Today’s Card: Six of Wands
In the Light Seer’s Tarot, the Six of Wands depicts a woman standing with her arms raised above her head in victory. Next to her is a wand decorated with a laurel wreath. She appears to be under a spotlight and in front of a gathering crowd.
Most other RWS-inspired decks portray a figure on horseback with a wand in hand, instead.
Almost all versions, however, include the presence of a laurel wreath – a symbol of victory.
Minor Arcana – Wands:
The suit of Wands is associated with the element of Fire and represents energy, creativity, and community.
In general, the Six of Wands represents victory, achievement, and success.
While success can come in many forms, this card typically suggests an external form of success – a promotion, a new job, or an award. In the Light Seer’s Tarot, the woman is shown with her arms raised underneath a spotlight, representing the fact that she is receiving public recognition.
The Everyday Witch deck, too, depicts this same notion of external praise and community.
She is surrounded by decorative streamers and a cheering crowd. The onlookers are focused solely on her as she stands in the center holding a bouquet of roses (mixed with wands, of course).
Clearly, she is basking in the glow of their approval and validation, but she is also taking measures to share her good fortune with others. Notice that she is handing a rose to another woman nearby.
This symbolizes the fact that her success was not achieved alone – there are others who helped her get to where she is today.
She recognizes that and is able to give credit where credit is due.
Another important element of this card is the suit of Wands. Wands represent the social realm, but they also represent our creativity and passions.
Thus, the Six of Wands often denotes some sort of creative accomplishment. This card suggests that you’ve poured your heart and soul into a project and that project is now being given due recognition.
Guidance for your Love Life
When the Six of Wands shows up in a love life reading, it’s almost always a positive indication.
This card is all about success and victory – it represents being confident and strong as well as being able to overcome struggle. Further, the number 6 is symbolic of harmony and togetherness.
If you’re in a relationship, the Six of Wands indicates that the two of you are a strong match, that your relationship is stable, and that you are supportive of one another.
For those who are single, this card suggests that you will have a lot of success in love very soon. You may not be single for much longer.
Fools Journey Challenge
If you follow me on Instagram, you might already know that I’ve been doing the Fools Journey challenge for the month of April.
I haven’t been doing it everyday, as the challenge suggests, but rather, I’ve been drawing cards for the prompts which resonate most with me.
Last week, I drew the 6 of Wands twice. Both times, I put the card back and reshuffled only to draw it again. (Sometimes, this is referred to as a “Stalker Card” and typically it means that it’s a card you really need to pay attention to.)
Anyway, here are the prompts that I drew the Six of Wands for along with my interpretation of it.
Day 14: What do I Need to Let Go of so that I can Transform?
This card is all about public recognition, praise, and external rewards.
Day 16: What Shadows do I Need to Address on this Journey?
Every card in the Tarot deck has a dual meaning – sometimes this is referred to as it’s “reversal” while others refer to it as the “shadow.”
The Six of Wands is all about confidence, success, and victory – so the shadow implies self-doubt, feelings of failure, and being overly reliant on other people’s views.
Along with that comes the notion of social comparisons. Thus, this would mean that I need to address my feelings of self-doubt and stop comparing myself to other people so much.
Both of these drawings suggest very similar things to me – they both imply that I’ve been too wrapped up in whether or not my work is going to be publicly appreciated.
Recently, I actually received news that my book was not going to be published as I had hoped. Any of you who are in the creative field probably already know how difficult publication can be – so perhaps, it shouldn’t have upset me as much as it did.
Still, I was very disappointed about this – it led to a lot of self-criticism and feeling like my creative work wasn’t good enough.
The fact that this card has continuously appeared is very telling, to me. I take it to mean that I need to focus more on my internal self-love and confidence rather than relying on those around me to validate my work.
I also hope that it suggests a bright future for my creative work. That could just be wishful thinking, but, sometimes, with “stalker cards,” you never know.
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