King of Wands Tarot Card Meaning and Art Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
About the Deck
Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
These cards are featured in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot" by Loren Lundgren. I took the information for the meanings on these tarot cards from "The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition Under the Veil of Divination", by A. E. Waite, 1911, now in the public domain. I edited the tarot card descriptions and meanings for clarity and brevity, modernizing the text. I scanned in the original black and white illustrations of the cards drawn by Pamela Colman Smith, from the 1911 book. I digitally retouched and painted those illustrations in detailed color.
Loren Lundgren, © 2021
DescriptionThe physical and emotional nature of this card is dark, avid, agile, and noble. The King holds a flowering wand, and wears a cap beneath his crown. He is symbolized by the lion engraved on the back of his throne.
Meaning of King of Wands from the Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
Dark, friendly man; man from your hometown or country—generally married, honest and conscientious. The card always signifies honesty, and may mean news concerning an unexpected inheritance to arrive before long.
Good, but severe; solemn, yet tolerant.
According to Many Schools of Thought
Papus's Divinatory Meanings
A dark man. A friend. Generally married. The father of a family.
A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings
Generally favourable may signify a good marriage.
Advice that should be followed.
Mme. Le Normand's Divinatory Meanings
Trouble. Happiness. Disaster to friends. Good news of friends.
S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings
Man living in the country, Country Gentleman, Knowledge, Education
A naturally good but severe man, Counsel, Advice, Deliberation.
P.R.S. Foli's Divinatory Meanings
A dark man, warm-hearted and true as a friend, straight in his dealings
good intentions frustrated.
Mme. Le Marchand's Divinatory Meanings
vexation, quarrels, strife – a duel – murder and bloodshed, of which, however, the person inquiring of the cards is innocent. This card signifies also an age of eighty years and upward.