The King of Wands is the card of leadership, vision, boldness, and decisiveness. The card depicts a king on his throne, holding a wand as his scepter. He looks out into the distance towards his kingdom. He has a vision for his empire, and he is ready to make decisions to expand it. He is full of relentless optimism for the future.
The King of Wands is the zenith of the suit of wands. The King of Wands reminds us that it is important to have a bold vision for your relationships, and to be decisive in your decision making. When you know yourself deeply, you will know what the right choice is. You won’t hesitate, because you will be perfectly aligned with your authentic self.
If the King of Wands appears in a Tarot spread as a person, that means that this person is charismatic, warm, gregarious, and has the best sense of humor. Like the Queen of Wands, this is somebody who leads by example. This person is an inspiration to others. This card is astrologically associated with the element of Fire. Because Fire is a masculine energy, this card carries an active, assertive energy. We all have a little bit of both energies expressed in a balanced way, regardless of which gender we identify as.
For physical characteristics, the King of Wands as a person represents someone who is daring and dresses with a flair. They have a way of adding a splash of color and personality into their outfits. For example, if this is a male, this is the type of man who wouldn’t have any qualms about wearing a tie in a color that is traditionally considered “girly.” They’re very secure in either their masculinity or femininity to explore “the other side”. They’re very body positive, and even though they appreciate beauty, ultimately they choose their partners based on their inner beauty. The King of Wands knows how to eat well, but they also naturally enjoy staying active, which keeps them healthy.
For emotional characteristics, the King of Wands as a person represents someone who is highly motivated yet humble. When they receive criticism, they always seek to understand where the other person is coming from. This is a person who is eager to learn from others and improve themselves. They always take the high road. They typically exhibit a mature, masculine, positive side of the Fire signs. Like Aries, they never give up. They are fearless. Like Leo, they love to work hard and play hard. They are risk takers, and they are the entrepreneurs of the Tarot. Like Sagittarius, they are visionaries. They are always thinking about the greater good and the bigger picture. They are never just thinking about themselves.
For careers, the King of Wands can represent someone who works in some type of leadership position. This can be anything from a business owner or CEO, a film producer, an art director, a professional sports team captain, or even a military leader. Much like the Queen of Wands who leads by example, the King of Wands is also a person of their word. They have strong convictions and principles. When it comes to their profession, they are idealists, and they typically choose a career that they can say that they are genuinely passionate about. They’re always thinking about the bigger picture. They may be motivated to empower their community or create job opportunities in the neighborhood that they grew up in. There’s usually a higher purpose behind even the most seemingly practical and mundane decision. They’re a showman in the best possible way: they know how to put on a good show, this is somebody you want on your sales team when it’s presentation time. They also make excellent educators.
The King of Wands as a person represents someone who makes you feel like they are special. The King of Wands is sometimes regarded as the Sun King. They light up every room, and they immediately become the center of attention. However, this person never hogs the spotlight. They know how to make each person feel special. They will ask you questions and make the conversation about you. They are active listeners. If you’re romantically involved with this person, they will typically be very good in bed. They’re passionate about the things that they care about, including their love interest.
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If the King of Wands reversed appears in a Tarot spread as a person, that means that this person may be temperamental, impatient, and just generally unpleasant. They’re also self-interested, and they can be quite jealous and possessive, if you’re romantically involved with them. Because this is a Minor Arcana card, some of these traits will not be inherent aspects of their identity. If they are behaving unfavorably, they might just be going through a temporary phase. It may be a behavioral pattern that they can still unlearn, if they choose to. Good or bad, nobody is perfect, and people can use their free will to change for the better.
For physical characteristics, the King of Wands reversed as a person represents someone who can be both reckless with their health and vain at the same time. They dress in a flashy manner. They love to show off, and they are very loud. They force others to notice them through grand gestures. They love the outdoors, but they will also use it as an opportunity to boast. For example, if they’re at the ocean, they want to show that they have the biggest boat. If they’re in the mountains, they want everyone to know that they stayed at the most luxurious chalet at the ski resort. With this person, being in nature is rarely about the actual sailing and winter sports itself.
For emotional characteristics, the King of Wands reversed as a person represents someone who takes the Knight of Wands’ vanity to a whole other level. They typically exhibit the masculine shadow sides of the Fire signs. Like Aries, this person shows excessive aggression. They may have serious anger issues. Like Leo, they are all talk and no action. And like Sagittarius, they are overly opinionated, unable to take feedback, and stuck in their beliefs. They may be very intolerant toward people who are different from them.
For careers, the King of Wands reversed can represent someone who is power hungry and abusive. They can be found in every industry. They may act inappropriately, engaging in illicit workplace affairs. They may act like they’re an expert on a certain subject, when in fact they only possess surface level knowledge of that subject. This is type of person who will take credit for good work, and immediately blame coworkers or employees when things go wrong. Their ego would never allow them to take accountability.
The King of Wands reversed as a person represents someone who makes you feel like you’re dealing with a megalomaniac with a fragile ego. They expect to be admired and worshiped by default. They can be controlling, possessive, and jealous. They’re not above yelling or making a scene in public places when they don’t get their way. This is the type of person who will be rude to wait staff. They tend to be argumentative and enjoy aggression for the sake of it, in some cases they may even have a cruel streak. They can be disloyal, both in love and at the workplace. If you are romantically involved with this person, make sure you know what an abusive relationship looks like and have an exit plan.
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For love readings, the King of Wands represents having a bold vision and being decisive in your actions. The King of Wands is the consummate CEO, always guiding the boat forwards. The King of Wands reminds us that we each need to be leaders in our relationships. Co-lead the relationship with your partner, and you will find success together.
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