Two of Wands Tarot Card Meanings

Two of Wands Tarot Card Meanings

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

The Two of Wands is the Minor Arcana Tarot card that symbolizes courage and achievement. It often carries a message about new beginnings or lifestyle changes.
Imagine that you have a key to a magic chest that will change your life forever. This chest will give you the opportunity to make the right decision and stick to it, without doubt and fear. When Two of Wands appear in the reading of the Tarot, it tells that the person must accept the challenge, trust his intuition.
Two of Wands is a sign that you can take the creative spark of the Ace of Wands and light it.

Goal: Interest, upholding your views, charisma.
Element: Fire
Planet: Mars
Astrological sign: Aries


The cloaked figure looks away from us. Standing between two vertical rods representing entrepreneurship and prosperity, this is either a merchant or a property owner, gazing out to the horizon and expecting his ships to arrive loaded with goods. On the battlements of his castle, white lilies symbolize pure thought and red roses symbolize desire. The figure depicted here has a balanced temperament as it embodies clarity of purpose and fervent intent.
(For a detailed depiction, analysis of the Symbols and all Elements of the Two of Wands Tarot Card, click here)

The Main Meanings of the Card In an Upright Position

Key Words and Phrases

Initial stages of the project. The need to slow down and see how events unfold. Lack of activity. Cooperation. A joint project. Completion of the first phase of the project.

Two of Wands Tarot Card

Sincere efforts. Faith in the future. Transition. Achievements. Ambition. Pride. Property. Joint creative efforts. Cash allowance. Energetic action. Height. Initiative. Preparing for success. Unrealized potential. Working hard can lead to prosperity. A new perspective. New business partner. Successful negotiations. Foresight. Movement in the right direction. Waiting for an answer. Changing of the living place. Moving. Travel. Where do I go from here?

The main meanings of the card in an upright position

time to think – is it worth it? will you have disappointment later from the success you have achieved;
conceived idea is feasible, but with great costs;
creative and intellectual work;
balanced temperament;
clarity of purpose and fervent intent;
business achievements;
human kindness;
interest in science;
indifference, no anxiety, no interest even for loved ones;
neutral position;
inner emptiness;
union without warmth;
sincere suffering;
sadness, melancholy, grief, reluctance, pain, despair, despondency, irritation, nausea, gloomy thoughts;
acrimony, anger, annoyance;
belief in the success of what was conceived, careful planning, deliberation;

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

increased wealth, stability;
anxiety, anxiety about the future;
travel planning;
study, science;
belief in the success of hatched plans.

Situation and Advice

The Two of Wands often indicates a waiting period, which, however, will not bring peace as you prepare for change. You are at the initial stage of a project and, perhaps, you feel that further progress will not be easy. Most likely, now is not the time for action. Most likely you are only at the stage of planning a project, trip or joint action with your partner. You may be waiting for a response to your business proposal or the results of an interview for a new job or school admission.
Now is the time to tackle problems vigorously. The negotiations that you will participate in will go well, provided that you are proactive. Now begins the period for you when you need to take all responsibility for your life into your own hands. You are able to overcome any obstacle. Lead your creative energy and make solid plans to achieve your goals.

Two of Wands. The Game of Thrones Tarot
The Game of Thrones Tarot

Success will be the result of your hard work. You will achieve your goal if you continue to progress according to the plan. Moving to a new apartment, change of place of work is likely. You may be expected to be rewarded at work. There is a chance that you will have to deal with important correspondence or contracts. This is one of the cards indicating a possible journey.

Persons designated by Upright Two of Wands Tarot Сard

Enterprising people. Business partners. Proud people. Those who are involved in the negotiations. Those who are in a state of waiting for an answer. Travelers.

The Main Meanings of the Card In a Reversed Position

Key Words and Phrases

Concerns about a project. Delays in action. Depletion of resources. Loss of interest. Inactivity. Wrong way. Feeling overwhelmed, disappointed. Failure to direct your energy. Unrealized potential. Problems with the partner. Lack of consent. Negotiations that will end in failure. Wrong values. Self-doubt. Excessive pride. Lack of attention to detail. Abuse of power or wealth. Property problems. Bad news. Delayed or canceled trip. Nothing happens.

The main meanings of the card in a reversed position

you put a lot of effort, and the successful result is doubtful;
advice: be careful and patient, don’t let anyone dominate you;
real estate problems;
feeling of worthlessness;
charm, sudden fright, embarrassment;
unexpected incident, unexpected event, excitement;
fear, horror, sad amazement, surprise, enslavement, admiration, anxiety;
miracle, phenomenon, magic;
insufficient capacity to implement plans;
unrealizable plans, uncertainty in the future and in one’s own abilities;
difficulties with colleagues and business partners.

