What could tarot cards reveal about our destiny, you probably wonder. Tarot cards, in tarot readings, describe certain factors that play an important role in a particular moment of our life. They do not affect our star-written destiny, but give us an insight into it.
All divination practices work the same way, only the technique differs. Divinations of various types have been practiced since ever, it seems.
Tarot cards are especially interesting because they represent archetypical personifications, allegories and symbols that would make sense in each of our lives.
Although their imagery might appear complicated and too obscure on the first look, each of the elements featured in these cards is purposeful and highly symbolical. Together, they all make perfect sense and were not put there randomly.
The origin of tarot cards is old; they were created as playing cards in the medieval times. They are still being used for playing card games.
However, by the end of the eighteenth century, when occultism and the interest into esoteric have grown popular across Europe, tarot cards have been introduced into the art of divination.
Each card is illustrated and carries specific meaning. When it comes to tarot readings, it is important that you know cards are never exclusively negative, although some would label certain cards as such.
Just as the case is with other divination techniques, tarot cards have specific meanings that would depend on the combination, on the individual case and a specific opening.
Tarot Suits Basics
Tarot decks count 78 cards, divided into two sets of cards. These are called Major Arcana, consisting of 22 cards, and Minor Arcana, counting the rest 56.
The Major Arcana are trump cards of the deck, numbered from 0 to 21.
The Minor Arcana is not of lesser importance, regardless of the term ‘minor’. This part of the deck is divided into four even suits.
These four would be the Wands, the Cups, the Swords and the Pentacles. Each of the suits counts 14 cards, of which four face cards and the rest numbered from 1 to 10. The face cards typically represent persons in our life.
Overall, Minor Arcana cards are related to everyday life. Each of these four suits presents with specific characteristics and quality.
When it comes to the appearance of the cards, there are many designs of tarot decks. The standard pattern is the very old Tarot of Marseille, but the most popular design, widely used for tarot opening, is the so-called Rider-Waite deck.
This deck was published in the early 20th century and beautifully illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith.
Suit of Wands Major Characteristics
Let us introduce you to the suit of Wands. This part of the Minor Arcana decks is associated with creative forces, with uniqueness, drive, motivation and the power of one’s will.
This powerful suit is linked with the element of Fire, as each of the four suits has their own essential element. The suit of Wands is associated with artisans, as a class.
The Knight of Wands Tarot Card Quick Facts
The Knight of Wands is our card of the day! Let us learn some basic characteristics of this Minor Arcana card.
The Knight of Wands represents enthusiasm, movement, courageous spirit and taking action. This figure represents someone clever and daring, spontaneous, very charismatic and energetic.
Key terms for The Knight of Wands tarot card: Courage, spontaneity, spirited and daring, movement and change of place, readiness to take action at any time, eagerness to pursue dreams
Key essential element of the Knight of Wands: Fire
Minor Arcana type: Court, face card
Yes/No question for The Knight of Wands card: Yes
Reversed card key terms: Jealousy and arrogance, trickery and deceit, delay, aggression and even violence, thoughtlessness, waste of potential and energy, foolishness
Visual Description of The Knight of Wands Card
Understanding of the imagery of the card is the greatest part of getting into the genuine message of the particular one.
The Knight of Wands appears impressive! We could se a full armored knight, seated on his fiery coated rearing horse. The knight is young, in his prime energy, ready to chase his dreams.
The knight holds a characteristic wand in his right hand, the sword hand. The wand is put there instead of a sword and it represents his boldness, his energetic spirit, his fiery character and everything else that the Wands suit generally stands for. The knight himself appears to be very self-confident.
His straight position on the horse and the very position of the animal undoubtedly speak about taking action and taking charge.
The interesting thing we could notice regarding the knight’s appearance are his robes. They are yellow and patterned with lizards chasing their own tail. Could you recall another card featuring a lizard motif?
Yes, it was the King of Wands. Similarly, lizards on the knight’s dress represent regeneration, cycle, changes. The knight is aware of those and he has no fear in front of changes; actually, he is the initiator of a change.
There are also parts of his clothing reminding of flames, speaking of his unstoppable energy and daring spirit.
