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King of Wands Art and Meaning Vivid Waite Smith Deck

Designation

King 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.

Provenance

Loren Lundgren, © 2021

Tags

wands-14, king-of-wands, king, wands

Description

The physical and emotional nature of this card is dark, avid, agile, and noble. The King holds a flowering wand, and wears a cap beneath his crown. He is symbolized by the lion engraved on the back of his throne.

Meaning of King of Wands from the Vivid Waite Smith Deck

Upright

Dark, friendly man; man from your hometown or country—generally married, honest and conscientious. The card always signifies honesty, and may mean news concerning an unexpected inheritance to arrive before long.

Reversed

Good, but severe; solemn, yet tolerant.

According to Many Schools of Thought

Papus's Divinatory Meanings

A dark man. A friend. Generally married. The father of a family.

A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings

Upright

Generally favourable may signify a good marriage.

Reversed

Advice that should be followed.

Mme. Le Normand's Divinatory Meanings

Trouble. Happiness. Disaster to friends. Good news of friends.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Man living in the country, Country Gentleman, Knowledge, Education

Reversed

A naturally good but severe man, Counsel, Advice, Deliberation.

P.R.S. Foli's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

A dark man, warm-hearted and true as a friend, straight in his dealings

Reversed

good intentions frustrated.

Mme. Le Marchand's Divinatory Meanings

vexation, quarrels, strife – a duel – murder and bloodshed, of which, however, the person inquiring of the cards is innocent. This card signifies also an age of eighty years and upward.

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