King of Wands Tarot Card Meanings

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King of Wands (Reversed)

Ideas: Good follower, graduality, retirement

Traits: Cowardly, hesitant, humble, indecisive, modest, progressive, reserved, timid

Emotions: Apprehension, contentment, hope, insecurity, nervousness, relief, satisfaction, uneasiness

  • Actions:
    • Being a good follower
    • Gaining various experiences
    • Improving competitiveness
    • Learning to be a better leader
    • Stepping down from a leadership position
    • Tackling tasks little by little
King of Wands (Upright, Balanced)

Ideas: Director, ingenuity, leadership

Traits: Alert, assertive, decisive, firm, masculine, mature, passionate, protective, responsible

Emotions: Eagerness, enjoyment, enthusiasm, excitement, pleasure, triumph

  • Actions:
    • Being in charge of a situation
    • Coming up with unexpected solutions
    • Directing the efforts of others
    • Doing what you set out to do
    • Putting old things together in new and exciting ways
    • Taking necessary actions without hesitation when situation calling for it
    • Using your experience to solve puzzles and problems
King of Wands (Upright, Excessive)

Ideas: Boast, overbearingness, superiority

Traits: Arrogant, conceited, dishonest, domineering, egocentric, irresponsible, pompous

Emotions: Annoyance, envy, frustration, irritation, jealousy, pride

  • Actions:
    • Boasting about achievements without putting your expertise to practical use
    • Investing great energy in avoiding responsibility
    • Lording it over others
    • Pushing others around
    • Rivaling unnecessarily
    • Using your creativity to get out of honest work

King of Wands’ Advice

Personal Growth

In order to achieve your goals, you must control what you can: your habits, your choices, your schedule. Without being rigid, you can put a structure in place that takes the craziness out of the most hectic days. That foundation will help you maintain the calmness of a King, even when the castle walls are falling down around you.


When it comes to your own relationships, you’re in the driver’s seat. What do you want? Are you getting it? If not, why not? While relationships are a two-way street, you ultimately decide whether or not you will continue to be involved. It could be time to lay down the law.


Someone in authority needs to be calling the shots. There is a need for input from an experienced worker who has been empowered to cut through red tape and make things happen. If you’re that person, step up. If you’re not that person, step aside.


Who’s in control? We like to think we hold the reins of our lives, but all too often, the Universe reminds us that we are a very small cog in a very large machine. Consider today the role you play in larger plans, and make yourself available to be a means for accomplishing great things.

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