The suit of Wands correlates to the Clubs in a playing card deck. In tarot it symbolizes the element of Fire. What all Wands cards have in common is that they symbolize an aspect of fire that exists inside of us, or is present in our lives. Don’t be surprised if engaging with this suit makes you feel energetic and passionate! These are primary expressions of the fire we all possess inside of us.

To gain a better appreciation for this element, you’re encouraged to reflect on the nature of fire. Look at a flame and what do you think of? It’s hot of course, and also forceful, unpredictable, and dangerous if it gets out of control. Its boundaries are imprecise, always shifting. Fire transforms and is intrinsically powerful. When we’re in a healthy relationship with fire, it brings warmth and makes life possible. And when we’re not, it may burn the house down.

Fire in the psyche is will, desire, energy, “the spark.” Fire is what inspires us and springs us into action. When we think of a fiery personality, we imagine someone who is energetic, bold, passionate, and creative. They may also be prone to angry outbursts. Command of the inner fire leads someone to be authentic, adventurous, a warrior, and a natural born leader.

  • Elemental Fire correlates to the plasma state of matter.
  • The Wands suit may be summarized as “I Want”.
  • The Fire signs of the Zodiac are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. 

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Yes! This card is the power of inspiration or the spark that leads to action. This is the essence of fire, that part of you that is purely energetic, creative, and bold. Amazing things are possible when you feel the big YES from deep within. Move courageously toward what inspires you. Feel the energy; be alive!

  • Inspired by passion and vitality
  • Trusting your gut
  • Creative spark
  • A strong urge to act
  • Impulsive, spur-of-the-moment

Keywords:  Energy, Inspiration, Creativity, Action, Spark

Astrological Correspondence: Root Powers of Fire

2 of WANDS

Who am I, and what do I want? It’s a time of looking within and determining what’s truly important. Honest self-reflection brings confidence, a sense of direction and purpose. What are your ambitions and what motivates you? Connect more deeply to your inner source of power. Temet nosce: Know Thyself.

  • Knowing what you want
  • Personal empowerment
  • Building ambitions
  • Getting ready for action
  • Feeling alignment within yourself

Keywords:  Ambition, Desire, Motivation, Power, Confidence

Astrological Correspondence: Mars in Aries

3 of WANDS

Exciting times are beckoning. Set goals; plan for your future; follow your bliss. It is time to expand your horizons because you won’t grow within your comfort zone. Do something with your ambitions. Seek out opportunities and fortune will find you. Be inspired to explore your options without fear.

  • Expanding your horizons
  • Setting goals, making plans
  • Seeking and embracing opportunities
  • Sense of adventure
  • Going beyond your comfort zone

Keywords:  Goals, Exploration, Expansion, Opportunity, Initiative

Astrological Correspondence: Sun in Aries

4 of WANDS

Embrace the blessings of your life. What’s going right for you and what are you celebrating? Acknowledge the good and feel it deep inside. Maybe you’ve reached a milestone or have something to be proud of. Be at harmony within and share it with others. Feel gratitude and life gives you more to be grateful for.

  • Celebrating and enjoying life
  • Harmony with others and yourself
  • Happy for an accomplishment
  • Gratitude for the blessings of life
  • Free of expectations

Keywords:  Harmony, Prosperity, Celebration, Freedom, Contentment

Astrological Correspondence: Venus in Aries

5 of WANDS

There is frustration or adversity, either within yourself or among a group of people. Differing motivations or ideas for how to proceed have emerged. What once was running smoothly is being challenged, causing discord and a need for change. Creative friction can lead to big breakthroughs. Work through it.

  • Torn in different directions
  • Frustration over lack of progress
  • Confusion over differing viewpoints or motivations
  • Competition for the upper hand
  • Creative tension

Keywords:  Struggle, Setback, Competition, Tension, Challenge

Astrological Correspondence: Saturn in Leo

6 of WANDS

Ah, the sweet feeling of victory. Glory and success are close at hand, as this card suggests good things are happening. Enjoy it and use that energy as fuel to move ahead. Be in a nice energetic flow and ride the wave. Lead yourself or others and enjoy the accolades. Just be careful not to let it go to your head.

