The Shambhala warriors know that the dangers that threaten life on Earth do not come from evil deities or extraterrestrial powers…the battle is not between good people and bad people, for the line between good and evil runs through every human heart.
~ from The Shambala Warrior Prophecy, a Tibetan legend as told to Joanna Macy
It’s time to saddle up and get busy! 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 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.”
The plumes from the Knight’s helmet and shirt look like flames, and he wears the symbol of the salamander, a mystical creature of Fire. Unlike the symbols on the King of Wands’ robe, however, his are open, without the tail connected to the mouth, representing incomplete plans, loose ends.
He is on the fly, or just at the beginning of his quest, whereas the King has arrived at his mastery and accomplishment. The Knight’s horse rears up, eager to explode into action, dashing off to the battle.
The Knight of Wands is spontaneous, hot-headed, charismatic, quick to laugh or anger, and is a creative blaze of activity. He is often charming, and pulsing with sexual energy. Monogamy is not always his strength, but he is extremely loyal to his, understandably, huge circle of admirers and friends. While he can be impulsive and unpredictable, he takes his honor and integrity absolutely to heart, and is a true heroic figure.
This week, the American political competition heats up. Following a tepid, tightly managed (Four of Pentacles-like) Presidential debate last week, we are much more likely to see a combative, passionate show-down in this week’s debate between the two Vice Presidential candidates. Both are renowned for their dramatic personalities and shoot-from-the-hip style. This week’s Knight of Wands portends that we can expect bold, aggressive theatrics.
In some interesting synchronicity, the war God planet of Mars has just moved into the mutable fire sign of Sagittarius (Oct. 6-7), which is the astrological correspondence of the Knight of Wands.
Astrologers Annie Heese and Adam Banks could have been writing, not about Mars, but the Knight of Wands when they say, “With a Sagittarius Mars, our actions are motivated by our ideals. We are bothered by routine, quickly becoming restless if we feel confined. We have a love of adventure, and of conquest–this is the position of wanderlust. We start projects or challenges with gusto, although we may tend to abandon them rather quickly. This may be because we set our sights too high!”
In general, therefore, we can expect that boredom will be in short supply this week. Instead, this could 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?
Do bear in mind that the Knight of Wands is not famed for his practicality or minding the 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.
But if you ever needed a bold, brilliant champion on your side, you have one now. Is this someone you know, or is it you, yourself?
Speed, focus, daring – these are your allies. Be prepared to wield your power in dramatic, brilliant ways, on behalf of those people, ideals, and causes that you are passionate about.
Then charge forth, for only you can be the hero of what is Good and Great within you.