To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily.
To not dare is to lose oneself.
— Søren Kierkegaard
The holidays are now over, and, whatever needed to end last week has departed. Make way! In this first full week of the New Year, it’s time to saddle up and charge ahead! The Knight of Wands has burst onto the scene!
The Wands suit, of course, is connected to Fire, action, will, and energy. The court cards are the “people” cards, usually representing actual persons, including you, or someone you may know (more rarely, they may simply represent energy). And the Knights, in particular, show how that suit is put into action.
So, as Tarot writer James Rioux notes, “There is no card in the Tarot that portrays such daring and enthusiasm as the Knight of Wands. His energy and courage are boundless, and he has no fear of anything.”
The Knight of Wands is the dazzling champion who launches into every challenge with total passion and a desire for adventure.
In the R-W-S deck, his horse rears up, eager to burst into action, dashing off to the quest. The plumes from the Knight’s helmet and shirt look like flames, and he wears the symbol of the salamander – mystical creature of fire.
The Knight of Wands is spontaneous, hot-headed, charismatic, quick to laugh or anger, and a creative blaze of activity. He (or, look closely and notice “he” may well be a “she”) is often charming, and pulsing with sexual energy.
While he may have difficulty with commitments and can be unpredictable, he takes loyalty, honor, and integrity absolutely to heart. He is fearless and a true heroic figure.
We are now emerging from the “time out of time” holidays that are centered on the Solstice. The word solstice comes from the Latin “solstitium,” from sol, which means “sun” and –stitium, “a stoppage,” since for several days it appears that the Sun’s arc from sunrise to sunset is unchanged.
Already, here in the northern hemisphere, even though brutal cold has set in, we are enjoying a tiny sliver more of daylight since December 21st. So with this card, it is as if the Universe is saying, “Wait. Wait. Okay, ready. Set…” and now, “GO!”
Riding a powerful energy surge, this Knight invites travel, adventure, and perhaps a new creative project. He is eager to launch into new, wild, uncharted territory. His is the quest rooted in the molten power of the Life Force itself.
Are you itching for action? Are you ready for a burst of brilliant innovation? What challenges are you longing to tackle head-first?
In what ways are you being asked to shake things up, or step up as an agent of change? What amazing achievements might now be possible?
Please do bear in mind that the Knight of Wands is not known for his practicality or for minding the details. So after the initial excitement, you might need to make an extra effort to focus and follow through. And please watch your temper, and beware of over-reacting or creating unhelpful drama.
But if you ever needed a bold, joyful, sexy champion, you have one now. Is it you? Or someone you know?
Speed, focus, audacity – these are your allies.
Wherever you live, whether you have been celebrating the climax of the highest light, or the deepest dark, the tide has turned.
Now you are called to tap into the fiery places that energize you and fill you with passion. Will you dare to reach out for your true, wild desires?