  • The glory of victory
  • Feeling good about yourself
  • Being in the flow
  • Attitude of success and positivity
  • Overly confident or prideful

Keywords:  Glory, Victory, Pride, Reward, Flow

Astrological Correspondence: Jupiter in Leo

7 of WANDS

This card suggests you’re dealing with some doubts and fears. Through adversity you can realize what it means to be true to yourself. You’re stronger than you may realize so have conviction and rise above. Go ahead and acknowledge the self-doubt and laugh in its face. You have the upper hand.

  • Fighting inner battles
  • Overcoming fear and doubt
  • The inner gremlin that says you’re not good enough
  • Discovering deeper sources of inner strength
  • Learning to be true to yourself

Keywords:  Adversity, Defiance, Courage, Conviction, Opposition

Astrological Correspondence: Mars in Leo

8 of WANDS

Good things can develop very quickly and easily when the conditions are right. This card suggests there’s been recent progress, a major breakthrough, or there could be. Get into alignment and create momentum. It’s a time of swift action but watch your speed!

  • Swift progress
  • Things falling into place
  • Alignment of priorities and goals
  • Going places
  • A major development or breakthrough

Keywords:  Progress, Action, Swiftness, Alignment, Breakthrough

Astrological Correspondence: Mercury in Sagittarius

9 of WANDS

It’s a time for strength, which you have gained from your past experience. Although you may be feeling vulnerable or defensive, don’t fear. This card reminds us what doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger. Face your challenge. Use your well-earned wisdom. Be tough.

  • Strength in the face of adversity
  • Hard-earned toughness and wisdom
  • Ready and able to handle anything
  • The scars from past battles
  • Feeling defensive, vulnerable, or cautious

Keywords:  Strength, Wisdom, Tenacity, Resilience, Vigilance

Astrological Correspondence: Moon in Sagittarius

10 of WANDS

We can only take on so much until we become weighed down. Whether it’s your responsibilities, hopes, or plans, you may need to scale back something to free yourself up a bit. If the road ahead looks too daunting, or life feels oppressive, it may be time to let something go before you reach a breaking point.

  • Overburdened with work or responsibility
  • Too much on your plate
  • Reaching a breaking point
  • Overly zealous or enthusiastic
  • Letting go of what’s weighing you down

Keywords:  Burden, Overwhelm, Release, Fatigue, Hardship

Astrological Correspondence: Saturn in Sagittarius


This personality type sees the world with fresh eyes and a youthful spirit. What you lack in experience is made up for in enthusiasm and confidence. You’re fun to be around because you’re optimistic and have fresh new creative ideas. Your infectious and lighthearted energy help you embrace the next adventure.

  • Looking on the bright side
  • Enthusiastic and optimistic about the future
  • Bright, light-hearted energy
  • Not taking things seriously
  • Spontaneous; living in the moment

Keywords:  Enthusiastic, Optimistic, Confident, Creative, Spontaneous

Elemental Correspondence: Earth of Fire


This aspect of personality is outgoing and courageous, impatient to get out there and make something happen. Your passion and furious energy bring swift and impulsive action. There is a lust for life and desire for adventure. The energy is intense but not built to last. You’re great at starting projects but not finishing them.

  • Blazing, passionate energy
  • Forceful in getting what you want
  • Action, not words!
  • Uncontrollable desire to tackle the world or a project
  • Intensity that’s too extreme to last long

Keywords:  Forceful, Passionate, Adventurous, Uninhibited, Impulsive

Elemental Correspondence: Air of Fire


Dynamic and charismatic, this part of your personality is self-assured and magnetic. Others are drawn to you because you exude warmth and an infectious confidence. Although you have convictions and passions, you’re not pushy about them. You’re a master of your inner fire, in command of your energy and attitude.

  • Warm and upbeat attitude
  • In control of your moods and energy
  • Alluring and magnetic personality
  • Charisma to get what you want
  • Passionate about your convictions

Keywords:  Warm, Upbeat, Self-Assured, Magnetic, Charismatic

Elemental Correspondence: Water of Fire


This aspect of personality is a powerful leader, inspiring and motivating others into action. You’re courageous and hungry for adventure. You have a flair for the dramatic, but always retain your authenticity. You can make big things happen because your visionary spirit is matched by your boldness of spirit.

  • Inspiring and powerful leader
  • Visionary and bold
  • Dramatic and unforgettable
  • True to yourself
  • Forceful in influencing others

Keywords:  Powerful, Dynamic, Inspirational, Bold, Visionary

Elemental Correspondence: Fire of Fire

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