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The Minor Arcana Suit of Wands Description Interpretation Reversed
Ace of Wands: A hand comes out from a cloud holding a flowering wand. In the distance is a mountain peak surmounted by a castle. The beginning of an enterprise, creation or invention. A birth, the starting of a family or of a fortune, possibly an inheritance. The new enterprise may not materialize. Clouded joy, false starts.
Two of Wands: A man of property looks out from his battlements over the sea; he holds a globe in his right hand and a staff in his left. Another staff is fixed in a ring. Roses and lilies are crossed on the left side of the card. Lord of the manor. Riches, fortune, magnificence, dominion. Interest in scientific methods. Physical suffering, sadness, domination by others.
Three of Wands: A calm, stately man, with his back turned, looks out to sea as his ships come into port. He has accomplished what the man in the Two of Wands was just beginning. Trade, commerce, established strength, help from a successful merchant. Beware of help offered. Wealth and position may slip away. Caution against pride and arrogance.
Four of Wands: A garland is hung from the tops of four flowering wands; two maidens lift up bouquets of flowers; near them is a bridge over a moat, leading to an old castle. The coming of romance, harmony, prosperity, peace. The bounty of the harvest home, perfected work, haven of refuge. Here the meaning remains unaltered; it is still prosperity, increase and bounty, but in lesser degree.
Five of Wands: A group of young men are shown brandishing wands as if in combat. It may be mimic warfare. Strenuous competition, strife. Struggle in trying to attain riches and success. The battle of life. There may be quarreling and a lawsuit. New business opportunities. A compromise is reached.
Six of Wands: A horseman wearing a laurel wreath of victory carries a wand which is also covered with a wreath. Footmen carrying wands accompany him. Triumphal procession, victory after strife, gain. Good news and conquest, advancement in the arts and sciences. Indefinite delay, fear of a victorious enemy.
Seven of Wands: A young man on a rocky hill grasps a flowering wand. Six others rise up against him. In Queen Elizabeth I's time, men fought in this manner. Man holding his own against adversaries. Strife, stiff competition in business, war or trade; success against opposition; courage in the face of difficulties. Perplexity, embarrassment, anxiety. This card is also a caution against indecision.
Eight of Wands: A flight of wands is shown passing through open country; they seem to be coming to the end of their course. Haste, hope, movement in affairs. The arrows of love, messages, letters, journey by air. Arrows of jealousy, quarrels, domestic disputes.
Nine of Wands: A man, his head bound with a bandage, leans upon his staff, as if awaiting an enemy. Behind him stand eight wands in orderly procession like a palisade. Preparedness, strength in reserve, opposition. If attacked, the person involved will defend himself stoutly. Obstacles, adversity, delay, displeasure.
Ten of Wands: A man carries a heavy burden consisting of ten flowering wands. He is bowed down by their weight as he plods toward the city. One who is carrying an oppressive burden but will manage to reach his goal. Power unwisely used. Problem soon to be solved. Treachery, duplicity, separation, emigration. If there is a lawsuit, it will probably be lost, unless one is vigilant.
Page of Wands: Against a background of mounds or pyramids, a page makes a proclamation. He represents the eternal messenger. Blond, blue-eyed young man, faithful lover, messenger, postman, bearer of tidings. He may represent a child, either boy or girl. If this card appears next to a card representing a man, there will be favorable testimony concerning him. Unpleasant news, indecision about a project.
Knight of Wands: A handsome young knight in armor gallops across the plain. His mantle is decorated with salamanders, symbolizing the Suit of Fire. The pyramids in the distance are symbols of the earth in its natural aspect and are also related to fire. A fair-haired, blue-eyed young man capable of creating conflict or rivalry. The card may mean departure, absence, flight, change of residence. Division, interruption, discord. If in marriage, may betoken frustration.
Queen of Wands: A crowned queen wearing royal robes holds a flowering wand in her right hand, that of authority. In her left hand is a sunflower, signifying her control over nature. The lions on the arms of her throne are fire symbols, and the black cat is a symbol of Venus in its sinister aspect. A blonde, blue-eyed woman, animated and magnetic. Generally she lives in the country, is home-loving and nature-loving. She is friendly, chaste, and honorable. If the card beside her is a man, she is very fond of him; if a woman, she is interested in her welfare. The card may mean success in undertakings and enterprises. A virtuous but strict and economical woman. Opposition, jealousy, deceit, or infidelity are suggested.
King of Wands: A crowned king holds a flowering wand. His robe is richly embroidered with mystic symbols; the lion symbol appears on the back of his throne. Beneath his crown he wears what is known as a "cap of maintenance." A blond, blue-eyed man of enterprise and authority. Generally he is married and the father of a family living in the country. He is honest and conscientious and can also be impassioned and noble. The card may also betoken unexpected heritage, good marriage. A severe, unyielding man, strict in his judgments. Suggests the possibility of opposition or quarrel. May also suggest advice that should be followed.

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