Six of Wands | Tarot Card Meaning & Interpretation

6 of Wands

Keywords for the Six of Wands


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.

Interpretation of the 6 of Wands in a Reading

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.