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Knight of Wands

Knight of Wands

 

Knights are among the court cards.  They represent travel, change of direction. 

Knights have the energy of teen-agers, so they can either represent a young person – or they can represent a more youthful energy within the person receiving the reading. When the knights are present, they display an energy of eagerness and willingness, but carry with them also a bit of naivity, or lack of experience.

Wands are the element of fire, so they “spark” transformation and change, new ideas, and new possibilities.

Wands correspond with the direction South, so it could indicate travel to or from the south. Wands also correspond with the season of Spring.

As wands correspond with South, they also bring about energies dealing with love issues, relationships of any kind, creative and artistic pursuits, anything of a romantic or emotional nature. Wands are masculine energy – realm of transformation, change, disruption, and passion. Related to protection, exorcism, banishing, sex and sex magick, purification, divination.

Here’s what the other sources say:

From LearnTarot.com:

Charming……….Superficial
is physically attractive……….focuses on style and appearance
disarms opposition with a smile……….can be thoughtless and insensitive
is sexy and seductive……….pursues sexual conquests
generates glamour and excitement……….avoids deep or serious matters
is honey-tongued……….may say or do what’s expedient 
Self-confident……….Cocky
totally lacks self-doubt……….overestimates abilities
has a can-do attitude……….may boast and brag
is convinced of his or her talent……….exaggerates accomplishments
is self-assured at all times……….is brash and nervy
doesn’t sweat the small stuff……….is sometimes presumptuous 
Daring……….Foolhardy
will risk anything without fear……….is reckless and rash
will tackle what others avoid……….will endanger self and others
is the first to volunteer for danger……….doesn’t give danger due respect
loves being a hero……….is impetuous
boldly goes where no one has gone before……….is a daredevil 
Adventurous……….Restless
loves travel and new experiences……….is never content to be still
seeks novelty and change……….can’t set down roots or make ties
makes things happen……….lacks inner peace and serenity
rises to every challenge……….won’t stop to smell the roses
is footloose and fancy-free……….must have constant stimulation 
Passionate……….Hot-tempered
is easily roused to action……….angers easily
feels strong loyalties……….is too ready for a fight
feels everything powerfully……….lashes out when riled
takes a vocal stand……….often acts without thinking
jumps in with both feet………may have a chip on his or her shoulder

If this Knight’s energy is missing, a dose of passion and daring may be called for. Are you in a rut? Try something new. Are you always planning every last detail? Wing it next time. Are you working too hard? Go out and have some fun. Let the Knight of Wands introduce you to his world of adventure, excitement and risk.

On the positive side, the Knight of Wands is full of energy and life. He’s never afraid to try something new and will reach for all the gusto he can. Others may shake their heads at his crazy stunts, but they still admire his courage and passion. He’s sexy and irresistible…always the charmer. On the negative side, this Knight is a little too sure of himself and his abilities. He tends to be shallow and thoughtless. Don’t expect a deep commitment from him. He’s also reckless and irresponsible. He acts without thinking and constantly gets in trouble because of his temper.

In readings, a Knight of Wands shows that his confident, passionate style is involved in the situation as an aspect of you, someone else or the atmosphere in general. You need to ask yourself, “Is this Knight’s energy helping or hurting?”

If his style is evident, then balance is needed. Is your confidence really cockiness? Are you angry and impatient all the time? Are you crazy about someone whom you know is going to break your heart? Is your company rushing into something risky with no preparation? It may be time for a change.

From AeclecticTarot:

KNIGHTS

Knights or princes are the spirit of the teenager, all about changes. Knights are never still; as the pages/princesses suggest messages, the knights/princes suggest movement, travel.

Elementally, they are Air moving and flowing like that element. As a person, they’re likely to stand for a young adult or someone who acts very like a teen. Their beliefs are purer than of an adult, less cynical and more fierce. In this they are most knight like: powerfully, almost unquestioning loyal to a kingdom or cause.

