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The Knight of Wands in Tarot and How to Read It

Andrea has a background in Myers-Briggs and Western astrology. She mostly writes about relationships.

The Knight of Wands is passionate about their ideas. They're instinctive about what they need to do, and their focus cannot be shaken. They will find a way to prevail.

The Knight of Wands is passionate about their ideas. They're instinctive about what they need to do, and their focus cannot be shaken. They will find a way to prevail.

The Knight of Wands

This card indicates a person who is obsessed with travel. They love progress and chase after new ideas. They're innovative and technologically savvy.

The man on the card looks forward—not behind. He is intelligent and is not someone who can be easily manipulated. He is ready for battle.

Reversed

On the flip side, this card represents someone who is insecure and afraid. Perhaps they're too scared to express their authentic selves.

Setting Intention

This card is ultimately about action and is a sign that you're committed to your spiritual and mental growth. Write down on a piece of paper what you want to do and meditate on it. Know what you intend to do.

Card Alignments

Upright

Challenges, energy, passion, inspired, action, determination, foreign travel, leadership, unpredictability, adventure, hastiness, impulsiveness, agility, dexterity, luck.

Reversed

Scattered energy, delays, frustrations, lack of clarity, headed in the wrong direction, trickery, confusion, muddled, slipshod, insecure, afraid, paranoia, cornered.

The Knight of Wands is handsome and composed. He knows exactly what he wants. He wears fashionable, eye-catching clothes. His horse is beautiful and expensive.

The Knight of Wands is handsome and composed. He knows exactly what he wants. He wears fashionable, eye-catching clothes. His horse is beautiful and expensive.

Card Description

In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the Knights of Wands sits on a brown horse. He wears armor, a yellow robe emblazoned with salamanders, and a helmet with red plumes.

The Knight holds a sprouting wand in his right hand. This symbolizes the luck that is on his side. He has energy and enthusiasm and is an aggressive warrior. The Knight of Wands represents Aries.

This warring hero is on a mission. His horse is ready for action. The Knight is a powerful force to reckon with, and you don't want to cross him.

The background is dry, hot, and barren, with mountains in the distance. Desert locations often represent places where people have spiritual awakenings.

Wand Court Cards

In the Suit of Wands, the numbered cards often show wands as weapons. These weapons are typically ones you would see on a battlefield: swords, spears, arrows, and clubs. The wand is also used as a walking cane to show aging and injury.

The court cards hold wands as magical weapons. The Page holds the staff of power. The Knight holds a sword of fire and can summon fireballs to aid him in battle. With the cosmos aiding him, the Knight of Wands is a worthy opponent. You don't want to fight against him because you'll lose.

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The Knight of Wands is all about instinct. He can do a lot of damage in a battle; however, he doesn't necessarily see the big picture. He lets the end result meet him rather than trying to conjure it.

Salamander Lore

In legends, the salamander can both create and put out fires. Because salamanders are born of fire, they can withstand the heat of flames.

In some fairy tales, salamanders are credited with teaching humans how to make fire.

Origin Story

Salamanders were created in furnaces that were on for too long. They can appear as small lizards, small glowing lights, or as fairy-like beings. The lore behind salamanders has transformed several times since antiquity. Sometimes the amphibian is associated with rain, and other times, it is associated with poison.

Salamander lore is similar to Phoenix lore. Both are related to fire, infernos, passion, and resurrection.

In Slavic myths, salamanders are called firebirds.

Fun fact: Salamanders are often grouped together with dragons and basilisks.

Salamanders in Reality

Real-life salamanders do hibernate through winter. They like to hide near logs used for fires. They sometimes get tossed along with logs into fires. Since they have cool and damp skin, they can escape the flames.

Salamanders when threatened can excrete toxic, physiologically active substances. The substances are meant to bother and deter predators.

Tarot Suits

CategoryWandsPentaclesSwordsCups

Element

Fire

Earth

Air

Water

Elementals

Salamanders

Gnomes

Sylphs

Undines

Color

Red

Green

Yellow

Blue

Represents

Free will

Physical Manifestation (The Body)

Thoughts

Emotions

Animals

Land Mammals

Reptiles

Birds

Fish

Music

Percussion

Brass

Woodwinds

Strings

Numbers

1, 5, 9

2, 6, 10

3, 7, 11

4, 8, 12

Seasons

Summer

Spring

Winter

Fall

Ruling Planets

Mars, Sun, Jupiter

Mercury, Venus, Saturn

Mercury, Venus, Uranus

Moon, Pluto, Neptune

Body Representations

Head, Heart, Thighs

Throat/Neck, Chest, Legs/Shins

Arms & Shoulders, Belly, Ankles

Hands, Root Chakra (Spine Base), Feet

Four Humors

Yellow Bile

Black Bile

Blood

Phlegm

Western Astrology

Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Chinese Zodiac

Dragon, Monkey, Rat

Snake, Rooster, Ox

Horse, Dog, Tiger

Sheep, Pig, Rabbit

Yin and Yang

Yang

Yin

Yang

Yin

Court Cards

Knights

Pages

Kings

Queens

Poker Equivalents

Clubs

Diamonds

Spades

Hearts

The Knight of Wands can be a force of creation or destruction. Fire can comfort or destroy. The Knight of Wands is guided by powerful forces, and they will keep fighting for what they believe until they can't.

The Knight of Wands can be a force of creation or destruction. Fire can comfort or destroy. The Knight of Wands is guided by powerful forces, and they will keep fighting for what they believe until they can't.

