King of Wands Art and Meaning Waite Smith Tarot Deck Deck
About the Deck
Pivotal and canonical, this deck defined a new pattern that would be followed up to the present. I made a digitally retouched and painted version of this deck, which I call the "Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck". The cards from that deck, as well as a modern English translation of the romantic English descriptions by Arthur Edward Waite (as appear on the Waite Smith Tarot deck) appear in a cross-referenced format in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot: In Vivid Color"
Designed by A.E. Waite and Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. England, 1911.
DescriptionThe 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.
Meaning of King of Wands from the Waite Smith Tarot Deck
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.
Good, but severe; austere, yet tolerant.
According to Many Schools of Thought
A dark man. A friend. Generally married. The father of a family.
Generally favourable may signify a good marriage.
Advice that should be followed.
Trouble. Happiness. Disaster to friends. Good news of friends.
Man living in the country, Country Gentleman, Knowledge, Education
A naturally good but severe man, Counsel, Advice, Deliberation.
A dark man, warm-hearted and true as a friend, straight in his dealings
good intentions frustrated.
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.