The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
~ Ralph Nader
This week, Mars changes signs, the Moon conjuncts rebellious Uranus and squares transformational Pluto on the 16th, followed by a lunar eclipse in the fiery sign of Aries on Friday. Into this potentially volatile mix, we receive a visit from the King of Wands.
In Europe, 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.
Because the Tarot comes to us from that 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.
Queens, on the other hand, were generally considered to represent inner power of a more subtle and passive type. Thankfully, times have changed and many newer decks have revised these stereotypes.
Nonetheless, all of the Kings in the Rider-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.
As I mentioned back in September when the Knight of Wands came calling, the King’s cloak and throne feature magical salamanders whose mouth and tail form a complete circle. This indicates his maturity and mastery.
With Wands belonging to the element of Fire, and representing action, creativity, and passion, the King of Wands, then, is the ultimate Fire personality. Tapped in to the flaming heart of magic, he is a brilliant master of daring, change, and manifesting.
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 big intensity sparking this week, especially with the Aries Full Moon eclipse, and he is liable to be front and center.
Someone (perhaps you?) is feeling dramatic, willful, and rightfully sure of themselves. Who do you know that is exceptionally charismatic, inspiring others with their vitality? Original, innovative, and exuding confidence, when this person walks into a room, everyone notices.
Although they can have a bit of a temper at times, they willingly follow through and complete their goals successfully. He or she knows precisely when to be aggressive, to dominate, take risks, or pull rank. And when to strategically refrain.
Full of laughter, sexual magnetism, and a flair for the dramatic, this is someone who is impatient with discussion, and wants to cut to the chase.
Who do you know that can back up their considerable charisma with true mastery and dazzling results?
What important project needs your leadership? Now is not the time to be a shrinking violet. In what ways are you being asked to step out from the crowd and shine?
Look for a week full of important activity and energized motivation. Demand as much excellence from yourself as you do others. Thus you expand your comfort zone and wield your power.
The King of Wands is a strong ally, and an invitation to act from your most noble, creative Source.
Things are definitely heating up; now is the time to go for it. Your bold actions can inspire others to dream more, do more, and be more.