The Ace of Wands Rider Waite tarot card shows a hand coming from a cloud, holding a wooden stick, with a pastoral scene in the background. The suit of wands represents the element of fire and relates to the idea of simplicity and nature. It also relates to poverty, submission and the pastoral life.
Appearance and Symbolism
The Ace of Wands, in psychic tarot reader card readings, depicts a hand that emerges from a cloud, grasping at a flowering wooden bough. Below are open fields, a river and a castle on a hill, far in the distance. The hand grasping at the wand is a symbol of initiative and direction.
The cloud is a symbol of hidden things, mystery and ambiguity, the hand emerging from the cloud is a depiction of our ideas coming from a hidden place within ourselves. Clouds may also depict things within ourselves that hold us back from becoming our higher selves.
Rivers symbolise direction and motion. They are the flow of our thoughts and the flow of our lives. When we see the river in the Ace of Wands we can see it as a message that we should think about the direction our lives are taking.
Mountains are symbols of challenges, aspirations and accomplishments. And in a way, mountains really are allegorical depictions of ourselves – as we climb these symbolic mountains and move higher, to achieve our goal, we are actually achieving our own highest point. The apex of the mountain can be any goal we wish to achieve. The mountain is powerful and immovable, reminding us that it is us that need to change, because we can never expect the mountain to change for us. The castle we see at the top of the mountain in this card is a brick and mortar symbol of our life’s goals.
The Ace of Wands is all about passion and energy, about reaching out for what you want and achieving your goals. This card marks the beginning of a new direction, journey or adventure – particularly when it comes to creativity. This card reminds us of the creative control we have over our own lives, even if we have forgotten – the hand holding on to that rod symbolises our passion. It is a reminder to reach out and grab hold of our desires and make them happen.
This card often shows up when someone is going through a time of a stagnation or a period of not knowing what to do, when someone is feeling stuck in their lives. It is a green light to go ahead and make things happen – to take charge.
When inverted or in a position of conflict, this card might be a message that you are letting your wants and desires take control of you, rather than you being in control of them. This means it is time to handle your emotions and desires and keep them under control. This does not mean you are not a creative person or that you will never achieve your goals – it means you must just strive harder.