Court Cards: Knight of Wands

Updated on December 29, 2017
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Knight of Wands from the Rider-Waite tarot. Public domain image (Pamela A. version).
Knight of Wands from the Rider-Waite tarot. Public domain image (Pamela A. version). | Source

The Knights

Knights are the action men of the tarot. The go-getters, the do-ers. They have missions, causes and challenges. They take risks, they rescue maidens, they pay homage to their Kings and Queens. Each Knight has a different modus operandi that depends upon the qualities of their suit.

The suit of Wands is all about expansion. It contains all the qualities that makes human beings push the boundaries, explore the universe, and ask all the questions that open the doors of new possibilities. Qualities such as energy, inspiration, passion, lust and ambition. Wands are creative, demanding, and always adventurous. They are loud and difficult to ignore. Wands represent the fire signs, so are always active, consuming, and attention-attractors.

We're going to meet the Knight of Wands, so hold on to your hats.

Knight of Cups

Knight of Swords

Knight of Pentacles


The Knight of Wands rides a fiery chestnut steed. The horse is plunging and rearing as if impatient to get going on the expedition. The Knight rides one-handed; in his right hand he holds an upright staff that is sprouting young leaves. He wears a tunic embroidered with salamanders, silver armour, and a red-plumed helmet. In the distance, across the desert, are three pyramids.

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Creative force
Cleansing by fire
Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Blue Sky
No limits
Sun, Mars
Represents the rays of sun striking the earth.

In a Reading

When the Knight of Wands appears in a reading, it could be representing a real person or it could mean the seeker needs to take on some of the qualities of this Knight. This person is open and adventurous, always ready to pounce on an opportunity. He is also rather fickle and rarely sticks with one thing. The Knight of Wands might appear in a love-reading, if so, look out! More on this when we examine his characteristics in detail.

This card might also appear to indicate a new, exciting and possibly intimidating stage in the querent's life. This situation needs to be faced with courage and determination and in the spirit of adventure.

The Spear Knight (Knight of Wands) from the Arthurian deck by Caitlin Matthews.
The Spear Knight (Knight of Wands) from the Arthurian deck by Caitlin Matthews. | Source

Characteristics of this Knight

As you have gathered, the Knight of Wands is an exciting character. He is always ready for the Next Big Thing. He has a knack of inspiring others to join him, as he embarks on this new adventure. His charisma enables him to persuade people to finance his projects. Unfortunately, he has little staying power so when the new Next Big Thing comes along, he's on to it like a rat up a drainpipe, leaving others to sort out the mess he leaves behind. He is more concerned with being in the spotlight than about being responsible for his actions.

It's not all bad though. This is the person you want as a team leader. He is able to galvanize his co-workers into action. He inspires new ideas and radical changes. He may not stay with his employer for ever, but for as long as he is rewarded, feted and praised, he'll be a good return on your investment.

As a love interest, hmm, well, personally, I'd advise you to avoid him at all costs. However, there's no denying that he is an attractive and magnetic personality, and once he has matured into a King (if he ever does), he'll make a good husband. This Knight is the love-'em-and-leave-'em type. He is less concerned with love than with lust. He'll use you and break your heart. Alternatively, the relationship will be so on-and-off and so emotionally draining that you will eventually throw in the towel and declare that you will stay single forever.

If you have one of these personalities as a friend or family member, then life is never dull. He is charming, witty and effervescent. His mother thinks she has birthed a god. His sister adores him and is always trying to fix him up with a girlfriend. His father is slightly less enamoured as he can see his son's faults. His friends enjoy his company—he makes a great drinking partner. He is the one who comes up with ways to torment the bridegroom on his stag night.

The Knight of Wands Reversed

The Knight of Wands, reversed, has all the above characteristics taken to the limit. He is scheming and manipulative. He may suffer from dreadful bouts of bad temper. He gets into fights and beats up his girlfriend. He treats people with contempt, but still has that fatal charm which gets him what he wants. This Knight may end up serving a prison sentence. You have seen many reversed Knights of Wands in the movies; they're always baddies.

Knight of Wands: Love and Relationships

You've already read above that this guy is not the best marriage material. However, if you are happy with a quick, passionate fling, no strings attached, then you've found the right one. If you can bask in his charm but at the same time resist falling in love, then you'll be okay. This guy will swear to be forever true and then go off with your best friend. A year later, you'll meet up with him and he will act as though nothing happened. He'll smile and your heart will melt.

The thing is, he means every word. He 100% believes in his own sincerity—in that precise moment. He is convinced that he is honest and reliable, and this is why people are taken in.

Knight of Wands: Careers and Money

The Knight of Wands always attracts money. He hardly has to think about it. Money flows through his life easily and he is usually generous with it. It's a means to an end, rather than an end in itself. It represents freedom and status. His career is patchy, as he is always changing direction. Once mature, he may well settle into a permanent path. He is unconventional, so may pick unconventional jobs. He is very much the entrepreneurial type and is always ready to seize on any opportunity.

Questions & Answers

    © 2013 Bev G

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      • theraggededge profile image

        Bev G 5 years ago from Wales, UK

        You are very welcome, thank you so much.

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        daydreamer13 5 years ago

        Ok. Thank you for the advice. So glad you're on here. Can't wait to see your next hub. :)

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        Bev G 5 years ago from Wales, UK

        If it's your first one, then I'd suggest the Universal Rider Waite, the re-colored version by Mary Hanson Roberts. The Rider-Waite is the 'standard' but the original is a little uninspiring (it works well though). If you have a pagan inclination, also check out the Robin Wood. The artwork is a little dated, but it is my best workhorse deck. Both are available on Amazon. Get to know one deck really well, then you can explore others. Your first love will always remain with you. I still mentally refer to the Robin Wood whichever deck I read with. xx

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        daydreamer13 5 years ago

        Wow, ok. Can you tell me where I might look to find a good deck?

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        Bev G 5 years ago from Wales, UK

        Good question! I have so often been seduced by pretty decks, only to find they are impossible to read with. That's probably why I have so many. The best way is to look as many images of the deck as you can and read the reviews. I tend to read with about five of my 50 decks. x

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        daydreamer13 5 years ago

        How do you know which decks are the good ones?

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        Bev G 5 years ago from Wales, UK

        Thanks so much. No, there are many, many different decks - some good, some great and some awful ones! xx

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        daydreamer13 5 years ago

        I always love your hubs. I love learning new things and taro is so interesting. Can'y wait to see more! BTW are all taro decks the same?