Knight of Wands, Minor Arcana, Wands XII
The Knight of Wands represents an immediate urge to act, eagerness, to do something about a situation, or adventure and travel. Wands stand for fire, our fiery energy, and the Knight of Wands is someone who wants to put that fire into movement and action.
Standing still isn’t this Knight’s forte, nor is it called for in his situation. He wants to do, act, move forward, towards either a specific goal, or just for the sake of movement. The card features many signs of the fire element – the sunny desert, the orange/brown-colored horse, the knight’s yellow clothing and his red hair – all telling of a relentless drive to move.
But note that the salamanders’ mouths on his dress don’t touch their tails – if they did, we would see a complete circle. This Knight might or might not have his actions serve to complete a project; he is not concerned about that right now. His concern is with getting things started. And he is very good at that, for sure.
If you get the Knight of Wands in your reading, it indicates your current restlessness, and your grand desire to get the ball rolling. You might have already taken steps toward a project, but you really, really want to push things further. You don’t necessarily have a detailed plan though. But you don’t feel that you need one either. At least not at this point.
If your reading is about your career and finances, the Knight of Wands might indicate taking the very first and super important steps towards some big dream. Such as getting a mortgage for a house – though you have years to pay it off, that’s not the point. The point is taking this giant step. It could also mean opening a retirement account, investing in stocks, or starting your own business. Keep up the high spirits and things will work out.
If your reading is about your social circle and friends, this card indicates a social butterfly situation. You’re going out a lot, enjoying hobbies, and every day you have some fun thing to look forward to. Sounds great, as long as you aren’t neglecting important tasks related to work or home.
If the reading is about your wellbeing, it means you finally gathered the energy to move after an emotionally fallow period where you didn’t know what you wanted, or if you even wanted anything. The card points at a time of reawakened interest in life and increasing energy levels. Keep it up!
What does the Knight of Wands Tarot card mean for love?
For singles, having Knight of Wands in your reading might represent getting back in the game! You’re ready to be out there and date again. While you aren’t exactly sure what you’re looking for, or how you might achieve what you want, it all starts with being available to dating.
Because the Knight of Wands has a lot of fire energy, you might want to be careful about getting physical right away – given your high sexual energy, everyone looks hot and you get them really excited without even trying. If you are a sensitive type who needs to take his or her time, don’t yield to this increased energy of yours. Try to take things slow. If you know you can just have your fun and not get hurt, then, enjoy!
For couples, the Knight of Wands might point at a time of reawakened joint desires. You may find your selves wanting to go on vacation to an exotic place, planning a big purchase, or taking on a big project – whether it’s renovating your place, taking a course together, or even starting a business together. You feel comfortable with each other and you want to do more things together. Harness this energy now and enjoy the fruits later!
What does Knight of Wands reversed in Tarot mean?
Knight of Wands reversed means being off to a wrong start. It doesn’t necessarily mean things will go badly or end badly, but it points at an immediate need to start doing things differently while you’re still at an early stage in your project or endeavor. Imagine you’re traveling and you find out that your hotel isn’t anything like what you saw on their website. Or your luggage doesn’t show. The Knight of Wands reversed is kind of like that – it is definitely not a pleasant situation but it doesn’t have to ruin the rest of your trip.
The Knight of Wands reversed is an early warning sign to change course, to revisit your decisions. It’s a helping hand from the universe that has you review your plans before it’s too late.
Wand cards – all 14 of them – in Tarot’s Minor Arcana are associated with the fire element, which is associated with the astrological signs of Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. Because the Knight of Wands is about getting started, the card indicates “cardinal” energy – therefore, it is most associated with Aries – the cardinal fire energy that starts things but doesn’t know much about how to continue.
The Knight is a Court card. In the Minor Arcana, Court cards are: Pages, Knights, Queens, and Kings. There are four of each, e.g. Knight of Wands, Knight of Swords, Knight of Pentacles, and Knight of Cups (see our full tarot deck). Court carts tend to represent our innermost qualities, or a very important person in our life – depending on where they appear in the reading. Your psychic Tarot reader can tell you which holds true for your reading.
If the card shows an Aries in your life, notice if the card is upright or reversed. If it’s upright, this Aries – most likely a he – is onto something! Listen to him when he talks about the type of future he envisions. It will invigorate him to talk about it, and to have an audience for it! Encourage him and try to be there for him.
If the card is reversed, this Aries person has big dreams, and talks about them a lot, but does this Aries really have a plan? If this is your partner, you might want to make sure they don’t put all their eggs in one basket, as it might then affect you and your relationship as well. They might not be the type that handles failure well. They might be mature in other respects, but not in this one, not yet.