The Prince of Wands stands upon his fiery chariot with his wand held high, the Flower of Life exploding from its tip! His chariot is drawn by a lion who marches forward with pride; the plumes of smoke erupting out from behind him signals that his creative motion is being applied generously. He is the mind applied to the spiritual will, and brings impulsive, willful energy to all that he does.
The Prince of Wands is an invitation to the union between the mind and the creative will, fused by the power of the heart. It is explosive creativity and inspiration, tempered by mindful thought into a more specific focus. Be wary though, for the Prince of Wands can be reckless, and burn without thought to consequence; for what happens when air is applied to fire? Make sure you are balanced within, before expanding externally.
The Prince of Wands is all about our spiritual will fused with our thoughts by the power of our heart. He embodies the energy of creativity, inspiration, swiftness and strength, and is a very generous and friendly character. In this card, he stands on his chariot with one hand holding a wand, raised to the sky with an explosion of the flower of life emanating around the tip. His excitement is so grand that he cannot bare to sit while charging forth; his chariot pulled by a fiery lion, representing movement with courage and strength.
The personality traits associated with this character are friendly and active. He is very moral, with a great deal of honesty, loyalty, and integrity guiding his movements. He is both very intellectual, always striving to create from the heart.
The Prince of Wands is a fusion of air and fire; the balance between the mental and the creative will. Pulling this card is a reminder to apply thought to your creative ideas, and the opportunities that present themselves to you at this time. There are many avenues you can take in your life, but the paths you focus most intently on are ultimately the things you will bring to manifestation.
Hence, the more balanced you are in your thoughts, the more balanced your actions will be, for all actions stem from the realm of your thoughts first. On the Qabalah he sits on Tiphareth, the center for sacrifice between force into form, and thus the Prince of Wands applies the developed energy of his father and mother before him and begins to generate actual concepts which can further be applied to matter.
This is a time to apply focused mental attention to the situations in your life, so you can consciously manifest the outcomes you desire. This is an energy you can embody yourself, or find within someone else to use as an inspiration.
The Prince of Wands reversed describes what happens when the explosive energy of the prince comes out in manners which are not aligned with the heart. His intense passion can become reckless, impulsive, and cause damage in all directions. Being so mentally focused, this prince can also become very wrapped up in his head, restless.
With his connection to Leo can denote an overwhelming sense of pride and ego, disconnecting him from the awareness that he is still One with everyone and everything around him. From this place, his actions can become intentionally or unintentionally cruel.
To turn this reversed card upright, we must see how the Prince of Wands needs to be connected to the heart center in order to fulfill his destiny of bringing new creations into being with harmony and love. He is naturally very friendly and kind, and so embodying a state of selflessness and asking “what is best for everyone?” is the first and most important step in stepping out of the ego, and into the higher heart. By doing so, and living in this higher state of consciousness, our creative actions become aligned with our highest will, and we step into being who we were truly born to be.
The Book of Thoth
The Golden Dawn
The Tarot Handbook
The King of Wands ⬩ The Queen of Wands ⬩ The Prince of Wands ⬩ The Princess of Wands ⬩ The King of Cups ⬩ The Queen of Cups ⬩ The Prince of Cups ⬩ The Princess of Cups ⬩ The King of Swords ⬩ The Queen of Swords ⬩ The Prince of Swords ⬩ The Princess of Swords ⬩ The King of Disks ⬩ The Queen of Disks ⬩ The Prince of Disks ⬩ The Princess of Disks