Knight of Wands Tarot Card Meanings

Knight of Wands Tarot Card Meanings

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

Knight of Wands is the Tarot Arcana of movement, enthusiasm, initiative. This is when the energy is overwhelmeing you and you want to quickly find a good use for it. The desire to act and go forward is the main interpretation of this card.
This figure embodies energy and dynamism, power, drive and determination to get what you want. But the Knight of Wands has an impulsive nature, and often he goes forward too zealously in pursuit of his goals. In terms of romantic relationships, this card can signal the beginning of a sexual relationship in which there is no obligation. However, in a broader sense, this card can indicate that sudden changes are just around the corner and that this period may be the beginning or end of something significant.

Goal: Warmth, joy of life, fullness of chewing.
Element: Fire
Planet: Mars
Astrological sign: Leo, Sagittarius, Aries


On this card we see a young knight on horseback. He looks imposing in his shiny armor and plumed helmet. His robe is adorned with salamanders (the nature spirits associated with Fire) and his title sounds like Lord of Flame and Lightning. In his right hand he holds a staff or wand. Three mountain peaks can be seen in the distance.
(For a detailed depiction, analysis of the Symbols and all Elements of the Knight of Wands Tarot Card, click here)

The Main Meanings of the Card In an Upright Position

Key Words and Phrases

An important event related to you. New people. New ideas and sensations. Unholy. Reluctance to settle down. Unimportant visitor. Business trip. Constant movement. A change of scenery. Getting rid of the habit. Fast decision. Rapid action. Adventure.

Knight of Wands Tarot Card

Call. Ambition. Charisma. Energy. Love for fun. Sense of humor. Enthusiasm. Optimism. Excitement. Generosity. Love for sports. Athletics. Confidence. Foresight. Perspective. Sudden departure. Moving. Flight. Traffic. Care. Travel. Trip. New job. Vacation. Sexual adventure.

The main meanings of the card in an upright position

risky person, romantic;
power, pressure, determination;
sexual relations without obligation;
the end or beginning of something significant;
impulsivity, exaggeration;
“I want everything at once”;
important events;
business trips;
change of place of work or residence;
the desire to be in the spotlight, playing for the audience;
departure, removal, absence, abandonment, change, desertion, resettlement, emigration;
transfer, transplant (of plants), transformation, escape;
an energetic, confident, generous and friendly man;
inconstancy, unpredictability, travel abroad, emigration, change of housing, flight;
lightness, openness, individualism.

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

Situation and Advice

The spirit of change is in the air. A very important matter will appear in your life. Perhaps you are moving to a new place of residence, taking up a creative project, or going on a long trip that may be related to your work. You seem to be trying to escape from an unpleasant person or unpleasant circumstance. The beginning or end of a situation awaits you. Some important person from afar may now have a great influence on your life. Job change is likely. Your confidence and enthusiasm will help you achieve your goal. Someone might come up with a good business idea for you. If you are planning to go on vacation, it promises to be enjoyable. An excellent development of romantic and sexual relations awaits you. You are full of energy and enthusiasm.

Persons designated by Upright Knight of Wands Tarot Сard

Travelers. Parliamentarians. Disputants. Those who are always on the go. Those who take part in competitions with pleasure. Individualists. Active, persistent, energetic people. People who enjoy life. Fast-moving young people who act quickly and decisively. Those who do not want to settle down in any way. People involved in a new project. People with a good sense of humor. Those who are always in a hurry. People who love to have fun, who find it very difficult to devote themselves to one business, because they so want to take on everything at once. Athletes. Those who like to take on the challenge. Horny lovers. Hare (from the tale of the hare and the turtle). Those who call you for new things. People who may be the reason for your departure. Missing people. People, thanks to whose influence you change your worldview.