The knight is well-equipped and it appears as if nothing could stop him. The landscape is quite unusual. We see desert and pyramids in the background.
The pyramids are loaded with symbolism and they are associated with universal order and balance, but also with mystery, enigma, even danger.
The pyramids are also something distant and exotic from the knight’s point of view, but he is eager to discover what lies hidden in their darkness.
The desert represent a journey through the unknown, and a journey that would eventually lead to richness of the world. It is a perfect metaphor of a quest.
The Knight of Wands Card Meaning Guide
I direct my will and I shall make the change.
The card of the Knight of Wands possibly represent a person you are going to meet or someone from your surroundings, but it could represent yourself, depending on the other cards in a reading.
In any case, the Knight of Wands stands for someone daring, courageous and heroic. The card is a positive one, if, of course, in an upright position.
The Knight of Wands is a card about taking action. The knight is ready to set on a quest, he is not afraid of obstacles that may come along the way. He is determined to overcome all difficulties, in order to reach his goals. What is more important, the knight is bent towards goodness, noble and heroic deeds.
However, there is something one should always think about when it comes to valiance and heroism. Not all heroic deeds are of the same nature, nor are all people capable of achieving the same heroic deeds. On a big plan, all heroic deeds matter, but it is important that one recognizes his or hers true quest.
The allegory of a knight should be taken as an allegory; in terms that not everyone should actually mount a horse and save a princess.
The knight strives for glory and accomplishment; his genuine intentions are noble, but one should always be cautious of the temptation to fall into the trap of vanity and glory for the sake of glory.
You have probably met such people in your life or experienced something of the sort yourself. This is something you should bear in mind, if the Knight of Wands appears in a reading.
Powerful cards are full of positive energy and they are generally a good omen, although one should always consider its tempting side.
The Knight of Wands – YES or NO
The Knight of Wands, as a card directly associated with taking action, must be a very straightforward YES. This card definitely says you should go for whatever you asked for.
However, as stated above, beware the trap of vanity. Think of your goals; be sure they do not harm anyone else and be a true knight. Your horse is ready!
As a matter of fact, the answer is so clear that the question it pulls on the table is HOW will you accomplish your goals.
Therefore, do not waste time on doubting it, but move onto the plan of realization. As for the ‘yes or no’ readings, if you were unfamiliar with the term, they are very simple readings that require one card to be pulled.
The questioner asks a simple question and, depending on a card, gets a simple answer of yes, no or maybe.
Such readings are particularly useful when you are in doubt about doing something or not. They are straightforward and helpful; even if you actually decide to the opposite, the answer arouses the ‘feeling’ about what you should do.
The Knight of Wands Card Upright Meaning
The Knight of Wands is the one who holds the own destiny in the own hands. The mighty Knight directs all his will towards the change. He is energetic and willing to change circumstances that need to be changed.
Although fiery and driven, the ideal knight is not thoughtless or foolish. Not at all; he is driven by his visionary ideas, but he also works on plans to make them come true.
What is more, the knight is open for guidance and advice, even if he would do everything on his own. The knight is noble, generous, approachable and completely unsusceptible to manipulation.
On his way, he would gladly help those in need. What drives the knight is passion, passion for life and goodness.
The knight is not afraid of difficulties and of rivals. Now, when we say so, it does not mean the knight is someone cold and emotionless.
No, the knight realizes the difficulties of a situation, the strength of the rival and everything else. Yes, sometimes he feels worried and does experience fear and concern, but the key is that his optimistic, life-loving spirit does not let him lose his courage.
These are the best qualities of a knight. This person is someone resourceful, tactful, eager to pursue goals, noble, brave and admirable by all means. It could be you, but it could be a person in your life who would greatly inspire you and assure you that nothing was impossible.
The knight enjoys praise and glory; he loves to be a hero in the eyes of others.
However, the genuine quality is not lost because of the knight somewhat glory seeking attitude. It is not the same to be glorious and to be the center of attention. Glory is more associated with genuine virtue.
The Knight of Wands Card Reversed Meaning
The reversed Knight of Wands stands for something different. This position of a card could ell about obstacles coming one’s way, difficulties, all kinds of problems. It could speak about someone sabotaging you, but also about self-sabotage.
The negative qualities of a knight come to light, if the card was reversed.