As travel:

Knight of Wands

An exciting trip, and likely a long one to an exotic place. Likely a trip by motorcycle, car, bus or train.

The types of teenager-like people they can be:

Knight of Wands

I like to think of this teen as the “tilting at windmills” Knight. Charismatic, the kind of youth who never slows down, who always goes for grand gestures. This is the party “teen”, and we’re talking big, wild parties; the kind of youth who loves his car and seems to live in it, driving everywhere, picking up his friends as he goes. He’s popular, the center of attention, the leader who comes up with crazy ideas. He’ll be voted class president or Prom King, and is likely an aggressive player on the football team. On the negative side, this teen can be headstrong, bossy or a bully. A little narcissistic, he’s not always sensitive to others feelings. Don’t expect him to be reliable or on time. Fiercely loyal to his friends, and his religion whether that is sports, a philosophy or church.

And here’s one more source I’m going to be referencing from now on. This one’s from a book, “Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the New Generation” by Silver Raven Wolf:

Coming and going of issues involving your career, projects, or ideas that you may have. Well-intentioned though often unreliable young man. (pp.334)

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“Knight of Pentacles”

Knight of Pentacles

Knight of Pentacles

This is one of the cards I’m not so confident about. I think I have a general idea, but it’s not one where I can nod and feel assured in how I translate it, although I’ve never really missed my mark (that I know of) when it comes up in readings for others.

Knights represent a change in direction, and they also represent messengers. Their energy is a youthful energy, comparative to that of a teen ager. They’re bold, brave, gung-ho about charging forward on their path, but their armor shows no battle scars – no dents or dings, so they indicate a bit of naivety or lack of experience.

Pentacles represent money, or physical manifestations, completion of a thing.

This particular knight, on instinct, looks as if he’s delivering a gift. He’s holding the pentacle extended in front of him as if to say, “Here, I brought this for you.”

If I were translating this card for someone else, I’d say, “You may be about to receive a message or a gift that could change the course of the path your on… for the better. However, be careful not to charge into a situation… look before you leap. There may be unseen obstacles along the way.”

Here’s what the sources say:

From LearnTarot.com:

Unwavering……….Stubborn
is dogged in pursuit of a goal……….is hardheaded and obstinate
will not quit……….digs into a position
stands firm against opposition……….must have his or her own way
stays fixed to a chosen course……….refuses to listen to reason
keeps true to personal convictions……….resists compromise

Cautious……….Unadventurous
checks and double-checks……….is too conservative
examines all angles beforehand……….misses chances by waiting
proceeds slowly and carefully……….is reluctant to try something new
prefers the safe, known path……….settles for safe, small gains
is prudent and careful……….is afraid of risking

Thorough……….Obsessive
takes care of every detail……….does not know when to quit
is meticulous……….is too picky
wraps up all loose ends……….must have everything just so
never leaves a job half done……….is inflexible and compulsive
is painstaking……….insists on perfection
completes anything started……….can’t leave well enough alone

Realistic……….Pessimistic
is willing to look at the facts……….concentrates on what’s wrong
faces the truth……….thinks others are dreamers
is not lured by false hopes……….sees a glass as half empty, not half full
assesses circumstances candidly……….takes the gloomy view
predicts problems in advance……….dooms a project from the start

Hard-Working……….Grinding
becomes dedicated to a task……….focuses too narrowly on work
is diligent and industrious……….can be humorless and grim
produces as much as two people……….sees playtime as wasteful
tackles any chore vigorously……….drives everyone too hard
is tireless and unflagging……….forgets life should be fun

On the positive side, the Knight of Pentacles is like a bulldog. Once he bites down, you can be sure he won’t let go. He’s dogged in pursuit of his goals. A hard-worker, he has tremendous stamina and dedication. Every job is always completed down to the last detail. He’s careful and prudent, never wasteful. He knows the facts and is immune to false promises. On the negative side, this Knight is a bit stodgy and dull. He’s not known for his playful sense of humor. Work always comes first. He tends to be inflexible and obsessive about little details. Stubborn to a fault, he refuses to give in even when wrong, something he’ll never admit. He doesn’t like change or risk and will always take the gloomiest view.

