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Knight of Wands Art and Meaning Vivid Waite Smith Deck


Knight of Wands

About the Deck

Vivid Waite Smith

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


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A knight rides on a journey, armed with a short wand. Although wearing armor, he is not on a warlike errand. He passes pyramids on the horizon. The rearing of the horse is a hint at the character of its rider, and suggests an expectant mood or things connected with expectation.

Meaning of Knight of Wands from the Vivid Waite Smith Deck


Departure, absence, fleeing, emigration; a dark, friendly young man; change of residence.


Parting, division, interruption, discord.

According to Many Schools of Thought

Papus's Divinatory Meanings

A dark young man. A friend.

A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings


A bad card; according to some readings, alienation.


For a woman, marriage, but probably frustrated.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings


Departure, Separation, Disunion


Rupture, Discord, Quarrel.

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