Your Chosen Card – Ace of Wands Upright Rider Waite Deck
When upright, the Ace of Wands suggests new beginnings and promises success related to enterprise, ambition, identity formation, career, and self-realization. Your creative juices are flowing. You may be expanding your career, starting a new job, or initiating a business venture. This is a time characterized by enthusiasm, inventiveness, ambitious goals, and innovative projects. Wands are associated with the element Fire, the spark of life. This ace sometimes signals a pregnancy or the birth of a child. In the Prometheus myth, the fire this mythical figure steals from the gods signifies the awakening of the human mind.
Keywords Upright: Birth, creation, inspiration, excitement, passion, initial spark, commencement, inception, new life, pregnancy, source, beginning, the seed of Fire, the sprouting of a seed, conception, self-actualization, career opportunities.
Timing: Astrologically, Fire is linked to springtime.
Astrology: Root-force of Fire, the element associated with the season of spring.
Number Symbolism: 1 – initial spark, will, creation, beginnings, new life.
Rider Waite: A hand issuing from a cloud grasps a stout wand or club. Divinatory Meanings: Creation, invention, enterprise, the powers which result in these; principle, beginning, source; birth, family, origin, and in a sense the virility which is behind them; the starting point of enterprises; according to another account, money, fortune, inheritance; (R) fall, decadence, ruin, perdition, to perish also a certain clouded joy.
When Ace of Wands is upright you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise. If Ace of Wands is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is Ace of Wands is trying to tell you. If you had a particular issue in mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.
This chosen card is part of your upright card reading for Ace of Wands using cards from the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.
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Complete Book of Tarot: Card 10, the final outcome, was the Ace of Wands. The spread seemed to be indicating that he would be given an opportunity to pursue an exciting personal or professional ambition.
Creative Tarot: The Golden Dawn actually didnt last very long. Infighting and power plays, mostly by the male members, splintered the group. Its most famous member was perhaps the Irish poet William Butler Yeats, who remained interested in and engaged with magical systems until his death. The writer and magician Aleister Crowley is often associated with the group, but he was quickly ejected from its ranks for being a terrible person. (This is a fact, he was a terrible person. Look it up.) But two of its lesser-known members would spread the influence of the tarot far and wide: writer Arthur Edward Waite and artist Pamela Colman Smith.
Complete Book of Tarot: Fact 6: The Oxford Dictionary defines psychic as ‘relating to or denoting faculties or phenomena that are apparently inexplicable by natural laws, especially involving telepathy or clairvoyance.’ 7 In my view, the tarot is a tool that allows us to tap into our intuition, the results of which often appear ‘inexplicable by natural laws’ because we tend to ignore intuitive hunches as we grow into adulthood. The tarot helps restore the balance between rational analysis and listening to our gut. With continued practice, you may be surprised at how often unexpected yet verifiable impressions seem to leap from the cards.
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Tarot Triumphs: Or did gypsies play a part, as some conjecture? This is less likely, much as it appeals to many Tarot aficionados, myself included. Romany gypsies are now known to have left India about fifteen hundred years ago, a date rather early to have brought Tarot imagery with them.13 The images overall have an early medieval to Renaissance feel about them, injected with some strong classical associations. There are no overt Eastern allusions, and Tarot is generally considered to be a European invention, so an Indian origin seems unlikely. It seems more likely to me that the Tarot Triumphs emerged out of a more deliberate attempt to weld a set of images together by people with better access to books and manuscripts than gypsies were likely to have. The gypsies would have been on the move and lacking in formal education. But perhaps gypsy fortune-telling, as the Roma moved around Europe, played a part in the transmission. There is an element of learning to the Triumphs, an infusion of Christian imagery and also of more pagan beliefs, something that could have emerged from several centuries of evolution as images were picked up from diverse sources and gradually blended into a complete sequence for fortune-telling, imbued with folk wisdom; after all, wisdom itself is not the exclusive property of the educated classes.