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The Meaning of
the "Two of Wands" Tarot Card

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The Meaning of the "Two of Wands"
Tarot Card


The Symbolism of the Two of Wands

A nobleman overlooks his fertile lands from a castle wall. He holds a globe symbolizing the Earth in his right hand, and a wand in his left.

A second wand stands behind him, mounted to the ramparts.

The wand in the man's left hand symbolizes his own personal journey, which is still in its planning stages. The wand attached to the ramparts represents the growth of his family before him, which has brought him to this point.

... the man is pictured at a crucial phase in his life — preparing to leave his family's seat and venture forth on his own.

The symbolism of the two wands is that the man is pictured at a crucial phase in his life — preparing to leave his family's seat and venture forth on his own.

A standard with a rose, cross, and lily adorn the castle wall — presumably his ancestral coat of arms. In the distance we see a complex landscape with a town, lush greenery, mountains and a shoreline. As is true in other cards, mountains are used to represent challenges ahead, and water is used to represent emotion.

NOTE: Observant students of the Tarot may notice that the roses and lillies seen in the corner of the Two of Wands, also adorn the Major Arcana, Magician card. On the Magician card, the lillies represent purity of purpose while the roses symbolize love. Since the roses and lillies appear on a family seal or coat of arms, we take these to be inherited-values which the man in the image begins his personal quest with.


How to Interpret the Two of Wands

The Two of Wands references a time of planning, before taking any action; A careful consideration of options, strategies and potential pitfalls.

As we see in the image on the card, the man is not quite ready to leave on his quest: He plans his voyage with his globe and prepares mentally for the adventures before him.

When the Two of Wands appears in a reading it can have several different takeaways depending on the type of reading, but generally speaking it references preparations.

... the card may indicate the necessity of more cautious planning and consideration.

If someone is embarking on a new project or venture, the card may indicate the necessity of more cautious planning and consideration.

If a project is already underway, the Two of Wands may either indicate a pause to reconsider a plan or a strategy. Or, it may serve as a gentle warning that not enough pre-planning was done before starting something.

The card may also point to a time in history, in the past, when careful planning was taking place.

In many cases, we avoid planning because we're eager to start something. Or because it's just easier to start first and solve problems later.

The Two of Wands reminds us to trust in our inner voice and map out the roads that lay before us; Think about choices and think about the challenges that await.

Even a few minutes of insight — and foresight — may serve you well.


The Two of Wands Inverted

Like the upright Two of Wands, the reversed Two of Wands references planning and preparation — but serves as much more of a warning than it does in the upright position.

... assumptions were made that may not be true, or may not pan out the way we planned

When the Two of Wands appears inverted, it suggests that assumptions were made that may not be true, or may not pan out the way we planned.

Perhaps in a rush to get started, we missed something or glossed-over some important detail. Either way, we find ourselves here at a point where something we banked on just isn't what we thought it was — and that may have major ramifications from this point forwards.

Another, somewhat similar meaning for the inverted Two of Wands is that an important decision or area of planning has been ignored: Perhaps it's a decision that nobody wanted to make, or perhaps it's a painful decision. Either way, not making that decision may be the worst scenario of all.

When the Two of Wands reversed comes up in a reading, it's a warning to take seriously: Something didn't get the attention it deserved.

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