Six of Wands Tarot Card Meanings

Six of Wands tarot card image
Six of Wands (Reversed)

Ideas: Attribution, self-distrust, self-improvement

Traits: Considerate, courteous, hesitant, humble, indecisive, individualistic, modest, original, subtle

Emotions: Eagerness, enthusiasm, frustration, hope, insecurity, longing, nervousness, uneasiness

  • Actions:
    • Building a positive self-image
    • Giving others proper credits
    • Identifying a good leader
    • Improving your leadership skills
    • Sharing the spotlight with others
    • Stopping following suit
Six of Wands (Upright, Balanced)

Ideas: Achievement, conquest, success

Traits: Agreeable, confident, formal, glamorous, heroic, honorable, impressive, popular, proud, secure

Emotions: Cheerfulness, contentment, enjoyment, joy, optimism, pleasure, relief, satisfaction, triumph

  • Actions:
    • Attracting public attention
    • Beating the competition
    • Earning the admiration of others
    • Following a capable leader
    • Outperforming your peers
    • Praising someone for a job well done
    • Winning people’s heart with own abilities
Six of Wands (Upright, Excessive)

Ideas: Bad winner, ego inflation, obsession

Traits: Disrespectful, egocentric, fanatical, flamboyant, narcissistic, pompous, pretentious, selfish

Emotions: Desire, disappointment, envy, humiliation, insult, jealousy, pride, shame

  • Actions:
    • Allowing your achievements to inflate your ego
    • Being a bad winner
    • Craving to be the center of attention
    • Envying the achievements of others
    • Looking down on people who seem less capable
    • Making others feel bad about themselves
    • Obsessing over a public figure

Six of Wands’ Advice

Personal Growth

Ultimately, the opinions of others won’t matter; you must, in the end, please yourself. What standards have you set? To what extent are you meeting them? Recognition is sweet … but meeting or exceeding your own personal criteria for success is even sweeter!


How often do you praise your friend or partner? You may be underestimating how effective a few words of sincere affirmation can be. Recognition doesn’t have to be extravagant; often, all someone needs is a quiet expression of your appreciation.


In the rush to get work done, your personal contributions may be celebrated—or overlooked. Recognized or not, your skills have value. If you get a moment in the sun, bask in it. If not, don’t allow yourself to be embittered when others get the recognition you feel you deserved.


Offer service quietly, and accept recognition with the same modest spirit. You aren’t working for the recognition, but there’s nothing wrong with allowing others to express the joy they take in the labor you provide.

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