The Suit of Wands
The suit of wands is a masculine/yang suit, and it represents the will to be, inspiration, confidence, opportunity, and beginnings. The Suit of Wands blazes new trails and goes where angels fear to tread. It’s moving, and action, and being in the moment. It’s creativity and theatrics. It’s using the body to make things happen.
There is a difference between creativity an imagination. Whereas the Suit of Cups represents imagination, the Suit of Wands represents creativity. While imagination often comes before creativity, and creativity fuels imagination, imagination is internal, and creativity is external. Creativity manifest in material reality in one way or another. This is what the Suit of Wands represents: manifesting in material reality what you imagine.
There is no outright harsh Wands card. Even the Five of Wands and the Nine of Wands that allude to struggle aren’t necessarily struggle. The Five of Wands can be a completion or a fight: after all, what manifests is what you intend, and if you intend a fight, that’s what you get. If you intend to play, you get a competition.
The Suit of Wands’ element is Fire. It corresponds astrologically to the fire signs of the zodiac: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. These are the creative, active, bold, and daring signs of the zodiac.
Wands Story Arc:
The creative process starts with the spark of inspiration. Next, comes action, shoring you courage and deciding to make a bold move and venture out. Daring, of course, may mean uncertainty and going at it alone, but people appreciate it. Of course, there’s competition, friendly or not, and a struggle to be the best, because no one stays on top forever. It will hurt, but if you can handle the blows with grace and keep your enthusiasm and courage, you can keep going, and no on will stop you.
The movement through the wands also shows that one has to have nothing faith – perhaps even against all evidence to the contrary – that it can be done, even if it’s just vanity talking. Sometimes, the faith is the one thing, and the only thing, needed to get through and get back on track.
Even in a desert, you have all you need because you can make it happen. In fact, you may not want to have a lot of stuff near you, or in your possession, because it weighs you down and restricts your freedom, which is the most important thing you’ll ever have: it’s your freedom of movement that allows you to manifest what you will.
An Abundance of Wands in a Reading
An abundance of wands in a reading indicates new beginnings, inspiration, and changes. The querent is actively working toward something and trying to create something. They’re not necessarily trying to create wealth or status, but something of their own.
Many wand cards could also indicate that the querent is doing something alone, or doing something for the first time. Whether they will achieve it depends greatly on how courageous they are.
Of course, a lot of Wands cards could also indicate someone who goes at it alone because they think they’re the best or better than others. While it certainly takes some moxie to do new things and to be a pioneer, it can go to an extreme and become egomaniacal.
Wands Spiritual Lesson
The spiritual lesson of the Wands is to know that “faith without works is dead,” and that in order to achieve, one has to first believe they can do it, and then take the first step. To try and fail is better than not trying at all. We all individuals and meant to create.