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Two of Wands Art and Meaning

Rider Waite Smith Tarot Deck

A tall man looks from a battlemented roof over sea and shore; he holds a globe in his right hand, while a staff in his left rests on the battlement; another is fixed in a ring. The Rose and Cross and Lily should be noticed on the left side.

About the Deck

Pivotal and canonical, this deck defined a new pattern that would be followed up to the present.

Provenance

Designed by A.E. Waite and Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. England, 1911.

Meaning of Two of Wands from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot Deck

Upright

Between the alternative readings there is no marriage possible; on the one hand, riches, fortune, magnificence; on the other, physical suffering, disease, chagrin, sadness, mortification. The design gives one suggestion; here is a lord overlooking his dominion and alternately contemplating a globe; it looks like the malady, the mortification, the sadness of Alexander amidst the grandeur of this world's wealth.

Reversed

Surprise, wonder, enchantment, emotion, trouble, fear.

According to Many Schools of Thought

Papus's Divinatory Meanings

Opposition to the beginning of an enterprise.

A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings

A young lady may expect trivial disappointments.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Riches, Fortune, Opulence, Magnificence, Grandeur

Reversed

Surprise, Astonishment, Event, Extraordinary Occurrence.

Mme. Le Marchand's Divinatory Meanings

if to-morrow morning, about seven o'clock some one inquires of you concerning any thing whatever, give no answer, and you will escape a great vexation.