King of Wands Tarot Card Meanings

King of Wands Tarot Card Meanings

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

The King of Wands is an easy-to-understand card even for Tarot beginners. It denotes a well-deserved reward for a person who has achieved success solely thanks to his work, skill, diligence and professionalism.
The King of Wands is a mature and respected ruler. He is equally passionate and generous. This card is associated with strong business acumen, wise judgment, and financial prosperity. Drawing this card shows that you definitely have leadership qualities. You deserve the success you have achieved in life.

Goal: Self-realization
Element: Fire
Planet: Mars, Jupiter, Sun
Astrological sign: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius


The King of Wands sits on a majestic throne and surveys his kingdom. The symbols of Fire (salamanders and lions) adorn the columns behind him, and one small salamander even sits at his feet. In his right hand he holds a wand (staff).
(For a detailed depiction, analysis of the Symbols and all Elements of the King of Wands Tarot Card, click here)

The Main Meanings of the Card In an Upright Position

Key Words and Phrases

Responsibility. Wit. Charm. Force. Inspiration. Motivation. Maturity. Paternity. Education. Ambition. Determination. Courage. Liveliness. Enthusiasm. Desire to solve difficult problems. Craving for new experiences. Passion. Loyalty.

King of Wands Tarot Card

Activity. Dominance. Charisma. Optimism. Generosity. Promotion. Creation. Professionalism. Healthy competition. Impulsiveness. Unexpected income. Reflections. Arbitration. Negotiation.

The main meanings of the card in an upright position

denotes a wise leader, father, reliable partner;
a person who does not stop on a single achievement;
activity, speed of reaction;
long-awaited news;
strong business card;
financial prosperity;
fussiness, inability to use their time (in case of a weakening of the sense of reality);
warmth, generosity, sincere passion;
fame, recognition;
inheritance, job promotion;
a villager, a kind and strict person, a well-meaning person, an honest person;
farmer, cultivator, gardener;
a man with wealth and power;
a man you can rely on;
business success, increased material well-being;
a man with great charm, witty, charming, decent and honest;
decency, honesty, reliability, creativity;
patronage, adventurism, happy marriage.

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

Situation and Advice

You can get good advice from a strong, mature, and generous man. In a relationship, you are able to respect your partner’s point of view. There will be a chance to meet interesting people. You can successfully negotiate and present your point of view. However, if you are busy with routine tasks, you may be annoyed by the little things. If you’ve been asking about love relationships, get ready for a sexual adventure. In general, the King of Wands in the upright position is an auspicious card and can mean a successful marriage.

Persons designated by Upright King of Wands Tarot Сard

A decisive leader. The person in charge of the case. A devoted father or husband. A generous, loyal man of mature age who values ​​monogamous relationships and family life. A wonderful conversationalist. Reliable, albeit slightly impulsive business man, married and caring for his family. A reliable and honest professional. A person who can help you financially. Entrepreneur. An entrepreneurial man who starts many projects and takes responsibility for them. An optimistic, cheerful, passionate, generous person who does not like to go into details and tends to rush actions. Strong and brave lover. A person who knows how to competently negotiate. Someone who inspires others to be creative. Mediators. Arbitrators. Inspirational Speakers and Evangelists. Journalists. Teachers. Preachers. Players. Merchants. People who are involved in product promotion and marketing. Dark-haired men.

The Main Meanings of the Card In a Reversed Position

Key Words and Phrases

Powerfulness. Self-confidence. Ignorance. Deceit. The choice of detours. Dogmatism. Severity. Prejudice. Fanaticism. Inflexibility. Confrontation. Antagonism. Disagreement. Hot temper. Inconsistency. Aggression. Intransigence. Ruthlessness. Despotism. Insensitivity. Tyranny. Hypocrisy. Selfishness. Self-interest. Suspicion. Excessive power. Misogyny. Resistance to female power. Envy of the female womb. Do what I say, not what I do.