The Main Meanings of the Card In a Reversed Position

Key Words and Phrases

Selfishness. Indecision. Instability. Opportunism. Lack of consistency. Stress. Rapid change. Split. Delay. Silly rush. Insecurity. Condescending attitude. The desire to argue. Cruelty. Extravagance. Aimlessness. Recklessness. Running in place. Dispute. Lack of energy. Depression. Confusion. Envy. Disorderly. Impermanence. One night stop. Precarious employment. Postponement of the trip. Problems with travel or relocation. Trump, bam, thanks, madam. Love them and leave them.

The main meanings of the card in a reversed position

forced trip;
prejudice, suspicion, jealousy;
separation, discord, disagreement, division, partisanship, divorce, quarrel;
energetic, generous and friendly, but at the same time extremely impulsive and unpredictable person;
grumpiness, trouble in traveling;
rupture, interference, stubbornness, irascibility, threat of dismissal;
obstacles on the way to the goal, disagreements, discord;
tough competition, rivalry;
problems in connection with the trip, travel;
the threat of job loss, the threat of the need to move.

Situation and Advice

Perhaps all of your problems are caused by haste and inconsistency. You don’t feel stable at work or in a new project. During this period, you experience stress due to the fact that your life is full of unexpected changes. Being impatient, persistent, or imposing your thoughts, rushing things and provoking fights will only make others angry and make the situation even worse.

Knight of Wands. Tarot by Nicoletta Ceccoli
Tarot by Nicoletta Ceccoli

If your question was about a romantic relationship, then your partner may be indifferent to you, now only novelty in sexual relationships can attract him. For a woman, marriage is likely, but most likely unsuccessful.

Persons designated by the Reversed Knight of Wands Tarot Сard

Liars. Those who rush in the wind. Charming but unreliable people. Young people who love to argue. Lovers of conflicts. Fanatics. People who lead a hectic lifestyle. Those who promise a lot but do little. Unreliable and irresponsible people. Tramps. Gigolo.

In the Spreads

The most common meaning of the Knight of Wands Tarot card is the designation of a certain person who possesses determination, confidence, energy and courage. He is emotional and impulsive. Also, the card can indicate circumstances when you need to act quickly, a rapidly developing situation, actions on emotions, a trip or travel.
The interpretations of the upright and reversed positions of the Arcana are similar, but differ in the intensity of the energy and the results of actions / events taking place on the card.

In an Upright Position

The Knight of Wands represents an unpredictable person who changes his position, point of view or direction quickly, and leaving others without warning. However, despite this, his eloquence, charm and sophistication make him popular. As for events, the card speaks of changes in the querent’s environment. Perhaps he will take a short trip or change his place of residence.
In the spread, the Tarot card Knight of Wands in an upright position can indicate a specific person. This is a young, self-confident man from your environment. This is a good professional, whose support, experience and advice you can safely rely on. By trusting this person, you are able to noticeably improve the state of your affairs and even bring them to a new level.
If the Knight of Wands has appeared in the spread, it is time to act, and act swiftly. The way in which efforts are applied and the final outcome can be predicted using adjacent cards.
The Knight of Wands can also warn the querent that a fresh wind of change will burst into his life (primarily business). You are full of strength and energy, and even if you feel that you are drawn into a routine, soon life will pleasantly surprise you.
The card indicates active and dynamic progress towards your own goal. Despite the high energy, this activity in most cases is under control and fruitful. The Knight of Wands symbolizes the warmth and even the heat of the soul, manifested in the thirst for life, passion and enthusiasm, but sometimes this is turning into impatience, increased excitability, impulsiveness and a tendency to exaggeration. However, the internal energy inherent in the Knight of Wands, in any case, sets in motion entire layers of being, melts perennial ice and brings a fresh stream into long-familiar situations. To determine the situation, this Arcana is interpreted in the meaning of an interesting proposal, a new project that makes it possible to reveal your talents and abilities and show them in the best way, as well as test your own strengths, the level of courage and resourcefulness.
The Knight of Wands in the upright position of the card indicates dynamics, the desire to do something and run somewhere, powerful energy and emotions. This is usually either a person with such qualities, or a situation where it is necessary to show them.
The Tarot card Knight of Wands is a friend or relative who is ready to help the questioner. He is a young man, but mature in his actions, a man with an almost instinctive understanding of business and financial issues, and this understanding he multiplies with knowledge and experience. Also, a friend who is ready for self-sacrifice. In any case, someone whose advice can be trusted and whose help can be used in a moment of doubt. Travel, change of residence or environment.