Situation and Advice

Things are not going as planned. Perhaps you doubt your enthusiasm and dedication to a recently started project. You may receive bad news related to the negative results of past negotiations.

Two of Wands. New Vision Tarot
New Vision Tarot

Most likely, in the very near future, you will be disappointed, as things are not going quite as you hoped. And although the card still speaks of sincerity of intentions, potential opportunities may not be realized or the plan will not bring the desired results.
Excessive pride (yours or someone else’s) can cause problems. If you own or operate real estate, expect trouble in this area. Your dissatisfaction or feeling of worthlessness can lead to quarrels with your coworkers or frustration with your partner. If you are about to start a joint project, the reversed Two of Wands encourages you to think carefully about it.

Persons designated by the Reversed Two of Wands Tarot Сard

Boring people. Incompetent partners. Those who doubt their abilities. Proud people who create problems. Sometimes a young girl who has suffered disappointments in life.

In the Spreads

The Two of Wands is a manifestation of the will and power of the mind. Arcana indicates the need to act in order to find your place in the world. You may have to weigh all the options available, choose the one that suits your desires. More often than 2 Tarot Wands appear in the spread when the querent knows what he wants, but sometimes makes it clear that the Seeker is deviating from the intended course. Such a forecast makes it possible to return, choose the right path.
Two of Wands in the Tarot means that a person is tuned in to his plans, unshakable in his intentions. “The ball is rolling, and only he can decide how to roll it.” Do not stop until all ideas come true, until you enjoy the work done.

In an Upright Position

The Two of Wands carries a dual interpretation. One value indicates initiative and confidence, the other indicates indecision and fear. The card shows both power, luck and misfortune at the same time. Its value will depend on the presence of negative or favorable cards in the spread.
Two of Wands of the Tarot meaning embodies the harmony between the past and the future. Conquest and power, gaining strength. A person has enough power, resources, time and influence to carry out his plans.
It is good if the Deuce of Tarot Wands gets into the spread in the correct orientation. It means the successful achievement of the goal, which will bring the querent a decent reward (financial security, promotion, etc.) as a result of a joint venture or for the purpose of organizing a partnership favorable to the querent. Despite these favorable predictions, the Tarot card with two wands still speaks of self-doubt and anxiety for the future.
The two of Tarot wands heralds unforeseen problems with your business. Obstacle or opposition is possible from the very people whose support you counted on. Other possibilities include losing money, failing in a marriage or partnership, general unhappiness and dissatisfaction with what is happening or the new business itself. A shame. A clear success that turned into a disappointment.
In general, 2 of Wands reminds of the need for compromise always and in everything, for all successful relationships. If something is not to your liking now, know that it will soon get much better.
The Two of Wands indicates a desire to fight for oneself or one’s offspring (undertaking, idea), and a willingness to take risks. This card speaks of impulsiveness, reckless courage, a challenge. In a sense, the Two of Wands is the impossibility of being in a state of neutrality towards anything and the forced need to react without thinking or reasoning. The card speaks of a strong desire of the querent to achieve his goals and of disappointment, when in the end it turns out not as he wanted, about unexpected circumstances that were not taken into account (for example, opposition from those who were counting on).
In the upright position, the Two of Wands Tarot symbolizes long-term plans, ideas that, over time, can bring good fruit to the querent.
These ideas can relate to almost any new project, from drawing up a business plan to wanting to buy an apartment or successfully pass exams. In addition, the globe depicted on the Arcana clearly hints at another of the possible (depending on the alignment) interpretations: trip planning, travel.
However, it is not enough to think over the plans, they also need to be implemented. So get ready: a rather difficult and hectic period awaits you ahead. However, whatever your intentions, the Two of Tarot Wands indicates that they have a good chance of being realized and bring well-deserved success.

Crossroads of life, crossroads. Time to choose a road. You need to stop and think about your actions. There is no motivation, it is lost. A person does not see the meaning in his further actions. The man is on the doorstep. He needs to take a step forward, but he refuses, hesitates and doubts. A precarious state of choice and doubt. Fear prevents you from taking a step forward.
Two of Wands of the Tarot indicates difficulties with a choice, decision-making. A person sees different options for solving a problem, but none suits him. Shyness, cowardice, throwing. At the same time, nothing depends on his choice, the situation does not radically affect the life of the questioner, but he attaches great importance to it.
The plan is achievable, it just takes more effort and patience. The tormenting question usually refers to creativity. The card also carries a negative meaning. Scandal, quarrel, sadness, sadness, regret. Other cards in the spread will help you make the right choice.

