This week’s card to study is the Ace of Wands.
Esoteric Title: The Root of the Powers of Fire
This is our 16th week and our first Ace!
Aces represent the true essence and energy of their suit/element and the unrealized potential their suit offers. The Aces offer a gift; a path where to begin, much like the Fool is exposed to all the tools he needs by the Magician (I), which he may have already been carrying in his bag. What you do with this gift makes all the difference in how it will or won’t be manifested.
In the Ace of Wands from the magical Shadowscapes Tarot we see a Wand planted firmly in the ground and the leaves growing from the Wand are emblazoned by it’s light which filled the sky with a crimson glow. Three red foxes, who are primarily nocturnal animals, have been drawn out of the shadows by the illuminating light. Tiny creatures, possibly fae, pixies, or elves, have also come out and are curious what potential this Wand has to offer.
Rider-Waite-Smith Two of Wands for comparison:
The Ace 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 Ace of Wands: The Aces are not associated with the zodiac (like the Pages). Instead they are the Guardian of Heaven.¹
The Aces or Ones are the male, the yang principle. It is also alone while two makes a pair. Ones represents raw energy, the beginning of all things and the starting point of discovering of abilities and full potential. One is the pioneer, with all the creative energy in perpetual motion, it has the power to create and develop.
Keywords: Seed, root, origin, starting point, beginning of a cycle, conception, initiation.
The opportunity card; newness, beginnings, initiatory stage, spark, enthusiasm, ideas, inspiration, potential, change.
- Red- the fox’s coloring is symbolic of the sun.
- The hand poking out of the cloud (RWS) – some say this is the hand of God or the universe but, it could represent whomever is offering this gift to you.
- Grey sky – it’s clear and neutral. It’s up to you to change it to blue or cloudy/stormy.
The universe is offering you an endowment of inspiration or a new idea or vision just like a muse would.
The Ace of Wands is considered the ‘opportunity card’ or a ‘green light’. Thus, it would be welcomed by anyone who needs a creative spark, inspiration, or is looking for a new opportunity they could act upon and be passionate and enthusiastic about.
An opportunity doesn’t always have to be business or work related. This may instead indicate a new direction in your life or perhaps a new or old hobby that you’re passionate about; anything that has you energized (or reenergized). This is the time to go for it; to roll the dice and take the gamble. You may find yourself feeling so empowered to the point you feel like you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it. But remember, this is an Ace; the beginning, the initiation, where it all starts. The next step occurs in the two’s.
Career: If you are currently employed the Ace of Wands suggests you may be offered a promotion or some opportunity to grow in your company or, perhaps take your current job in a different direction. One example could be additional education (on their dime) and this has inspired and enthused you.
If you are looking for a job, this Ace may herald a offer of employment; one that you can feel passionate about, that will inspire you, and will offer growth in your career which can include learning more, expanding your horizons, etc.
Either way, this Ace also implies that you are highly creative, imaginative, and action-oriented.
Romance: If you are involved in a relationship and/or married, the Ace of Wands signifies a new beginning, a new cycle for the two of you. A new direction may be welcomed especially if there has been past conflict. It may also represent a renewed passion for one another.
If you are single and looking for love, this Ace suggests you may soon find that special person who will bring adventure and enthusiasm to your life. This relationship may be full of potential and passion!
Questions to ask:
- What new projects are you ready to commit to?
- Are you tapping into your full potential and am I open to receiving it?
- Where can you use this Ace’s energy?
“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”
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.
- Corrine Kenner, Tarot and Astrology: Enhance Your Readings with the Wisdom of the Zodiac, location 1748 (Kindle).
Shadowscapes Tarot by Barbara Moore (author) and Stephanie Pui-Mun Law (artist) © 2010 Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. 2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125. All rights reserved, used by permission.
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