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Ace of Wands :: Wild Unknown Tarot
Creator’s Keywords: inspiration, new beginnings
Carrie’s Keywords: igniting energy, momentum

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Ace of Wands Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown

The ace is the introduction to the suit of wands – and what an introduction it is! An ace always contains the potential for the entire spectrum of each suit, and this ace contains the core essence of wands energy: fire, momentum, and enthusiasm. The Ace of Wands piques your curiosity and sets you on a course to explore the rest of the wands cards. Here you have the igniting energy, a flash of momentum which can propel you forward.

Patches of fresh blossoms and leaves are sprouting from the wand in the card’s center. This sprouting foliage gives the effect of bursting life and untapped potential. The imagery throws back to that of the Fool, where we saw a chick perched on a branch. Perhaps this is the same branch?

Around the wand is a field of white-hot energy, which merges into orange and yellow rays. These are primal colors, associated with energy that is directly connected to source. This is a reminder of the suit’s association with fire. There’s a radiating energy at work in this card, as indicated by the lines radiating outward from the central wand. The use of lines here show an energy that is not stagnant, but in radiant motion. Fire is an active, outward moving element.

The Ace of Wands is a brilliant flash of inspiration that might lead you anywhere. You are in a position to blaze your own trail. The only way to find out where this initial momentum will lead you is to keep following that warmth!

Ace of Wands Tarot Card Meanings in General

In the Waite-Smith tarot, this card shows a hand extending from a cloud, grasping a wand. It is worth noting that the hand is actively holding the wand. This card does not show a passive energy, but an active energy. Sometimes in life, you are required to be bold. You are an original creation, and you are asked to draw upon that originality here. There are times when it is best to take the “tried and true” route, but this card reminds you that sometimes you need to embrace your own way of showing up in this world. 

This card is traditionally associated with an inital “spark of inspiration” or “flash of genius.” As the ace is only the onset of the suit, sometimes it is a fleeting energy which is hard to grasp on to. This is why one of my key phrases for this card is “igniting energy.” It is the spark that gets you started, but sometimes it can be just a flash in the pain – gone as quickly as it arrives.

However, if you are able to fan the flames, this card will certainly open up exciting portals for you to explore!

In a reading…

The Ace of Wands asks you to embrace what compels you. It is not a time to dwell on what you “should” do, but instead a time to embrace what you WANT to do. There is a special momentum that can only be unleashed when you move in the direction of your desires. 

Martha Beck says that life is like a game of “you’re getting warmer, you’re getting colder.” The Ace of Wands asks you to tune into what it is that feels warmer for you right now. It may be something big, or it may be something subtle – but if you keep moving in the direction of the heat, your life will always be an adventure.

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