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Tarot Alley uses the Rider Waite type of deck for our meanings, symbols, interpretations, etc.

When determining the Ace of Wands tarot card meaning, you should consider that it’s a Wand card and an Ace. The Suit of Wands represents energy and inspiration. Aces represent new beginnings, opportunities, or starts in the suit.

In this way, we can determine that the Ace of Wands represents new energy, typically an opportunity.

Take a look at the Rider-Waite Ace of Wands displayed to the left (or above).

What is your first impression?

Is the Wand being held out for you to take? Or is the Wand being held out to hit you? Or is it something else entirely?

There’s no right or wrong answer here, just your interpretation.

Now consider how your interpretation reflects your beliefs about new opportunities. What does it say about your beliefs if you see the wand as an offering, a threat, or something else?

Astrology: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Element: Fire
Numerology: 1

Common Symbols

  • A Hand (often viewed as the Hand of God) to represent an offering. In the case of the Wands, this is an opportunity that you should seize before the offer is withdrawn.

Keywords & Concepts

  • Creation
  • Desire
  • Inspiration
  • Invention
  • Vision

The Ace of Wands for Personal Growth

Affirmation: I jump at the opportunity to pursue my heart’s desire.

The Ace of Wands is telling you to set standards for yourself! Have goals. Define a direction. Create milestones to meet. You have the power to turn your opportunities into dreams come true!

Ask Yourself:

  • What do I really want, more than anything?
  • What happens if I let this opportunity pass me by?
  • How clearly have I defined my directions, values, and goals?
  • Where should I be in 5 years? 10?

Interpreting the Ace of Wands

Generally, the Ace of Wands represents being inspired to take (or create) a new opportunity.

Pay attention to things and you may be able to identify an important goal or have an opportunity to do whatever you want to do. The Ace of Wands could also mean giving or receiving direction, finding a solution, or creating something new.

The Reversed Ace of Wands

How you read reversals is a personal choice. You can ignore reversals and read them as if the card is upright (this is what I often choose to do) or you can interpret reversals as variations of what they would mean upright. There are 3 common ways to read reversals: as a negative interpretation, as an opposite interpretation, or as a block on the upright interpretation. Check out How to Read Reversals for more information.

Typically, a reversed Ace of Wands represents some type of failure.

Common causes of failure include:

  • Failing to take advantage of a great opportunity
  • Being ineffectual or lazy
  • Making an inadequate effort
  • Working toward a goal, but lacking the resources or initiative to achieve success
  • Setting inappropriate goals
  • Failing to take a stand

Examples of the Ace of Wands

Specific Interpretations

Specific situations are the general interpretation (from above) used for a specific situation (love, career, etc). There is no need to memorize these (or even look them up) if you understand the general interpretation. However, here are some basic interpretations for some specific situations:


Be wary of overwhelming attraction and passion right now. As wonderful as those things can be, they can also distort your better judgement.

The Ace of Wands is telling you that something big could be starting right now. Is it an opportunity you want to jump on (perhaps literally) or is it something that you should let pass you by? Evaluate what you really want to find out.


The Ace of Wands is telling you to find clarity in your professional life. Confusion is the byproduct of of a lack of clarity and will have you running in circles.

What is your goal? What do you need to achieve it? List out the steps.


Spirituality is such a personal path. Are you on the one that’s right for you? The Ace of Wands means there’s an opportunity for a new path, new beginning, or new opportunity spiritually.

the Ace of Wands Tarot Card Meaning

The Ace of Wands tarot card meaning is all about new opportunities. Watch for new opportunities and ask yourself what you’ll miss if you let them pass you by.

Once you feel comfortable with the Ace of Wands tarot card meaning, check out the next card in the tarot deck: the Two of Wands Tarot Card Meaning.


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