Upright Knight of Wands

The Knight of Wands has a strong will. They chase after things with purpose and are committed to the course.

You can't stand in the way of the Knight of Wands. They're forceful, focused, and frightening. They came into the arena with the goal of winning. They're highly competitive and can be kind of a jerk.

The Knight of Wands represents the pursuit of an idea. There is a great deal of energy dedicated to manifesting an idea. Once an idea has been manifested, the ball is tossed into the Earth element's court. Fire represents energy, creativity, and willpower. Earth represents physical manifestation.

Natural Leader

The Knight of Wands represents someone with a great deal of fire who is energetic, passionate, and motivational. They can inspire those around them. The Knight of Wands is a natural-born leader—they're terrible at following. If they're forced to follow someone else, there is a good chance they'll break out of the group to form their own faction. The Knight of Wands requires adoration. If they don't feel loved or appreciated, they'll leave.

In a way, the Knight of Wands is the spirit inside the Page of Wands. This energy is incredible, but the Page is working hard to constrain and direct it. This fierce spirit can be destructive if not mentored correctly. The Page's fear is that they'll manifest a dark Knight of Wands that will go out into the world to destroy it.

The Page of Wands may have cast a spell to make the Knight appear. You can feel the energy in a room heat up when the Knight is around. It can seem like there are literal fires forming around him. This warrior is the stuff of legends. He strikes awe in people, like Alexander the Great or Genghis Khan.

Take Action Now!

This card can signal that you're ready to move forward. Keep your foot on the gas. Believe in your ideas and watch them rollercoaster forward.

If you connect to this card and it keeps appearing, it signals that you're courageous and bold. You're a risk-taker; you have luck on your side. You're not cautious like the average Joe.

The card encourages you to stay enthusiastic. Think of the famous film director Quentin Tarantino and how enthusiastic he is about his characters, plot, and the like. His enthusiasm is what fuels his projects.

The Knight of Wands would set a town on fire if he could. He is a powerful opponent who has the skills to achieve his dreams.

The Knight of Wands would set a town on fire if he could. He is a powerful opponent who has the skills to achieve his dreams.

Reversed Knight of Wands

You've fallen off the horse! In the reversed position, this card is a sign that you have stumbled. You're discouraged and feel there are disturbances blocking your path. The card in this position is about obstacles, obstruction, and missed opportunities. You might feel like you're wading through quicksand.

The card indicates you should be more deliberate about your choices. Don't be wishy-washy. You also need to recognize you may not be right. Lean on experts and strong sources, not conspiracy theorists and idiots. You might want to disengage from group projects until you have a better perspective. Step back, withdraw, and stop—those are the lessons of the reversed Knight of Wands.

Focus on Private Projects

You have a personal project that is meaningful to you. This project isn't something you suspect will bring you great success. Instead, it is sentimental to you.

This project is something that you can channel your energy into and feel content. You want something where you feel comfortable expressing yourself and not necessarily to make a big display.

The card could also indicate that you're experiencing a powerful amount of energy inside you. You've built up energy for a long time, and now you need to do something with it. You don't want your feelings to boil over. You might feel restricted from being allowed to take action. If you feel constrained like this in your work, you might want to consider getting a different job.

Impulse Issues

You might also be having trouble with impulse control. Maybe you do whatever you want and whenever you want. Or perhaps you get onto people over the slightest things or make mountains out of hills. You rush from one task to the next without really completing anything.

If so, the reversed Knight of Wands is a sign that you need to slow down. Don't gloss over things and try to be the fastest person in the room. Be diligent rather than aloof and be careful that you don't react strongly to everything.

Think before you speak and stop rushing to completion. Consider pairing activity with travel. Going to places can help you develop a track. The Knight of Wands encourages movement over sedentary habits. Things are moving and flowing, not staying stagnant or in stasis.

Love Reading

The Knight of Wands in a love reading indicates a suitor who actively demonstrates their abilities and their love for you. This is someone who is decisive and wants to go forth. They want to stick up for what they believe in. They don't let projects fall behind. They want to engage with others and go on adventures.

The Knight of Wands isn't afraid to make a move. He'll boldly ask you out. If you turn him down, he moves on.

This suitor will be passionate, intense, and focused. The card describes someone who is dynamic and charismatic. The suitor isn't afraid to get into arguments. They feel a fight every once in a while is healthy.

The Knight of Wands can make fast-paced decisions and make you feel left behind. He doesn't always communicate well. They can be somewhat impulsive and hot-headed. The Knight of Wands is someone who likes to travel, find creative delights, and be in places with high energy.

A relationship with this person will keep you on your toes. There is an element of surprise and spontaneity. If you can't ride along with them and their bursts of energy, you will get left in the dust.

You might feel that a relationship with this person is unsustainable. You're not sure how you can commit to someone who is so spontaneous. Their energy wakes you up and you can be obsessed with this person and how they light you up.

Rich and Attractive

The Knight of Wands in a love reading often indicates someone with a lot of money and who has an attractive face. The Knight of Wands can be a risk-taker, so they'll jump on trends that turn a profit. The Knight of Wands comes from a good family that can support him and his crazy adventures.

The Knight of Wands is handsome. He often uses his good looks and wealth to attract mates. He wants a fancy car. He wants mesmerizing clothes. And he wants a mate that's gorgeous. This particular Knight is obsessed with success and status. He'll never stop moving; he is constantly on the go.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2021 Andrea Lawrence

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