The main meanings of the card in a reversed position

false ambition;
unfavorable news;
awkwardness in the implementation of transactions;
it is worth working hard to achieve success, but they will not put a spoke in the wheels;
kind but strict person;
condescension, tolerance, compliance;
despot, tyrant, domineering ruler;
rigidity, intolerance to other people’s opinions;
a man of strict rules, domineering and proud;
domineering person, quarrels;
arrogance, snobbery.

Situation and Advice

Perhaps an ignorant, powerful person. He is intolerant and reluctant to give in to you. You need to maintain your position and not take actions that you know should not be taken.

King of Wands. The Tarot of Vampyres [With Phantasmagoria] by Ian Daniels
The Tarot of Vampyres [With Phantasmagoria] by Ian Daniels

You also need to consider whether you have been overly authoritarian and insensitive towards others. You should beware of charlatans and their get-rich-quick projects. If everything is too good to be true, it may not be worth believing. The cards indicate to advice that should be followed.

Persons designated by the Reversed King of Wands Tarot Сard

A person who lies or doesn’t speak directly. Charlatan. Dogmatist. Suppressive person. Overconfident, stubborn and controlling person. A biased person who interferes with your plans or tries to involve you in completely opposite projects. Someone who doesn’t pay enough attention to the feelings of others. The one whose main goal is his own advancement. Selfish people. Not overly scrupulous TV preachers. Some sellers of used cars. A person who loves to argue and does not choose the means to achieve the goal. He is stubborn as a bull, and hates other people’s instructions.

In the Spreads

The King of Wands has the following main meaning: getting a good result, which is achieved through the work and efforts of a person. And often this is not even the final result. You can achieve an even higher level if you continue in the same spirit.
Also, Arcana can indicate a specific person who has such qualities as self-confidence, professionalism, intelligence, active striving for a goal.
The upright and the reversed King of Wands are similar in their interpretation. The only difference is in the motives for action. If the upright card is a person’s personal desire to go towards the goal, then the reversed Arcana indicates that the person is trying to do it for someone or something.

In an Upright Position

The King of Wands of the Tarot, in the upright orientation, personifies a mature man with position and power, energetic, adventurous, very direct and honest. He is a good leader and an experienced judge. In the latter capacity he can be involved in the life of the querent in order to resolve a dispute. The card also speaks of unexpected financial luck, probably inherited.
The Tarot card King of Wands is a man with wealth and status, friendly to the questioner and ready to help him with money or advice. He is honest, intelligent and conscientious. If it is a rival, then it is fair and generous. If a friend, then it is better to listen to his advice.
In the upright position, the King of Wands Tarot card indicates a wise and experienced man, a professional in his field, with great authority and financial stability. Most likely, this is a boss or an employee who is respected by the entire team.
The King of Wands of the Tarot says that a period of active action begins. Listen to your intuition and be confident in your abilities. Do not be afraid to make decisions, trust your ingenuity, take risks, do things, act. Personal success is guaranteed.
This card indicates that you are ready to go to great lengths for your goals. You are ready to leave your comfort zone to win. But to achieve your goals you have to work hard.

If there is the King of Wands in the Tarot spread, the value of the card indicates that the event you are interested in has not yet happened, but it is already possible. A patron will help solve the situation. The person is older than you in age, in life experience, or status.
If the King of Wands of the Tarot does not personify a certain person, then the situation itself is conducive to honesty: everything looks as it is. There is also the possibility of unexpected good news regarding inheritance, career advancement, and the success of an existing or planned (usually business or financial) venture. Unexpected help or advice will help you in your endeavor.
It is interpreted as a firm intention to achieve a goal, efforts, hard work, a willingness to go through any difficulties. And as a result you will achieve the well-deserved success.
The Tarot card King of Wands expresses will, confidence in one’s own strengths. He is striving not so much for material as for spiritual growth, for full realization and disclosure of one’s own personality.

