King of Wands Tarot Card Meanings

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King of Wands’ Upright & Reversed Meanings

King of Wands (Reversed, Lacking)

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.

King of Wands’ Symbols & Insights

The Lion and Salamander

The Lion, often seen on the throne of Rider–Waite–Smith-inspired versions of this card, has long been a symbol of royalty. The lowly salamander was once thought to be born in fire and capable of passing through flame without injury. In your situation, who is trying to appear impervious to attack? Why?

The Posture of Authority

The posture of the King of Wands is generally relaxed, but authoritative. He often sits with legs apart, suggesting sexual dominance. There’s a lesson here: half of being confident is acting confident.

Power versus Preparedness

Many are eager for power and authority, but few are prepared to accept the consequences of absolute power. Are you?

The Marseilles Image

The Marseilles King of Wands looks positively splendid with his wide-brimmed crown, epaulets, and gleaming armor. He is the picture of confident command. His demeanor may hold the key to your situation. What would happen if you were to lead while clearly expecting others to follow?

More About King of Wands Tarot Card

This card represents an older man with a commanding, charismatic personality, likely born between November 13 and December 12, who prefers to give directions and have them followed.
Between November 13 and December 12
“I use my authority and experience to get things done faster.”
Astrology Element
Fire of Fire
The King of Wands can represent anyone who wants to oversee or take control of (King) a situation (Wands), especially in academic, romantic, and professional areas of life. The King may also represent the tendency to be more authoritative than cooperative or the need to control the actions of others.
Surrounded by indecision, the main character takes control and gives orders.
Questions to Ask
How confident a leader am I?
How can I project more confidence?
How can I offer my expertise in ways that inspire others to follow me?
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