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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Two of Wands Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown
Two Wands point towards the horizon. The angular positioning suggests you can reach right out and take ahold of them! The Wands beckon you forward. What might you find if you embrace their power (which is really your power)? What waits for you off the beaten trail? Are you ready to continue on your unique path, even when it holds struggles and dangers?
The horizontal lines in this and other cards in the Wild Unknown (such as Temperance and the Fool) suggest energy which is currently stable and untapped. This energy is powerful, but can’t reach its potential until we come in and direct it. This imbues the Two of Wands with an energy of potential. It is invigorating to be in this place where you sense you can make things happen, but now you are tasked with actually taking action. It’s not just enough to be pointed in the right direction, you must actually embark in that direction.
This card shows the moments when you realize our own ability to direct your personal power to shape your life. You are a creator, and this card reminds you of our ability to harness your energy and make bold moves. Now is not the time to be a passive bystander, now is the time to be engaged with the myriad forces of energy in the universe! You are not separate from those forces, you are capable of influencing the way those forces take shape from here. Harness that power, learn to use it effectively.
Experiencing the Two of Wands can be exciting, but it can also be daunting. As Marianne Williamson says, our greatest fear is not that we are powerless but that we are powerful beyond measure. The Two of Wands asks you to acknowledge your power and step fully into it, even when doing so is outside of your comfort zone.
The Two of Wands Tarot Card Meanings in General
In her book Learning the Tarot, Joan Bunning describes how the Two of Wands ties into some of the themes explored in the Magician. The Magician, Bunning writes, is associated with the archetype of power in all its forms. The Two of Wands brings that theme down to earth, showing the way that the macrocosm of universal powered can be harnessed on a micro-level by you as an individual.
As is the case in much of the suit of wands, sometimes this card requires you to take risks. You might be compelled to move forward based on little more than the direction of your gut. Living authentically requires you to embrace your creativity. This isn’t about forgoing sensibility or logic, but about imbuing your approach with your own unique flavor.
With the Two of Wands, the initial enthusiasm of the ace has started to take shape, but is still largely undirected. As such, this card reminds me of a quote sometimes attributed to Goethe: “what you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Only engage and the mind grows heated, begin it and the work can be completed.”
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The Two of Wands is an invitation to step up to the plate. Especially if you have been shying away from your own power and your own desires. Now is the time to embrace who you are, what you believe, and where you want things to go from here. This doesn’t mean you need to become egotistical and steamroll over others! But it does suggest now is a time to claim – or reclaim – your ability to direct universal energy in your unique way.