King of Wands Tarot Card Meanings Explained

king of wandsKeywords

  • Power
  • Impatience
  • Authority
  • Leader
  • Success
  • Passion

General Meaning of the King of Wands in a Reading

The Kings in the Tarot hold a great deal of personal power – they often symbolize men that are over the age of 30, or who are mature and authoritative. When it comes to horoscopes and astrology, these men are often the sign of Aries, Leo or Sagittarius. They are very passionate, dynamic and easy to fall in love with. In a Tarot Reading, they talk about people external to us, but can also be qualities that we either need to embody or are embodying.

When we see many Kings of all the suits in a Celtic Cross Reading or any other type of tarot reading, we can assume that we are surrounded by masculine energies. Either at work or in our personal relationships.

The Symbolism of the King of Wands

king of wandsUsing the Rider-Waite Deck, we can see the King of Wands seated on his throne, looking as if he is about to leap into action. He gives off the energy of impatience and rising excitement. The Suit of Wands in a Tarot Reading is all about action, drive, career, and work. So, this card shows a man in our lives who is perhaps our partner, a boss or a work colleague. Maybe they are even just a friend who is passionate, dynamic and impatient, powerful and assertive. These may also be qualities that we ourselves are exhibiting.

King of Wands in the Past

In a Tarot Reading, when we receive the King of Wands in the Past, it shows that a man who is one of the Astrology fire signs has been a big influence on us. This could be anyone who is a bit older or more mature. Someone who is full of fire and energy, and who hopefully inspired us. We ourselves may have projected this energy in the past.

King of Wands in the Present

In our 3-card tarot spread, this card in the present indicates that we are currently being influenced by a male energy. Whether a partner or work colleague, family member or boss, this is someone who is powerful, assertive and somewhat impatient and dynamic in nature. We ourselves may be feeling these things, feeling more assertive and able to go after what we want with confidence.

King of Wands in the Future

When this card is placed in the future position in a tarot card reading, we will soon encounter a man who is either an Aries, Leo or Sagittarius who may influence our lives in a powerful way. He may be brash, passionate and dynamic, and inspire or move us into action. We may soon be stepping into a position of power and authority ourselves and embodying passion and dynamism.

Reversed King of Wands

reversed king of wandsWhen this card is reversed, we may need to step into apposition of more power and authority, most likely in our Career or even in our personal Relationships. We may feel timid and shy, but it is essential to be able to take the reins of power. We need to be aware of people in our lives who may be overly aggressive, arrogant or pushy with us and set good boundaries, and we may need to also look at how we are leading, whether we are leading with confidence or from a place of simply being bossy.

King of Wands Tarot One Card Meaning

When this card appears in your One Card Spread, there is masculine energy in your life at the moment. A man who is an Aries, Leo or Sagittarius, someone who is “ready to go” and perhaps a touch impatient, loving to rush ahead. He might even be rash and impulsive. He is, however, passionate and creative, or perhaps this is an energy you need to embrace at the moment.

King of Wands Yes/No Meaning

The best way to understand the Yes/No Tarot Spread is to understand that any card facing up is “yes”, and any card facing down is “no”.

When you receive this card facing up, you or someone else is in a place of authority and wisdom, eager to jump up and seize the day. Try not to be too hasty in this process, and slow down, whilst still following your hearts’ passion. An older, wise, yet hasty and enthusiastic man may be of help to you in this decision.

When you receive this card facing down, there is a male energy that is standing in the way of what you want. He may be rather impatient, frustrated or overly impulsive. This is the time for you to practice caution and care for your path ahead, and to not jump to any conclusions.


This card in any Tarot Reading stretches across all topics, from career to love, to financial Matters. It talks about the masculine forces in our lives, whether actually a man external to us, or an energy we carry ourselves. If external, it usually relates to one of the Fire signs in Astrology. If internal, it’s about the qualities of assertiveness, fire, creativity, impatience, and passion.

Affirmations for the King of Wands

“I embrace the positive masculine people in my life”

“I am eager to take action”

“The difference between being aggressive and assertive is clear to me”

“I am assertive and confident in my abilities”

“I am a leader”

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Article Info

Date: Feb 21, 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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