In readings, a Knight of Pentacles shows that his cautious style is involved in the situation as an aspect of you, someone else or the atmosphere in general. You need to ask yourself, “Is this Knight’s energy helping or hurting?”

If his style is evident, then balance is needed. Are you working too hard? Do you refuse to listen to reason? Do you have a perfectionist in your life? Is the atmosphere around you one of gloom and doom? It may be time for a change.

If this Knight’s energy is missing, a dose of prudence may be called for. Are you spending too much? Maybe it’s time to slow down. Do you give up too soon? Dig in and refuse to quit. Is your work often careless, late or incomplete? Next time resolve to work up a sweat and get the job done. Let the Knight of Pentacles introduce you to his world of care and persistence.

Well, that translation doesn’t sound anything like mine. But, that’s why I do this every morning – not only to gauge the influences of my own day, but to gain a deeper understanding of the cards.

Here’s what AeclecticTarot has to say:

Knights or princes are the spirit of the teenager, all about changes. Knights are never still; as the pages/princesses suggest messages, the knights/princes suggest movement, travel.

Elementally, they are Air moving and flowing like that element. As a person, they’re likely to stand for a young adult or someone who acts very like a teen. Their beliefs are purer than of an adult, less cynical and more fierce. In this they are most knight like: powerfully, almost unquestioning loyal to a kingdom or cause.

Ah… so it’s the Pages that are messengers, NOT the knights! Noted!

As travel: Knight of Pentacles – Travel on foot, hiking, walking, cycling.

Knight of Pentacles

This teen appreciates the very best things money can buy – not only because he likes such things, but because he doesn’t like to stand out. He’s got projects going, jobs on the side, he fears not having what others have, not fitting in. In comparison to the Knight of Wands, however, this teen likes being at home. He needs to have his own room or secret place, and woe to anyone who goes into that room or changes it in any way. This teen has his own organization system for everything. On the negative side, this teen can be far too solitary, too concerned with perfection, what he does or does not have, or earning a place of respect. Fear of failure or competition or standing out may keep him from leaving his room. He values and protects beautiful things and is a loyal employee if treated right.

Okay, well, I may have missed my own interpretation, but this card hits the nail on the head for today. In fact, when I was shuffling the deck, T called – he’s coming by to bring a bed, a chest of drawers, and a few other items to turn that back bedroom into a bedroom for me. For the four years I’ve lived in this house, the master bedroom has been unable to be used. My ex took a power saw to the wall and cut a hole through the house from that bedroom to lead to the dog kennel he’d built. That room has since been called “The pet room”. So for the first three years I lived here, I slept on the floor in the living room. After the ex moved out and I’d bought my own furniture, I switched to sleeping on the sofa. T has been trying to get me to convert that room back into a bedroom for a bit now, but I’ve resisted because I don’t want to be “comfortable” in this house. I don’t want to nestle in… I want to MOVE! But, he has valid points and I think I’ll feel much more at peace and well rested if I have a bedroom of my own. He replaced the carpets in that room not long ago, and today he’s determined to furnish it. One of my biggest complaints over the past four years is that I don’t have a sacred space to call my own… a private room where I can close the door and be alone.

The talk in this card of perfectionism, working hard, etc. matches me quite well and I see myself in it, but I also see a great deal of Rhythm in this card.

I’d love to talk more about today’s card and how it matches up with my current situation, but now that I know I have company on the way, I’m a bit hurried… perhaps I’ll come back later in the day and reflect on it some more.

I do want to say, though, that my own interpretation wasn’t far off for me personally in regard to today… I said a message and/or gift… and while I was shuffling the deck, I got a message from T that he was bringing furnishings for that room… so I don’t think I was “wrong”, I just think my interpretations weren’t aligned with other interpretations.

For now, it’s time to draw a faerie.

Life is good.

W

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