Like all of the four aces, the Ace of Wands is a tarot-seed. Because Wands are connected to the element of fire, this Ace presents an opportunity or new beginning which is associated with enthusiasm, passion, excitement, and the urge to get moving. Being gifted by a single arm, think of this wand as being akin to a relay baton; you are being passed the spirit of fire. What will you do with it?
The Ace of Wands is the initial spark of the Wands suit. You could liken it to a lit match, which is tossed into a bale of hay. It is the flame which can begin a fire within all of us.
In a reading, this card could turn up to suggest a new project or a course we are excited to start. It could represent the desire to do something or the urges which surface within us when we find someone attractive.
When The Magician sits before the Ace of Wands in a pair, we are alerted to just one of his many skills. With his arms out, The Magician controls the four elements – water (the Cup), fire (the Wand), earth (the Pentacle) and air (the Sword).
The Ace of Wands could be advising us to choose something we are passionate about. These two cards might have turned up for someone who is trying to make a decision about a course of study. Do they choose a career path they ‘think’ is right for them or do they opt for a subject which strongly ‘excites’ them? The Ace of Wands would suggest the latter. The card might alert them to a skill or quality which is at their disposal, whether they are aware of it or not.
It might be that the relationship described is a passionate and exciting one. Since the 2 of Cups often relates to a new relationship, the second card might suggest a physical attraction. The element of fire whips and boils up the element of water, revealing excitement and masculine, sexual energy.
Should this combination come up for someone regarding a prospective partner, they might understand the sexual undertones of the pair. Many people enjoy brief and consensual sexual relationships and it is not for a reader to make judgement about that. However, if a client is looking solely for love, it could be very important for them to know if a potential romantic-interest is looking for no more than a one-night-stand or simply a physical encounter. These two cards could reveal this and save much heartache. The tarot empowers a client. Someone who pulls these two cards can make a decision with greater clarity and personal power.
© Steven Bright Tiferet Tarot 2014
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