These negative qualities are some sort of extremes of the aforementioned good ones and they could apply to other person, but sometimes to the questioner.
Instead of noble goals, the person strives for vane fame. Instead of being a knightly person, this one does not actually care about others at all. This person is daring, but arrogant, forceful, even violent.
As the card is about taking action, in this case it tells about someone completely unscrupulous; a person who would literally drive the cart over dead bodies.
Such a person is very rude towards others, too proud of themselves, ignorant of others and their needs. This one does not respect neither a friend nor an enemy.
Such people are far from being knightly in character. The fair play is not important to them. They are prone to trickery and deceit.
In the long run, this is, of course, the road to one’s own ruin. These people have overthrown themselves from the saddle, by unrightfully overthrowing others. It is hard to love them and being loved by them.
The Knight of Wands reversed is the card of selfishness, scandalous behavior, irascibility, irritability, hot-headedness and explosive temperament.
It is not always easy to realize their true nature, because, on the first look, they appear to be brave and confident, while it is actually the opposite, otherwise they would not need any force or violence.
The Knight of Wands Tarot Card – Career Meaning
The Knight of Wands is a very good card when it comes to career, especially when it comes to new deals and plans.
The card suggests great capability of handling things, a natural born tactician and plan maker, but also a daring executor of the plans. The card speaks about a visionary mind, but not unrealistic. In short, the card promises success and a fruitful work.
This card strongly advises that one should take charge of their business plans and not let others mess with it too much.
Of course, it values and encourages reliable collaborations and actually proves one that he or she was capable of recognizing and building solid and useful connections. Everything is clear and fair with the Knight of wands.
The Knight of Wands is a card that speaks for the daring. This is a card that suggests daring moves should be made and, at times, they have to be made, in order to progress.
Brace yourself, hold your reins and take full charge! However, do not be hasty, do not let inspiring ideas make you forget to done your helmet and take up your sword.
The Knight of Wands Tarot Card – Love Meaning
One would expect that the Knight of Wands was a perfect card to pull in a love and relationships reading. Not exactly.
The knight is fiery, passionate, but not particularly stable. This is an adventurous character, always eager to explore new horizons, to move frequently and, overall, not ready to sit still.
If such one was on a personal quest for glory, there are hard chances the knight would be ready to commit. It is not that this person has any bad intentions and, what is the most common case, the knight does not intend to break anyone’s heart.
However, this could happen. This reading would greatly depend on other cards and a particular situation.
Who knows, maybe you and your knightly one are destined to share the same quest? Maybe you need a passionate love adventure and, of course, your love for one another could grow more and more and become steady over time.
In any case, this combo always carries a risk, because of the overall adventurous and very active Knight person.
The Knight of Wands Tarot Card – Health Meaning
The Knight of Wands brings up good news regarding physical and spiritual well-being. Made up of action, loaded with energy, this card tells about recovery, good health and of being strong.
Both the body and mind are to be filled with fresh new energy, when the Knight of Wands opens in a health reading.
The card is about personal enlightenment that would literally be a change of a lifetime, a spiritual rebirth that comes through a daring quest.
However, a genuine knight also recognizes the moment he should put down his sword, take of his armor and give himself and his faithful companion, his horse, the proper rest. Only then he could continue his journey and grow stronger.
The Knight of Wands Combined
Each card of the tarot deck would carry a special message when seen along other cards.
Let us take a look into several good examples of The Knight of Wands card combined with other cards from the Major and the Minor Arcana. Here they are.
- The Knight of Wands and Strength: Great desire to explore new horizons
- The Knight of Wands and The Star: Immeasurable faith into own designs and visions
- The Knight of Wands and The Ace of Cups: Romantic adventure
- The Knight of Wands and The Five of Cups: Failure due to impatience and impulsiveness
- The Knight of Wands and The Nine of Swords: Helplessness
- The Knight of Wands and The Six of Pentacles: Rewarded for bravery
The Knight of Wands Message
So, what is the core of the Knight of Wands message? Be brave, be daring, be tactful and always follow your dreams. As a true knight, be righteous and honorable in your deeds.
By your own given strength, capabilities and skills, you could achieve wonderful things, all on your own.