King of Wands – Tarot Love Relationship Outcome & Reversed


King of Wands

King of Wands – Love and Relationship Outcome

The King of Wands in a Tarot reading is someone who will be friendly towards you, he is honest, intellectual and generally positive with regard to any relationship or love outcome including marriage.

In the reversed position he maintains the good qualities but is stern and emotionally cold.

King of Wands – As a Man, Outcome and Feelings

A governor, director of business, high official, postmaster, solicitor, manager, independent trader, Secretary of State, and the principles or functions for which they stand. The house of Mars imparts austerity, security and generally initiative and honesty; in weak cases there may be, however, some doubt with regard to his absolute integrity. He may be the authority, who concludes a union, viz. notary, clergyman or civil authority. In the church he is the High Priest, in the lodge the Grand Master. A. E. Thierens, [1930]

King of Wands

Pictorial Key to the Tarot – Rider-Waite-Smith
By A.E. Waite (1911), tarot card illustrations by Pamela Colman Smith (1911)


The physical and emotional nature to which this card is attributed is dark, ardent, lithe, animated, impassioned, noble. The King uplifts a flowering wand, and wears, like his three correspondences in the remaining suits, what is called a cap of maintenance beneath his crown. He connects with the symbol of the lion, which is emblazoned on the back of his throne.

Meanings King of Wands in a Reading

Dark man, friendly, countryman, generally married, honest and conscientious. The card always signifies honesty, and may mean news concerning an unexpected heritage to fall in before very long.

King of Wands – Reversed

Good, but severe; austere, yet tolerant.

Additional Divinatory Meanings
Generally favourable; may signify a good marriage.

Additional Meanings – Reversed
Advice that should be followed.

The Tarot

By S. L. MacGregor Mathers, c 1888

King of Wands

Divinatory Meanings
King of Wands – Man living in the country, Country Gentleman, Knowledge, Education.

Divinatory Meanings – Reversed
A naturally good but severe man, Counsel, Advice, Deliberation.

General Book of the Tarot

By A. E. Thierens, [1930]

King of Wands

Country gentleman, man with good intentions and yet severe, honest and conscientious; may be a peasant or agriculturist. Eteilla calls him the father. Marriage, union.

Higher octave of the ace, lord of the suit of Air and the mind; coming on the First house. What may have led to the legend of calling him a country gentleman and bringing the whole suit of wands more or less in relation with the country, is not clear. He is the lord of the intellectual kingdom, consequently he may denote every authority or personality of primary importance in some or other intellectual, mercurial or mercenary line. It must be some one representing a high authority himself or uniting opposite interests, while he himself, on account of the same authority he represents, may not or cannot be contradicted.

Now we want to put in a remark here concerning the court or personal cards in general: in the practice of divination they are generally taken to indicate persons, and this comes out very often right enough. Still they ought first to be considered as principles; the personification of these principles in men and women comes in the second place only, but is important, of course, in our daily life. So the King of Wands must represent intellectual authority, mastership in the domain of the mind, trade and language.

The Oracle of the Tarot – Exoteric Tarot

By Paul Foster Case (1933)

King of Wands
The Hebrew letter Yod in the triangle represents spiritual power. The card represents the force of will in the world of ideas.

Time period
From the beginning of the third decanate of Pisces to the end of the second decanate of Aries, March 11th to April 9th, combining the forces of Mars in Pisces, Mars in Aries, and Sun in Aries.

Ardent, impulsive, influential man, one possessed of authority, and strongly marked by the quality of leadership. Somewhat hasty in temper, but just, generous and friendly to the Querant.

He represents the same general type, but cruel, ill-natured, intolerant, and probably unfriendly to the Querant.

Red-gold hair. Gray or hazel eyes.

Further reading

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