Friday, September 12, 2014

The Two of Wands, RWS and Thoth Tarot Card Meaning

The Two of Wands - RWSThe Two of Wands - Thoth
Meanings Upright, Ill-dignified, and Reversed, rx
Rider Waite Smith, and Thoth

Occult Name: The Lord of Dominion
Two of Wands in timing: Two days; or from March 21st to the 30th
Qabalah: Chokmah in Atziluth
Astrological: Mars in Aries
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Two of Clubs

The Two of Wands, RWS 

The Two of Wands, the man is obviously wealthy--fine clothes and a stately home tell of his prosperity, and he has the world sitting in the palm of his hand... who could ask for more. Yet the grayness of the image and that one of his wands is secured to the terrace, hint at him feeling held back, perhaps bored. An open expanse before him, says that he wants to move forth and explore opportunities open to him. The secured wand marks his territory; even in his absence his presence and power is known and respected. He has the world in his hands; there is nothing truly standing in his way no matter how it may appear.

The roses refer to pursuing one's will with passion; the lilies, to doing the aforesaid without lust of result. The grey of the sky in appearance seems ominous, but in fact it's a reference to neutrality being the ideal in ventures--it urges us not to prejudge, as it were. The waters are calm, which depicts an ideal state of emotion. The mountains are mountains he has yet to climb, and also refer to spiritual and personal growth. The green landscaping is another reference to affluence, and also fertility. The red hat refers again to passion, the orange inner garb to energy, drive, and dynamism. The brown outer garment serves to ground.

The man has obviously achieved much, and is set on achieving more. Holding a globe, hints that he intuits a venture is right for him to engage in. He is capable of anything he sets his mind to.

The Two of Wands, Thoth

Through the Thoth version of the Two of Wands we are urged to harness our powers of will. The positive side of our powers include strength, the employment of justice and balance, dignified and harmonious administration, seeking and applying solutions, working in partnership, courage and bravery, boldness, and the power of intellect. On the flip side of the same coin lie revenge, dominance, stubbornness, shamelessness, and offensiveness in approach.

The dorje is the weapon of deities, and is the thunderbolt in another way; it is indestructible. It represents awareness, willpower, the male principle in creation, and manifestation into the material plane. The card's Qabalistic attribute is Chokmah in Atziluth, which is the earliest manifestation of fire. The blue-green coloration combined with the red, refers to Mars and Aries being very well aspected; Aries is alive with energy, Mars delves into new frontiers, and loves being in charge. The blue refers to authority in communications. The orange refers to Hod. Hod connects divine energies with the magician in order to empower him. Hod shapes energies to whichever form they are required in, in order to fulfill their purpose. Hod also relates to learning, as well as the entire zodiac. Together with Netzach, Hod is relative to lessons of the solar plexus chakra, which include courage, willpower, and asserting oneself. Crowley said this card represents will in its highest form.

The Two of Wands Dignified and Upright

  • Directing and instructing others.
  • Effective demonstration of will.
  • Having earnt respect.
  • Do as you see fit.
  • Move forth boldly and courageously.
  • Focused on creating improvements for yourself and others.
  • Make a plan and tune those around you into it; direct them through accordingly.
  • Make your requisites known.
  • The achievement of wealth and prosperity.
  • Has earnt rank and authority.
  • Maintaining a position of authority.
  • Banking on a positive outcome.
  • Has the ability to persuade others.
  • Conquer new territories despite the intimidation factor; don't let fears hold you back.
  • No one is going to do it for you, you must move ahead by your own accord.
  • You may have the idea that things won't progress as you need them to, but don't let that hold you back.
  • Don't stall, the right moment to proceed is now.
  • Try something creative, unique, and new.
  • Demonstrate some refinement, tact, and class.
  • You are fully capable of reaching success.
  • The solution lies entirely in your hands.
  • Facing power equal to or greater than your own.
  • If you can't at first have things go your way, try more subtle means.
  • Moving forth despite the reekings of a perilous circumstance.
  • Rewards or job related perks.
  • A reason to be proud.
  • A partnership.

The Two of Wands Ill Dignified and Reversed

  • Doing as you see fit regardless of consequences.
  • Ambition above all else.
  • Pride as a blockage.
  • Facing confrontation, or blocked by powers oppositional to your own.
  • Authority applied to corrupt ends.
  • A surprise happenstance.
  • Encountering a disruptive influence.
  • A disturbing or shocking outcome.
  • Worrying as a habit.
  • Lacking the ability to see the funny side of things.
  • An annoying or distressing situation.
  • Disregarding others as goals and ambitions are pursued.
  • Feeling the need to fight in order to get one's way, or being prone towards arguing.
  • Not willing to settle; prepared to force a desired outcome.
  • Choosing not to move in pursuit of your goals causes distress and illness.
  • Facing disappointment.
  • Blocked by fear.
  • Extreme embarrassment.
  • Daydreaming of that which is unattainable.
  • Tied up in a muck of inner turbulence and emotion.

Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck®, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright ©1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck® is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

RWS image is a Wikimedia file from a 1909 deck originally scanned by Holly Voley

Thoth image copyright (c) US Games Systems Inc.; AGMuller; O.T.O.

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