Ace of Wands Tarot Card Meanings Explained

Ace of WandsKeywords:

  • Creativity
  • Career
  • Passion
  • Beginning / Initiating
  • New energy & enthusiasm
  • Offer of work
  • Enthusiasm


General Meaning of the Ace of Wands in a Reading

The Ace of Wands is the very first card in the Wands Suit. All Aces symbolize the beginning or the start of something, and the suit indicates what the beginning will be about.

The suit of Wands is related to work, career, energy, and drive. It is the creativity that powers actions and is associated with the element of Fire, which is active and positive. Hence, we might expect a new beginning in the area of work and career or perhaps a new project that we are enthusiastic about. It could translate as the beginning of a passion. This is not a card that we can sit around with, we have to act quickly and take the opportunities that are coming to us.

This card is generally positive, so if we are hoping to make a decision about something and this card appears, we could surmise that the decision we make will be beneficial.

This is the card of the entrepreneur and the creative. It’s the card that speaks to those of us who are not afraid of blazing a new path or initiating action that others may be afraid to. Because Wands symbolize the element of fire, we can think of it in astrology or horoscope terms as those who are Leo, Aries or Sagittarius types.

The Symbolism of the Ace of Wands

Ace of WandsIf we are using the Rider-Waite deck, we can see a hand reaching out and grasping a wooden staff, with tiny green leaves budding from it. These leaves talk about flowering, of something sprouting from out new beginning, of a potential harvest in the future.

The hand is very much in a gesture of offering, so we may expect a new opportunity to come our way, or be given to us in some form or another. There is a white halo surrounding the proffered hand, which shows that the beginning is full of hope and promise. Angels may be guiding our way here.

The clouds that the hand emerges from may talk about the beginning emerging from a time of confusion or not knowing where we are going. They then suddenly blazing into the light of day.

The lush ground below shows a running river, talking about the journey that is ahead of us, and the potential growth therein. There is a castle in the distance, showing the possible success that can arise for our new venture.

There are a bunch of resources we can study if we want to delve even deeper into the Tarot, resources that can show us how to read these symbols on the cards.

Ace of Wands in the Past

This card in the past shows that we have recently begun a new path related to our career or in a creative area of life. Now that the beginnings is behind us, we can focus on building on what we have started. Unless there are other cards indicating a beginning, such as a Page or another Ace, we can safely assume that what we have started is now in full motion. We have to keep on the path and follow that passion we felt in the beginning and continue to build on it.

Ace of Wands in the Present

If we are hoping for a new start, we are assured of getting it. The Ace of Wands in the present position tells us that we are currently experiencing a wave of passion for something in our lives. This could be something that has just begun, or perhaps we are in the beginning stages of a project we have always wanted to take on. We may feel very enthusiastic and excited about whatever is happening on our new journey, and doing something like a free tarot reading can certainly help us get started!

Ace of WandsAce of Wands in the Future

This is a lovely card to get in the future. If you have been hoping for a new start in your work, or have needed to feel passionate about something for a while, then this may be the answer you have been looking for. There is a whole new beginning just around the corner! It may indicate a time when you have to take initiative, maybe start your own business or commence a new project, pouring all your energy into it. Passion is coming your way and you can look forward to feeling alive and enthusiastic! Look out for any offers and take them with both hands.

Reversed Ace of Wands

Some people like to use the reversed meaning of the cards. Essentially, this just simply turns the original meaning of the card upside down. Hence, when the Ace of Wands is reversed, one may expect any new beginnings to be forestalled or delayed in some way. If you have been asking whether or not you will be receiving a new job soon, the Tarot Reading says that the answer would be not right now. This may not be the very best time to begin or start something. So, with that in mind, perhaps we need to be patient and wait for the right time. It’s not a sign to give up, merely a sign to take a step back and wait for the right opportunity – sometimes, it’s best to wait for the things we love than chase after them!

Ace of Wands Tarot One Card Meaning

When you get this card in a One Card Spread, there is a new beginning in your life now, in the area of work or in something you are passionate about. You feel inspired, involved and ready to activate this new spark, so make sure you are open to the opportunities that come your way now – they will fuel your creative fire!

Ace of Wands Yes/No Meaning

When you are using a Yes/No Tarot Reading, this card right side up means “yes” to your query – this is a great time to move ahead with passion, inspiration and creativity. Your spirit is urging you to enthusiastically embrace a new opportunity and you feel energetic enough for the task at hand, so go for it! You have the energy and drive needed for new beginnings and there is excitement waiting for you. 

When you receive this card upside down in the Yes or No Tarot Reading, it means “no” to your question. You do not have the drive, energy or passion to invest into this decision at the moment, and it is possible that you may lose steam very quickly. Wait for a time in which you have the physical power and enthusiasm you need to go forward, even if you are feeling impatient.  


The Fire Suit is always all about action, drive, energy, and movement. It is by no means static or fixed, and we can expect a powerful and energetic new beginning when we get this card in a reading. When this card appears, we have to seize the offered opportunities with both hands. We should embrace the passion and dynamism that comes with this new start. We cannot hold back, or be afraid, or wait for others to initiate – we have to be the ones to do it ourselves.

Affirmations for the Ace of Wands

“I am ready to begin”

“I am passionate and eager”

“I possess creative energy and enthusiasm”

“I embrace a new beginning”

“I am excited to start a new career”

“I look forward to embracing a dynamic new project”

“I am ready to say YES!”

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Article Info

Date: Feb 08, 2019
Amelie Rose Estrela is an experienced psychic and recently published, esteemed lead author for the Psychic Guild since 2003. She has written hundreds of articles for the website on a range of topics covered within the psychic niche, including Psychics & Mediums, Tarot & Angel Cards, Astrology & Horoscopes (the topic of her newly-released e-book), Love & Relationships, and Spells & Magic. You can find out more about Amelie on
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