In a Reversed Position:

A reversed Tarot card of Two of Wands indicates problems with partners, especially in business. The Two of Wands also indicates that the worst qualities ascribed to the upright card prevail here.

Two of Wands. Celtic Tarot
Celtic Tarot

The client begins to doubt the significance of the successes achieved and his personal qualities, which allowed him to satisfy his ambitious plans.
The reversed Tarot card Two of Wands predicts surprise, strong arousal of feelings. You are clearly surprised by something, good or bad. This will be revealed to you by the surrounding cards. Most likely, you will be in trouble.
A reversed Arcana can indicate pleasant surprise. It is best to spend time and thoughts on the positive, to be grateful for the gifts that life brings. Learn to have fun and enjoyment from the little things.
In a reversed position, the Two of Wands is recklessness, imprudence, or, on the contrary, the inability to go beyond the usual, hackneyed and outdated ideas about something.
In a reversed position, the Two of Wands Tarot tells the querent that the affairs that he has planned are doomed to failure. First of all, this applies to purely business projects related to business, partnerships, work, money or manual labor.
Perhaps you did not foresee something in your plans, do not have all the information you need or insufficient qualifications, but the fact remains: already at the concept stage, your project turned out to be unviable. In addition, a reversed Two of Wands can also indicate such character traits of a querent as lack of confidence in his abilities or vice versa, arrogance and pride, which, perhaps, is the reason for the negative state of affairs.
A reversed Two of Wands indicates disorganization. The person is abusing power. Demotion, dismissal. Fate surprises, sudden changes, surprise. A lot of trouble, obstacles. Unsuccessful travel. Lethargy, dependence on circumstances. Deception of partners, fraud, loss.
The person is “stuck” in his place, lack of self-development, laziness, stagnation, obscurity. Not enough strength, resources to make dreams come true. Unfulfilled, degraded position.
If the card is in an upright position, then it indicates the master of its fate. But in a reversed position, the card speaks of a leader, on whose neck everyone rides with their legs dangling. The person cannot and does not want to reach agreement with others, there is no mutual understanding, does not recognize someone’s power.

In the Spreads for Different situation

In an Upright Position:
The Two of Wands is a Tarot card of possibilities and what may be, not what was or what is to come. Success in creative endeavors, especially those that involve partnership or collaboration. If the Two Wands describe you or your situation, then indeed the whole world is in your hands.
In a Reversed Position:
In general, the reversed Two of Wands reminds us to take emotions in perspective. Sometimes what a person feels is not the complete reality of the situation. Weigh carefully if you plan to take risks or make changes in your life.

In the Spreads for Relationship

In an Upright Position:
Pay attention to your ideas about equality, share them with your partner. When the querent is in search of love, it means it is already on the way, will soon become a part of life. If someone is interested in you, give them a chance. This kind of relationship may be exactly what you are looking for.
The Tarot card of the Two of Wands means immersion in one’s own affairs and experiences, self-sufficiency, with some indifference to the partner, detachment from his interests. Sometimes it can mean testing the relationship for strength in situations of forced loneliness. Often Arcana speaks of an attempt to influence one partner by another, the desire to subjugate himself, selfishness and neglect.
In a Reversed Position:
When the reversed Two of Wands appear in all questions about love, one can expect that the relationship will deepen, become even more devoted. If you are looking for love, new relationships will start very soon. Someone might literally knock you off your feet or surprise you with an awesome, uplifting feeling. If you are lonely and can’t imagine how love could be on your horizon, take a look around, maybe it’s time to show yourself to the world.
The reversed Two of Wands indicates loud, but empty confessions and promises, behind which there is nothing and which are pronounced for some benefit, calculation or out of habit.

In the Spreads for Dates

In an Upright Position:
You are precocious and sensitive beyond your years, and you need a partner just as mature.
In a Reversed Position:
Do you know what you want? Are you sure? Collect your thoughts until someone doesn’t get hurt, maybe even yourself.

In the Spreads for Family

In an Upright Position:
Living at home means enjoying comfort and having a refuge, an island of safety in a troubled world.
In a Reversed Position:
You are too patronized, and you like it. Do not hide under someone else’s wing all the time, otherwise you will not become free when the time comes to spread your own wings.

In the Spreads for Friendship

In an Upright Position:
You and your friends will soon go on a joint trip (even if it will be just an evening walk around the city).

Two of Wands. Wizards Tarot by Corrine Kenner
Wizards Tarot by Corrine Kenner

In a Reversed Position:
Now you are very uneasy. Do not blame your friends for this. It is in your power to bring a little excitement and relaxation to your own life.

