Ace of Wands Tarot Card

The four minor arcana suits all represent a particular aspect and element in the tarot. While that element is represented in every card of the suit, the four aces embody the purest form of these elements and meanings. When you draw an ace in a tarot spread, you know that this suit is particularly relevant to the reading.

Keywords associated with the Ace of Wands Card

Upright: creation, invention, willpower, passion, desire, and courage.

Reversed: frustration, dissatisfaction, impotence, and lack of energy

Traditional Representation and Description of the Ace of Wands Card

Ace of wands Rider Waite tarot
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A hand issuing from a cloud grasps a stout Wand or Club. Divinatory Meanings: Creation, invention, enterprise, the powers which result in these, principle, beginning, source, birth, family, origin, the beginning of enterprises, according to another account—money, fortune, inheritance. Reversed: Fall, decadence, ruin, perdition, to perish, also—clouded joy (Rider Waite Booklet).

Modern Representations of the Ace of Wands Card

Minor arcana meanings are usually subtler than what can be drawn from the major arcana. The aces are the exception to the rule and can convey meanings that are as intense and impactful as any of them.

The Ace of Wands represents willpower, creativity, and passion, an echo of the element of fire that rules over that minor arcana suit. Just like this element, the Ace of Wands can be a wonderful source of energy and motivation in almost any context, but it might burn you if you do not keep your eyes wide open and control how it spreads.

Keep in mind that it is also a card of new beginnings, the inner spark that will create the flame that will burn bright in any new project or relationship. Unless it comes up as the Ace of Wands reversed, this is usually an extremely good sign for new beginnings.

Ace of Wands Mythic Tarot

The Mythic Tarot (1986/2008)

Ace of Wands Haindl Tarot

The Haindl Tarot (1990)

Ace of Fire Source Osho Zen Tarot

Osho Zen Tarot (1995)

Ace of Scrolls Law of Attraction Tarot

Law of Attraction Tarot (2011)

Ace of Wands Spellcaster Tarot

Spellcaster Tarot (2016)

Ace of Wands Ostara Tarot

Ostara Tarot (2017)

Upright Meaning of the Ace of Wands Card

The suit of Wands represents masculine energy, creativity, and is connected to the element of fire. Unsurprisingly, these elements will be dominant when learning the tarot card meanings associated with the ace in that suit.

When the Ace of Wands appears in a reading, it is usually a very strong sign of creativity and inspiration. This minor arcana card could represent the starting point of a new project or any artistic endeavor. It is a breeding ground for fresh ideas and innovative decisions.

But like the element of fire embodied by the suit of wands, this card can also represent a powerful and primal desire, passion for a project, or a specific person. It can highlight a rising desire, which might go out of control if left unchecked.

Finally, echoing some of the tarot card meaning of the Magician major arcana, the Ace of Wands also embodies willpower and energy, the drive to be greater than before, and the conscious effort made to channel that energy for something constructive.

In a Question about Love and Relationship

In a tarot spread focusing on love and relationships, drawing the Ace of Wands usually refers either to the passionate start of this relationship or to a renewal of that passion, a way to rekindle the fire that might have been lost.

It could also represent someone the Querent is lusting after since this is also a very sexual card. It could represent a purely physical affair or fling with particularly effective chemistry between all parties involved. The Ace of Wands relationship outcome might not necessarily last in the long term, but will be extremely intense for a while.

In a Question about Career and Work

Career encompasses school and education if that is your current stage; work that is necessary, but not what you would consider a career path; and your actual career path.  Regardless of your current stage of development, the Ace of Wands is about inspiration and excitement.

If you are a student, then drawing this card indicates that you need to embrace your education as an exciting adventure.  How are you inspired by what you study?  How do you bring excitement to the classes you take?

If you are doing work that is necessary, but not a career, then you want to connect with the energy that excites you about your job.  Each day try to find some spark that keeps the fire burning to do your work at a high level, and even with some fun and humor mixed in.

If you are in your career, and the Ace of Wands appears in a reading, then you need to look for new opportunities that excite you and spark your imagination.  Inject your career with some new energy.  Consider trying a new skill or learning a new task that will help you feel energized about what you are trying to accomplish.

Reversed Meaning of the Ace of Wands Card

The negative side of the Ace of Wands appears when the card is reversed in a reading. Like a twisted mirror, it offers almost the exact opposite of what the card usually means right side up. Creativity and inspiration become apathy and lack of energy. Passion becomes dissatisfaction and impotence.

The Ace of Wands reversed is almost always negative in context, a sign of frustration and disappointment, so when it appears in a reading meant to look ahead, this should be seen as a warning, a chance to change course from the path you are on in order to try and avoid that fate.

In a Question about Love and Relationship

Reversed, this card indicates that there is no spark or no longer a spark between you and the person interested in you or the person you are with.  The fire has gone out and you need to either reignite it or recognize that all that is left is ash.

In a Question about Career and Work

When this card appears reversed in a question about school, work, or career, then the passion for your studies or work has diminished or gone out completely.  You can attempt to recreate the magic that got you interested in your field of study or your work, but do not be surprised if you need new inspiration, not the old flame restored.

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Philip Young, PhD, is a spiritual adviser located in Cary, North Carolina. He provides spiritual guidance using different tools: astrology, tarot/oracle cards, numerology, and past life regression (using muscle testing).