If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
~ John Quincy Adams
In this important first week of Spring (or Autumn, if you live below the equator), featuring a Full Moon eclipse, we are graced with a visit from the King of Wands.
Coming after The Chariot last week, it would appear that the hand that steers us forward is a most vigorous one.
Because the Tarot comes to us from an earlier time and value system, its Kings reflect a cultural bias that overt leadership, strength, and power could only belong in the realm of men, not women.
In Europe (from which the Tarot comes), 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.
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.
With Wands belonging to the element of Fire, and representing action, creativity, and passion, the King of Wands is the ultimate Fire personality. Tapped in to the flaming heart of magic, he is a brilliant master of change, manifesting, and drama.
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.
Do You Know This Dynamo?
This King is creative, willful, and rightfully sure of himself/herself.
If I had to choose a Tarot King for Barack Obama, it might be the King of Wands. With his Sun in fiery Leo, he is regal in his bearing, a passionate change-maker, basks in the limelight, and, besides Bill Clinton, is one of the most outgoing, confident Presidents I can remember.
Of course, one’s Sun sign is NOT the full picture of who we are, and Obama’s cool, intellectual side is more Swords than Wands. But I suggest you keep an eye on what he’s up to this week, especially his trip to Cuba, which is changing the course of history.
The question might also arise whether this king could be associated with Donald Trump. After all, he is a master of drama and controversy. Everywhere he goes, he stirs up intense energy, and lately, even violence. And, like the less noble figure in our recent Five of Swords, the coloration of this King is somewhat similar to Trump’s physical appearance.
Although Trump’s Sun is in airy Gemini, he has Leo rising, and was born during a Full Moon/Lunar eclipse, just like we’ll be experiencing Wednesday.
And I don’t have to use my psychic superpowers to tell you that he will continue to grab the headlines this week.
But like Earth’s shadow falling across the face of the Full Moon during the eclipse, if he is connected in any way to the King of Wands, it would primarily be the shadow side.
Rather than being a leader of the sort so beautifully described by John Quincy Adams, Trump is renowned for his insolence towards women and minorities, lack of empathy, and insatiable need for attention.
Perhaps instead, he is more like the Knight of Wands, who can be immature, hot-headed, and inconsistent.
In contrast, the King is a powerful, dynamic leader that inspires great loyalty. Although he can have a bit of a temper at times, he follows through and completes his goals successfully. He or she knows precisely when to be aggressive, to dominate, take risks, or pull rank. And when to strategically refrain.
A Time for Passionate Creativity
Closer to home, 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.
As Elisabeth Grace notes, there is a square between the giant planets, Jupiter and Saturn, on the same day as this week’s Full Moon eclipse. She explains, “When these two planets connect, it often involves a need for a sense of purpose and rightness. They also refer to big business and big collective belief systems, such as law, religion and media/publishing. Watch the headlines for important stories.”
Indeed, this King aims to make a big difference, with big ideas, and big changes at his command.
Full of laughter, sunny optimism, sexual magnetism, and a flair for the dramatic, this is someone who is impatient with sitting in the castle. Instead he or she would rather be in the heat of the action.
What creative project needs your leadership? How can you help others discover their own best power, in order to contribute?
In what ways are you being asked to step out from the crowd and shine? Where might your big, bright fire of passion be needed? Who do you know that can back up their considerable charisma with true mastery and dazzling results?
Now is not the time to be a shrinking violet. Look for a week full of important activity and energized motivation. Be bold, be seen, be confident and generous. 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 Source. Things are definitely heating up.
Create what you most passionately desire. Lead by inspiration!