Tarot Card meaning for the Knight of Wands



In the Knight of Wands, we see a young man on a horse in movement. With one hand he controls the horse, and with the other he holds a Wand. This Knight stands for starting a new adventure or project, we might need to guide him along to send him galloping the right way? (as he is at the moment, facing left; the past).

The Knight of Wands as a day card

Today you or someone you know might be working on a project or staring a new adventure. Who could this be? Is the Knight going in the right direction with his project and is he going the right way about it? If not, how can we correct this?

Negative or reversed meaning for this card

There is a lot of energy and enthusiasm in the Knight of Wands. We are also not alone on this card as well, as we have a horse. These things are often very positive, the negative side of this card however, could be that we potentially waste a lot of energy and don’t think, analyse and assess before we do something. As the horse symbolizes external help we might also waste a lot of money and resources in our endeavours. Some input from other court cards in other suits might not go astray here.

How this card could present itself in real life

I am a combination between a Swords and Wands person when this card is in a reading it means that I am full of an exciting idea and will work day and night on it. The problem is that this could lead to burn out and too much of a good thing (think back to the Ten of Wands). It also means that at times I have wasted a lot of time and money because I acted before I thought. There were and are always lessons to learn from this, but it is sometimes hard to change the very default settings you have as a person (which are often represented in the suits and the elements you are most comfortable in).

How this card is represented in other Tarot decks

Knights are just that bit more mature than the pages in the court cards. There is however still allot to learn at this stage and some of the knights might become overly confident. In other decks this card is represented by female Knights or a Princess. Modern decks change the genders of the court cards around to show that the role is not really based on gender, more on a developmental stage.


In the Crowley we have a Prince that appears to be in control of a cart that is pulled by a lion. Everything about this card is energetic, fast, furious and possibly a bit larger than life.

In the Celtic Dragon Tarot this card is called a Knight and has a similar feel and energy as in the Crowley deck. The Knight is flying with his winged horse in the night sky. Lots of excitement and adventures to be had – that is if we keep it within reason.

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