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King of Wands Art and Meaning

Rider Waite Smith Tarot Deck

The physical and emotional nature to which this card is attributed is dark, ardent, lithe, animated, impassioned, noble. The King uplifts a flowering wand, and wears, like his three correspondences in the remaining suits, what is called a cap of maintenance beneath his crown. He connects with the symbol of the lion, which is emblazoned on the back of his throne.

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 King of Wands from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot Deck

Upright

Dark man, friendly, countryman, generally married, honest and conscientious. The card always signifies honesty, and may mean news concerning an unexpected heritage to fall in before very long.

Reversed

Good, but severe; austere, 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.