MANIFEST YOUR BEST YEAR YET
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Upright: Natural-born leader, grand visions, long-term success
Reversed: Poor leadership, aggressive goals, high expectations, personal direction
The King of Wands sits on his throne, holding a blossoming wand in his hand, representing life and creativity. His throne and cape are decorated with lions and salamanders, both symbols of fire and strength. The salamanders biting their own tails represent infinity and the ongoing drive to move forward against all obstacles.
NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards.
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The King of Wands represents pure fire energy in its masculine form. Unlike the other Wands court cards, the King is not so interested in creation and creativity, or in dreaming up ideas and implementing them himself. Instead, he is more inclined to take an idea and then enlist others to help him actualise that idea. Thus, when the King of Wands appears in a Tarot reading, it is a sign that you are stepping into the role of visionary leader, ready to lead your people towards a common goal. You have a clear vision of where you want to go and now you are manifesting that vision with the support of the people around you. Others naturally gravitate towards you because you are charismatic, focused, and determined, and they believe in you and your vision. They want to be a part of what you are manifesting and are here to support you one hundred percent of the way. You are also masterful at being able to get other people to do your work for you, while keeping them on-side throughout the process.
The King of Wands reminds you to lead your life with intent, vision and a long-term view. You have a grand vision of what is truly possible, and you will stop at nothing to see it through. Unlike the Knight who can be a little impulsive with his actions, you have the maturity to see through your vision right to the end and beyond. You achieve a lot because you are very clear about your future direction and how you will get there. You do not waste your time on activities or relationships that you believe will lead nowhere. You never just go with the flow; instead, you prefer to embark on a strong and direct course of action. And you are inspired by long-term, sustainable success, wanting to have a lasting impact. You are here to leave a legacy.
The appearance of the King of Wands also suggests that an opportunity is presenting itself to you, and you now have the power to accept the opportunity and take on the challenge. You are the determining factor in this situation. If you want it to be successful, it will. And equally, if you are not fully committed to it, it will struggle to truly blossom and grow. You can create any outcome you wish so be mindful about your intentions and vision. You hold the power.
The King of Wands reversed suggests that while you are in a leadership position, you are not personally ready to completely step into that role. You may be the creative or visionary person in your work, but you have not yet developed a sense of comfort with leading others towards your vision. You may need to work on your leadership skills or enlist the support of someone who has a natural talent at leading others towards a common goal. Alternatively, you may be managing others, but not leading others; that is, you are assigning tasks and monitoring performance, but you are not effectively communicating the vision and engaging your team to take responsibility for bringing the vision to life. You may think that you are the only person who can make this vision a reality, even when your team is here to support you.
At times, the reversed King of Wands can be aggressive and even arrogant in his pursuit of his goals. Be mindful that as you strive towards your dream, you are not putting others off-side, disempowering them or taking their contributions for granted. You need their support one hundred percent of the way. Also, don’t let success get to your head, thinking you’re above everyone else simply because you are the leader. Consider embracing the concept of ‘followership’ – the ability to take direction, be part of a team and deliver on what is expected of you, even as the official leader of the team.
On a personal level, the King of Wands reversed warns you against setting unrealistic expectations for yourself and others. While you are highly ambitious and visionary, you may be setting yourself up for failure if you set goals that are significantly out of reach and then pushing hard to reach those unattainable goals. You may also be prone to getting swept up in the hype of other people’s goals to ‘10x your sales!’ or ‘create the next billion dollar business!’ You don’t have to buy in to other people’s dreams and visions (and hype). Stay true to what’s important to you and keep focused on your personal vision and direction.