Wands Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot II

Wands Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot II

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The Eight of Wands

Iconography

The Eight of WandsThe image upon the Eight of Wands displays eight newly blossomed wands thrusting through the sky at an almost alarming rate. The flights of the wands bring to attention to a sudden change or moment of travel, which suggests that nearly nothing stands in their way. Beneath their flight is a rapid flowing river that is giving to the landscape around it.

History

Wands are also referred to as Staves, and such many draw symbolism from images of powerful stave wielders that initiate large events. For example, the parting of a vast body of water.

Symbolism

The Eight of Wands are often taken as a way to put things in motion, and bring a long journey to a great and joyous end. The Wands represent the challenges that have been overcome and suggest that you are feeling invigorated and able to take on the world once more. Their speed indicates that all the tools you need to close the chapter are within your reach.

The vast river which encircles a lush landscape represent the energy, ideals, and vibrance of the reward you have worked so hard to achieve. Within the water is all that you have accomplished, and the landscape encapsulates the knowledge you have taken from both obstacles and challenge.

However, with pace comes the need to act with meaning and in some senses, take risks. Take action, but be mindful with your execution. Though you have everything you to succeed, acting out of haste or vanity will hinder and threat the end goal of your journey, and thus will bring your personal development to a startling fault.

Interpretations

Upright, the Eight of Wands expresses that you have attained the liberation you desperately needed to break free from your previous restrictions (as is indicated by the Seven of Wands). You can expect that you will be very busy, and will be asked to make decisions very quickly. However, the Eight of Wands indicates a very special time of ‘good busy,’ where develop is possible at every turn. The number Eight symbolizes a rare structure, one which can be found throughout all forms of scared geometry. The Wands are all about raw energy, the such, the two combine to create a very productive time. You must be sure that your energy is used to create at every corner, and that each task is completed before another is started anew.

Reversed, the Eight of Wands indicates that your progress have suffered significant delays which are now holding you back as person. Regardless of your energy level, you are consistently faced with frustrations and restrictions that allow for little to no movement. Though you may be growing increasingly impatient with these circumstances, the Wands encourage you to keep looking for alternative solutions to your problems. Additionally, the solution may be as simple as slowing down and taking the time to think out your possible outcomes.

The Nine of Wands

Iconography

The Nine of WandsThe Nine of Wands shares the image of a strong yet tired man, who leans against a Wand for support in order to stand. Though he has fought the battle and won, he holds onto this wand to protect him. Behind him, eight other wands stand tall as if to create a wall that protects him. Though his exhaustion is apparent, his determination to overcome the final challenge is written across his face. He is the image of a man who stands up for what he believes in, a man who refuses to back down.

History

For many years, the image of the man on the Eight of Wands has been lightly disputed within several different communities. Some say that he is a sign of feeling worn, while others say that he clearly stands strong.

Symbolism

The key words that come to a reader’s mind when the Nine of Wands appears in a reading are: endurance, cation, and fatigue. His lean upon the Wand suggest that he has fought very hard for this battle. Perhaps there is something within your own life that you have fought long and hard to achieve, or a moment of strife that only motivation and perseverance could see you through.

The look upon his face suggests the dedication he has made to his cause. Regardless of his wary body, his intent is clear and knows what he must do next. You may feel as if it has taken you forever to get where you are, and are feeling impatient with waiting and working for results.

The wands which surround him signify that he is supported. Despite his hardship, he is surrounded and protected by those who support his cause. Though he knows the next challenge will be hard, his skills and courage have built a wall around him that he can use to protect himself.

Interpretations

Upright, the Nine of Wands indicates that you are so close to your goal that you can almost touch it. Even if you are faced with another setback, do not turn down the challenge. You have everything you need to overcome this challenge and now must get through the darkness to bask in the endless sunlight of the dawn. The Nine of Wands is your last obstacle before you reach your dreams. Though this can come as a let down, take their presence as a sign that even in the face of adversity, you are bound to succeed. Furthermore, the Nine of Wands confirms that these obstacles or hidden enemies will require precision and precaution: proceed with caution.

Reversed, the Nine of Wands is trying to suggest that you are the only one that is standing in the way of your progress. You may lack the support of those around you, and feel that you lack whatever is needed to move on to the next chapter. As such, you have now become hesitant to make commitments as you feel you cannot handle the responsibility. Have you become easily irritated or easy to make impulsive decisions? The Nine of Wands asks that you take the time you need for self-reflection and rest, and stay away from the darker thoughts that have left you to feel as if your life is all work and no play.

The Ten of Wands

Iconography

The Ten of WandsThe image on the Ten of Wands shows a single man struggling to carry a very heavy bundle of wands, which seem to be falling every which way. Though he appears to be extremely pressed by the weight and difficulty of the wands, he faces forward to signify that he knows that his destination is not far away. In fact, the town or village he is walking to is just off in the distance. The man on the Ten of Wands is desperately striving to bring the fruits of his labour back to his loved ones.