In a Reversed Position:

King of Wands. Black Grimoire Tarot
Black Grimoire Tarot

In a reversed position, the Tarot King of Wands has such qualities as intolerance, imperious severity, insecurity. He imposes his views and assessments on others, considering them to be the best, and does not take into account a different point of view. The card indicates an upcoming quarrel and recommends the querent to move away from it as soon as possible.
The reversed Tarot card King of Wands represents a man of authority and wealth, stern but fair. He will not stray from his path to help you, but he will not unnecessarily hinder you and will approve of the efforts you make to achieve your goal.
In a reversed position, the King of Wands is a man from the business environment of the querent, well-off and powerful. As a rule, we are talking about the boss, director or owner of the company. This is a tough, domineering, authoritarian person. He is adherent of strict rules, for whom there is only one point of view – his own.
The reversed King of Wands is a dangerous enemy or competitor, so if he fell out to you in the Tarot spread for a situation, the main task is not to conflict with him or (if the confrontation has already begun) to step aside in time. Otherwise, your clash with the King of Wands will reflect very badly on your career and financial situation.
If you draw the reversed King of Wands in the Tarot spread, then expect bad news about business, finance and other aspects related to career growth or goals. We must wait, it’s not time to act yet. Misuse of power leads to ineffective action.
The reversed King of Wands requires complete submission. If he stumbles upon resistance or refusal, he loses his temper. Ludicrous pathos, pretentious stupid demonstration of leadership, superiority, selfish rudeness. All this is due to self-doubt. He loses face due to stupid stubbornness and restless vanity. Often he is not reckoning with anyone or anything.
If this card does not represent a specific person, then you must work hard to achieve success, but the circumstances are generally favorable for you. You may not get help, but nothing and no one will try to stop you.
The reversed King of Wands is an attempt to get what you want in order to prove something to someone. This often leads to the manifestation of aggression, selfishness, overestimated self-esteem, ostentatious superiority, contemptuous attitude towards other people.
In a reversed position, the King of Wands speaks of ill-considered and delaying processes, as well as self-deception, indecision, carelessness in plans and actions.

In the Spreads for Different situation

In an Upright Position:
It means success, achievement of the desired result, but only with your firm commitment to the goal, hard work and readiness to confront problems.
In a Reversed Position:
Think again if you need the result you are trying to achieve. Or you only do it to prove something to someone. Your energy is enough to get what you want, but there is a high risk of negative emotions, conflicts with people, and an unstable state of mind.

In the Spreads for Relationship

In an Upright Position:
The value of the Tarot card King of Wands in spreads for love and feelings is generosity, nobility, willingness to do anything to win the heart of the partner. This is a fire in a relationship, but not a guarantee of consistency. Rather bright, powerful emotions and beautiful actions in the present moment.
In this area, the upright position of the King of Wands card symbolizes the dynamism of relations, equality of partners, and a willingness to solve problems.

King of Wands. The Game of Thrones Tarot
The Game of Thrones Tarot

If Arcana reveals the essence of relationships, then they can be called warm, sincere, worthy. If the King of Wands appears in fortune-telling as a card that determines the partner’s attitude to the querent, then it testifies that the relationship is wonderful, passionate, ardent, sincere. As a prospect for the upcoming marriage, the King of Wands is interpreted as its stability and durability.
In a Reversed Position:
Arcana means readiness for any action to conquer the partner, fiery powerful emotions. However, this is precisely the desire to conquer, but not to retain. Often, after receiving what he wants, the person becomes bored and he switches to another object of adoration.
In a reversed position, the King of Wands means a despot who poisons the lives of loved ones, and even if his demands are quite fair, it is quite difficult to withstand constant nagging, severity and restrictions on his part. The Arcana can express unbalance and unrestraint in a relationship, a strong quarrel and extreme tension, often a scandalous breakup.

In the Spreads for Money

In an Upright Position:
The financial situation is at its best thanks to your efforts.
In a Reversed Position:
The financial situation is generally good, but you should not be too proud of it and show your superiority.

