Updated: Jan 10
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The Ace of Wands is the first card in the Suit of Wands.
To give you a bit of context whilst you reflect on your own relationship to the card, here are a few key things to know about the Ace of Wands:
In the tarot, Aces are typically associated with new beginnings, and the Wands are the suits of our passions, our creativity, our souls. When the card comes up in a reading, it’s often an invitation to commit to a new idea in your creative or business life, or to take the leap on something else you’re passionate about (ask your crush out! book that vacation! sign up for that program you’ve been curious about!). Essentially, it’s a card about lighting your fire and letting it burn.
The imagery in the Ace of Wands is pretty straightforward. In the Rider Waite Smith Tarot, it’s illustrated like this: a disembodied hand emerges from the grey sky, the fingers wrapped firmly around a branch - a wand. The wand is sprouting leaves, and some of them float around the wand like confetti. If you’ve studied the Ace of Swords, you’ll recognise this visual confetti motif - but unlike the ethereal yods present in the Ace of Swords, the leaves give this card an earthier feel - suggesting that the celebration inherent in this card is one we need to feel in our bodies.
More than anything, the Ace of Wands is a card about sparking your curiosity, your creativity, your passion - allowing yourself to feel, savour, and prioritise those things that really make your feel alive and present in this world. Let the card drive you to delight yourself, to push yourself in the directions you’re most yearning to go, to kick start something beautiful.
In your tarot journal, you’re asked to reflect on what this card means to you, now, in this moment, and what actions and thoughts it inspires in you. As you journal, pay attention to what you’re personally picking up in the card, but also consider what the key symbols and themes in the card might be telling you. What passions make you feel most alive? How do you currently prioritise those passions, and what’s one way you can start giving yourself over to those passions even more, starting now?
This mini-tarot lesson was brought to you by me, Chelsey Pippin Mizzi, founder of Pip Cards Tarot. I hope you gained a little context to help you continue reflecting on the card in your own way, and I’ll see you tomorrow for another mini-lesson.