Card meanings: ace of wands


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This is the card of new beginnings, enterprises, calculated risks, or taking renewed action after a period of rest.

It is the energy similar to the Sun in Aries (Spring) and is inspirational and highly motivational. This card also often signifies opportunities (that you have to jump at) and actions that require physical effort. All in all it is a very positive card, but it can be combative due to its emphatic and forceful energy.

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Ace of Wands — Rider Deck Blue Box  Ace of Wands : Description: The “hand of God” appears from a small cloud, holding a budding branch while leaves reminiscent of Hebrew yods gently fall. The sky is otherwise calm, a tranquil river crosses the flat plains in the background, and a large castle sits atop a hillside fortification. This image is static and symbolic, and ethereal. This card inherits its cardinality from being an Ace, or the first of the suit, and the suit of Wands is representative of the element of fire. This combination makes this a card of explosive energy.

Prime elements at work in this card

  • Number: Ace (or One). Impetus, beginnings, or priority. Odd
  • Suit: Wands. Action, adventure, vitality, virility, dominance, authority by might
  • Direction: East. General beginnings. Mornings, dawn
  • Element: Fire. Aggression, ambition, leadership, energy, competition

Traditional meaning: First off, this is a very Aries card. Let’s cover this. The suit of Wands is equated with the metaphysical element of fire, and the number one is the “first” of anything. But take a moment and really think about the whole “Aries” thing. Love ’em or hate ’em, not much would get done without Aries people and Aries energy. The whole point of Aries energy is “something from nothing” (never confuse that as something for nothing—a popular concept which in reality just does not exist). Before Aries there is nothing. “Zero,” or the null. Aries energy is the will imposing itself so forcibly on the universe that it simply springs into being. No other astrological sign can do that (sorry Scorpios).

The sheer audacity required to say “I am!” and force yourself into existence is often downright barbaric, but it is the most powerful “impact” in all of reality. It is explosive and “pushy,” “rude,” and even “obnoxious,” but it is the only way to drag anything from the ether into “reality.” This card represents that wild, untamed, explosive energy that unleashes “new” onto the world. That “new” is often described by accompanying cards (“new” ideas, actions, beliefs, habits, cars, spouses, etc.), but this card is the catalyst to change. Keep that in mind when this card comes up in your spreads.

This is the card of new beginnings, enterprises, calculated risks, or taking renewed action after a period of rest. It is the energy similar to the Sun in Aries (Spring) and is inspirational and highly motivational. This card also often signifies opportunities (that you have to jump at) and actions that require physical effort. All in all it is a very positive card, but it can be combative due to its emphatic and forceful energy.

Traditional reversed meaning: This is still a high energy card, but when it comes up reversed, expect conflict, disagreements, obstacles, and general mayhem in any new venture. Reversed, this card can also reveal a new direction in life (like being chased out of town by peasants armed with pitchforks!), so be ready to adapt, or leave, as necessary.

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