Whatever your sex or position, life is a battle in which you are to show your pluck, and woe be to the coward. Whether passed on a bed of sickness or a tented field, it is ever the same fair play and admits no foolish distinction. Despair and postponement are cowardice and defeat. Men were born to succeed, not to fail.
— Henry David Thoreau
This week, for only the third time in six years, we welcome the King of Wands.
Because the Tarot comes to us from an earlier time and value system, its Kings reflect a sexual bias that external leadership, strength, and power could only belong in the realm of men, not women. In Europe (from which the Tarot comes), kings were historically considered to be responsible for the welfare of their whole societies. The rise and fall of all their country’s fortunes were upon their shoulders. Queens, on the other hand, were generally considered to represent inner power that is more subtle and passive. Thankfully, many newer decks have revised this sexual stereotype.
Nonetheless, all of the Kings in the Waite-Smith deck wear what Arthur Waite called, “a cap of maintenance” under their crowns. The Kings represent both the crowning achievement of success, as well as the responsibility of noblesse oblige.
The King of Wands, then, is the ultimate Fire personality, someone who is able to successfully control and manifest the fiery magic of this suit. As is always the case with the court cards of the Tarot, he may or may not be an actual person, and he may or may not be male.
But there is no doubt that there is an intensity flowing this week. Someone (perhaps you?) is creative, willful, and has an unshakable faith in himself. He is exceptionally charismatic, inspiring others with his vitality. Original, courageous, bold and powerful, when he walks into a room, everyone notices.
Yet, unlike, say, the Knight of Wands, who can be temperamental and inconsistent, the King is a steady, mature leader. He knows just when to be bold and take risks (and when to refrain). Full of laughter, sexual magnetism, a flair for the dramatic, and a preference for action, not words, his visit may indicate a week full of important activity.
What creative project needs your leadership? In what ways are you being asked to step out from the crowd and shine? Where might your bright fire of passion be needed? Who do you know that can back up their considerable charisma with true mastery and dazzling results?
Now is not the time to be a shrinking violet. This week, be bold, be seen, be confident and generous. Expand your comfort zone and learn to wield your power. The King of Wands is a strong ally, and an invitation to dare, to take action, and to honor your most authentic passions. You were born to succeed!