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Tarot Card Meanings:
King of Wands

King of Wands: Overview and Symbols

The King of Wands embodies charismatic leadership, brimming with fiery passion and ambition. He takes charge with confidence, inspires others with his vision, and possesses the drive to turn ideas into reality. This king is a natural strategist, but can also be a bit impulsive.

Some Specific Symbols and Their Meanings in the Rider Waite Smith Tarot

  • Kingly attire and crown: Signify authority, leadership, and established power.
  • Wand held high: Represents his passion, creativity, and unwavering will.
  • Salamander on his shoulder and lion on his throne: Symbolize fire and strength, respectively, reflecting his fiery personality and bold leadership style.
  • Orange robe: Evokes flames, emphasizing his passionate and energetic nature.
  • Landscaped background: Hints at the vast potential and opportunities that lie ahead under his guidance.


A note on interpreting Court Cards: Court cards like Kings can represent the querent or someone else in the querent’s life. Be mindful of the context in which court cards appear.

king of wands from the rider waite smith tarot
The King of Wands as depicted in the Rider-Waite Smith Tarot by A.E. White, illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith

King of Wands: Card Meanings

Keywords/Phrases: Confidence, inspiration, action, vision, charisma, strategy, dominance

The King of Wands is a charismatic, passionate leader, radiating confidence and inspiring others with his clear vision. He takes action with strategic thinking and a touch of boldness, his fiery spirit motivating those around him. While his dominance can veer into inflexibility, his charisma and unwavering will make him a natural leader who gets things done.

King of Wands: Reversed Card Meanings

Keywords/Phrases: Domineering, impulsive, poor decision-making, stubbornness, lack of direction, stagnation

The reversed King of Wands represents a forceful leader who prioritizes control over collaboration. His impulsiveness leads to rash choices, while stubbornness hinders progress. Lack of direction and an inability to adapt cause stagnation.

Gallery: King of Wands in Various Decks

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