Ace of Wands Tarot Card Meanings

Ace of Wands Tarot Card Meanings

What does the Ace of Wands card mean in a Tarot Reading?

The Ace of Wands is the first card of the Tarot suit of Wands. At the beginning of the creative path, it is perceived as a very good sign. Since this is an Ace, you should always expect new beginnings, especially those related to inspiration.
The Ace of Wands Tarot card is a sign of undertakings, possibly an inheritance, as well as a sense of contentment and triumph. Just like the other Aces, the Ace of Wands represents the possibilities that are open before us, or we have yet to discover them. The Ace of the suit of Wands denotes enterprise, courage and willingness to take risks, as well as inspiration, enthusiasm and personality development in the most important areas.
This card signals the arrival of dawn, of light breaking through the darkness and showing us the way. Our inner resilience has paid off, and our perseverance is rewarded.

Goal: Growth and discovery of abilities.
Element: Fire
Planet: Mars, Mercury
Astrological sign: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius


A hand is emerging from the cloud and is holding a crudely hewn rod or club. The castle, located on a distant hill, denotes future prospects.
(For a detailed depiction, analysis of the Symbols and all Elements of the Ace of Wands Tarot Card, click here)

The Main Meanings of the Card In an Upright Position

Key Words and Phrases

Start of a new project. Energy. Birth. The power of the element of Fire. The power of inspiration. Crucial moment. New experience. Fresh ideas. New beginnings. Inspiration. Innovation. Optimism. Ability to look ahead. Ingenuity. Confidence. Enthusiasm. Movement. Courage. Fertilized egg. A burst of creative energy. Increase in creative energy.

Ace of Wands Tarot Card

Start. Forces set in motion. Creation. Fertility. Concept. Height. Spawn. Male potency. Driving force. Making dreams come true. Phallus. Sexual passion. Exciting possibilities. Success in a new venture. Initiative. Energy directed towards worthy projects. News about birth. An important business conversation. Good news. Perhaps the beginning of something very significant.

The main meanings of the card in an upright position

creative potential;
big changes;
birth of a child;
enterprise and courage;
disclosure of personality, inner growth;
life affirmation, joy of life;
lack of patience;
ambition, motivation;
fruitful partnership, affection for each other;
outbursts of passion;
luck is on your side;
the strength of a man;
fertility, origin, creation;
source, principle, primacy, first appearance;
race, family, position, dwelling, line, offspring, case, reason;
creative power, creation, invention, masculinity;
new beginnings, creativity, ingenuity;
luck, elevation, glory; recognition;
entrepreneurship, career growth; money, material goods.

Ace of Wands. Witchcraft Tarot by Ellen Dugan
Witchcraft Tarot by Ellen Dugan

Situation and Advice

You may be starting a new business. You have the energy to kick start any promising project. You are open to new interests. Something is happening that can stimulate your professional growth. This is the time of beginnings, inventions and creativity.

Persons designated by Upright Ace of Wands Tarot Сard

Pioneers. Inventors. Entrepreneurs. Adventurers. Initiators. Talented and creative personalities.

The Main Meanings of the Card In a Reversed Position

Key Words and Phrases

Broken promises. Interrupted growth. Crossed out hopes. Delay in action. Difficulties. The beginning of the trouble. False start. Premature action. Cancellation. Wasted energy. Disorder of plans. Misdirected efforts. Selfishness. Lack of interest or initiative. Unproductiveness. Impotence. Infertility. Sterilization. Miscarriage. Abortion. Futile hopes. Poor planning. Didn’t even try. Futility. Suspended progress. Ineffectiveness. Impotence. Being unyielding. Being too demanding. Lack of ideas. Pessimism. Continuous talk and lack of action. Promises, promises, promises!

The main meanings of the card in a reversed position

be careful, study the situation, do not do rash actions;
lack of energy;
you should not interfere with events;
too demanding;
fall, extinction;
decrease, wastefulness, ruin, destruction, crushing, spoilage, devastation;
mistake, delusion, oversight, relaxation, burdening, despair;
abyss, cliff;
perish, fall, humiliate, sink;
ruin, doom, calamity, bankruptcy, overshadowed joy;
bad beginnings, motivation problems, frustration;
for men it can mean reproductive issues, for women – the inability to have children;
lack of new ideas, rejection of the new, narrow-mindedness, delusions, loss of meaning and purpose;
unsuccessful projects, failure of plans, monetary losses;
decline in business, one-sided judgments, lack of creativity;
apathy, powerlessness (in creativity, in business, in love).