History

As most tarot cards have their arguments, the Ten of Wands is no exception. For those who closely follow the Rider-Waite tarot methodology, the Ten of Wands introduces a man who cannot see past the responsibilities he has undertaken and often misses many things life has to offer from this perspective.

Symbolism

When the Ten of Wands appears a variety of concepts that encompass the ideas of obligation are present in your life. Intensified pressure, expectations, and responsibilities rest on your shoulders. The Ten Wands that are practically falling from the man’s hands represent the many commitments he has made to people, ideas, and work. His form suggests that he is now feeling stretched very thin, and though his goal is just out of reach- he knows he must continue to struggle as the Wands attempt to flee from his grasp.

Interpretations

Upright, the Ten Wands signifies that you are reaching (or have recently reached) the end of a struggle or journey that has presented many obstacles along the way. You have finally come to the point you have worked and dreamed for, and now must reap the reward and suffer the consequences. With any increase or power, comes the responsibility of knowledge and wellness. Though you have reached the goal, you must be prepared to accept and live with the responsibility and commitment that comes with these goals. The card also suggests that you must lay a plan of action in order to avoid stress and overcommitment. Try delegating your responsibility, so that you still have the time to truly enjoy your life as it happens. Do not allow yourself to continue or become over-worked. When you allow rest, your dreams are achieved with a greater efficient than that of a man who is worn and wary.

Reversed, the Ten of Wands warns you that you have taken on a responsibility that is a burden. In fact, the Ten of Wands suggests that you may even be holding onto burdens and hardship that are unnecessary. If you are spread thin, try relieving your duties to a colleague or loved one who will help you lighten the load. Additionally, you may need to examine your life and make active steps to de-clutter your mind. Now is the time to simplify. Furthermore, you may need to go through an entire purging process in order to reintroduce clarity in your life.

The Page of Wands

Iconography

The Page of WandsThe Page of Wands is the perfect image of royal young man. He is dressed in beautiful garb, with symbols of fire and transformation adorned in to the fabric. The looks to the staff in his hands with a smirk of confidence, which suggests that his creative energy is potential as opposed to kinetic. The landscape around him is barren and bland, suggesting that he is boasting to no one and is still searching for his dreams and desires.

History

When tarot was used primarily for divinations, the Page of Wands was often seen as a sweet child who constantly struggles in school. Additionally, this child was believed to be psychic and loved for his vibrant creativity.

Symbolism

The rich colors of the Page suggest that he comes from a background of support, success, and is the perfect image of possibility. The look that he ganders upon his staff with signifies the blind arrogance we experience when we desperately need to express our ideas and opinions. However, the barren landscape that surrounds him suggests that he does not know how to complete, let alone begin his journey. Furthermore, his dreams may not even be full ideas.

Interpretations

Upright, the Page’s appearance is very similar to that of The Fool in the fact that he represents new stages in life, as well anew beginnings. He has a true passion for life, which suggests that you do not lack energy necessary to begin a journey all your own. He is the ultimate catalyst of change, which may suggest that you have refused to settle in to any state of contentment. You may feel restless. On the other hand, the Page of Wands can also signify that a new stage in your life is just around the corner. Listen to your heart and follow your urges, but be mindful not to act like the Fool and make horridly impulsive decisions. In the form of a person, the Page of Wands can also symbolize a person who brings (or will bring) inspiration and trusted advice to your life.

Reversed, the Page of Wands tells you that you have tried a lot of different things, none of which have brought you any growth or development. You may have started a new regime or project that has done nothing for you. However, the beauty of the Page of Wands is that your adventure does not harbor a great deal of consequence. If you are fearful that you cannot accomplish a certain goal, then take time to realize your setbacks and different paths for overcoming them. In the form of a person, the Page of Wands may appear to tell you that someone in your life has a horrible self-image problem and is constantly dragging you down. Now whether this is you or someone else, needs to be identified and quickly amended.

The Knight of Wands

Iconography

The Knight of WandsThe man who rides the great stead in the image upon the Knight of Wands has a fierce look of intensity upon his face and he bears the face of dedication and determination. His garb is similar to the Page’s in terms of color and symbolism. The tassels upon his helmet hold the same fiery symbol which symbolizes transformation.

History

The Knight is often the Kind’s go-to for both physical and tactical support, and his position in the Rider-Waite tarot deck is similar in the fact that the Knight carries the passion and devotion to overcome any obstacle that crosses his path.

Additionally, as the horse is oriented towards the left many believe that this signifies a non-traditional path

Symbolism

The intensity on the Knight’s face represents the passion needed to take actions, where his wand represents his ever-growing energy and dedication to the cause which he believes in. Unlike the Page who is the symbol of an idea, the Knight is the action needed to take the next step further. In fact, his pursuit is so rapid that if he stops, he will likely become engrossed with his passion and burn alive.

