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Knight of Wands

A description and interpretation of the role of The Knight of Wands in the Tarot

In a nutshell...


  • energy

  • impulsiveness


General overview

In the world of cartomancy, and especially in the Tarot, the Knight of Wands is traditionally associated with the suit of diamonds and the element of fire. It is important to keep these characteristics in mind so you can more easily understand the message it conveys.

From a visual point of view, this card depicts a young knight sitting on a white horse, this color being universally correlated with the idea of purity. In his left hand, at arm's length, the young man is holding a long conical stick, which he is also looking at. In perfect symmetry with the character riding it, the horse is also looking at the stick. As it is the object of focus of the two protagonists, the stick seems to be important in this scene and it is actually the emblem of the quest that the rider is pursuing.

Don't forget that the stick or "wand" refers to pure masculine energy, referring to the character's exceptional dynamism and impressive capacity for action. Doesn't a stick help you when you're walking, even in places where walking is very difficult? As it also resembles a scepter, it is a potent symbol of power.

The Knight of Wands is harmoniously dressed in red, blue and yellow, the three colors most frequently used in the divination tarot. The blue refers to the world of instinct and emotions, the red to that of action and the yellow to the world of spirituality. The flesh-pink shade of the horse's caparison symbolizes human beings.

The person who wants to see perfectly clearly before they decide never decides.


  • from an emotional viewpoint

    When considered in the context of romance, the Knight of Wands is associated with the arrival of someone very vibrant in the seeker's life, a character who is very dynamic and sure of their strengths. It is therefore a very favorable draw. If you draw this, routine will find it hard to settle into your life, which will seduce anyone looking for adventure. Good news: the Knight of Wands is a fiery lover, who never hesitates to respond to his passion and leaves an indelible mark on those who are lucky enough to cross his path.

  • from a career viewpoint

    The inherent qualities of the Knight of Wands are extremely useful in the professional world, which traditionally emphasizes dynamism, determination and motivation. The Knight of Wands has no problems with the idea of managing and coaching his team. In some cases, the arcana may also be associated with the idea of change. In this situation, the card announces new career opportunities, which may, for example, take the form of a new employment contract, a transfer or a business trip abroad.

  • from a life path viewpoint

    Some characters from the Tarot teach the virtues of patience and reflection. However, full of ardor and ambition, the Knight of Wands emphasizes the need for action and decision-making, two qualities without which it would be difficult for the seeker to make progress along their life path. Once their causes are chosen, the seeker will need to make every possible effort to achieve their objectives.

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    Its influence

    • short-term

      In the short term, the Knight of Wands announces the arrival of an influential person in your life or the beginning of a course of action likely to influence the course of your destiny. The character is therefore associated with the idea of change and evolution.

    • long-term

      In the long term, the Knight of Wands teaches you the virtues of action and self-denial, two qualities that are essential if you wish to reach the goals you have set for yourself. With him, there's no place for boredom or routine, because his extraordinary energy encourages action and discoveries of all kinds.

    Full interpretation

    Interpretation of The Knight of Wands upright

    Like all the other Knights of the divination tarot, the Knight of Wands is associated with action, either already begun or being put in place. In other situations, he suggests the arrival of a person likely to play a leading role in the seeker's life. Finally, it sometimes refers to certain specific traits belonging to the seeker or to their relatives.

    From a general point of view, the Knight of Wands is a powerful symbol of strength and selflessness. Representing the world of energy, this determined young man is committed to achieving his objectives quickly, with little regard for the consequences of his actions. If this somewhat impulsive behavior can sometimes leave scars, it is also ideal for all those want to live their dreams and make their vision of life a reality. With this card, obstacles are never considered as problems, they are perceived as mere setbacks, and the extraordinary vitality of this character allows him to overcome them without difficulty.

    In social life, the Knight of Wands can sometimes be difficult to live with, as his energy can surprise people more satisfied with a routine life. However, this quality is an undeniable asset. It makes decision-making easy and keeps boredom as far away as possible.

    Interpretation of The Knight of Wands reversed

    When drawn upside down, the Knight of Wands can refer to two different situations. To get the best understanding of its message, I recommend you make contact with a professional and analyze the card in conjunction with the other cards of the draw.

    In the first case, the inverted Knight of Wands suggests a glaring lack of action on the part of the seeker. Paralyzed by the possible consequences of their decisions, they become locked in the throes of reflection, without ever being able to carry on to action. If they cannot learn to appreciate the virtues of action, sooner or later the seeker's life will be marred by a form of distress.

    In the second case, the inverted Knight of Wands indicates the existence of significant obstacles, temporarily slowing down the seeker's evolution. Outside of their control and hard to manage, these setbacks are a major source of frustration. So that this frustration doesn't turn into anger, the seeker needs to distance themselves from this situation and for once accept that they're going to lose some time. In any case, their long-term goals are not in question.