Six of Wands
My self-study of Tarot continues with the Six of Wands. Or, as I just heard, “cause for celebration.”
“The hero’s journey,” “majesty,” “pageantry,” adulation, applause, conveyance, lauded, approval, overcome obstacles, a “win,” merit.
Wands, sprigs (leaves), wreaths, horse, sky.
It’s the high-flying wreath that stands out as a symbol of victory and celebration. It’s notable that a wreath is also present upon the main figure’s head, much like a crown. It reminds me of the ancient Olympic wreath – the olive-leaf wreath – placed upon winning athlete’s heads.
Green, blue, yellow, orange, burnt umber, brown, white.
It’s the green that stands out. And how could it not with the green cape over the horse? The green feels like greatness and growth and possibility and richness; abundance; opportunity. Makes sense. 🙂
What the Guide Says About the Six of Wands
“A laureled horseman bears staff adorned with laurel crown; footmen with staves are at his side. Divinatory Meanings: The card has been so designed that it can cover several significations. On the surface, it is a victor triumphing, but it is also great news, such as might be carried in state by the King’s courier. It is expectation crowned with its own desire, the crown of hope. Reversed: Apprehension, fear – as of a victorious enemy at the gate, treachery, disloyalty, as of gates being opened to the enemy.”
You know, for once I’m pretty much in full agreement with the text from the little white book. That said, it still feels like it only scratches the surface. For me – and perhaps for all Tarot readers – I have to say that’s a good thing. It makes us dig deep, or deeper.
What We Say About the Six of Wands
Incredible effort results in great triumph. As such, celebration ensues.
Signifies creation of benefit to the collective.
Jovial and festive proceedings.
A clear winner parades themselves as a celebrity.
Occurrence of a great misfortune is observed.
Wreathed in victory.
To be clear, if you use reversals, that third-to-last statement, “Occurrence of…” would definitely be a fit.
“The winner takes it all.”
All for one, one for all.
Movement in the direction of completion of a journey.
A hero’s welcome.
I Might Ask This Client…
“What work are you doing – or have you done – that may result in public scrutiny and acknowledgement?”
“Where are you being a hero in your life?”
What comes up for you around this card?