Ace of Wands Tarot Card Meaning - Upright, Reversed & More

Ace of Wands upright

Ace of Wands At A Glance

Keywords: Creative spark, inspiration, new ideas, passion, hobbies, enthusiasm, abundance of energy, delays, creative block, burnout, lack of energy
Season: Summer
Element: Fire (creativity, passion and will power)

Ace of Wands Tarot Card Description

The Ace of Wands is the first card within the suit of Wands and is a minor arcana card within tarot. The traditional artwork shows a hand of God (a hand appearing from clouds in the air) offering us a wand. The leaves entwined around the wand come from the branch itself implying the branch is magically alive and still growing.

As some of the buds begin to bloom we can see themes of energy and creativity yet they are still in their infancy. Therefore this card symbolizes the potential for creative energy.

Ace of Wands Upright Meaning

Receiving this card in its upright position is a very clear sign from the universe that we should lean into our creative side and our more inspired and excitable traits at this time. It can suggest we are about to receive a bolt of inspiration in the form of a new idea that excites us. Often it is linked to the hobbies we participate in during our down time, especially if these are creative.

It can mean that the answer we seek can be found somewhere in the activities we engage in when we are resting. Seeing this card is a go ahead from the universe to start something new that we have always wanted to try.

It can also mean to give ourselves permission to go deeper within our current hobbies, maybe investing in more advanced kit or materials or starting a course which will elevate our skills and abilities.

“If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” - Steve Jobs

Ace of Wands Reversed Meaning

Ace of Wands reversed

Though upright the Ace of Wands discusses themes of creativity and potential when reversed we see the results of what a lack of these can cause. Burnout, creative block or low energy may be plaguing us and we will feel very tempted to give up the particular hobby or activity in question. The advice for this card is that with rest and self-care we can restore this lost energy and recuperate our minds so they are buzzing with creativity and new ideas once again.

Very often the problem isn't the hobby or activity itself but the lifestyle around it which is preventing us from being able to perform. Therefore the Ace of Wands asks us to be kind and patient with ourselves and take it slowly by beginning to heal from the foundations up.

We may need to address the (somewhat boring) basics like getting enough sleep and a nutritious diet before we can attempt the more fun things but in time we will have enough energy for the hobbies we love.

“The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” - Colin R. Davis

Ace of Wands: Yes or No

The Ace of Wands when upright is a yes card. It says to take all the motivation we have now and use it to work immediately on the idea or opportunity. We will be able to steam through the planning phase in no time and get to work on the fun stuff.

However when reversed it warns us not to accept any new opportunities because we do not currently have enough mental or creative energy to complete it at this time.

Let’s Break Down the Ace of Wands In Our Lives

How the Ace of Wands meaning applies to the different areas of our lives.

Ace of Wands In Love

An exciting new relationship or feelings of deepening passion within a relationship greet us in the Ace of Wands. This card asks us to try something new with our partner or friends, it will result in laughter and deeper connections.

Reversed we may notice a lack of excitement or romance in our relationships at this time. The Ace of Wands reversed suggests a short term relationship or a spark between two people which burns brightly but extinguishes quickly.

Ace of Wands With Money

Receiving this card in questions about money matters suggests that we should allow our creative mind to run free at this time because it will concoct a new idea which could be very financially rewarding for us. There will be hard work to do later to fully manifest this but right now we should focus all our energy on cultivating the actual idea itself.

Reversed the Ace of Wands suggests that a lack of inspiration in how we earn money is contributing to our financial hardships. We no longer feel joy in these tasks and wish to find a new method of money-making which is more exciting to us.

Ace of Wands At Work

We feel a deep burst of passion resonating from our career and a strong sense of self when we go to work. We find it very easy to meet our goals and are inspired to develop our skills and career further.

Reversed the Ace of Wands predicts a period of burnout or exhaustion caused by various elements in our work environment. Usually it is not the work itself but the methods and surroundings that exhaust us. We should hone in on the actual elements contributing to our burnout and experiment with ways we can eliminate them.

Ace of Wands With Others

The outside world whether it be strangers, online discussions or even media created by others will give us a jolt of inspiration that resonates deep within us and we feel compelled to create or work on our hobbies. We then want to share our progress. This in turn inspires others and we are keenly aware of the cycle of inspiration and feel special to be a part of it.

Reversed the outside world and its 24-hour cycle of perpetual bad news is likely the cause of our burnout. The Ace of Wands is urging us take stock of all the things that are draining our energy and try to eliminate them as much as we can. We may find for example: by reducing the online scroll we now have the time and energy needed for our own endeavors.

Ace of Wands With Self

At this time we are in tune with our internal self and we find a deep well of creative inspiration resting within us. We feel called to draw on this and find that each new use creates an even deeper well. It is not drained but instead grows with use.

Reversed we desperately need a change of scenery and new experiences that are going to inspire us. We have completely tapped out the surroundings around us as a point of inspiration and now we need to explore further.

Ace of Wands As Feelings

The Ace of Wands feels like an exciting bolt of creativity or a sudden abundance of energy that we are eager to utilize. We have a great idea which comes to us from deep within.