Are you feeling in charge? Is your sense of self-empowerment so thorough that you feel like taking a gamble? Did you recently confront a tense task head-on? Have you had some recent successes that have increased your confidence? Can you brag, “I’m doing it my way”? Did you ever think you would enjoy being in a leadership position? The new level of independence and authority that you have achieved will pull the Two of Wands out of the Tarot deck and drop it into your reading. This card is confirmation that you are on a winning streak that is based on a belief in yourself and will continue as long as your original approach continues to solve problems for you and those around you.
A man in a distinctive hat stares out into the bay from the top turret of his castle. The sky is gray but the landscape over which he towers is lush. He holds a globe in his right hand and a walking stick, or wand, in his left, set firmly above his floral-bedecked coat of arms. Behind him another wand is mounted to the parapet.
Wands represent creativity. That this man is holding onto one and has another wand mounted in reserve show that he has backup plans that stem from his independent vision. His distinctive cap reminds us that he is fearless when it comes to appearing just how he pleases. The globe in his hand is the anomaly in an otherwise Medieval-based scene. He stands alone knowing that the world is round, that there are untapped riches beyond the bay in the distance. He alone has the foresight and his wands are the manifestation of what he can achieve with this powerful and unique vision.
Meaning in Past, Present and Future Positions
Tarot readings are divided into areas dealing with your past, your present and your future. When a card lands in one of these areas, the meaning is distinct and can often be radically different had this card appeared in a different position.
The Two of Wands in the past position is an indicator that a recent power trip may have put you in the current state of affairs. Perhaps you got everything you wanted and are now in a state of contentment. The Two of Wands indicates that you saw a way to achieve and subsequently pushed your way to the top. Of course, not all power trips go well and this card could be a reminder of your confrontations in the past that led you to a place of isolation. Either way, this card here shows that your independent streak is the foundation of your current situation.
When this card is in the present position, you are feeling on top of the world and in charge. There is a strong possibility that you were recently given some new level of authority and you are embracing this as a sign of success. At its weakest, the Two of Wands here means that you can feel emboldened to raise your voice in objection to wrongs that you see. Hardly weakness, all things considered.
The future position is a weak position for this card. Sure, you will be outspoken in the coming months or years. But the isolation over your nonconformity could be startling. Expressing your opinions in an inappropriate manner and at the wrong time could lead you to ruling a kingdom of one: yourself. The Two of Wands can be the happy leader of the revolution celebrating having done the world some good or it could be a cranky old man on the porch hollering at the neighborhood kids to get off of his lawn. What is a refreshing urge to confront in order to resolve something in the past and present becomes a love of confrontation for its own sake. If the Two of Wands shows up in your reading in this position, it is the Tarot’s way of reminding you to get some hobbies in order to have a diverse array of activities to enjoy.
Every Tarot reading is a spread containing a few cards out of the deck. The cards interact with each other and the influence of each spreads throughout the reading. They change the meaning of other cards by defining the situations with which you will soon be faced.
The Two of Wands is the lower echo of The High Priestess (card #2) and The Hanged Man (card #12). The power of The High Priestess and the aloof individuality of The Hanged Man are echoed in the Two of Wands. If either of these cards accompanies the Two of Wands in your reading, pay close attention to messages about going your own way and maintaining control.
This card is closely related to the card that numerically follows it, the Three of Wands. That card has less of a confrontational manner and is more connected to what society needs or wants. The Two of Wands borders on nonconformity if left to its own devices. When these cards appear in the same reading, prepare for success on a project and many accolades for your hard work.
Death is a tense member of the Tarot deck. It represents change that you will have little to no control over. When it appears with the Two of Wands in a reading, this foretells an unexpected promotion of which you could never have dreamed. In the final chapter you will win the war after losing every battle.
Your skills will come in handy and help you hold onto power when the Eight of Pentacles appears in your reading with the Two of Wands. Often we gain power but lose it because of the inability to take care of the little details. Not so with this card combination.
The Two of Pentacles combines well with the Two of Wands, as you discover an interesting way to make money with all of the pull and persuasion that your unique outlook on life has garnered for you.