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King of Wands Meaning - Tarot Card Meanings

By Tina Gong


King of Wands Keywords

Upright Keywords Reversed Keywords
leadership, vision, big picture, taking control, daring decisions, boldness, optimism forceful, domineering, tyrant, vicious, powerless, ineffective, weak leader
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King of Wands Meaning - Original Rider Waite Tarot Depiction

King of Wands Tarot Card Description

The King of Wands depicts a man who has in his hands a blossoming wand, which is set to represent creativity and life's passion. His throne, as well as his cape, are decorated with the salamander and the lion, which are symbols of fire and strength. The salamander that is biting his tail represents the infinity as well as the overall drive to move through all obstacles. The robe is bright and orange resembling a flame, while the crown is shaped like a tongue of fire. Let’s go ahead and take a deeper look at the symbolism behind the King of Wands.

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Upright King of Wands Meaning

The meaning of the upright position of the King of Wands represents pure energy. Unlike the other wands cards in the deck however, this particular one is not focused on pure creativity. Instead, this king is actually way more likely to take an idea and to decisively implement it himself. The King of Wands is a natural born leader of people, and he is also extremely capable. Once the king sets for himself a certain aim or a goal, he is going to conveniently stick to it in order to ensure that it becomes a reality.

The King of Wands is a natural born leader of people, and he is also extremely capable.

The King of Wands looks forward to all sorts of different challenges - whether great or small, for he gets a natural adrenaline rush associated with the solving of problems.

Upright Love Meaning Upright Career Meaning Upright Finances Meaning
energetic, charismatic lover, taking the lead in love achievement in career, respected position, mentorship financial stability, financial wisdom, generosity to others

Upright King of Wands Tarot Love Meaning

There’s never a dull moment with the King of Wands, and in your love tarot reading he can appear as an energetic, natural leader that is generous with both their time and their resources. Their fiery nature means that they may have quite a temper, but he is as quick to forget his anger as he is to incite it. With such energy, some folks may find the King of Wands to be rather exhausting, but he brings excitement to every situation. Should this card not appear as a person that is entering your life, this card can indicate a time of focus and perseverance. You may be putting extra effort into you romantic situation now, and this could have great rewards. If you are in a relationship, this card is a happy one; the love between the you is passionate and deep, though sometimes you can still have an argument here or there.

Career Meaning - Upright King of Wands

The king of wands in your career reading can signal success and respect in your field. These ideas are linked at the present moment; you do not have to pick which applies to you. If you see the king, it is likely that you are in a high position. You might be a mentor to others. Alternatively, those around you might see you as a laudable person with morals and values. The king also suggests a boom in business. Your career is doing particularly well right now. This is not just a temporary condition. There is a longevity to your success. Your victories are likely the result of your ability to take chances when daring is needed and be cautious when it is required.

Finances Meaning - Upright King of Wands

You are good at managing money if you find the king here. You likely are in a stable situation because you can save if required but are also willing to spend when the time comes for it. This balance allows you to appreciate and protect your earnings. Continue to practice these principles. Saving money exclusively can be wise, but spending money, particularly on others, can be a gesture of appreciation. You are wise enough to maintain this equilibrium. Trust your judgments on investments and purchases. The stability and success you are experiencing now has the potential to be more permanent. Your good habits will sustain you as long as you continue to actively practice them.

King of Wands Reversal Meaning

The negative aspect of the card is associated, as you may guess, with a feeling of arrogance. He can even be rather aggressive in the actual pursuit of his goals, regardless of whether he’s actually conscious or not of it. He wouldn’t show restraint, nor even the humbleness to know when his assistance isn’t actually required.

When reversed, the card depicts a personality which is prone to taking rash, impulsive and hasty decisions. This person could be pushy, overbearing as well as dominating at times. Even though he might rarely do this with a sense of malice or with an intention to make someone feel submissive, this is without a doubt a part of his character that one can be frustrated at.

In reversal, the card represents the worst spectrum of the qualities of the fire – selfishness and ruthlessness. He can be manipulative as long as you are serving his purpose. With this in mind, the card definitely points out strong and weak aspects, and reflecting on his image can help you dig deeper in your personality. 

Reversed Love Meaning Reversed Career Meaning Reversed Finances Meaning
arrogant, bossy lover, control issues, forceful lover lack of leadership at work, depending on others, passiveness at work not taking charge of your finances, passiveness, no financial goals

Reversed King of Wands Tarot Love Meaning

Reversed, the King of Wands tarot love meaning can point to an arrogant, aggressive and bossy bully. Should the card not appear in your life as a person in your life, you may have to consider your own actions. Have you been controlling, dominating or egotistical? There’s a good chance that if you’re facing issues with relationships and romance, this attitude may be the reason. You may be thinking you are doing the right thing, pushing others to be their best self, but even the best intentions can be soured with a forceful, pressuring hand. Everyone has their own way of learning, and you may be better off letting your partners explore their own solutions to their own problems, instead of coercing them to do things your way.

Career Meaning - Reversed King of Wands

The reversed king of wands here can signal a lack of leadership and direction. You might wait for others to bring you things instead of chasing opportunities yourself. If you continue to wait for others to define your purpose, you might never find something that truly fits your passions. Serendipity is useful and important in many careers; it is not, however, a reliable source. Try to define your own wants and needs. If you have a goal or career in mind, things might not be going well in your career because you lack the confidence. It is important to trust your own instincts over the advice of others sometimes. Everyone views the world through their own lens; remember that someone else’s bias might cloud their vision of what you need. Trust yourself in your career.

Finances Meaning - Reversed King of Wands

Take action if you see the king of wands reversed here. It is unreasonable to expect the universe to give you success. Take charge of your finances. Instead of hoping for luck to come your way, be proactive in seeking out economic opportunities. You can command your finances in a number of ways. Ask for a raise. Budget your spending. Seek more/different employment. Whatever makes sense to you in your position is likely best. It is easier to wait and hope money falls into your lap but rarely does it happen. Instead, try to take productive and defined steps towards your goals. You have the ability to realize your financial dreams. You just need to work for them.

King of Wands Tarot Cheat Sheet

King of Wands Meaning - Tarot Card Meanings Cheat Sheet

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