The King of Wands epitomizes the ultimate ruler. The tarot kings’ secondary element is fire, so the King of Wands is ‘fire of fire’. Despite this, his power is directed outward in a steady manner rather than in an explosive way like the Knight of Wands. Until his patience runs out, that is.
The King of Wands sits on a wooden throne decorated with lions and salamanders. He is in three-quarters profile facing to his right. He wears a deep earthy orange robe with a salamander embroidered cloak. At his neck, there is a necklace that bears a gold mountain lion head. His hair is auburn, and his crown is gold but looks lighter in weight than the Queen’s. It is shaped into flames. His left hand is empty; he rests the staff in his right hand on the ground in front. His surplice and shoes are green. A small green lizard or salamander rests near his feet.
The King of Wands thrives on sorting out problems. Challenges are his lifeblood, and he accepts his role as a leader without demur. He was born to command and conquer. He has a magnetic personality and an uncompromising attitude. He expects the best from people and usually gets it. He is often the head of an organization, whether that be a huge multinational or a local auto shop. He has big ideas and is always looking to expand his empire. He is motivated more by freedom, power and success than by money.
As a family man he is softer, more gentle and exudes an air of security. He does, however, have a temper. Luckily these temper tantrums blow up and blow over quickly. His loved ones are used to them and tend to ignore them, rolling their eyes at each other.
When the King of Wands turns up in a reading, he probably represents someone who can help or hinder. He may be someone you know, or it could mean that you need to take on some aspects of his personality. He’s no shrinking violet, this one, so you will recognize him if he’s in your life. As mentioned above, he loves to problem solve, so if you have one – he’s your man..
Reversed: The King of Wands has let power go to his head and has transformed into a mean-spirited despot. He blames his subsequent failure on anyone who happens to get in the way.
Interpretations in Various Areas of Life
Born to be an entrepreneur, it’s unlikely that a King of Wands personality will settle for slow progression up the corporate ladder. He wants to be at the top, so if he can’t get in at a high managerial level, then he’ll create his own business. He will always be looking to expand. He’s a generous employer with demanding and exacting standards. He adores the high-flying, wheeling and dealing that comes with his position.
If you are seeking work, and this card appears for you, then take a look around at people you know, even vaguely. Is there a King of Wands type there? They may be able to help you on your way as long as you are fearless and determined.
The King of Wands in a financial reading suggests risks have been, or will be taken. This card tells you that being fearful will not get you very large returns. However, be aware that this personality can lose his fortune, regain it and lose it all again. Money is not his motivation, so don’t gamble your house on a risky project.
If you are struggling with meeting your monthly bills, then the King of Wands would advise you to branch out, try something different. Do a little buying and selling. Start a small business. He’d be renovating furniture, doing up cars, painting houses, anything that gave him financial independence. Freedom is very important to this King, and he would find it very difficult to budget and compromise.
As a single man, the King of Wands has a fearsome reputation for womanizing. However, once his love has been captured by a special person, he transforms into a loyal and faithful husband.
If you lack in the love life department, then by all means have a fling with the King of Wands. However, if you want a commitment, then it’s unlikely you’ll get it from him unless you are the One.
The King of Wands is deeply spiritual, yet he would never admit it. He replenishes his soul in nature. He loves being adventurous, so any activity that involves, say, kayaking down some rapids or hiking the Appalachian trail would be spiritual immersion for him.