Interpretations

When the Knight of Wands appears upright, you are meant to tackle any challenges that come your way and concur them swiftly. This also extends to others. If anyone in your path needs inspiration and direction, lend them your hand. However, it must also be considered that the Knight of Wands is impatient and incredibly impulsive in his body, mind, and spirit. Now is the time to start new projects and take on life with new ambition, but you must also remember to be well-rounded and mindful in your decisions. The flow of the Knight is relentless, and thus he can also introduce the need to adapt to rapidly approaching challenges in a constructive manner.

Reversed, the Knight of Wands signifies severe turbulence in your psyche, coupled with a loss of personal power. Maybe you’ve become self-abusive, and lavish yourself with negative thoughts far too often. As a result, you are now experiencing delays and frustration which have left you feeling angry at your lack of progress. You must allow yourself the time you need for self-reflection and to consider the consequences before taking action.

The Queen of Wands

Iconography

The Queen of WandsThe woman who sits in her throne upon the image of The Queen of Wands is the grand symbol of fire and passion, brilliance and joy, fertility and life. The black cat at her side, signifies that there is another side of her to know. With the good, comes the bad.

History

There are many theories when it comes to the black cat that stands loyally with the Queen. For a large majority of cultures, the black cat symbolizes occultism. One one hand, the cat represents an independent nature, while on the other hand the cat expresses her interest in the energetic principles of magic. Ultimately, the meaning is left up to the observer. Regardless, the Queen posses a rare power.

Symbolism

There are many icons that surround the Queen of Wands, each with their own heavy significance and symbolism. The lions which oppose her at her throne are representative of great strength and power while her wand is the perfect analogy to life, energy, and fertility. The look upon her face, which is focussed and introspective expresses her vast pools of emotions. She wants you to feel and think as she does, and commands that you put your best foot forward.

Interpretations

The Queen of Wands is the image of female dominance. As a confident woman, she does not fear expressing her opinions to others and makes an active effort to demonstrate her power. The Queen is an image of your strength, as well as your ability to take care of yourself. Your talent and determination will see you through most any trial, as long as you have put forth the effort to complete the goals you are intent upon achieving. The Queen of Wands wishes to lend you her power, confidence, vitality and health. However, with her power comes blind passion and you are advised to keep in mind that she is quick to temper.

Reversed, the Queen of Wands signifies that you or someone in your life has become pushy, selfish, and over-bearing. You may find yourself in a situation where you and a loved one are arguing over petty things, and becoming resentful and jealous. Additionally, when she appears reversed it can signify that you have done much of damage to yourself and are now becoming a shrinking violet. You must reinstall faith in yourself and move forward.

The King of Wands

Iconography

The King of WandsThe King of Wands is the image of a man who is true of heart, and uses his eternal passion for good and to move past all obstacles. His garb is bright like flame, and his throne extends to the sky to symbolize that there is no limit to what he can achieve. His cup is full to the brim with possibility and creativity.

History

In later versions of the Rider-Waite tarot, the King of Wands is depicted with the image of salamanders. Salamanders have long been believed to be a symbol of fire and strength.

Symbolism

The King is an older man, who is greyed with experience. He is unconcerned with creativity and competition, but rather is looking to change the world to match his vision and passion. This inclines him to be a natural leader, who sets a goal and sticks to it until he has conquered it. As a natural leader, those who surround him feel naturally inclined to work for him, as well as do his bidding.

His wand (or septar) is blossoming, which in this case represents ever-growing life and personal development, which he uses to sustain the calm across his territory. His bright dress is an infinite symbol of progress, and a commitment to constantly strive for better.

Interpretations

Upright, the King of Wands tells the observer that they are pure of heart. You are full of determination and feel a natural adrenalin rush when it comes to solving problems, far and wide. Your position is to inspire others and bring the best out in them, while always ensuring that you have a direct plan of action for completing the goal. Additionally, the King of Wands suggest that you have a opportunity just around the corner. He wants you to move forward with haste, but remember that impulsive action is damaging to both you and the one who surround you.

Reversed, the King of Wands can symbolize a person in your life who is pushy, hasty, impulsive, and extremely demanding. This person is entirely unaware of the fine line between aggression and aggressive. In terms of self-reflection the King of Wands symbolizes that you have set your expectations far too high. Additionally, he may indicate that you need to take the feeling of other’s into consideration.

Raider White Tarot Guide

Major Arcana in Raider White tarot I

Major Arcana in Raider White tarot II

Major Arcana in Raider White tarot III

Major Arcana in Raider White tarot IV

Wands Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot I

Wands Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot II

Pentacles Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot I

Pentacles Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot II

Cups Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot I

Cups Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot II

Swords Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot I

Swords Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot II

 

 

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