Situation and Advice

Ace of Wands. Guardian Angels Tarot
Guardian Angels Tarot

Perhaps some promising project will not justify itself. The promise you were counting on will not be fulfilled. It is possible that you do not have enough energy to continue the project you started with such enthusiasm. Perhaps you feel confused, powerless, and unable to achieve your goal. Your own stubbornness or selfish behavior can be the cause of all problems.

Persons designated by the Reversed Ace of Wands Tarot Сard

Those who promise, but, as a rule, do not fulfill anything. Un-ambitious, unproductive, incapable people. Stubborn and unyielding people showing selfishness, excessive pickiness, instability.

In the Spreads

The Ace of Wands is the Tarot’s best indication that you are becoming the winner. Creative ideas that you have and previously had, inspiration, incentives – now is the time to bring all this to life with the help of the energy of the Arcana. The meaning of the card is that it symbolizes creation. Perhaps this event will change your life. A fiery, passionate card always personifies creative power, enthusiasm, courage. The beauty of this card stands out loud and clear: it is the Tarot’s beacon that always shines for everyone to see the path to the goal.
The Ace of Wands is associated with all fire objects. It is an element transformed into different expressions in different spheres of life: a sudden surge of energy, passion and zeal for life, the intention to create beautiful things, the power of optimism and sexual interest.

In an Upright Position

The upright placement of the Ace of Wands focuses on actions that will make a breakthrough. This is the beginning of something new, exciting. A great time to risk as much as you are willing to work through.
The Ace of Wands signals a new beginning, a new direction, especially in creative matters that are dear to you. It is a reminder and lesson for you to grab hold of your goals and use your passion for them to fuel your pursuit of them. It is a reminder of creative control in your life. The Ace of Wands acts as a beacon, a bright light that points the way to clarity.
Now is the time to spread our warmth, our visions and our passions around the world. It is also a signal for us to prepare for new adventures.
The Ace of Wands personifies opportunities, a chance for self-development, growth, life scope, dynamics, courage. The Ace of Wands denotes enterprise, courage and willingness to take risks, as well as inspiration, enthusiasm and personality development in the most important areas. The main meaning of the card is the energetic, creative beginning of something new while the likelihood of a positive development of new events is very high: a project, a relationship, a life period. Considering that the Wands correspond to the elements of fire, these components can be safely attributed to the strengthening of will, beliefs and moral principles, as well as other processes of internal maturation and growth. Thus, in general, the Ace of Wands symbolizes life affirmation, optimism and joy of life. Although, however, in some cases it indicates a lack of patience.
The Ace of Wands in an upright position promises that circumstances are more favorable than ever to the querent: it is a wonderful time for him to start implementing his most daring, ambitious plans and projects. What you strive for will surely come true and bear rich fruits. But the water will not flow under the lying stone: in order to achieve what you want, you need to show determination, perseverance and creativity.

The card provides an answer and advice in the area in which a person expects positive changes. The Ace of Wands Tarot card indicates the onset of changes, new opportunities are already on the way. It is not long to wait. Self-realization through risk, so there is no need to be afraid of new turns in life. Circumstances challenge the questioner, testing him for wit and courage. The card advises to show courage and enjoy the adventure.
The Ace of Wands enhances the value of other cards in the spread. If there are negative Arcana, then it serves as a catalyst for their impact on the situation. In the presence of positive cards, it means a bright streak in the life of the questioner.
The card symbolizes new ideas, a new look at old things, creative thought, the invention of something fundamentally new. In the business area, it heralds a new profitable venture. It symbolizes conquest, struggle and victory in it, a breakthrough to freedom, liberation. The person throws off the shackles, cuts off the roots and, in spite of everything, grows and moves forward.
The card gives a positive answer to the question of fulfilling desires. There is hope for a successful outcome of the undertaking, but if there are negative cards in the spread, the outcome will be unfavorable. The Ace of Wands indicates vivid impressions, bold ideas, travel, business trips. The card means ancestry, genetics, origin, the beginning of being.

Ace of Wands.  Mirage Valley Tarot by Barbara Moore
Mirage Valley Tarot by Barbara Moore

In a Reversed Position:

In a reversed position, the card tells that you are in a state of conflict. This is the message that you are letting your desires to control you. It’s time to better deal with emotions.
Decline in business, one-sided judgments, lack of creativity. Apathy, powerlessness (in creativity, in deeds, in love). The Ace of Wands encourages us to take our personal creative energy and let it shine for all to see. It can signal an internal conflict. In a state of conflict, the Ace of Wands can be a sign of decline and ruin. The Ace of Wands can signal doom or warn of decline.
In the reversed position, the Ace of Wands warns of decline, collapse of hopes, disappointments. Perhaps the querent did not collect enough information about what he was working on, did not have enough life experience, or the project itself was poorly conceived. Or maybe it just wasn’t the right time to start. In addition, a reversed Ace of Wands may indicate that the querent is not sure of his own strengths, and due to such indecision, various kinds of delays will arise.
The reversed Ace of Wands Tarot card tells the querent that any plans or undertakings are not destined to come true. First of all, this applies to business projects related to money or a career. However, depending on the spread, we can also talk about personal life, family.
Perhaps the wrong time or the wrong approach was chosen to implement your ideas. Or maybe it’s your own attitude (a lack of determination and self-confidence) which is detrimental to your business. One way or another, the Ace of Wands predicts: the business for which you take up and on which you have high hopes is doomed to failure. It can bring you a lot of headaches, grief and problems.
The reversed Ace of Wands symbolizes blow, tough instructions, fall, failure of plans, bankruptcy, death, loss and ruin. The card tells that the plans conceived will not come true, there is no way to realize your dreams. Empty hopes.
In a more positive sense, the questioner’s idea ends up as a waste of time and effort. The Ace of Wands tells that all undertakings were unsuccessful. The premature actions did not lead to anything at all. The ideas were not fully thought out, the lack of information and resources did not allow to bring the matter to the end.
The reversed Ace of Wands personifies a narrow-minded, indecisive, embittered person who does not want to accept anything new, therefore he cannot appreciate new ideas coming from the outside and has a distorted perception of reality. The person loses meaning, falls into insanity and feels a breakdown.
The Ace of Wands in a reversed position speaks of the incompatibility of partners and problems in relationships. If there is a Two of Cups in the spread, then forbidden love may arise.

In the Spreads for Different situation

In an Upright Position:
The upright position of the Ace of Wands in Tarot spreads speaks of the predominance of passion, presents bright ideas, unique plans. Now is the time to be bold and think outside the box.
In a Reversed Position:
The reversed Ace of Wands in the Tarot spread represents passion and creativity. There is talent, ability, desire, things that you want to achieve, but they may seem stuck. Don’t let your anxiety get over you. You have the strength to achieve anything and everything. You just need to find a way to use it.

In the Spreads for Relationship

In an Upright Position:
In a Tarot reading for love, it is a sign that you are entering a new phase of the relationship. This new era is marked by passion, fun, excitement. Prepare for adventure. If you’re single, this card speaks of taking courage and reaching out to the person you have your eye on. At the very least, you should try to get in touch, on a date, and see how things go.
In the spreads for relationships, the Ace of Wands card means a favorable chance, the beginning of the next stage in the relationship, the prospects for participation in new events. It can mean the conclusion of marriage, the first wedding night, pregnancy, and just vivid impressions. The beginning of a new relationship or the activation of existing ones. A lively, fruitful partnership, a time of “grinding” to each other, an opportunity to create a heartfelt, kind, reliable union, or to bring kindness and love into an already established union. In any case, this card denotes a steadily growing affection for each other, good understanding and the desire to do something together.

In a Reversed Position:
If the person is single or dating, this Arcana is a sign that you are holding yourself back in an effort to make them love you.

Ace of Wands. Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti
Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti

This is unpleasant because you will never give other people the opportunity to know who you are. Take time to think about what you like and not about yourself until you feel confident enough. People in relationships may face obstacles that are difficult to overcome, such as infidelity, infertility, or irreconcilable attitudes. This will make you move away from your partner. It’s time to tackle the problems you are facing.
Mutual decline of interest. It’s not conflict, but relationship fatigue. Relationships out of habit, without enthusiasm. If now the querent has no relationship, then he loses his attractiveness, which means that there will be no relationship.

In the Spreads for Dates

In an Upright Position:
A new romance is flourishing (or soon to blossom).
In a Reversed Position:
Restrain these burning sexual instincts. They can destroy the possibility of deep and important relationships.

In the Spreads for Family

In an Upright Position:
A great opportunity to start a new action with family members, for example, moving furniture in the apartment, renovating or general cleaning.
In a Reversed Position:
You have a lot to do and think about, your life is eventful, but you do not share information about yourself with the rest of the family. And completely in vain. Try to include in your life a point for “regular conversation with the family”. Let it not be a formality, but a real, sincere conversation.

In the Spreads for Friendship

In an Upright Position:
Starting a new friendship or a new business with old friends.
In a Reversed Position:
Stop denigrating your friends. No one will trust a person who spreads gossip about him behind the back of another.

In the Spreads for Money

In an Upright Position:
In monetary matters, you may receive a small lump sum as a gift, inheritance, or lottery winnings. Use this money to fund your creative endeavor, or invest in your future.
In a Reversed Position:
You stumbled upon a wall with your earnings. At the same time, expenses have increased. Debt makes you lose faith in yourself. Reduce costs, avoid risky investments in the near future.