In the Spreads for Money

In an Upright Position:
Incomes are moving towards a better state. The Two of Wands indicates justice and equality. Probably, soon you will be pleasantly surprised at how much you can improve your financial situation.
In a Reversed Position:
In terms of money, an unexpected surprise may arise when the Two of Wands appears. Winnings or pay increases are likely.

In the Spreads for Education

In an Upright Position:
Now you are good at everything related to geography or subjects that are requiring analytical thinking.
In a Reversed Position:
Determine why you are so unhappy with your studies. Are you interested in the classroom? Are you studying the subjects you need?

In the Spreads for Career

In an Upright Position:
The work in the near future should be much calmer and smoother. When looking for a job, this is the most favorable Arcana, which means that soon there will be a suitable one. Don’t let anyone knock you down.
Indicates strong competition, difficult professional tasks, a manifestation of personal enthusiasm, as well as active attempts to strengthen previously won positions. Great hope for the success of the plan, combined with an inner anxiety about whether everything will go as planned. Things may not develop according to plan at all and give unexpected results, lead to something that no one expected.
In a Reversed Position:
Stagnation after a good start. Lack of a general line of development, acting at random or doing business without a plan. Two of Wands can mean that professional duties are performed carelessly, that this area is not interesting to the person, that in a work collective he adheres to neutrality, which comes from indifference.
You can expect everything to be fine in the workplace. You may be pleasantly surprised by a new business or new job at work, or even a new job offer. Don’t burn bridges if you decide to leave.

In the Spreads for Health

In an Upright Position:
The topic of balance is especially relevant to Arcana from a health point of view. Energetic work aimed at balancing the chakras: body, mind, spirit. This is especially effective and beneficial for health. Now is the time to take time for them. There are many more benefits than the effort you can put into it. Your health is in better shape than you fear. It is necessary to choose the right way of treatment.
In a Reversed Position:
When the reversed Two of Wands appear in the context of the question about health, know that no one in the world can answer the questions about what will happen to your health. If you need healing from a disease, it is better to read about the positive results. Miracles happen. If you are healthy, now is not the time to take risks. Know your physical limitations.
Body imbalance, changeable state, treatment with variable success, mood swings.

Answer to Yes / No Tarot Spreads

In an Upright Position:
The Two of Wands indicates that the querent is experiencing success in his life. But this brings with it a lot of anxiety, the possibility of losing control. The dynamism projected through this card does not provide a clear answer. Perhaps not yet.
In a Reversed Position:

Self-Development Lesson

We can build strong and fruitful relationships with other people, but we must assert ourselves as individuals. Courage and foresight can lead to positive results.

Type of person in an upright position:

The card means a peaceful, humble person, tolerant of other people’s shortcomings. He carries his own opinion for a long time before expressing it. Calm, self-possessed, but sometimes boring, especially when it comes to political events in the world.

Two of Wands. The Tarot of the 78 Doors
The Tarot of the 78 Doors

Type of person in an reversed position:

Means a cheerful, funny, talkative person. Strives to be in the spotlight, prone to shocking. He loves travel, is ready to go to the ends of the world at any time, even if with just a backpack. Able to be content with little, money is not the main thing for him.

Arcana’s warning

The decision-making process will be over sooner or later, the choice will be clear. Try not to force commitments.

Final Advice of Arcana

Respect your own decision-making process. Instead of criticizing yourself for being indecisive, evaluate the various consequences of the choices you make.

In an Upright Position:
Do not wave your fists after a fight. Come to terms with the fact that you have to wait a significant period of time. Hope and believe.
In a Reversed Position:
Do not be afraid to do what no one expects of you, do not crush the desire to learn something new in yourself. Curiosity is not a vice.


Two is the number of balance, choice and unity. Wands are a costume of fire, passion and action. When the Tarot card of the Two of Wands is shown in a reading, know that you have an important choice to make. Particular attention should be paid to the combination with other Arcana.
The Two of Wands is not the most inspiring card. Something unexpected is about to happen or appear on the scene. What you did not allow or could not allow in your plans. At the very least, it will surprise you. But that could mean the loss or failure of your venture.
Note that some interpretations of the Two of Wands give the exact opposite meaning and state that the Two of Wands brings wealth, gain, luck, and power.
But most of these interpretations of the Tarot card of Two of Wands include the statement that with good luck, bad luck will come too.


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3 thoughts on “Two of Wands Tarot Card Meanings”

  1. The 2 of Wands also often shows that a person seems to want to do something, but does not take the first step himself, but waits from the other side. It seems that there is optimism in this card, but also uncertainty in order to rush to fulfill our plans. And they are waiting for the first steps from the other side.

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