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Intro: Knight of Wands Tarot Card Meaning - actionable energies

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

When determining the Knight of Wands tarot card meaning, you should consider that it’s a Wands card and a Knight. The Suit of Wands represents energy and inspiration. Knights represent ambitious and action-oriented leaders.

In this way, we can determine that the Knight of Wands represents actionable energies. Find out what benefits really interest people in order to elicit their excited involvement with your actions.

Be aware that the Knight of Wands can be too forceful and is (or appears to be) willing to take action at any cost.

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

What is your first impression?

How is the horse behaving – is it galloping out of control? Charging forward? bucking the rider?

Where is the rider looking? Why?

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

Common Symbols

  • A Charging Horse: the charging horse represents rapid action.
  • Distant Pyramids: the distant pyramids represent a reminder that the key to lasting achievement does not happen quickly.

Keywords & Concepts

  • Advocacy
  • Boldness
  • Bravado
  • Passion
  • Persuasion

The Knight of Wands for Personal Growth

Affirmation: I can lead the way to success.

Share yourself and who you are. Offer to help others in any way you can.

Ask Yourself:

  • To what extent have you defined your ultimate goal?
  • What’s the fastest way to get the job done? Is this the best way?
  • How long has it been since you looked back to see if others are truly following your lead?

Interpreting the Knight of Wands

Generally, the Knight of Wands represents actionable energies. The Knight of Wands doesn’t wait or follow. The Knight of Wands convinces others that they deserve to be in charge. They push forward and make rapid progress because they refuse to accept limits.

The Reversed Knight 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 Knight of Wands represents inappropriate force. Examples include:

  • Actions that aren’t supported by skill or information
  • Bulldozing the feelings of others
  • Forcing others to conform to your leadership or beliefs
  • Leaving projects incomplete (often many of them)

Examples of the Knight 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:


Make things happen: Ask someone out! Set up a romantic evening! Speak your heart! Take ownership of what you want and go get it.


Sell yourself – by which I mean sell your ideas and skills. Be bold about it (but avoid distorting or exaggerating their value). Clearly give the benefits you offer and demand commitments.


Share your spiritual journey with others. Mention your faith, loan out your materials, offer prayers or meditations. Be careful not to come off as pushy or fanatical.

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The Knight of Wands tarot card meaning is all about actionable energies. Be bold in your life! Where can you take a leadership role?

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


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