I’ve written interpretations for every card in the Wild Unknown Tarot. As the box of the deck states, there are no rights or wrongs. These are simply my perspectives on the tarot card meanings. I hope you find them useful!
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Creator’s Keywords: victory, rising up
Carrie’s Keywords: pride, acclaim
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Six of Wands Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown
A green and blue butterfly floats in a clear sky. This butterfly appears tranquil and free, but the dark heap of wands at the bottom of the card show she has earned this experience by going through the thick of life. The Six of Wands can indeed indicate a sense of pride in who you are and what you stand for. At this moment, our butterfly is on the up and up, flying without inhibition. The colors convey intuition and inner calm.
The six wands below throw back to the discord and hassles of the previous card. They look like a chaotic trap, a sticky situation that our butterfly was able to rise above (both literally and metaphorically). The wands below descend into the dark, while the butterfly ascends to the light.
The Six of Wands shows times of triumph, both internally and externally. There are times when others do recognize your triumphs, when the outer world supports your actions. But perhaps the times of internal triumph are even more crucial – the times when you do what must be done not in order to receive external acclaim, but because YOU really believe in your path.
Six of Wands Tarot Card Meanings in General
The sixes in tarot are generally about finding a new sense of harmony after the disruption of the fives. As the suit of wands is association with momentum and instinct, the Six of Wands can show a return to, or reaffirmation of, self-confidence.
The Waite-Smith tarot version shows a person riding a horse, villagers around him holding up wands victoriously, as though congratulating his return from an important battle. There are times when this card indicates that you have the support of the “village.” No hero really acts alone, and sometimes this card is a reminder to tap into the motivation that comes from the right people in your life.
That said, on a deeper level this card is about tapping into an internal sense of self-approval. This is important because no triumphs will fuel you for the long run if they are only performed for external acclaim. The Six of Wands invites you to connect with the part of you that makes no apologies for who you are. Go forward and be the bad ass that you truly are.
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Sometimes this card is a reminder to look for evidence of how amazing you really are. You may already be feeling it, and if so, let that momentum carry you forward! But if you’ve been lacking confidence or unsure of yourself, it is important to confirm to yourself that you really are doing just fine.
This card encourages you to follow the butterfly’s example and tap into your strength of spirit when you are faced with adversity. Do not wait for external approval or permission to soar. Let yourself soar simply because it is a reflection of your true nature.