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Upright: Success, public recognition, progress, self-confidence.
Reversed: Private achievement, personal definition of success, fall from grace, egotism.
The Six of Wands depicts a man wearing a victory wreath around his head and riding a decorated white horse through a crowd of cheering people. The white horse represents strength, purity and the successful progression of an adventure, and the crowd of people symbolises the public recognition for the man’s achievements. The rider holds an upright wand with a wreath tied to the top of it, further emphasising success and achievement. He is not afraid to show off to others what he has accomplished in his life so far and, even better, the people around him are happy to cheer him along.
NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards.
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The Six of Wands appears when you have reached an important milestone or achieved a significant goal, and you are feeling confident, self-assured, and successful. You have harnessed your strengths and talents to bring about a successful outcome in your endeavours. You have managed to get through the confusion of the Five of Wands, minimising your distractions and focusing on the task at hand. You have overcome the challenges along the way, and as a result of focusing your energies on the one goal, you have found success.
The Six of Wands suggests that not only have you succeeded in achieving your goals, but you are also being publicly acknowledged for your efforts and your results. You may have recently received an award, public acclaim or acknowledgement from your peers for the work that you have done. It may even be just a pat on the back or receiving praise or recognition for your work. This recognition is what gives you a big boost to your confidence and gives you the strength to continue your efforts.
The Six of Wands also encourages you to put yourself out there and be proud of what you have achieved. Shout your successes from the rooftop and put it all out there for others to see and cheer you on. Be open to receive all the love and support from your biggest cheerleaders who are energised by seeing you succeed. This is your time to shine! The Six of Wands is positive encouragement to believe in who you are and your accomplishments so far. Have faith in what you have personally achieved and how this will be received by others. Do not let fear or guilt stand in the way of your success. You ought to feel proud of what you have achieved and not afraid to hold your head up high and feel worthy of others’ attention.
While the Six of Wands marks an important milestone, keep in mind that you're not quite at the finish line just yet. There is still some way to go, and there may be challenges on the path ahead, but just know that you have the support of those around you and they are here to back you 100%.
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The Six of Wands reversed suggests that you have achieved an important personal milestone, but unlike the upright version of this card, you prefer to keep this to yourself right now. You may feel uncomfortable receiving public praise for your work or it may be such a private achievement that you have no reason to share it with others. Check in with yourself, though – are you avoiding sharing it with others because you lack confidence in yourself or feel nervous about being too over-the-top?
The reversed Six of Wands encourages you to create your own definition of success. If you have found yourself seeking approval and validation from others or comparing yourself to others, you may have stripped yourself of your personal power and self-belief. Rather than relying on other people’s opinions of what is deemed to be ‘successful’ and what is not, bring your energy and attention within and ask yourself, “What does success mean to me?” Your definition of success will look different to other people’s definitions; that’s because your values and priorities are different and unique to you. When you are clear about what success means to you, you will make better decisions that are more in alignment with who you really are, and will increase your confidence and independence – and that’s a good thing!
At times, the reversed Six of Wands may suggest that you have had a fall from grace and have not received the public recognition you were seeking. You have either received no feedback for your efforts or negative feedback. You may have expected things would have worked well, but instead, you are being punished in some way or you are being neglected for your efforts thus far. Now, your confidence has taken a hit, as has your professional reputation or at least your perception of your reputation. If a particular project has not been as successful as you had hoped, you may be better off moving to a new environment so that you can rebuild your personal reputation and brand rather than trying to fix something that has already broken.
The shadow side of the reversed Six of Wands is that it can also bring self-importance, arrogance and egotistical behaviours. Armed with a victory and a boost to your self-confidence, you may come to think that nobody is better than you and you end up with an inflated ego and a big head. If you take on this attitude, someone is likely to want to take you down and criticise you, bringing disappointment and potential disrepute later on. Reign in your ego and make your victory all the sweeter.