MANIFEST YOUR BEST YEAR YET
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Everyday Tarot Deck
Upright: Energy, passion, inspired action, adventure, impulsiveness.
Reversed: Passion project, haste, scattered energy, delays, frustration.
The Knight of Wands sits on his horse in full armour, wearing a yellow robe decorated with salamanders (associated with the element of fire), and a helmet with fiery red plumes flowing behind him. In his right hand, he holds a sprouting wand which symbolises his energy and enthusiasm for his mission. His horse rises up on its hind legs, poised and ready for action. Like all of the Wands Court Cards, the background is hot, dry and barren, with mountains rising up far away.
NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards.
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While the Page of Wands indicates the initial spark of a new idea, the Knight of Wands indicates the actual pursuit of that idea. When this card appears in a Tarot reading, you are charged up with energy, passion, motivation, and enthusiasm, and you are channeling that energy through your inspired action. You have a clear vision about what you want to create and, fuelled by your passion and inspiration, you are now moving forward with leaps and bounds to turn your vision into reality. This is your sign to really go for it!
You are bold and courageous and willing to go into unknown territories to further your mission and your dreams. You don’t really care if there is danger ahead – in fact, if there is, then it becomes all the more exciting and thrilling for you. It is adventures like these that light you up because you know there can only be growth and expansion on the other side. Be a pioneer and take calculated risks to reach new heights.
In this light, the Knight of Wands gives you the feeling that you can take on the world! You are so committed to your vision and purpose that you will stop at nothing to bring it to life. As you pursue your goals, your confidence rapidly increases and you realise that your potential is limitless. You can do anything you put your attention on.
Your passion, enthusiasm, courage and confidence is highly attractive to others. Others see you as highly charismatic and want to be in your presence to benefit from your energy. While you haven’t yet mastered the art of bringing others along on your journey, like the King of Wands has, you do enjoy the extra attention that your charisma and adventures bring you. The question will be whether they can keep up with you, or if they are simply here to watch and absorb your energy by osmosis.
Be mindful that the Knight of Wands can express himself as an ‘act first, think later’ type of person. In your pursuit for action, you may be impulsive and impatient, expecting everything to be done yesterday. While you are bursting with energy and enthusiasm, you have a tendency to rush into things without much consideration for the consequences of your actions. You may not have a clear plan of attack, negatively impacting your chances of long-term success. If this resonates, find a way to focus your energy and enthusiasm on the activities that will move you closer to your goal. When you have a new idea, rather than acting on it straight away, take a moment to check in and see if it truly aligns with your goals and whether it needs to happen right now. You may realise that you are better served by waiting for the opportune time to pursue this idea, especially if other ‘waiting’ cards, such as the Hanged Man or Four of Swords, come up in your reading. Or, you may realise that the time is now, and you can charge ahead with great energy and vibrancy.
The Knight of Wands reversed may appear when you are actively pursuing a personal passion project or hobby. A fire has been lit from within you and now you are doing everything to move this passion project forward. You do not have any intention of turning it into a raging success – it is simply for you to enjoy and channel your energy into it. For example, you may be learning to read Tarot purely because you have an interest in this beautiful, spiritual tool, rather than wanting to become a world-renowned Tarot reader. You are pursuing this passion project with all of your heart and energy because it truly lights you up inside.
The Knight of Wands reversed can indicate that you are experiencing a huge build-up of energy from within you but you are unsure about how to channel this energy into the world effectively. You may have a creative restlessness, knowing that you are destined for something ‘big’, but you are restricted from taking action right now. Perhaps there are frustrating delays, insurmountable obstacles or people standing in your way. The tension from within is palpable and you desperately need to find a way to release this creative energy. Look at alternative ways to pursue your passion or manifest your vision. You may need to adjust your path somewhat, while staying true to your original vision.
On the other hand, the reversed Knight of Wands suggests that you may be acting impulsively, trying to accomplish everything at once. You are rushing from one task to the other, without focusing on the details or ensuring sustainable success. This may appear to work in the short-term, but long-term you could end up burning yourself out or not achieving your goals. Slow down and know that you don’t have to do everything at once.
The Knight of Wands reversed also suggests that you are at risk of acting impulsively, doing or saying things that you may later regret. You want everything to be ‘fixed’ straight away and have everything working out just as it should, but you do not seem to be allowing yourself the time to think through what is best for you. Be careful, too, that you are not reacting instantly to everything that happens but that you give your circumstances some space and time before you take action. You may also find yourself feeling frustrated that certain factors are impacting your situation that you feel you cannot control. Again, remind yourself that there will be things that you can control and change as you want to.