The explosive energy of the Ace of Wands has transmuted into a quieter phase. This is the planning stage where possibilities are explored and either accepted or discarded.
The Two of Wands has an interesting connection with the Magician; it holds a similar power, but in a form manageable to us normal humans. Check out the lilies and roses carved into the parapet – they are the same flowers that grow in front of the Magician and also in the garden of the Ace of Pentacles. This tells us that the Two of Wands is a “gateway” card; it has a great deal of significance in the process of manifestation.
A richly dressed young man stands at a parapet atop a tall building, perhaps a castle. His tunic is orange, and his robe a deep brown. In his right hand he holds a globe, while his left holds a staff or wand. The parapet is decorated with red roses and white lilies. The background landscape has mountains, lush farmland, and ocean – elements that represent the other three suits. Significantly, one of his wands is bolted to the wall.
You may be on the brink of an important venture: a change of career, a trip to a far away place, a major project, writing a book, or anything that is going to affect your lifestyle. You are not ready to move forward just yet. There are plans to be finalized and checked. Attention to detail is highly recommended, as an error in the planning stage can lead to difficulties later.
The man in the card feels ready to move on; there is an air of mild frustration in the image that is underlined by the wand bolted to the wall. He’s not going anywhere just yet. Patience is a virtue at this time, so turn around, stop the internal whining and make sure your plans, itinerary, finances, and support are all in order. Understand that you have success in front of you. Life is going to change for the better as long as you rein in your enthusiasm and knuckle down to the work at hand.
As this card is a Two, there may well be a choice to be made. Think long and hard; whatever it is can wait until you are certain which way you are going to go.
Reversed, the Two of Wands can indicate a lack of planning and organization. Your trip or new business is going to struggle because your preparations aren’t up to scratch. Your book will flounder because you need a solid outline. Chutes and ladders — go back and start again.
Interpretations in Various Areas of Life
There could be a big change ahead, but this is one that you have engineered for yourself. You are in control, and it’s your call whether to accept the new offer or not. If you are looking for work, then make some extra preparations to impress – dress well, act in a confident but not brash manner, and look your prospective employer in the eye. He or she needs you. Their business needs you.
You might feel hesitant because you have had a job offer that will mean you have to move or work away from home. This card can’t tell you yes or no; you have to investigate all your options, and then make a rational choice.
This may be a difficult time for love; you might be looking for a way out of a current relationship, or you are having trouble finding someone you can relate to. If it’s the former, take a step back and try to work out what you both want. Sometimes, simply sharing your viewpoint can be reflected right back at you by your partner, illuminating the fact that you want the same things.
If you’re looking for love, then take a long, hard look at yourself. Are you as presentable as you could be? Do you need to smarten up? Maybe you could think about how you approach prospective lovers? Do you come on too strong, too outrageous, or maybe too shy? Make a plan. Change what needs to be changed and accentuate your positive points.
Expansion is the name of the game, financially speaking. Look to broaden your investments, perhaps to overseas stock. If you are seeking new sources of income, don’t dive straight in; develop a strategy.
Your health should be improving, but don’t be shy about asking for a second opinion or investigating a secondary form of treatment. Watch out for minor trips and falls.
Open your mind – yours is not necessarily the one true path. Fulfillment can come in many ways, and reading, listening and taking the time to study other spiritual disciplines can only enhance your life. You might find working in a group or with another person is very rewarding and thought-provoking.