Six of Wands’
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
- 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
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
- 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
Ideas: Bad winner, ego inflation, obsession
Traits: Disrespectful, egocentric, fanatical, flamboyant, narcissistic, pompous, pretentious, selfish
Emotions: Desire, disappointment, envy, humiliation, insult, jealousy, pride, shame
- 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’
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.
Six of Wands’
The Triumphal Procession
The parade depicted on Rider–Waite–Smith-inspired decks calls to mind the modern “ticker tape parade,” in which heroes roll down boulevards, cheered on by crowds. Does your current level of performance warrant such recognition?
Flags, Banners, and Laurels
Many illustrations for this card show Wands with flags, banners, and laurels attached. There are many ways to reward victory; what kind of recognition do you crave? When the time comes to recognize the contribution of others, what visual signs of your approval do you offer?
Responses to the Victory of Others
When others are victorious, do you lose well? How might this person change her response for the better? How might you change yours?
The Marseilles Image
The six Wands are woven together into an intricate lattice. The instability of the Five has given way to the interaction and cooperation of the six. As you strive for personal victory, you’d do well to interlace your efforts this efficiently with the work of others.
- Someone is planning a party for you, but not everyone feels so good about your recent success.
- Watch out for envious friends.
- Between August 2 and August 11
- “I value sincere praise.”
- Numerology Number
(the adjustment: cooperation, collaboration, interaction)
- Classical Element
- Astrological Planet in Sign
- Jupiter in Leo
- Story Character
- The main character scores a small victory, boosting his or her own spirits, but angering the opposition.
- Questions to Ask
- What kind of recognition do I crave? Why?
- How freely do I praise the achievements of others?
- What happens when the parade is over?