Knight of Wands
Function: The Will, Action, Creativity, and Initiation
The Page of Wands grows up, gets some armor and horse, and boldly ventures forth. He still wears his tunic with the salamanders, symbolizing fire: passion, the alchemy of thought into reality. In fact, it’s ripped, as if it’s just clinging to his body but about to come off. Or perhaps he’s torn because he tried to fit it over his armor.
He now wears white armor, symbolizing his youthfulness and naiveté and rides an orange horse, symbolizing enthusiasm and exuberance. He has the armor, he has the horse, and he seems to have the chutzpah…but does he have what it takes to make the Page’s dreams into realities? Because it certainly seems as if he’s ready to go.
But where is he going? Does he know? Does he even care? Does he even know what’s ahead of him? What will happen when he gets there? He’s in the desert now. There are three pyramids or mountains behind him, but he’s heading in a different direction. Those obstacles will have to wait for another day.
The Knight of Wands is action about to be taken. The time to contemplate and dream is over. It’s not necessarily careful planning or deliberation, but simply the very first moment of intentional action toward fulfilling a desire. The action is thus almost entirely fueled by the initial desire, confident that success will be had.
The Knight of Wands is also foolhardy, overconfident, and brash. This isn’t the card for strategic moves or even making a move with someone else. This is entirely self-focused, even self-absorbed. The Knight of Wands is still a boy, though an attractive one, and is still filled with the exuberance, daring, and charm of a young man who is invested fully in his youth and thinks that that alone will carry him through life.
The Knight of Wands isn’t worried about anyone else, what happens to them, or how the Knight of Wands affects them. There are no people or structures or even other wands in the card for a reason. The Knight of Wands is all about advancing the wants and needs of the Knight of Wands. Without having to worry about anyone else, he doesn’t need to second guess. In fact, the Knight of Wands doesn’t think before it acts.
When Knight of Wands is Reversed:
The Knight of Wands reversed is indicative of hubris. When the Knight of Wands is reversed, forward movement is frustrated or denied. Or, the querent makes a move, doesn’t look, and falls flat on their face. They may be overconfident and completely unrealistic in their beliefs about their abilities and talents.
They may also severely underestimate themselves and be terrified of change or action. The reversed Knight of Wands can show someone who is so wrapped up in anxiety that they’re paralyzed.
On the hand, The Knight of Wands reversed can indicate someone impulsive and reckless, who is going to do what they want to do when they want to do it because they do.
In a three-card reading, this card means…
Past: In the past, the querent took bold action, moving forward and in possibly a new direction, which has brought them to the present.
Present: Currently, the querent is at a critical stage where they want to make a big change or pursue their heart’s desire, even if it means going at it alone.
Future: In the future, the querent is going to have the confidence and courage to follow their dreams and actually take the first bold moves to do so.