Suit: Suit of Wands
Card Type: Minor Arcana
Tarot Element: Fire
Star Sign: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Angel: Archangel Raphael
Key Meaning: You Can Achieve
When the King of Wands appears in your reading, it means you are feeling powerful, focused and able to achieve what you want. You are encouraged to embrace your masculine side now.
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King of Wands Keywords
🥰 Upright: Ambition, confidence, taking charge, experience
😒 Reversed: Arrogance, bully, giving up too soon, feeling lost
King of Wands Description
This description is based on the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. A King sits on his throne with wand in hand, granting the reader audience. This card represents true alpha energy. Our King seems attentive, fully present and confident, and at the same time, animated and passionate. He wants to change the world for the better, or at least make an impact in some way. He is the Knight of Wands all grown up, his days of wandering and experience have made him intuitive and wise.
As the King, if you are cool and persistent, this will be a period of considerable success.
Where the Queen of Wands tends to represent success on a more personal level, the King represents wider recognition from the world at large.
Court Card Personality Traits
This King is usually a person over 30 who is confident, enthusiastic and well-travelled. He has lived and learned and is capable of coming up with truly original ideas. Ideas which seem to come from intuition. He is a builder and gifted in motivating other people. He has a strong personality, the sort of person you notice when they enter a room. King of Wands celebrities include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert De Niro and Mick Jagger. Females who have embraced the masculine energy of this card to great success include Madonna and Jennifer Lopez. This Tarot court card is associated with sun signs Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.
LOVE: What does The King of Wands Mean when You Ask About Love?
When the King of Wands turns up in a love reading, the meaning will depend on whether or not you are in a relationship.
💖 If you asked will I find love? – the answer is Yes. Your new love is likely to be a fire sign, that is Aries, Leo or Sagittarius. Regardless of gender, they will embrace some of this court card’s personality traits (see above). This person could be your boss, or in a management position.
💖 If you have just met someone – he or she is a good catch! You should be on your best behavior and really make an effort to win them over.
💖 This card can also mean that your love life is not a top priority for you right now. You may be single, or in a relationship that fulfils your current needs. It seems that other elements of your life, career, money, hobbies or other commitments are inspiring you more.
CAREER: What does This Card Signify When You Ask About Work?
If your question relates to work, business, career or study and you receive the King of Wands, then your guidance is:
⭕ This is the time to make your career, study or passion a priority. There is a time for balance and there is a time to strive. Strive for your goals now.
⭕ Create something different, don’t copy someone else. Have confidence in your original ideas.
⭕ This is a good time to lead group activities or mentor other people.
Jobs associated with the King of Wands include: sales, fashion, arts (writing, acting, presenting, directing), CEO, journalist, public relations and politics. Also any management jobs.
MONEY: What is the Meaning of The King of Wands in a Money Reading?
💲 If you asked the Tarot about money and finances, and you receive the King of Wands, it means now is the time to think big. Invest in yourself and your future. Do not penny pinch or hold back. Taking some calculated risks at this time may prove beneficial.
💲 If you asked about a significant purchase, like a house – this card means you have the talent or connections to realise your dream home and lifestyle.
Tarot Card Combination Meanings
“King of Wands combined with The Chariot” – Inspire others by sharing your personal story
“King of Wands combined with The Empress” – Give birth to your creative dream
“King of Wands combined with Death” – Nothing is holding you back now
“King of Wands combined with Strength” – Feel the fear and do it anyway
HEALTH: What does The King of Wands Mean When You Ask About Health?
If you are worried about your health and the King of Wands turns up – it means that you are generally quite healthy. This card represents vitality and good health.
Health conditions associated with this card include problems with the joints, knees and ankles. If you have problems in any of these areas, try this affirmation every morning: “I am flexible and strong”
YES/NO: Does The King of Wands Mean Yes or No in a Reading?
❓ When you ask a Yes or No question and the King of Wands turns up, then the answer is YES.
TIMING: Does The King of Wands Predict any Particular Timeframe?
🕔 This Tarot card is only a timing indication when you specifically asked a timeframe question. For example, if you want to know if something will happen, and when, then you need to draw two separate cards. These are in fact, two separate questions. This is a fundamental principle to understand if you want an accurate tarot reading – and it is core to my teaching in my book Tarot in 5 Minutes.
🕔 Using my timing method, the King of Wands is about 14 weeks. If the card is reversed, timing will be slightly longer – so up to 21 weeks.
Karina’s Timing Method:
Swords are days. Wands are weeks. Cups are months and Pentacles are years. Please note this is my personal timing method. Feel free to adopt it (or not).
What is the Meaning of The King of Wands Reversed?
When our King is upside down then he becomes pessimistic and loses motivation.
✔️ Action is short-lived, you lack the motivation to follow through or overcome challenges. If so, draw another card for guidance on how to change.
✔️ You are suffering a loss of identity, perhaps due to retirement, redundancy or business problems.
✔️Other keywords associated a reversal include: impatience, overreaction, overly-opinionated, bully, harsh criticism, aggression and arrogance.
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