In a Reversed Position:

The reversed Tarot card Knight of Wands means that the young man is intolerant and boastful. Constant disagreements are associated with him. Another interpretation speaks of difficulties in interpersonal relationships, unsuccessful travel and transactions with property, which is probably caused by the querent’s indecision.
In the reversed position of the Arcana, the Knight of Wands indicates a young man, unpredictable and impulsive, who is in some way connected with your business or work. This can be a malevolent co-worker, dangerous rival, or competitor. The card warns you about the need to keep your finger on the pulse so as not to miss the first attacks from his side and to give an adequate rebuff. Otherwise, you can incur tangible losses.
The reversed Knight of Wands is interpreted as a feeling of fear and anxiety, when inner experiences are eaten from the inside, finding no use or exit. The person may be experiencing difficulties in the profession.

Knight of Wands. Black Grimoire Tarot
Black Grimoire Tarot

Bickering, disputes, breaking contracts, violations of their conditions, deadlocked or completely collapsed negotiations, betrayal. Clash, disagreement, turmoil, scandals. Parting, breaking up friendship, betrayal, treason. Envy, conflicts, intrigues, setups. Divorce of spouses. Jealousy. Someone who brings a lot of negative emotions and problems into life.
If we are not talking about personality, the reversed Knight of Wands card indicates stagnation in your business life and the impossibility (or unwillingness) to change anything. Where it is necessary to show energy and determination to get ahead, you prefer to wait, relying on chance. In the future, this can lead to a gradual decline in business and unfulfilled hopes.
In the reversed position, the Knight of Wands card should be perceived as problems associated with movement (travel, business trips, travel), stubbornness, rivalry, envy.
The reversed Knight of Wands means that emotions and energy are out of control. This usually leads to conflicts, clashes of interests, difficulties, chaos, etc. In relation to a person, this is a person who does not control himself, creates problems and often behaves unacceptably
The reversed Knight of Wands portends controversy, discord in personal life. Breakup of friendship, separation or flight.

In the Spreads for Different situation

In an Upright Position:
In the context of the situation, the Knight of Wands is the swiftness of the development of events, speed. It is necessary to show initiative and be ready to act quickly, confidently and clearly.
In a Reversed Position:
Be careful. Due to your hyperactivity and emotions, the situation can become uncontrollable. There is a risk of ruining everything and creating new problems. Try to stop and think ahead about your actions.

In the Spreads for Relationship

In an Upright Position:
The Knight of Wands is passion, emotions, reckless actions. However, this is not always good, since sometimes events can develop too quickly, and the behavior of partners (or one partner) can be too impulsive.
In an upright position, the Knight of Wands is a flame of love passion or, conversely, a fierce confrontation. Both can easily lead to extremes. Often the card symbolizes imminent cardinal changes in the surroundings of the querent.
In a Reversed Position:
Excessive emotionality in love, which is indicated by the reversed Knight of Wands, can lead to quarrels, a showdown, jealousy. May indicate indecent or bad behavior.
In an reversed form, the card symbolizes frivolity of intentions, increased conflict, the flight of a loved one. In addition, Arcana can be interpreted as a faded connection between people, alienation, apathy. If the querent needs advice for choosing a model of behavior with his partner, then the reversed Knight of Wands should be taken as a recommendation to not rush anything.

In the Spreads for Money

In an Upright Position:
In financial matters, you have good prospects for salary and earning income.
In a Reversed Position:
In the monetary sector, there is a high risk of loans / debts or difficulties in paying off existing debts.

In the Spreads for Career

In an Upright Position:
In the work sphere, it is interpreted as new ideas, enthusiasm, desire to work and satisfaction with work activities. There will be new opportunities for self-realization and career growth.
In an upright position, the Knight of Wands symbolizes a willingness to take action, a noble risk, enthusiasm in the performance of his official and work duties and, of course, a worthy reward for them in the form of a likely promotion and personal growth.

