THE KNIGHT OF THE WANDS
Description: The map shows a full-fledged knight sitting on his horse. The horse steers, and the knight holds the horse’s reins tightly in check with his one hand. This symbolizes his mastery of creativity. With the other he holds a stick. His yellow suit is adorned with motifs of lizards. His red hair and a red feather ornament in his helmet symbolize vitality and desire.
The landscape behind him is the sand desert and three mountains can be seen in the distance. The knight is not on his way to battle, but rather on his way to the mountains to investigate what inner secrets and truths they will be able to reveal to him.
Interpretation: The Knight of the Wands symbolizes the restless, enthusiastic fire sign, which is always looking for new paths. When you draw this card, it is a sign that a significant fear is being confronted and overcome, and you will experience a vital new energy as soon as the fear is released.
Fear has already been liberated inwardly and there is a new growing self-awareness. Pursue and free yourself from your fears. Then you will be able to move in new directions. These new directions could mean changes in the housing situation, in the family or among friends.
At the same time, the map indicates a strong impulse to discover and learn the things that are below the surface or behind what is immediately visible in everyday life. It could be that you discover a need or even an eagerness to engage with philosophy or spirituality.
This will possibly help you to move beyond previous limitations in thought and action and to give you a flow experience in your creative work.
Other words that characterize the Knight of the Wands are: moving, traveling, the traveler, intensity, intuitive creativity, bubbling energy, zest for life, movement and change.
Astrology: The map is associated with the sign Sagittarius.
Affirmation: I face my challenges with joy. I have the ability to create unlimited. I get lost in the creative process. I master passion and creativity.
Above are four very different versions of The Knight of Wands.
Cary-Yale Visconti tarot cards from around the 1420s are mainly designed to be beautiful and shows friends and family. The beautiful old Italian tarot set also has its emphasis on the artistic expression. Marseille tarot cards are simple as they were made so they are suitable for wood printing.
Oswald Wirth diminishes the Christian symbols and instead draws inspiration from the occult, through writings especially by Éliphas Lévi. The occult came from here on to influence how tarot cards were illustrated.
Most famous is the Rider-Waite tarot card with lots of symbolism from Egypt, the Jewish Kabbalah, astrology, alchemy and Freemasonry. When you thus interpret The Knight of Wands you have different options. It is advisable to start with the illustrations we have from Rider-Waite as they contain a lot of information in their imagery.