Rider Waite Smith, and Thoth
Occult Name: The Root of the Powers of Fire
Ace of Wands in timing: One day; or the season of spring
Qabalah: The fiery aspect of Kether
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Ace of Clubs
Astrological: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius
The RWS Ace of Wands
In the RWS Ace of Wands image, a hand reaches out from a cloud; it is symbolic of Divine Energy emanating from Kether. Alternatively, some would see it as a gift being offered from Divinity. The second idea is just as correct, but as long as the gift, as like the energy of Kether, is seen as delivering a potentiality; this as the Ace of Wands doesn't refer to that which comes signed, sealed and delivered. The shoots on the wand symbolize the essence of spring, which is filled with the potentiality for growth.
In the background there is a building; it looks like a castle, but furthermore it is a distance away and looks like it needs some work. This is the message of the Ace of Wands; what you want is available, but there is work to be done to get there. Sometimes rather than work, it's change in one's approach or perspective that's required. Each element is represented in some way, to denote that the power exists for the querent to reach their goal, and that the resources they need are available to them. This card's meaning is fully encapsulated within its occult name--The Root of the Powers of Fire; it is a raw energy, that needs to be channeled into a working, and shaped accordingly.
A final word of insight: Each Ace encapsulates all of the other cards of its suit within it. This is exceedingly apparent in this particular card. After being fixed up, the castle will in time again erode, it will need maintenance. In this there is an implication of infinity... the Ace is a starting point, with no actual end in sight. To give credit where credit is due, this brilliant observation was appended by my friend, Adam K.
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The Ace of Wands Thoth
The Thoth Ace of Wands shows a wand bursting with energy; its flames are in the form of Yods, which are symbolic of Kether energies. Also referenced here, is the Qabalistic tree; this as there are ten Yods and they are set like its spheres. The Qabalistic Tree in turn, represents a journey or a process. The bolts in the background symbolize raw energy--strong, vital, and inspirational energy; it motivates and propels. It goes without saying, that this is the ruling energy one can tap into as they work to reach their goal; and as with the RWS card of the same name, where one goes with it depends entirely on how they work with it, as well as their perspective.
There are 18 bolts, the numeral depicts Chai; Chai means life, but furthermore it is a depiction of energy in godform. Chai can be perceived as the nearest emanation of God, to the material plane. Though not directly related to the meaning of the card, in Hebrew tradition people give "gifts of Chai." Gifts are given in multiples of 18 or in the shape of the numeral, at important life events such as bar mitzvahs or weddings. The practice is seen as giving the gift of life, to the people of Israel that they may live on and prosper; this can be interpreted as a blessing, which adds an additional vibe relative to those bolts. The bolts are tinged with green, as green depicts Netzach--which in this context refers to victory, vitality, and following through on one's thought processes; but also infinity, which in the RWS image is portrayed by the castle.
The Ace of Wands Dignified or Upright
- An opportunity.
- A new beginning; another chance.
- One's view of things will color the outcome of a situation; thus positivity in beliefs is integral to success.
- Proceed with plans, as the potential for success exists.
- Excitement and eagerness.
- There is a solution available to the problem; brainstorm it.
- The Ace of Wands may refer to the conception or birth of a child (especially male); this can be determined by neighboring cards.
- One way to deal with current blockages, is to state exactly what's on your mind to others involved.
- Take note of the fact that there is a hand in this card, as sometimes it can refer to that, or to a nail, as on the finger [RWS]. It can therefore symbolize the grasping of a concept, or anything else that such a grouping of symbols may bring to mind.
- Creativity, imagination, and application of will, are forces available to help the querent break through blockages.
- One has succeeded, in which case this card may be suggesting for them to consider examining new opportunities (to increase the magnitude of their success).
- A talent is not currently being used.
- Find a way to inject inspiration and fun into your project, for the sake of motivation.
- In a current venture, one only has themselves to depend on.
- The querent may find it rewarding to break away from their current working environment to embark upon a solo project.
- There's a goal that you place great value upon; think about pursuing it.
- Refers to creative projects and talents, that one can use to express themselves.
- Sometimes alludes to starting with a basic idea, and allowing it to expand and flourish.
- Urges one to examine their motives in moving forth with an idea sometimes. Is it really right for them? is it something that they'll be interested in working with long term?
- Seeing value in oneself and their abilities.
- Sexual excitement; lust.
- A moment of inspiration.
The Ace of Wands Ill Dignified or Reversed
- If one concept has failed you, move on to try another.
- An event you were looking forward to will be postponed or cancelled.
- Delays complicate an issue.
- A situation that once held promise is now facing collapse and decay.
- Emotional issues countering the powers of fire.
- Dealing with a loss of faith in oneself.
- Lacking optimism.
- Unclear in direction or strategy.
- A project fails early in.
- An existing venture faces termination.
- Even though things look okay to proceed, the initial takeoff will be of poor quality.
- The properties of fire exist in too large of a volume to be effectively controlled.
- Now is not the ideal time to proceed with your venture.
- One may be facing blockages now, but the future is unwritten; don't write the project off.
- Someone who virtually always has sex on their mind.
- Impotence, sterility, or infertile land.
- A female facing consistent issues with men.
- The querent is urged to rethink their strategy in proceeding with a project. As things stand, there are blockages to them reaching success. Other cards could clarify what kind of blockages.
- Unwilling to commit.
- Blocked by fear.
RWS image is a Wikimedia file from a 1909 deck originally scanned by Holly Voley http://home.comcast.net/~vilex/
Thoth images copyright (c) US Games Systems Inc.; AGMuller; O.T.O.