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The Six 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 Six of Wands represents public celebrations. These usually occur after something successful has happened, such as winning a battle or a game. This card could also be associated with graduations, promotions, or engagements.

The Six of Wands represents public celebrations. These usually occur after something successful has happened, such as winning a battle or a game. This card could also be associated with graduations, promotions, or engagements.

A Happy Card: The Six of Wands

The Six of Wands is considered a victory card. While the card before it (The Five of Wands) represented chaos and unknown outcomes, the Six of Wands indicates you have prevailed over trying circumstances.

The classic version of the card suggests victory was made possible because of the leadership of the figure on the horse. This person could organize a strategy and could outmaneuver the enemy. The person on the horse represents the mobilization of forces, whether literal or figurative.

The laurel wreath is often depicted on a Six of Wands card. It is a symbol of triumph. Laurel wreaths appear on tarot cards to indicate celebrations, excitement, and victories. Overall, the Six of Wands is seen as a positive card. It is usually associated with celebrations and successful strategies and is thought to be a positive sign in love or career readings.

Card Alignments

Upright

Completion, victory, good news, accomplishment, triumph, success, reward, recognition, public display, progress, confidence, courage, strength, honor.

Reversed

Private accomplishment, fall from grace, egotism, personal success, arrogance, cunning, questionable motives, spiraling out of control, despondent, irrevocable.

The Six of Wands shows a person riding a horse. The person is going through a busy street. People are cheering on the horse rider. The figure could represent a celebrity or town hero.

The Six of Wands shows a person riding a horse. The person is going through a busy street. People are cheering on the horse rider. The figure could represent a celebrity or town hero.

Card Description

In the Raider-Waite-Smith version of the deck, the Six of Wands shows a man in a red outfit riding a horse. He is going through a town or a busy place and is getting recognized publicly for his accomplishments.

It can be taken from the previous card that this man won a major battle. People are praising him for defending them and for putting his life on the line. The man is wearing a victory wreath, and his horse is decorated.

People are cheering on the man. His horse is white, which represents purity and success. The rider holds up a wand, which is a symbol for free will, manifestation, and action. This is a man who marches forward rather than sits at home watching TV and twiddling his thumbs.

Quick Review: Suit of Wands

The Suit of Wands represents the element of fire. These cards have to do with action, energy, free will, and creativity. They often represent a person's ideas or ambitions. Many of the cards are related to battles and confrontations.

Fire is the first element to appear in Western astrology and represents the energy that helped the universe to form. The fire signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.

The Six of Wands occurs in the aftermath. It is an end result. There is still a promise of more to come. You've crossed a major milestone in your journey.

The Six of Wands occurs in the aftermath. It is an end result. There is still a promise of more to come. You've crossed a major milestone in your journey.

Tarot Suits

CategoriesWandsPentaclesSwordsCups

Colors

Red

Green

Yellow

Blue

Elements

Fire

Earth

Air

Water

Represents

Free will

Physical Manifestation (The Body)

Thoughts

Emotions

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, the Sun, Jupiter

Mercury, Venus, Saturn

Mercury, Venus, Uranus

Moon, Pluto, Neptune

Four Humors

Yellow Bile

Black Bile

Blood

Phlegm

The Body

Head, Heart, Thighs

Throat/Neck, Chest, Legs/Shins

Arms & Shoulders, Belly, Ankles

Hands, Root Chakra (Spine Base), Feet

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

Knight

Page

King

Queen

Poker Equivalents

Clubs

Diamonds

Spades

Hearts

The Six of Wands is about searching for happy times. You want positive attention. You want to put yourself out there and achieve good results. Be around people who love you and want you to prosper.

The Six of Wands is about searching for happy times. You want positive attention. You want to put yourself out there and achieve good results. Be around people who love you and want you to prosper.

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Upright Six of Wands

This card indicates you have reached an important milestone in your journey. You have successfully hit your mark, and this is a cause for a public celebration. There will be a great deal of merriment and silliness.

People may treat you like a celebrity and be excited for your accomplishments. They'll make you feel like you're one of a kind. You brought good vibes to your community, and you will be rewarded for what you brought to others.

The card shows a man who has just come back from winning a battle. People are praising him for defending their town. This is the kind of person that people will talk about for years to come. He will be a legend, and his story will get muddled in lore.

You Can Outwit Your Foes

The Six of Wands is proof that you could outmaneuver the distractions and complications from the Five of Wands. You applied your intelligence when things were chaotic. You know how to concentrate to beat your target.

You have to be patient to conquer your goals. Be like the tortoise, not the hare. The tortoise knows to take his time and come up with strong plans. He will reach the finish line. The hare rushes into things and gets distracted before reaching the finish line.

Time to Find Good Company

Seek positive attention. It will feel good when others recognize your achievements. You want positive attention and not negative attention. You don't want to be that person that comes into a room and then everyone leaves.

Be proud of what you achieve. Let others embrace what you've accomplished. Post stories about what you do on social media. It's okay to shine and be in the spotlight.

