This Yuletide week promises to be intense and exciting! The Knight of Wands has burst onto the scene!
The Wands suit, of course, is about Fire, action, will, and energy. And the Knights of the Tarot are always 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.”
He is none other than the Solar Prince.
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.
Unlike the salamanders that also appear on the King of Wands’ robe, however, his are open, without the tail connected to the mouth, representing incomplete plans, loose ends. He is just at the beginning of his quest, whereas the King has arrived at his mastery and accomplishment.
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 is very likely to be “she“) is often charming, and pulsing with sexual energy. Monogamy is not his strong suit, but loyalty to his understandably huge circle of friends is. While he can be impulsive and unpredictable, he takes his honor and integrity absolutely to heart, and is a true heroic figure.
This week, stillness may be in short supply. Riding the powerful energy surge of the Full Lunar eclipse, the Solstice, and the holidays, the Knight invites travel, adventure, and perhaps a new creative project.
He is not known for his follow-through or minding the details, however. And with a Mercury retrograde in play, you might want to temper some of his impulsiveness and eagerness by patiently slowing down and double-checking everything, especially regarding your travel plans.
Additionally, this is probably not the best time for multi-tasking. It is easy for the Knight of Wands’ vast energy to become scattered and ineffectual. He is much happier and more successful when he is focused.
When all of your energy is gathered like a laser beam of light and passion, what amazing achievements might be possible?
In our Solstice Sun Wheel intention, we have been preparing to ourselves become the Light reborn. The Knight of Wands is a splendid embodiment of the courage, passion and daring needed to claim such a thing.
If challenges come your way this week, saddle up your steed, and face them head on. As long as you are the honorable, heroic champion that combines might for right, you can be a mighty champion for the creative Life Force itself!