This week’s card to study is the Two of Wands.
Esoteric Title: The Lord of Dominion
In the Two of Wands from the Steampunk Tarot, we see an inventor or innovator, standing on a balcony, high in the sky during twilight. In his hands, he is holding the greatest opportunity in his life.¹ He’s looking down at his invention as well as the world below, contemplating his situation. The two lit pillars (wands) stand pretty evenly on either side of him and below him, to his right, we can see a snowcapped mountain range .
Rider-Waite-Smith Two of Wands for comparison:
The Two of Wands card lies among the Minor Arcana, which represents day-to-day life and its ups and downs, challenges and opportunities.
Wands Suit –
The Wands suit is associated with the element Fire and represents action: our spirit, passion, desires, enthusiasm, creativity, will, goals, careers, projects, inspiration, adventure, expansion, and ideas etc. All things that you are passionate about and acting on them.
Astrological Correspondences – Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces (Water signs)
The Golden Dawn correspondences for the Two of Wands: Mars in Aries
The Two is the pair. While the number one is male, number two is female; the yin. The one is the seed/idea, the two is the planning and development. In the twos, a choice, decision, crossroads, or a needed confirmation, is presented to the seeker. It may be a dilemma, or a chosen path, or deciding to say “yes” or “no”. Keywords: partnering, union, balance, choices, duality, decisions, connecting, planning, opposing forces.
Partnerships, planning, exploring your ideas and putting it to work, business decision or proposal, determination, taking risks, vision, ability, opportunity to expand.
- Two Lit Pillars – these two wands are lighting his path however, they each represent opposing forces or two paths. Which one will he take?
- Snowcapped Mountain Range – there may be challenge ahead.
- The Contraption – similar to the globe in the RWS, he has the world in his hands.
The Two of Wands is the next progression after the Ace of Wands. You have the idea and inspiration and now you need to do all that is necessary to take this idea and put into action; a need to make decisions in order to move achieve success. If you’re already established, you may find a desire to broaden your horizons and try new things.
You are discovering all that needs to be done to expand on your idea, vision, or concept and to achieve your goals. You need to plan, strategize, collaborate, partner and network and to do this, you need determination and you may need to take risks. You may have also found there may be other necessary steps to ensure continued success. For example, you may be need to look even farther into the future than you originally expected, anticipating further planning and strategizing, especially for any unexpected struggles. There are so many decisions needed to make, in order to pursue this goal.
During this time, you may run into obstacles or challenges such as obtaining the funds, issues with partners, or being presented with more than one path, offering opposing options and risks. The Two of Wands suggest these will go well, but you must be positive and assertive.
After you have completed all the above, you will find yourself in the next stage – a period of waiting; waiting for the outcome and success. Trust yourself and your decision and be patient.
Note: this card can also indicate travel.
Career: If you are employed, you may be offered a promotion or a project, that may put you in a position to make important decisions how to expand the company. The decision you may need to initially make is, if you want to take this project or new position, or not. In addition, It may include traveling abroad or possibly a relocation.
Another possibility is, you may be looking to advance your career or change careers entirely or wanting to try something new. You may be considering starting your own business, after years of working for someone else. In modern times, we see people in their 50’s doing this. Don’t let anything hold you back, if you want to reinvent yourself, go for it. That what the Wands suit is all about.
If you are an established business owner, you may find yourself needing to make an important decision or wanting to take a risk. This will possibly affect your employees, your partner(s), or even your family. Do all the research possible in order to make the most knowledgeable and informed decision.
If you’re unemployed and looking for a job, the Two of Wands suggest a multitude of opportunities will present themselves, especially if you broaden your search. This will put you in a position to decide which offer you’d like to take, one may include relocating overseas. This is a great position to be in. Take some time to think which one will serve you the best, not just now, but also in the future; which will eventually offer you even more opportunities down the road.
You may be a new graduate and now looking to take your degree and put it into action; begin your career.
Romance: If you are in a relationship this could point to several different situations.
You may be looking to take the relationship to the next stage/level. You may want to move in together, or get engaged and married. If you are married, you may be looking to buy a house, if you’re living in an apartment, or you could be looking to expand your family further by having a child or more children.
Another possibility is, you may be having feelings for someone else or even having an affair. This is the time to choose between the two people.
If you are single, you may have met a couple different people and you’re trying to choose who you should move forward with. If you have been looking for love and haven’t been successful finding a partner, you may want to expand your search; it may be too narrow and hurting your chances.
Or, this may be a time to focus on advancing your career and creativity, therefore, during this period of time, you may not really have the time, or energy, to commit to a relationship. Enjoy being single, and have a relationship with your creative spirit!
Questions to ask:
- What are you looking to change in your life?
- Are you tapping into your full potential?
- What are the pros and cons of the decision I’m considering?
- Do I feel comfortable in my skin?
“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”
This is my interpretation of this card. It may differ from other Tarotists, and yours as well, and that’s okay. Please work to create your own card meanings; learning the Tarot is not about memorizing.
In addition, remember nuances of the interpretation may differ depending on the Querent’s question, the spread, the surrounding cards, and what your intuition may be telling you at the time.
- Barbara Moore, The Steampunk Tarot Companion book, pg. 119
The Tarot card from above is from The Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore and Aly Fell 2012 Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. 2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125. All rights reserved, used by permission.
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