Believe in who you are. Place yourself around people who love you and want you to prosper. If you can find good company, you've won a lottery. People who love you will help nourish you and give your confidence a boost. They want you to succeed. And you want to see them succeed too.

Be a Force for Good

Be receptive and open your heart to love. Don't be too dismissive and cynical, and don't let your trust in others erode. You are full of energy, and you need to express it and show who you are.

Don't let fear or guilt guide you. Have faith in what will happen in the future. There will be sad and dark days, but do continue to have hope that in the end things will be set right. Everything is in progress. Together we can work toward a better tomorrow.

You've reached an important milestone. Remember how you got there. Show gratitude. Don't forget what got you to this point. You will likely need those same ingredients for the rest of your journey.

Reaching a milestone can be intimidating. In the process, you could experience an unusual conversion. It's better to embrace this joyful conversion rather than fear it. The Six of Wands represents a right of passage.

Reaching a milestone can be intimidating. In the process, you could experience an unusual conversion. It's better to embrace this joyful conversion rather than fear it. The Six of Wands represents a right of passage.

Reversed Six of Wands

The reversed Six of Wands pertains to a private achievement. This is something you want to keep to yourself. Perhaps you want to marinate on it before you let others judge it.

You might feel uncomfortable with public praise, or you find it meaningless. You might find the public's praise distracting, or perhaps you are aware that it can be addictive to be in the spotlight. You can also experience withdrawals when you're not in the spotlight.

You should ask yourself why you're not sharing yourself with others. Are you worried that you'll come off over the top? Are you worried people will be jealous of you? Are you worried you're actually not good enough?

If you're in the right community, they'll support you and want to know about your accomplishments and where you're headed. Of course, you don't want to use social media and the likes as only a brag box. The thing is: good people really do like seeing you well and happy. Imagine if social media was all doom and gloom and all your friends were suffering. That would be a terrible experience, and it probably wouldn't get a lot of traffic.

Don't Make Your Life About Social Media

I think it's a great idea to look at social media with a cynical eye. You know that people are not really showing their authentic selves there. It's a great idea to take breaks from it, and you can live without it. However, if you got a promotion, a publishing deal, a new degree, and the likes, that isn't something you need to hide.

Let people know about your accomplishments! Let them know when life has got you down too. But you don't need to be an entirely open book. . .

A personal aside: I think it's best to talk about your sorrows and rough spots with a select group of people who you know really care about you. People who seem interested in your life. Those people are willing to invest in you when you're sad. If your mom is really sick, and you're scared, does everyone need to know that or a select group?

You Get to Decide Your Fate

The reversed Six of Wands is about defining what success means to you. If you're just seeking validation from others you might find yourself uneasy. You need to have confidence. You need to have the final say. Don't let judges condemn you. Look at Lindsey Stirling, the amazing violin player. She went on a talent show, and they told her they didn't think her act was something Americans would go see. Boy, could they not have been more wrong! (Do yourself a favor and look her up if you don't know who she is.)

Don't be so easily shaken by the opinions of others. Follow what makes you passionate. Follow your joys. If you find a path in your adulthood that reminds you of playtime as a kid, then you are probably on the right track. I love writing because it reminds me of the satisfaction I felt as a child playing video games. If I hated writing I would have stopped a long time ago and done something else.

You should feel like what you're doing has a purpose that it isn't just a means to pay the bills. Sometimes we have to take a job just to pay the bills, but please, don't live your whole life that way. You're meant to dream, you're meant to bring about new ideas and paradigms into this world.

You get to interpret what success means to you. You get to decide what are the most important priorities. When you are clear with yourself about what success means to you, it will be easier for you to align with your dreams. When you take control of your dreams that's when you'll find independence. (Finding your independence with your craft is a major milestone.)

The dark side of this card? It can also indicate you're having issues with arrogance. Perhaps your ego is bloated and you think you're the center of the universe. You could currently be a walking disaster and you may need to dial things down before you do something disastrous. If so, it's a good idea for you to listen to criticism. If you have a meltdown every time someone has something to say against you, then you're not going to go very far. (Be a sweetheart, not a jerk.)

Disclaimer

I see tarot cards in a different way than most people do. I occasionally write a note on these tarot card articles to let you know where I stand.

I don't see tarot cards as belonging to any particular religion or craft. I see them as neutral. They were first playing cards, and in some parts of the world, they're still used that way.

Tarot cards are essentially cards with stories. They focus on common scenarios people go through. I would argue tarot is more of a narrative tool than anything else. The story it tells altogether is similar to the hero's journey.

You can turn anything into a divination tool, not just tarot cards or playing cards. I don't know a lot about rituals, practices, or spiritual concepts related to divination.

I'm here to tell you the stories on the cards. I have a writer's background. I find that the stories have lessons to them. You could relate to these lessons or meditate on them. If it doesn't fit your situation, then just move on. The cards could be part of a healthy self-care routine by seeing the cards as affirmations.

Tarot cards should be used for entertainment and exploring your imagination. If it stresses you out, then it's probably not the right pastime for you.

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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