When you are a Tarot beginner, it can all seem very overwhelming.
How will I learn the meaning of all 78 cards? What if I make a mistake while reading for someone? Should I learn reversals too? How do I do a Tarot spread?
The first step is to relax and stop stressing out. It is not that difficult to read Tarot cards. You just need the right technique to learn it quickly.
That is: Splitting the deck into its natural groups and studying multiple cards together.
In today’s lesson, I will teach you this technique by showing you how to quickly learn the meaning of the numbered cards of the Suit of Wands.
Just remember: Tarot cards tell stories. Learn to find connections between the cards and you will make your life a whole lot simpler.
Ready to learn? Let’s dive in.
The Domain of Wands
Before we get to the meat of today’s lesson, we need to first answer a few questions—
What is the nature of the Suit of Wands?
What do the numbered Minor Arcana cards stand for?
What do I do if my Tarot deck doesn’t have a suit named Wands?
Let’s start with the first.
The Suit of Wands represents the element Fire. That’s why the domain of Wands is related to everything that Fire rules — action, drive, passion, lust, power, running after your desires, making things happen, creativity, and masculinity (yang).
All the numbered cards of the Minor Arcana (irrespective of the suit) represent the various aspects of the suit’s element. Therefore, the Ace to 10 of Wands represent the various ways in which Fire manifests itself in real life situations.
Finally, since all Tarot decks represent the 4 elements (Earth, Water, Air, and Fire) through their Minor Arcana suits, if your deck doesn’t have a suit of Wands, check the guidebook and figure out which suit reflects the element Fire. If you can’t find it, look for the suit that corresponds with everything Fire stands for (as discussed).
Just remember: All decks are not the same because the deck creator’s essence and interpretation of the elements color the way the cards are represented. Therefore, if your deck doesn’t have the traditional suits, use the PDF worksheet at the end of this lesson to work out the meanings unique to your deck.
Now let’s get on with the main lesson.
The Numbered Cards of the Suit of Wands
Ace of Wands
All Aces are considered seeds. Therefore, the Ace of Wands is the seed of fire. The spark that catches fire and explodes into a fire ball.
But what is this spark?
It is inspiration. Pure and fiery inspiration to make something happen.
The Ace of Wands represents inspiration that fuels our passion and desire to conquer our goals. It is the lust that follows that initial spark when our eyes meet another’s across the room. It is the urge to create something extraordinary and leave our mark on this world.
Two of Wands
Fire once sparked always wants to grow big. It searches for more wood to consume. More paper. More combustibles. That is the nature of the 2 of Wands.
2 of Wands represents the desire to establish and grow. To achieve one goals and then achieve something bigger. It is the drive to be successful. The drive to climb the ladder and be an authority in your field. The drive to have status and power.
Three of Wands
Fire cannot be tamed. It cannot be boxed in. The flames always try to conquer new ground. To explore and find new places to burn. To burst and crackle and fly to a new location. That is the essence of the 3 of Wands.
The 3 of Wands represents our drive to explore the world. To learn more, grow more, reach out and find more. It is the seeking of new opportunities. New connections. New avenues to grow our authority and influence. The need to conquer new ground.
Four of Wands
Add a bit of paper to fire, and fire will happily burn it away. Add oil, it will burn brighter. Place it in a windy area, it will burn higher. The 4 of Wands represents this aspect of fire.
The 4 of Wands is a card of celebration. The celebration of a partnership to expand more and reach higher ground together. The celebration of two people joining together in matrimony. The celebration of an alliance.
Five of Wands
Add water to fire and it will explode out to conquer this unlike element. That’s why you should never try to douse fire with water, and instead should cover it to cut off its air supply to extinguish it. Water just makes fire burn and crackle more. That is the essence of the 5 of Wands.
The 5 of Wands is a card of conflict and challenges. It is how you compete to be the winner. It is the test of your will power, your determination to win at all costs, and your drive to prove yourself.
Six of Wands
When you add water to fire, two things can happen — it can splutter out and die, or it can evaporate the water on contact and burst higher. The 6 of Wands represents the latter: The nature of fire when it overcomes its natural adversary.
The 6 of Wands is the card of the hero. It represents the defeat of your adversaries. It is what comes after you have proven that your dreams and ambitions are the strongest of them all. It is the mark of earning the right to shout your victory.
Seven of Wands
Fire always makes a stand before it burns out. It burns until the last fiber of wood is burnt. It fights till its last breath. The 7 of Wands represents that.
The 7 of Wands is the card of the warrior who stands up and protects what’s his. He protects his family, his status, his power, his everything. He takes a stand and fights off the usurpers who will drag him down the throne.
Eight of Wands
Ever seen a stream of fire? Or a hurtling fireball? The 8 of Wands is that.
The 8 of Wand represents ambition. It is that fiery drive to achieve greatness in the world. The vision for the long game. The persistent drive to battle through the years until the crown is yours.
Nine of Wands
When fire is small—as small as the waiting flame of a lamp—we see it reflected in the 9 of Wands.
The 9 of Wands represents patience and vigilance. The capacity to stay on guard and be watchful. To stand by and strike only when the perfect moment arises.
Ten of Wands
Brighter the fire, faster it will burn out, and stronger will be its urge to spread and sustain itself. That’s the 10 of Wands.
The 10 of Wands represents the burden of responsibilities. It is the CEO who bears the weight of her company’s success on her shoulders. The head of the tribe who must sustain everyone by bearing the burden of bringing in big game every day. It is the athlete who stays strong and runs the last lap of the race even when his energy is flagging.
The 10 of Wands is the measure of your strength under pressure to cross the finish line. It is the test of your willpower and reserve.
Handy Keyword Guide
Download the PDF Worksheet
Learning all the numbered cards of the suit of Wands is easy when you find the story threading them together. But you will not truly connect with your deck until you take out the cards and study them properly.
This lesson is just a guide. Not the end all be all. Your job now is to find the unique story of your Tarot deck’s suit of Wands (or whatever corresponds with it). And to help you do so, I have put together a handy PDF Guide + Worksheet so you can practice in peace at home.
I recommend you take a print out of this and follow the guidelines in the worksheet to make your life a whole lot easier.
But how to get the worksheet?
If you are a member of the Exclusive Reader’s Club, you will find the worksheet in the special access Tarot folder. (Email me if you have lost the link.)
But you are not, don’t worry! You can join for FREE right now and get instant access to all the Tarot books and resources that are available to Club members.
All images used for keyword graphics: Crystal Visions Tarot by Jennifer Galasso
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