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

In a Reversed Position:
In work, it most often means disorder and disorganization, when there are many ideas or actions, but they do not lead to any real result, and energy is wasted.
Here, the Knight of Wands card is inconsistency in the performance of his official duties, too much trust in any innovation, a tendency to adventure and excessive risk. Often, the result of the efforts made does not justify them at all, or even is completely absent. Sometimes the Knight of Wands in a reversed position is interpreted as competition or professional rivalry, discord in the work collective, a thirst for power at any cost. It serves as a warning about unsuccessful real estate transactions.

In the Spreads for Health

In an Upright Position:
Everything is great in the field of health. High level of vitality, good immunity and nervous system.
Health is strong, but it must be protected, as there is a tendency to injuries, heart problems.
In a Reversed Position:
A reversed card on spreads for health can indicate ailments due to overwork, a shattered nervous system, abnormalities in the cardiovascular system, or sexual problems.
Increased risk of injury, exacerbation of the disease.

Answer to Yes / No Tarot Spreads

In an Upright Position:
In a Reversed Position:

Self-Development Lesson

We need strength and perseverance to reach our goals in life. Do we have the patience it takes to see our goals come true? We must avoid hasty, impulsive decisions and follow the dictates of our conscience when planning our actions.

Type of person in an upright position:

The card indicates a young man (under 35). Hair is red, brown, less often light brown. The eyes are gray, green, or light brown. Height is above average, agile in movements, flexible. The build is average, due to the height it often seems thin.
Divorced men. The Knight of Wands values ​​his freedom. Therefore, in the spreads for a woman, it can mean her lover, but not her husband. If the card falls out to a man, for him it is an acquaintance, neighbor, work colleague.

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

The suit of Wands does not support blood ties, therefore it is hardly a relative, if only distant. In my practice, he often shows a compatriot of the questioner, the paths with whom he crossed in emigration. By nature, regardless of gender, he is a kind, open, generous person. Sometimes it is impudent on the tongue under the influence of emotions, hot-tempered, but unforgettable. Sometimes it seems like a rustic lump, but this is a deceptive impression. Although the intelligence of the Knight of Wands is not his primary virtue, he has his own convictions and notions of loyalty and honor. It is not so easy to influence his worldview without a serious reason.

Type of person in an reversed position:

The person is conflicted, disorganized, irresponsible. A quitter, but with a pretense that everyone around him owes him. Drunkenness is rare and only in the company of drinking companions. If the reversed Knight of Wands does not spend his fiery energy properly, it fades out over time, and he becomes lethargic, apathetic, indifferent to everything.

Arcana’s warning

Do not rush “right off the bat”. Think first, then act.

Final Advice of Arcana

Take risks and be confident. If you have long wanted to realize some of your ideas – now is the time.

In an Upright Position:
Do not wait, hit the road at the first opportunity. Deliver the news, the future of many people depends on it.
In a Reversed Position:
Stop, look around, take a break and set off again, but in the right direction. If you have nothing to say, you better be silent.


The Knight of Wands can serve as both a positive sign and a warning. While the Page of Wands is often an indicator of the beginning of a change or something new, the Knight of Wands is more or less an implementation of that change. This can indicate many different events, such as moving to a new location, starting a new job, or even meeting someone new. The important takeaway is not to rush, but to carefully weigh the benefits and approach them with a well-thought-out plan. You can take risks, but avoid a blind attack.
The impatience expressed by this card means: I want everything and, if possible, everything at once. If it doesn’t work out right away, or we don’t get everything, we get irritated, get turned on, become aggressive. However, the internal energy inherent in the Knight of Wands, in any case, sets in motion entire layers of being, melts perennial ice and brings a fresh stream into long-familiar situations.


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2 thoughts on “Knight of Wands Tarot Card Meanings”

  1. I made a layout on the attitude of others towards me: the Knight of Wands fell out)))
    they see me as a warrior, right?)

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