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King of Wands Tarot Card Meaning

King of Wands Keywords

UPRIGHT: leadership | charisma | masculine power | long-term success

REVERSED: poor leadership | arrogance | abuse of power

King of Wands Description

The King of Wands is depicted on his throne, gripping a wand that is blooming, signifying vitality and creative energy. The throne and his cape feature lions and salamanders, emblematic of fire, denoting passion, strength, and resilience. The imagery of salamanders biting their own tails on his cape symbolizes the concept of infinity and reflects the King's perpetual momentum and determination to overcome challenges.

This card portrays a figure of authority and charisma, one who embodies leadership, enthusiasm, and a pioneering spirit. His connection with the element of fire is indicative of his dynamic nature and his ability to inspire and drive progress. The King of Wands represents a powerful, creative force, highlighting qualities of innovation, boldness, and a continuous, unwavering pursuit of goals despite the adversities that may arise.

NOTE: The tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider-Waite deck and Decoding The Cards

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Decoding The Cards goes further than keywords and traditional interprations by providing exercises for each card in the tarot.

The exercises this book are designed to challenge you to delve deeper into the meanings of each card, as well as consider your own personal experiences in relation to the traditional meanings.

King of Wands Upright

The King of Wands symbolizes creative mastery and inspirational thought. You have a clear idea of the big picture and the outcome you’re working toward, and you can see your plans through to the end.

The King of Wands indicates that you are ready to step into a leadership role, enlisting others to make your dreams a reality rather than doing it alone. You are charismatic and determined, which is why others believe in you. They want to be a part of your creative vision and support your long-term goals. 

When the King of Wands appears, it is a sign that it’s time to be fearless — let your heart lead the way and take a chance on something bold!

King of Wands Reversed

The King of Wands reversed may indicate that you are timid and afraid to stand up for your passions or beliefs. It may also be a sign that although you’re in a management role, you are uncomfortable leading others. You’re managing their performance but not inspiring them or leading by example.

The reversed King of Wands can indicate a lack of skill or resistance to accepting responsibility. It warns, too, against abusing your power or wielding it poorly.

When the King of Wands reversed appears in a reading, it may be a warning not to set unrealistic expectations for yourself or the others involved in your vision. Too much ambition without solid planning may set you up for failure.

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