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.
(Note: All images Rider Waite Smith tarot deck, available in many versions from US Games)