Two of Wands

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The Two of Wands often appears in Tarot readings when a new chapter or opportunity beckons and you are considering a long-term plan to go beyond your comfort zone. You are readying yourself for adventure by gathering the information you need, weighing up the pros and cons, and getting clear on your hopes and resources.

The path ahead is not yet be fully mapped out – you are still very much at the drawing board, preparing to venture beyond your current reality. The Two of Wands reminds you that however much you prepare, you will only truly know whether your wings are strong enough to carry you once you make the leap.

What the Wands mean in Tarot

Two Two of Wands is the second card in the Tarot’s suit of Wands, which is connected to the element of fire.

Fire describes all of the aspects of life that correspond with the element; passion, drive, ambition, adventure, creative spark and personal power.

The wand itself is a potent magical symbol, representing willpower, magical ability and manifestation. It is the primary tool the Magician uses to channel his will, as well as to command the other three elements and their associations.

Numerological meaning of the number 2 in Tarot

In numerology, the number two is a sign of controlled power, balance and stability.

The number two is all about laying the foundations for future growth and greatness. The number two is associated with the moon and its energy is balancing, nurturing and harmonising.

Two of Wands Tarot card description

Tarot cards can differ between different decks, but the Two of Wands Minor Arcana card usually includes the symbols we find in the traditional Rider-Waite Tarot deck.

The man

The Two of Wands shows a man standing in profile, gazing longingly out over the landscape behind him. He appears to be deep in thought, contemplating what lies ahead.

The man is well dressed in earth tones offset by a red hat and scarlet cape, hinting at his passion and ambition. He is already in a good, comfortable place in life, but he is feeling restless and wants to explore and express more of his enormous potential.

The globe

In his right hand, the man is holding a small globe – the world is his oyster.

The globe is a sign of the man’s innate talents and creativity, which will allow him to manifest whichever future he desires. He is aware of the magnitude of his own potential and is deliberating what to do with it.

His challenge may lie in deciding which direction or career option to explore. He will also have to summon the courage to not only dream big, but to take action pursuit them.

The castle

The male figure in the Two of Wands Tarot card appears to be standing on the roof of a large and impressive castle. He is already coming from a place of material stability and comfort – he is not driven by a need to conquer, but by a desire to do so.

Unfolding his potential is going to involve taking risks and leaving the safe, familiar and comfortable castle behind. Is he willing to risk what he already has in order to chase his dreams? In the end, the magic of a new beginning can’t be experienced from the comfort of one’s current surroundings and circumstances, and true greatness awaits beyond security.

The wands

In his left hand, the person is holding a large wand, almost the size of the staff we see the King and Queen of the Wands suit wielding. However, the wand is supported by the castle’s banister – the figure is not quite holding it up by his own power. This tells us that he is still attached to his comfort zone and relies on it to support him. Venturing beyond it could prove quite a challenge.

A second wand, this one as large as the Hermit’s staff, is locked to the castle wall. The wand, of course, is a symbol of the man’s willpower, drive and ambition, and the fact that it is linked to the castle suggests a need for tearing away and breaking free.

The landscape beyond

Beyond the castle walls is a fertile, rolling landscape, ripe for exploring. Further in the background is the mountain ridge which is familiar to many who read Tarot using the Rider-Waite deck of cards. The steep mountains signify spiritual aspiration, as well as the potential difficulty of the spiritual journey.

It is clear that by leaving the castle behind to pursue his own long term goals, the man will be giving up quite a lot of comfort and stability. Venturing beyond the castle and ascending the mountains is going to test the man’s individual courage.

Two of Wands Tarot card meanings

The upright Two of Wands is usually a positive and encouraging sign when it shows up in a Tarot reading, reminding you of your power and potential, and alerting you to what you may be able to achieve if you focus your energy and intention.

From future planning to the dilemma of choice, here are some of the most common Two of Wands Tarot card meanings.

Envisioning and planning the future

Perhaps the most prominent Two of Wands meaning is envisioning and planning the future. You may be contemplating the direction of your career path, education or business.

The Two of Wands card reminds you that you are currently in a good, stable place in your life – a lack of options or ideas is not your problem. This is a gift, as you are coming from a place of strength. You have the time you need to gather information, prepare, and really make sure you are ready for the next chapter of your journey.

Options

The Two of Wands Tarot card is a sign of options and possibilities – too many perhaps. When the world’s doors are open to you, which one do you pick?

When the Two of Wands card appears in a Tarot reading, you are in a place in your life where offers and opportunities are coming your way. Doors are opening up to you, or you may simply be more in touch with your personal power and decide to start moving forward in a new direction.

Decisions

Closely connected to the Two of Wands meaning of options, possibilities and even dilemmas is the need to make decisions. Eventually, you will have to choose between the two paths before you.

The Two of Wands reminds you that you possess the good sense and self knowledge you need to make the right decision.

Discovery

The Two of Wands Tarot card meanings include discovery; you may be exploring and discovering new abilities or resources, and this discovery may make you decide to change course or direction.

Reversed Two of Wands Tarot card meanings

When the Two of Wands card shows up reversed in a Tarot reading, its positive energy and meanings become inverted or suppressed. These are the most common interpretations of the reversed Two of Wands Tarot card.

Lack of foresight and planning

The Two of Wands reversed often points to an inability to envision the future. As a result, you may be stagnating or drifting, getting carried like a leaf on the wind rather than seizing the wheel and calling the shots.

A sense of powerlessness may accompany your lack of planning and decision-making, as others will be stepping into prioritise your time and energy for you – your teachers, your parents, your boss. It is time to step up and reclaim your sovereignty by planning your own future.

Fear of the unknown

The Two of Wands reversed can indicate a fear of the unknown. Adventurousness and ambition turn into fear of what might lurk beyond the safety of the castle walls.

What the Two of Wands means in a Tarot reading about love and romance

Upright

The upright Two of Wands signifies an exciting new chapter in your love life. Whether with an existing partner or someone new, adventure awaits you, beyond your comfort zone.

Reversed

You are holding back, building a wall around yourself. You are keeping yourself in while effectively keeping the fullness of romantic experience and potential out. Let your guard down.

What the Two of Wands means in a Tarot reading about career and ambition

Upright

The Two of Wands represents financial stability and the potential for more. A new opportunity or idea is begging to be explored and tested.

Reversed

You are reluctant to take risks and reach for more. You are living below your potential.

Lucius Nothing

Lucius has been slinging tarot cards professionally since 2014. He’s taken the tarot to places most wouldn’t think of: His best-known patrons include Torture Garden, The Dark Circus Party, Handel & Hendrix, A Curious Invitation and The Candlelight Club, where he has been resident tarot reader for the past half-decade. His writing on divination, magic and creativity has been published in Sabbat Magazine and on Medium.

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