORLDLY POWERRESPONSIBILITY
LEADERSHIP”VENI, VIDI, VICI”
COMMANDS RESPECTJADED

In the image on the card, we see a well-dressed man standing on a balcony, a man who clearly exudes an aura of power, authority, and success. His position high above the town in his castle, his expensive attire, royal purple robes, and confident stance make clear that he is someone who commands respect.

Gazing out at the territory stretching out in front of him, he holds a small globe in one hand, gripping a wand in the other. He seems to be deep in thought. He turns the globe over and over in his hand as he contemplates a decision to be made, weighing each choice carefully in his mind. 

Alternatively, he might be reflecting on his past, remembering the exploration and adventures of his youth, captivated by the memories of the battles won, success gained and victories had in days gone by.

Ask anyone on the street in the town below, and they would tell you that they envy this man, admire his accomplishments, and only wish that one day they might possess a fraction of his power, status, and wealth. 

But ask this man himself? Well, he might tell you a different story… You would hear how he is bored, restless, uninspired by this life of comfort and stability. You would know how trapped he feels, chained to the earth by the work of his own hand, ruled by his own extensive possessions. 

Even without a word, we can guess that likely feels trapped, even lost, without a goal to organize his efforts around. We can see this symbolized by the second wand, which stands to the right of its own accord, lacking a connection to life. It is held upright only by the metal shackle which binds it to the castle wall, making it unlikely to fall, yet also unable to be free.

Two of Wands Interpretation

When this card appears in a tarot reading, it can indicate the possession of great personal power, accomplishment, and success. It refers to the fruits of a brave and courageous soul, a heart that seeks the thrill of adventure and loves a good challenge, along with an original mind that knows how to make it all happen.

It can also refer to an ability to command respect, to act as an authoritative leader and influence others through the powerful force of his will and determination. The 2 of Wands may also reference a certain aura of “greatness” such a man (or woman) will naturally possess, along with the attention, admiration and influence inspired in those he comes into contact with. 

Another possibility expressed by the 2 of Wands is that of being at a turning point, of reaching a critical juncture where a decision must be made in order to move forward. It shows a person at a crossroads, carefully weighing each decision, preparing to take action.

Finally, this card may also indicate being possessed by a troubling sense of ennui, of listlessness, of feeling bored and uninspired by one’s current circumstances. The Two of Wands can appear when we are more focused on the thrill of the chase, This comes up in situations where we care only about conquering, and lose interest once the challenge has disappeared.

If this is the case, we may want to ask ourselves what we gain from being in constant pursuit of “the next best thing.” While this pattern may at times be very gratifying for the ego, if we persist we may find ourselves locked into a destructive pattern of dominance and aggression, which ultimately leaves us and others feeling empty and unfulfilled.