tarot of the week--ace of wands

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I thought this might be a great way to share some tarot wisdom and introduce you to some of the rich symbolism of the cards. I decide to randomly pick my Tarot of the Week. And by random, of course, I mean, banging out the deck, shuffling eight times, calling on my guides and angels. It is how I start any reading.


This week's card, the Ace of Wands, is the beginning of the suit of wands, and really the entire minor arcana. And so, aces are about new beginnings. Wands, sometimes called the Staffs or Clubs, is the suit of fire, so it is deeply creative, inspirational, passionate. When I say creative, I don't simply mean the arts, (though wands does govern the arts), but I mean the creative approach to our lives. For example, when we find wands coupled with other suits, like a boatload of pentacles, the earth sign, we might say that we need to start taking a more creative approach to our financial situation. 

Wands govern the astrological signs of Aries, Leo + Sagittarius, and so we see these passionate signs often revealed in our readings. If you have ever wondered why tarot readers ask you for your birthdate, it is so we can distinguish who is what in your reading. If you are a Leo woman, you might find the Queen of Wands shows up to help you understand that the reading is directed at your energy, not the energy of the person you are inquiring about. With wands, as with any suit, there are attributes which are seen as both positive and negative. Any fire sign probably knows these intuitively--Wands are self-motivated, dynamic, driven, bold, competitive, inspired, full of vision and will, but they also can be prideful, ego-driven, hot tempered, sometimes even rushing forward into action without planning.  

But what of our beautiful Ace of Wands? It is a new creative beginning, couple it with a sense of awe and action. Aces start the minor arcana of each suit, and all aces show a hand coming out of the heavens to present a gift to you.Think of it as manna...God is blessing you with a creative fire to manifest  your dreams. It is no mistake I pulled this card for my first blog post on my new business page! This is most certainly a creative beginning and a new adventure.

But the aces do more than just kick off a project, they can help you confirm that the path you are currently on is exactly where you are supposed to be. So, the culmination of luck and skill come together when the Ace is present. It might feel like you are driving down a street with all green lights when the Ace comes, because the Universe is helping you achieve your goal here. Wands are about movement, so if you are still in the planning phase,  this card comes to help you move thought into action. All the energies of the universe are behind  you. It is time of action, so this card can come when your planning has been done and now it is time to GET TO IT!

So, what happens with the Ace of Wands is reversed? It can mean you are drawing out the negative aspects of the Wands--being too ego-filled or pushy with a new project. It warns you to be realistic and know your limitations. Mostly, though, aces are always seen as positives in your reading. A true blessing from God, and the Universe. If there was a meditation on this card, it would be: "I fearlessly express my authentic self."

I'd love to hear your thoughts about this Tarot Card of the Week, and welcome any questions.