Two of Wands Tarot Card Meaning and Art Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
About the Deck
Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
These cards are featured in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot" by Loren Lundgren. I took the information for the meanings on these tarot cards from "The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition Under the Veil of Divination", by A. E. Waite, 1911, now in the public domain. I edited the tarot card descriptions and meanings for clarity and brevity, modernizing the text. I scanned in the original black and white illustrations of the cards drawn by Pamela Colman Smith, from the 1911 book. I digitally retouched and painted those illustrations in detailed color.
Loren Lundgren, © 2021
DescriptionA tall man looks from a roof with battlements, overlooking sea and shore. He holds a globe in his right hand, and a staff in his left hand rests on the battlement. Another staff is fixed in a ring. The Rose and Cross and Lily appears on the left side.
Meaning of Two of Wands from the Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
This card has contradictory meanings: on the one hand, riches, fortune, magnificence; on the other, physical suffering, disease, chagrin, sadness, mortification. The design gives a suggestion to resolve the contradiction; here is a lord overlooking his dominion while contemplating a globe. He resembles the sadness and mortification of Alexander, amid the grandeur of this world's wealth.
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
Riches, Fortune, Opulence, Magnificence, Grandeur
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.