In Focus: King of Wands

Wands 14 SThe King of Wands sits back and surveys his kingdom, wand in hand. As the sun either rises or sets, he is at one with his world, both inside and out.

Even though the younger members of this court show greater excitement and enthusiasm than this guy, don’t think for one second that he doesn’t have that same fire running through each and every vein. This man is bursting with passion and drive, but as a king, he has learned to control his impulses and use his desires in a more responsible manner.

Kings represent mastery. This man often directs his energy and desires through others. He could be someone who has worked his way up to the top of his game but now injects his interest into his staff, fans or children – a patron of the arts, a football coach or even an actor-turned-film-director. He has experienced the bigger picture of either life or a situation and understands the climb. This can make him a supportive force.

When this king comes up in a reading, he often represents someone charismatic and of influence. He will be a leader, a mentor or businessman. Even though this man is fair-minded at best and career-focused, his status or fame may leave him unobtainable in some situations. Be aware that with so many followers, he is not so easy to reach through the usual channels and might make contact through letter or advertising.

3 pents king wands

In this combination, we might be looking at the king as a boss. The people in the 3 of Pentacles could be working together for him. Maybe he is their client, represents a company, or is their manager.

Alternatively, this combination could be about the team in general. The 3 of Pentacles looks at the people within our physical environment and each has their place in the card. The King of Wands might find it hard to slot into this group, wanting to control everything and lead the project. This might disrupt the harmonious energy of the team.

king wands 9 swordsWhen the King of Wands sits before the 9 of Swords, we find someone who is plagued with anxiety and worry.

In the second card, a figure holds their head in pain. The swords levitating around his head represent fears, concerns and negative thoughts. They do not touch him but still cause harm.

This combination can represent someone in a position of power who is feeling some mental strain. The King of Wands is a natural leader, but we all worry about things from time to time. In this duo, it might be that he is lacking his usual self-confidence or is feeling the stresses of his position of authority.

king of pents and wandsWhat could be a more powerful than these two kings, working in harmony together in this combination?

When the King of Wands and the King of Pentacles team up, they really do mean business.

The King of Wands is the leader or creative genius of the project at hand. The King of Pentacles is the one who has the cash to finance the gig. Together, they combine know-how and social intelligence with financial clout. In some readings, they could describe the merger between two big companies, rather than individual people in a partnership.




© Steven Bright Tiferet Tarot 2014

All illustrations by Steven Bright


9 thoughts on “In Focus: King of Wands

  1. I was moved by the combination with the Nine of Swords. How many of us are put in the king position when they would rather be held by the hand and lead through life…..
    Lovely to see the “In Focus” posts again and I hope you mother is doing well

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    • Yes, I can feel that, Ellen. I think that even though I have aspects of the King of Wands about me (leading, dominating etc), I also have parts of the Page (or even the Queen) of Cups about me too (dreamy, sensitive, sometimes overly-so). They don’t always work in harmony and can send the great king tumbling.

      Great to write these. What with Mum (who is on the mend, thanks) and readings and other stuff going on, they got a little lost but I will continue 🙂


  2. What I see with the King of Wands and the 9 of Swords, is the other side, a King who is burdening others, perhaps driving them too hard. The mental strain is one that HE imposes on others, the harm is coming from him.

    I’ve always felt that you have to watch this King (much like the Queen of Wands) because he can burn the people around him with arrogance or driving energy.


    • Like that viewpoint also, Judy. Presents a different aspect of the king and how he can be a hard master. In many books, you see a very positive slant on this king (great father, driven etc) but there is a negative side to both him and his partner. It leaks out every so often.


  3. By the way, what an interesting take on the King of Pents 🙂
    As always, a brilliant mini class on a tarot card, PLN you really are a teacher at heart.
    You might find this interesting. Recently a friend had an illness with fever and infection and the King of Wands kept popping up, representing the fever as it raged on and seemed to take control–does that make sense? Then as this person got better the King morphed into the Knight of Wands-and we know that he dosen’t hang about for long. And indeed, soon the King of Cups began showing up and the person was on the mend.
    I think that’s also yet another layer of all the many things a card can represent, don’t you? 🙂


    • Thanks Nathalie 🙂

      I love that story about the fever. I will have to tell that to my students when they learn the courts as it is often difficult for them to get their head around the card being anything other than a person.

      Yes, I do. it’s often harder to fathom though.


  4. I like this King of Wands, and that he’s sat in a director’s chair 🙂 In charge, he can make himself heard without having to stride around madly gesticulating! And the King of Pents luxuriating in a little downtime after all his hard work 😀


    • The director’s chair made sense. He takes a seat and pulls the strings.

      The King of Pents is one of my favourites in this deck. He lays back because he’s always got someone else running about and doing his business for him.


  5. Hi,
    I draw two cards to examine and learn each day, but for the last few weeks I keep getting the King Wands and 7 Swords which I find really spooky!
    I’m completely lost with this pair, could you help with your interpretation?
    Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


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