In the Spreads for Career

In an Upright Position:
In work matters, the card predicts excellent prospects for self-realization, business development, effective cooperation. With the right effort and professionalism, you can easily make a career.
Here Arcana speaks of the presence of leadership qualities, complete independence, great opportunities to achieve the set goals. This is energy, determination, passion for your own work.
In a Reversed Position:
In spreads for work, it usually indicates the manifestation of negative qualities to achieve a goal: selfishness, pressure on colleagues, aggression, demonstration of power, etc.

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

The reversed King of Wands symbolizes a certain detachment from reality, an overestimation of one’s capabilities or an underestimation of difficulties, which occurs due to the fact that the person is overly arrogant, impatient and prone to conflicts.

In the Spreads for Health

In an Upright Position:
Good card in terms of health. Most often indicates an excellent state, both physical and psychological. However, there is a risk of overstrain, overwork.
Strong health or quick recovery. Sometimes it can mean pressure surges.
In a Reversed Position:
Warns of burnout or overwork, and for the sake of goals that the person himself does not really need.
The card indicates apathy, temporary disability.

Answer to Yes / No Tarot Spreads

In an Upright Position:
In a Reversed Position:
Unstable Yes.

Self-Development Lesson

It is important that you learn to analyze and understand views that are different from yours. Try to overcome any manifestations of prejudice and cynicism and learn from your mistakes. Stay open to the forces of spiritual inspiration that give you a natural sense of dynamism and passion.

Type of person in an upright position:

The card indicates a middle-aged man (35-45 years old). More often the hair is light brown, red or brown. The eyes are gray, green, or light brown. Less commonly, he is blond with ripe wheat hair and bright blue eyes. Tall, thin, high forehead, open, there may be early bald patches.
Married man. Father of the family. He prefers the traditional distribution of roles in the family.

King of Wands. Romantic Tarot
Romantic Tarot

At the same time, without prejudice to self-esteem, he can replace his wife in everyday life, if the need arises. He adores his wife and children and indulges them in every possible way. But do not underestimate him and rank him as henpecked. The wife of the King of Wands, like Caesar’s wife, must be inviolable. Woe to her if she abuses his trust. Divorce will follow immediately and there will be no chance of recovering the relationship.
By nature, regardless of gender, he is a person who considers the presence of common sense to be the most important in life. He is able to lucidly explain any task, to convince others of the need to do what is needed, and not what one wants. Generous, magnanimous, enjoys the well-deserved respect of those around him. Quick-tempered, but quick-witted. Ambitious and aspiring.

Type of person in a reversed position:

A freshly divorced middle-aged man. He does not want to be bound anew by family obligations. He wants to enjoy freedom. Regardless of gender, the person is passionate, immoderately generous, and gambling. The reversed King of Wands does not carry such a negative meaning as the Queen of the same suit. If it is necessary to defend, he can exceed self-defense, but he will not attack first.

Arcana’s warning

Don’t brag, don’t put yourself above others. Think clearly about your goals and go to what is right for you.

Final Advice of Arcana

Make every effort, act clearly, decisively. This is the path to success.

In an Upright Position:
Show sanity and discretion. Fulfill the obligations undertaken. Remember that no money can buy the trust of others.
In a Reversed Position:
Forget sanity and prudence. Sometimes you just need to allow yourself a little extravagance!


The King of Wands makes it clear that with a willingness to achieve what you want, with an active pursuit of a goal and a willingness to work, you will definitely be successful.
This card means a person with great willpower, a person who always achieves results. He believes that he is right, and other people naturally follow him.


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4 thoughts on “King of Wands Tarot Card Meanings”

  1. Another trait of the King of Wands is that he can’t stand women’s tears—he doesn’t know how to react to them!! he does not know how to calm down, on the contrary, he frantically begins to try to do something and it all ends in a scandal… women’s tears are fear and horror for him, and he does not know how to react to them at all… but he always reacts, never remains silent 😆 it would be better to remain silent…

  2. When asked how a man would behave towards me, the King of Wands showed quite active behavior with sexual overtones, but without vulgarity, it was just clear that he really wanted me.

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