Ace of Wands

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The Ace of Wands from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck.

The Ace of Wands is the first card in the suit of Wands. It usually stands for creation, invention, and birth. The starting point of an enterprise.

General description

In the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, Pamela Coleman Smith depicts the Ace of Wands as a hand issuing from a cloud grasping a stout wand or club with leaves falling from the wand to the Earth.

Divinatory meaning

The Ace of Wands will represent the effect of suddenness, of the incidental, even accidental. It denotes something that is making its appearance all of a sudden; a sort of manifestation, creation such as the birth of a child. This, by the way, is generally considered to be a joy for the parents, but may not be for the soul, which has to accept once more the limitations of life in a body of earth.

This card is strongly tied to acts of creation, as embodied in the element of fire. The creative flame that burns in all artists will be evident throughout the entire suit of Wands. However, this creativity can be tempered by the ill effects of the flames: for artists struggle amid their burning desires and may find themselves consumed if not careful.

If reversed, the card can mean: Fall, decadence, or ruin. Also, a certain clouded joy.

Tarot Topics
Major Arcana The FoolThe MagicianThe High PriestessThe EmpressThe EmperorThe HierophantThe LoversThe ChariotStrengthThe HermitWheel of FortuneJusticeThe Hanged ManDeathTemperanceThe DevilThe TowerThe StarThe MoonThe SunJudgementThe World
Minor Arcana Pentacles AceTwoThreeFourFiveSixSevenEightNineTenPageKnightQueenKing
Wands AceTwoThreeFourFiveSixSevenEightNineTenPageKnightQueenKing
Cups AceTwoThreeFourFiveSixSevenEightNineTenPageKnightQueenKing
Swords AceTwoThreeFourFiveSixSevenEightNineTenPageKnightQueenKing
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