We have defeated the competition we faced in the Five of Wands and have achieved public recognition of our victory. Life is sweet right now, and we can bask in the positive, affirming energy of the well-balanced Six of Wands. Remember, though, that this state is fleeting. Make the most of it but be careful not to cultivate a self-inflated ego. Pride comes before a fall.
All the sixes in tarot denote a positive place to be after facing up to previous challenges. Recovery is welcome, and we should revel in the feeling. However, we must understand that the work must continue; that soon we have to hang up the laurel wreath of victory and knuckle down to moving on to the next stage.
A young man rides a white horse, a symbol of purity and power. He wears a laurel wreath and carries another that is tied to his staff with a red ribbon. He and his horse are surrounded by well-wishers who escort him to his destination.
If you have taken some test, expect to feel satisfied by the result. If you have been ill, then you make a complete recovery. This card is all about achievement in the face of adversity. Don’t, whatever you do, get carried away by your success. Enjoy the moment while it lasts but be prepared to continue the hard work in due course.
Reversed, the Six of Wands could be telling you to rein in your boasting. No-one likes someone who tells others how wonderful and clever they are, so pay attention to what you say.
Interpretations in Various Areas of Life
You get the promotion or the acknowledgment that you have done a good job. You beat off the competition. Your ideas are accepted and put into action. You are made the head of the department or, at the very least, given a pay raise as thanks.
The job you coveted is offered to you. The place at the college you wanted is yours. If the card appears in a future position, then hold the faith that you will attain your desire.
Perhaps you have been competing to get noticed by a special person. S/he chose you and the feeling is sweet. Are you worthy of their attention? Can you maintain the love?
An established relationship comes through a time of difficulty. You have regained the deep connection that has been under strain. It’s time to celebrate with a vacation, a party or a family meal at a favorite restaurant. Raise your glasses all round. Mutual adoration is the order of the day.
Money comes easily to you at this time. You could be awarded a bonus for your previous hard work. Perhaps your company offers you a place on their convention to foreign climes.
You pay off debt or win a prize that helps you financially. It could be money, or it might be a vacation or expensive household item. Whatever it is, your overwhelming feeling is one of relief. If the Wheel of Fortune or one of the more positive Pentacles appears with this card, then it bodes very well financially.
You get the result you hoped for. Medical conditions will improve, any illness will disappear. You feel lighter, more energetic and ready for anything. People around you are happy for your recovery.
While not especially a spiritual card, the Six of Wands indicates that you should thank the Universe for enabling your achievements. Don’t forget to appreciate all those who helped you get where you are — you couldn’t have managed it without them. Return to your gratitude journal and express your deepest thanks. Better still, send your well-wishers a message acknowledging their importance to you.