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The King of Wands - Tarot Card Meanings

Key Symbolism


being a leader-type, keeping a cool head, being determined, taking risks, being in control, being inventive, being assertive, to take a chance, motivating those around you, sharing experience.

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Description and Symbolism


The King of Wands sits on his throne with a rather cold expression on his face to indicate that he is using his rational mind. The throne is decorated with lions representing power and strength and salamanders, which are symbolic of the element fire - the element of the wands. A salamander also sits on the floor next to the king. The king holds a wand in his hand and he seems to be determined to take action. The red robe he is wearing symbolizes his passion and power.



Geneal Meaning


In the King of Wands card, the elements Fire and Air are combined and therefore the realm of the passions and mental force. If he does not represent a person, he can indicate certain behaviours that you display or have to display, if it is meant as an advice. Maybe you have a goal in mind that you are passionate about, and you have to use your intellect to get to the right results. It can indicate that you have to take a risk and need to leave feelings of uncertainty aside. King of Wands can also advise you to act like a leader in a situation, to keep a cool head, and to keep your goal in mind, without having feelings distract you on your way.

As a Person


most probably a man or a woman with masculine traits, in their later thirties or mature, energetic, active, fiery, passionate, determined, quick-witted, disciplined, strong, ambitious, risk-taker, intelligent, creative, forceful, charismatic, bold, dominant, leader-type, thoughtful, focused, visionary, goal-oriented, arrogant, aggressive, adventurous, self-confident, visionary, macho-type, masculine

Love Meaning


If the King of Wands represents a relationship it could mean that the characteristics of the King of Wands play a role. Since the King of Wands is very action oriented, the love in the relationship could be expressed by actions a lot - like buying gifts or flowers, taking the other person on a trip, or even by working hard to enable you to afford what you both want. If you are in love with a King of Wands type of person, you need to keep in mind that they need their freedom. This person also is not overly emotional - they prefer to express their love by actions and passion. Since the King is at a mature stage this person probably is a loyal partner.

As Feelings

If you ask how someone feels for you, the King of Wands can indicate that this person feels passionate and sexually attracted to you, but they are also very controlled. They feel its a good thing to act in a thought-out manner. If they are interested in you, they might be thinking about long-term. 

If you want to know more about the meaning of the Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings of the Tarot have a look at the Court Cards.

© Illustrations from the Radiant Rider-Waite 2015 reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems Inc., Stanford, CT 06902. c. 2015 by U.S. Games Systems Inc. All rights reserved.

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