In the Spreads for Education

In an Upright Position:
This is a great time to get motivated to study and start a new project that will improve your academic performance.

Ace of Wands. Illuminati Tarot
Illuminati Tarot

In a Reversed Position:
Too many false starts and unfinished business. Try to regain your concentration, at least partially.

In the Spreads for Career

In an Upright Position:
Your enthusiasm and strong work ethic will pay off as new ideas are promoted. Launching any project right now will increase your professional reputation and may even bring you a promotion. A new job may also be on the horizon, especially if you are unhappy with your current employment situation.
Professionally, the card shows that there are difficult tasks ahead. By completing them, the person will take a significant step up the career ladder. At the same time, one should not be afraid to take risks, since in this case the risk is fully justified and creative. The Ace of Wands speaks of ambition, extremely strong motivation and enthusiasm in relation to the upcoming business. Indicates the successful start of any business or work in a new position.
In a Reversed Position:
There is a chance that you will receive disappointing news about your professional aspirations. You may be denied a job or a promotion. Tarot Arcana Ace of Wands can also represent feelings of boredom or dissatisfaction in your current position. If you are thinking about looking for a new job, force yourself to look for something that will satisfy you.
Crisis, lack of motivation for the conscientious performance of the professional duties, inability to fulfill the task at hand. A very inappropriate moment has been chosen to start the implementation of the plan. Planning and the financial side of the matter are not given due attention, and on this basis, very unpleasant consequences can arise. Decrease in income, decline in production, work half-heartedly, ineffective period in business.

In the Spreads for Health

In an Upright Position:
The Ace of Wands indicates that you will soon become pregnant and that the pregnancy will be healthy and successful. If you are not aspiring to have a baby, it can be the beginning of the path to weight loss.
A surge of vitality, energy. Things are good. If there are other relevant cards in the spreads, it hints to pregnancy, easy childbirth.
In a Reversed Position:
In the reversed form, the Tarot card Ace of Wands is a sign of infertility, miscarriage and difficult pregnancy. It can also mean a lack of motivation to stick to an exercise regimen or diet. Trying to put in the effort now will save you from future regrets.
Loss of strength, tone, temperature drop. Weakening of acute processes. May indicate a miscarriage or abortion.

Answer to Yes / No Tarot Spreads

In an Upright Position:
In a Reversed Position:

Self-Development Lesson

It is a card of imagination, creative energy and initiative. It reminds us that we all have great potential.

Type of person in an upright position:

The card means an impulsive, proactive person, capable of generating ideas. But he doesn’t always have the patience to follow through. He can give up what he started as soon as it ceases to fascinate him. Therefore, it is important that there are those who will support his endeavors.

Type of person in an reversed position:

Means a person who does not want to see beyond his nose. Ideas that sometimes visit him are from the series of “if only”, and no connection with reality can be traced. He considers wealthy and successful people to be class enemies.

Ace of Wands. Celtic Tarot
Celtic Tarot

Arcana’s warning

Don’t hold back, be afraid, or wait for others to act. You need to act quickly and independently.

Final Advice of Arcana

The suit of Wands is always about action, energy and movement. Ace is the beginning. When this card appears, we must use the offered possibilities, grab onto them with both hands. We must embrace the passion and dynamism that comes with this new beginning.
Tip: you need to attract attention and respect. An important factor is to lead people. The advice is to have authority, to be sure that you are able to attract others, to convey your way of thinking.

In an Upright Position:
Take the initiative, otherwise you will miss a great chance. For a woman – do not be sad alone, but look for a man.
In a Reversed Position:
Do not try to jump over your head, in the end you will still land back. Looking at life objectively.


Having received the Tarot card of the Ace of Wands in your spread, listen to yourself. Believe that each new experience is an opportunity for you to blossom even more!
Starting a new venture, probably related to business or finance. Creation, invention and / or source for them. The birth of usually a new business or idea. It is possible to receive an inheritance, monetary or property, or inherit the abilities necessary for the success of a started enterprise. The mood of the querent is also favorable. Sometimes the Tarot card of the Ace of Wands signifies a sense of contentment and triumph. This interpretation is similar to that of the Ace of Swords, but in a more positive sense. The point here is not in conquest, not in defeating enemies, but in breaking ties, in throwing off the shackles, which will allow you to start all over again. It’s essentially an escape
Considering that the Wands correspond to the elements of fire, these components can be safely attributed to the strengthening of will, beliefs and moral principles, as well as other processes of internal maturation and growth. Thus, in general, the Ace of Wands symbolizes life affirmation, optimism and joy of life. Although, however, in some cases it indicates a lack of patience.


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