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King of Wands | Symbology & Interpretations | Tarot Card Meanings

The King of Wands in tarot embodies charismatic leadership, vision, and bold ambition. As a natural-born leader, he exudes confidence, enthusiasm, and a pioneering spirit, inspiring those around him to pursue their goals with vigour and determination.

The King of Wands Tarot card surrounded by crystals
King of Wands Tarot Card

With his dynamic energy and entrepreneurial mindset, the King of Wands encourages innovation and creativity, often taking calculated risks to achieve success. He possesses a keen sense of vision and foresight, allowing him to see opportunities where others may not, and he fearlessly pursues his dreams with unwavering conviction.

However, the King of Wands can also symbolise impulsiveness and a tendency towards dictatorial behaviour if his enthusiasm is not tempered by wisdom and consideration for others. Overall, the King of Wands represents the power of leadership, passion, and drive, urging individuals to embrace their inner fire and pursue their ambitions with courage and determination.

King of Wands Keywords

Upright Keywords

Reversed Keywords

Leadership, confidence, charisma, vision, entrepreneurship, passion, inspiration, boldness, determination, and influence

Arrogance, impulsiveness, dictatorial behaviour, egotism, recklessness, aggression, domination, lack of foresight, misuse of power, and conflicts

Imagery & Symbolism

The imagery of the King of Wands typically depicts a mature man seated on a throne adorned with imagery of lions or salamanders, symbols of strength and passion.

He holds a wand in one hand, representing power and authority, while his other hand rests confidently on the throne arm. The King often wears a crown or headpiece, signifying his royal status and leadership role. His attire may be adorned with fiery colours, reflecting his dynamic energy and passion for life.

In the background, lush landscapes or expansive vistas suggest his connection to nature and the outdoors.

King of Wands
King of Wands

Salamanders: In fae culture, salamanders are known to be part of the salamander elementals, which represent fire and destruction.

Crown: A symbol of divinity and higher purpose, the crown is representative of the highest spiritual attainment possible and authority.

Red/Yellow Robe: The colour red symbolises passion, action, vitality, and opportunity.

Clear Sky: The sky is clear, which means the path ahead is clear to move forward.

Throne: Thrones represent authority and respect.

Direction: The King of Wands faces left, which can signify that he looks towards his past learnings to understand the future.


King of Wands Tarot Card Meanings


The tarot court cards encompass Pages, Knights, Queens, and Kings, each symbolising individuals or specific personality traits. They may also reflect qualities we lack, offer guidance, or highlight traits we need to embrace.

Interpretations of court cards vary among tarot readers, impacting readings significantly. Some view them solely as representations of people, while others use them as significators, reflecting the seeker's circumstances.

Traditionally, Kings in tarot readings signify those in highly respectable positions and are experts in their respective fields. For example, the King of Wands embodies a socially adept and authoritative figure esteemed within his social spheres. He demonstrates a keen interest in pursuing physical activities and hobbies in which he excels.


The King of Wands is a natural-born leader. He is great in any role where he needs to be responsible and take charge of other people. Naturally, people are drawn to the King of Wand's personality and go-getter attitude.

As a King, he is responsible and more mature than the Knight and Page of Wands. He is very talented and excels at physical activities that use a lot of stamina. The King of Wands is likely to be an authority figure.


The King of Wands is a traditional alpha male. He exudes confidence and has multiple talents. He enjoys social activities similar to the Queen of Wands, but instead takes a more mature and steadfast role.

The King of Wands is an expert when it comes to his hobbies, passions, and ambitions. Individuals will look up to the King of Wands as a mentor, and he will likely teach by showing you how instead of telling you how.


The King of Wands can be egotistical and believe they know everything or are above others. This can make him seem extremely domineering to those who know him.

Sometimes, due to the King of Wands' fiery nature, he can be explosive when it comes to his anger. Although he is more mature than the Knight of Page of Wands, the King of Wands is more likely to bottle up his emotions and then have an explosive outburst later on.


RELATIONSHIPS: The King of Wands is likely to take charge of the relationship. He is mature and enjoys engaging in hobbies and activities with his partner.

CAREER & BUSINESS: The King of Wands is very business-minded and serious about his career. He is established in his field, and very knowledgeable. He likes careers in which he can get fully involved.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: If you're considering starting your own business or pursuing a new venture, the King of Wands suggests that now is the time to take action. Your innovative ideas and passion for your vision will lead to success.

FINANCES: Although finances are not the King of Wands' strongest suit, he is still mature and serious about money, particularly if it is associated with a career or business. The King of Wands will likely deal with financial situations head-on, and then solve them later.



King of Wands + Ace of Pentacles: A new role in a highly-established position, possibly in your career or work.

King of Wands + Queen of Wands: Equal authority and positions within a relationship.

King of Wands + The Magician: Projects and ideas leading to success. You have the capabilities to achieve your goals.

King of Wands + The Chariot: Fast success and moving on the right path.




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