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The Suit of Wands in the Rider Waite Smith Deck of Tarot Cards

The Rider Waite Smith deck of Tarot Cards is made up of the Major Arcana, consisting of 22 cards and Four Suits.  These can be compared to the four suits in playing cards.

The Suits are Cups, Wands, Swords and Pentacles and represent the four elements of Water, Fire, Air and Earth. Tarot Cards have a lot of cross-over with Astrology.

In this article we will look at the Suit of Wands.

The Suit of Wands is about energy and creativity

 It is an action based suit of cards and often represents work or business.  These are usually doing cards. These cards are about taking creative ideas and turning them into reality.  They can also indicate hobby based projects that a person is passionate about or charity or voluntary work. Just because there is a lot of energy going into projects, it does not always mean that there is money with it.

In the pictures, all the Wands cards in the Rider Waite Smith deck of tarot cards, are shown as wooden poles with little leaves sprouting out of them.  This is new life, new growth and new things sprouting out, even when the situation around may look a bit grim.

The Wands cards can also have sexual connotations. If you look closely at the Wands cards, you will see that they are all long, straight sticks and some of them have quite bulbous, round ends. This is particularly noticeable in the Ace of Wands and the Page of Wands.

Apart from being a great source of amusement, especially the first time someone notices the shape, it is very important to realise that sexual energy is one of our primary driving forces. According to the Author Napoleon Hill, in his classic book ‘Think and Grow Rich’, sexual energy, when properly directed, can be a huge power-house of creative drive.

In astrological terms, this suit corresponds to the element of FIRE, which is about making things happen. The element of fire is associated with the signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius, although the character traits are more important than the astrological sign.

The self, the ego and external appearances can be very important to FIRE people, as can the need to be the centre of attention.

On the positive side, the sort of qualities associated with WANDS and FIRE are energy, passion, creativity, big vision, big picture, drive, enthusiasm, generous, originality, leader, loyal, hard-working, outgoing, happy, cheerful, optimist, bright, sunny disposition, affectionate, demonstrative, courageous, adventurous, self-starter, initiative, enterprising, assertive, forceful, persuasive, action oriented, making things happen, organised, high standards and expectations.

On the negative side, there can be impulsiveness, not thinking things through properly, blind optimism, excessive risk taking, rash,  explosive, fiery temper, selfish, lacking tact or diplomacy, intolerant, aggressive,  a drama queen, prone to exaggeration, intolerant, a slave driver, impatience with others, riding roughshod over the feelings of others, big ego, inability to listen, know-it-all, lack of attention to detail, boredom and inability to complete things, take on too much and unable to delegate.

The energy of the WANDS and FIRE is hard to miss, whether that is in a person or a situation.

Amanda Goldston
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