Tuesday, September 19, 2006


TODAY'S CARD is The King of Wands. This version is from The Babylonian Tarot, published by Llewellyn :

For comparison, here's The King of Wands in The Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck:

THE KING OF WANDS: Of the four Kings in the Tarot, this one is my favorite. He can be so fatherly, in such a loving way. A sort of "hearth and home" type. When I was looking for a King of Wands to use with this post, I got quite a giggle out of what I mistakenly saw in The Babylonian Tarot's King of Wands above. See those little lamps, right and left, on the bottom? Well, I saw them as a kid's booties with toe tassels! Of course, as with all the cards this one can be about much more than fathering, or what I suggest below. Oh, and he is also one of the more charismatic characters in the deck (at least in my experience). His energy can sometimes radiate (like the Ace of Cups) and effect cards surrounding him in a positive way.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE KING OF WANDS (i.e. the below is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of this card; a quick google will produce a wider variety of takes should you not be familiar with this card):

Negatively aspected, you may need to be careful of taking your creative thoughts/efforts right now too seriously. They will need a lot of refining and organizing before they can be presented to others.

Do not be blinded by all the showmanship, or put off by it. There's a lot of substance beneath the flash and glitter.

If you do not share your creative projects you will implode or self-immolate (well, not literally, but I think you get the point).

Focus may seem like the last thing you can do when all seems to be burning down around you. But focus and concentration will cool the situation, both for yourself and others.

The archetypal "good father."

Trust your desire to be expressive right now. Your charisma quotient is high at present and will cover where you are not fully prepared. I.e., it's OK to "wing it" this time.

Enjoy using this energy/creative burst just for the joy of having it.

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Resource: AstroAmerica's Complete List of Tarot Decks, a "ginormous" listing with sample images for each deck.

Please see the top of the sidebar for my background with the Tarot and a recommendation to beginners.

‘til next time, keep focussing your creative efforts and enjoying The Tarot,


[aka: Patricia Kelly]

****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”)**** SEE ALSO: Roswila’s Dream & Poetry Realm for some articles about Tarot.****



Blogger rebecca-smiles said...

Hello Roswila,
I have enjoyed looking at your blog. Nice to see some quality stuff on tarot on this-'ere web. I once tried the dream thing from one of your posts, but in reverse; trying to dream about the cards. it worked really well.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Roswila said...

I'm glad you've liked visting.

Interesting. Actually trying to dream about the cards. Sounds intriguing. For me, since I've been doing this blog I've had many more Tarot card images in my dreams than ever before but without any intent to. Sounds like dream suggestion works well for you. I can ask questions of my dreams before going to sleep and get decent results. But don't seem to be able to get specific content "on request." :-)

Keep enjoying the Tarot!

8:17 PM  

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