The goal of warriorship is to express basic goodness in its most complete, fresh, and brilliant form. This is possible when you realize that you do not possess basic goodness, but you are the basic goodness itself.
~ Chogyam Trungpa
Once more, as was the case on the last quarter holiday (Solstice), it’s time to saddle up and get busy! The Knight of Wands has once again burst onto the scene!
The Wands suit, of course, is connected to Fire, action, will, and energy. And the Knights of the Tarot are always how that suit is put into action. Knights are warriors and action heroes.
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’s horse rears up, eager to explode into action, dashing off to the quest. The plumes from his helmet and shirt look like flames, and he (or, look closely and tell me – is it she?) wears the symbol of the salamander, a mystical creature of Fire. But unlike the King’s salamander robe, the Knight’s costume shows creatures with mouths open, the tails not connected to the mouth, representing incomplete plans, loose ends.
The Knight of Wands is spontaneous, hot-headed, charismatic, quick to laugh or anger, and a creative blaze of activity. He is often charming, and pulsing with sexual energy. Not known for his empathy, emotional depth or ability to keep romantic commitments, he can, nevertheless, be a loyal friend. Although often impulsive and unpredictable, he takes his honor and integrity to heart, and is capable of true heroism.
This week, as we celebrate the Fall Equinox in the northern hemisphere, and Spring Equinox below the equator, balance is called for. But it may well be that in the extraordinary times we are now in, balance cannot come from stillness. It can only be achieved by bold action.
This is not the week for introspection or procrastination. Instead, it can be an ideal time to begin a quest, set out on a new adventure, or perhaps commit to a creative project.
In what ways is it now time for you to burst forth in a new, passionate endeavor? 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?
As a court card, this is likely to indicate an actual person. So if you ever needed a bold, brilliant champion on your side, you have one now. Or is this you, yourself?
Please bear in mind that the Knight of Wands is not especially good at practical details. So after the initial excitement, you might need to make an extra effort to focus and follow through, and temper any impulse to over-react or create unhelpful drama.
Speed, focus, daring – these are your allies. Wherever you live, whether this is the cusp of the days of longer light, or nights of longer darkness, the tide turns now. Now you are called to tap into the fiery places that energize you and fill you with passion.
Charge forth, in the name of courage and goodness — which you not only champion, but who you, in fact, are.