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Tarot Card of the Week, Sept. 2-8, 2013: Knight of Wands

Knight of WandsThere is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.
~ Henry Van Dyke

With the unofficial end of Summer following Monday’s Labor Day holiday, and the New Moon on Wednesday, it promises to be an intense week. The Knight of Wands has 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.

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.King and Knight detail 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 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 quest; the King commands from his throne.

The Knight of Wands is spontaneous, hot-headed, charismatic, fearless, quick to laugh or anger, and a creative blaze of activity. He is often charming, and pulsing with sexual energy. But he is also extremely loyal to his, understandably, huge circle of friends.

While he can be impulsive and unpredictable, he takes his honor and integrity absolutely to heart, and is a true heroic figure.

Speed, Focus, Daring Are Your Allies

This week, boredom will be in short supply. With the New Moon’s arrival, this is an ideal time to begin a quest, set out on a new adventure, or perhaps commit to a creative project.

This is probably not the best time for multi-tasking – the Knight of Wands can be prone to burnout and distraction.  He is much happier (and effective) when he is focused, all his intensity like a laser beam of light and passion. When this is the case, there is no limit to the achievements possible.

Just watch your temper. With warrior Mars having shifted into fiery Leo last week, egos can be touchy and anger can flare up, with unpleasant consequences.

Passion and Adventure Are Calling

Instead, if challenges come your way this week, be of good cheer.  You can melt even the coldest and most stubborn hearts with your humor, creativity, and optimism.  Face any obstacles head on, remembering always to be chivalrous and honorable. You can afford to be generous with others, for you have energy and goodness to spare.

Tap into the fiery places that are your energy source and that fill you with passion. Then streak ahead to your goal. No hedging, no self-doubts; now is the time to give it your all!

It’s time for you to be the sizzling hero of your great saga.

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  • September 2, 2013, 1:43 pm Angelica Jayne Taggart

    Never noticed the Salamanders before – how do you know it’s a Salamander? or a mythological creature of fire? Salamanders are land and water creatures, and when they’re on land they can’t handle the heat –their skin is slimy and they have to be in moist areas — they do shed their skin and eat it — so I see they’ve got some sort of rebirth/resurrection/transformation energy going on … as well as physical and emotional (land and water). The First Nations people think of them as “keepers of dreams.”
    Are you sure that symbol isn’t a lizard of some sort — my being from Hawai’i – I see Geckos 🙂

  • September 2, 2013, 5:49 pm Morpho Pracktix

    It’s a Salamander : look up the history of the creature as a mythological beast, and you will know that they legendarily lived IN fire.

  • September 2, 2013, 5:59 pm Beth

    Yes, quite sure, but GREAT questions!!

    As Morpho has correctly pointed out, the magical salamander has no real connection to the amphibian with which we are more familiar, although I’ve read speculation that when someone would toss a log on the fire, perhaps salamanders were prone to running out, thus connecting them to the element of Fire.

    It is this very old, traditional Elemental correspondence that Pamela Colman Smith, a member of the Order of the Golden Dawn and well grounded in the occult and magickal practices of her time, would have been referring to in her art.

    Thank you again for asking! I am sure lots of other folks have wondered, too!

  • September 3, 2013, 3:03 pm mel

    Salamander or lizard, this is the image of a reptile. in the ancient times, it was believed that reptiles are source of primal life force, source of create-vity, without which existence cannot begin nor survive. You can see reptiles e.g. snakes, crocodiles, lizards in every ancient temple carvings all over the world e.g. Mayans, China, India, Egypt. Some cultures still preserve this ancient tradition to this date, they incorporate drinking snake blood or eating reptile (snake, crocodile) meat to assist in healing the body from major injury or disease, or any situation where it seems life force is fading quickly, or to increase sexual power/stamina. It ‘heats up’ the body from the inside, literally and not literally, regenerating and in some cases, rebirth (when regeneration occurs in such degree that a dying body regains the power to fight back. It is seen as death defeating). No surprise it is often considered a representation of fire element.