As a reminder, the suit of wands is driven by masculine energy and usually represents willpower, change, and an impulse to create and make something new. Scholars and academics have connected the suit of wands to the classical element of fire, and most of the cards from that suit embody the symbolic attributes of this element, one way or another.
Two of Wands: Traditional meanings
If the ace of wands represented the paragon of the values found within the minor suit of wands, the two of wands represents the raw element of those. The spontaneous spark that comes early on in any project or relationship usually found to herald the beginning of something new.
Other cards drawn for the reading will usually add some depth to the two of wands and offer some insight about that idea and vision’s potential.
Upright: Vision, determination, confidence, and new projects.
Reversed: Trouble, fear, indecision, confusion, and broken deals.
Upright of Wands and positive elements
In the Rider Waite Smith tarot, and in the suit of Wands as in the most tarot decks derived from it, the main character displayed on the two of wands is usually a man, holding a staff in his left hand (one of the two “wands” that can be seen on the picture) and some other symbolic item in his right hand. In the traditional RWS deck, it is a globe.
In most modern depictions of this minor arcana, the protagonist is almost always male and seems to wear garments suggesting he has enough resources to support himself.
The driving force of the element of fire can be found in this minor arcana meaning. Every journey begins with a single step, and likewise, every project or important decision in life starts with an initial spark, a vision of something bigger and better. Medieval scholars called it a daemon, a source of inspiration whispering into geniuses’ ears, like a muse for the artists. Contrary to what the name might imply when it is read out loud, this has nothing to do with actual demons found in the bible and other holy books.
This spark and vision is the main message of the two of wands in the tarot deck. It is coupled with a sense of determination and confidence, and usually heralds the beginning of a new project or a new direction in life for the Querent. While the topic is often creative or related to a professional career, several cards from the suit of cups combined with the two of wands might hint at something of a more romantic nature.
Reversed Two of Wands and negative elements
The drive and determination embodied by the two of wands find themselves turned upside down when the card is reversed in a spread. Representing a lack of vision and motivation, this card is often a sign of great confusion within the Querent’s mind.
On a more materialistic aspect, a reversed two of wands might represent a business deal that falls through, or any other important project losing any traction and being led into a dead-end.
Two of Wands and love
When the two of wands comes up in a tarot reading using a love spread, it is usually combined with one or more cards from the suit of cups. In that case, the reading probably refers to a new (or fairly) recent relationship, the spark of passion or love burning bright and looking ahead.
Combined with cards that bear a more physical or wild meaning, it could also represent the start of an affair outside the range of any potential romantic situation for the Querent, something pleasant and thrilling but without any real emotional commitment.