Tarot Card meaning for the King of Wands



In the King of Wands, we see a King on his throne. The salamander on his coat has come full circle through the Court cards. His gaze is on his Kingdom and things that have been, or on what might have been. This could be the right focus or we might want to refocus a bit more on the present and the future.

The King of Wands as a day card

Today you or someone you know might show a level of experience and ability for reflection.
On the other hand, they might be stuck on some aspect from the past, reflecting too much on what has been rather than planning for the future. Who could this be? How can we acknowledge the past and embrace the future?

Negative or reversed meaning for this card

The Wands are an enthusiastic, energetic suit. If we interpret the King of Wands in a negative or reversed way we might find that this person is out of energy or too focused on past success rather than spending time on maintaining or increasing their ‘Kingdom’ for future.

How this card could present itself in real life

Another dear friend of mine was well into retirement when he bought a new house, was doing it up, did up the garden and had plans to continue doing this to another property. He was very energetic and would find it hard to sit still and not be doing something with his hands; building, painting you name it he could do it. He was always very present and future focussed, the past was gone. It was important for him to know which project he was working on today and what the project was in the weeks to come.

How this card is represented in other Tarot decks

Kings are represented differently in different tarot decks. The card represents the final figure in the court card for a suit and could be called (amongst others), King, Knight or wise one. In all decks this figure shows us a person who has been in this suit for the longest amount of time, someone that feels at home in the suit and has many skills to draw on.


In the Crowley Tarot we see the Knight as a very energetic, adventurous spirit. He seems very much in control of his horse and his abilities.

In the Celtic Dragon Tarot this King, similarly to the King of Swords has something lethargic about him. It is like he either has given up or he just wants to rest.

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