Two of Wands

Two of Wands

Two of Wands

The Two of Wands symbolizes the desire to leave the comfort of mundane life and venture out into the world. This card is often seen as an invitation to dream big and set bold goals. It represents the moment we step out of the comfort of what is known, and venture into the unknown future of possibilities. This is an exciting time of exploration and discovery. It is also an important opportunity to prepare yourself for the journey ahead. The Two of Wands is a reminder that every journey begins with a single step, and that it is up to us to chart our own path in life.

The energy of the Two of Wands is daring and adventurous. It is time to embrace change and to welcome the thrill of the unknown, trusting that everything will work out in the end. This card affirms that you are the master of your own fate, and you have the power to shape your life in any way you choose.

When this card appears, it may indicate that you are about to embark on a new journey, or that you are in the midst of making important decisions about your future. The Two of Wands encourages you to move steadily forward with a sense of balance and stability. Being prepared and remaining centered will allow you to navigate the ups and downs of your journey with grace and confidence. So, chart your course and then step forward with confidence. With each step you take, have faith that you are shaping your own destiny and creating the life you desire.

2 of Wands Reversed

The Two of Wands, reversed, brings with it a sense of unease or uncertainty about the future. This card suggests a person who is avoiding important decisions or holding themselves back from taking action in order to reach their goals. They may feel uncertain, stuck, or unable to clearly see the path ahead. The reversed Two of Wands can also indicate a fear of change or an aversion to risk, leading us to cling to the familiar and avoid new experiences. This card position suggests a call to action. It is time to trust in the journey and believe in yourself, even amidst the most challenging of circumstances.


“I embrace the unknown with confidence and courage, knowing that I am the master of my own destiny.”

2 of wands reversed

2 of Wands Zodiac Sign

The zodiac sign of Aries is associated with the Two of Wands tarot card.

2 of Wands Love

This card symbolizes the courage to take romantic risks, to step outside of your comfort zone, and to open yourself up to the possibilities of love and connection. This is a time full of choices and possibilities. If you are in a relationship, this card may suggest that you are at a crossroads and you are being presented with different options. The Two of Wands can also signal feelings of indecision or a lack of direction in matters of love. You may be feeling overwhelmed by the many options before you. This card advises you to approach matters of the heart with a sense of balance and stability, remaining grounded and centered in your own desires and needs.

2 of Wands Yes or No

In a Yes or No reading, the Two of Wands can generally be interpreted as a Yes.

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Minor Arcana Symbolism

Tarot Card NameTwo of Wands
Card Number EnergyAntithesis
Numerological MeaningDuality, balance, a settling of the energy, union, division, cause and effect, decision, cooperation, tension, complement, harmony, equilibrium, love, partnerships, opposites, connection, togetherness, polarity
Classical ElementFire
Traditional Upright MeaningFuture planning, anticipation, being in control of your own journey, discovery, personal power, leaving the nest, dynamism, co-operation, wanderlust, leaving comfort, focusing ones intent, centeredness, new adventure, restlessness, conviction, making decisions, travel, planning your future, deciding to stay or go, taking risks, vision, wanting more, possibilities, pursuing ones dreams
Traditional Reversed MeaningSelf-doubt, staying put, indecisiveness, lack of planning, playing it safe, overanalyzing, feeling stuck, aversion to risk, unexpected change, loss of control, anti-climax, limited options, scattered energy, inaction, feeling unsure, choosing a mundane life, concern about ones future, feeling powerless, fear of unknown, being held back, delayed or disrupted plans, lack of personal goals
Jungian Personality TypeIntuition
ChakraSolar Plexus
Astrological CorrespondenceMars in Aries
Crystals and StonesYellow Tiger’s Eye, Olivine, Lemon Quartz, Heliodor, Yellow Jade, Peridot, Golden Pearl, Sphene, Jargoon, Sulfur, Melichrysos, Honey Calcite, Pyrite, Chrysolite

2 of Wands as Feelings

The Two of Wands represents an interplay of conflicting emotions and the ability to find wisdom in the balance. This card represents an excitement and anticipation for the journey ahead, alongside feelings of uncertainty and hesitation in the face of the unknown. The Two of Wands symbolizes the thrill of embarking on a new adventure, setting bold goals, and embracing change. It also acknowledges our fear of the unknown and the very real possibility of failure. We can choose to use emotional conflict as a space to grow and learn, rather than allowing it to hold us back.

Two of Wands Meaning

Tarot Through the Ages

Tarot was originally invented as a card game in the mid 15th century. French occultist Jean-Baptiste Alliette, also known as “Etteilla”, was the first to assign divinatory meanings to the cards in the late 1700s. Many others have followed in his footsteps, bringing their own unique interpretation of the cards. In our exploration of the Tarot, we weave together contemporary insights with the timeless wisdom of the past. This blending of past and present perspectives offers a more holistic view, allowing us to connect with the evolving narrative and lineage of wisdom that has shaped our understanding of each card over time. Let’s dive into some of these historical interpretations…

Two of Wands Meaning


This key means force, enterprise, boldness, resolution, originality, some combativeness.


It shows fierceness, shamelessness, ambition, restlessness, turbulence, obstinacy, revenge. A card of enthusiasm, but strong self-interest.

Time period

Astrologically, the Two of Wands governs the first decanate of Aries, from March 21st to March 30th. This card is ruled by Mars.


The coiled serpent in the triangle symbolizes Wisdom, the idea associated with the number 2 in Hebrew occultism. Crossed wands symbolizes balanced force.



Modern Translation of The Oracle of the Tarot by Paul Foster Case (1933)

Two of Wands - RWS

The Minor Arcana: Two of Wands

An Alternative Definition for the Two of Wands

Traditionally, Wands are associated with the element fire. Below, we see that Thierens has decided to break with tradition by associating the suit of Wands with the element of air. Mystic Doorway has chosen the traditional correspondence of fire for the Two of Wands. Even so, we believe it is important to explore many historical definitions of the cards, allowing each individual the freedom to choose their own path within the journey of Tarot.

Card Definition

Melancholy, sadness, surprise, astonishment, consternation, terror, fear, enchantment, trouble, but also on the other hand riches, fortune and magnificence.


The Two of Wands represents the influence of Air on the Second house, the house of Taurus. This explains the latter meanings attributed to the card by some authors. The other category of definitions comes from the earthy nature of the Second house, which, when combined with the tone of the airy element, may create a sense of oppression. It’s the impression of heaviness, of a burden on one’s back that can easily turn into fear, gloom, and a feeling of being downcast, impotent, weak, and unable to resist circumstances.

This card may symbolize the weight of material conditions, the responsibility that comes with wealth, as well as economic projects or concepts and the idea of capital and capitalizing. Additionally, the combination of the principles of air with the house of Taurus suggests music, and we can be sure that this card always has some significance in that realm and in the intellectual and artistic spheres in general. This is a very important meaning and the significance should not be overlooked.


Music, art, artistic ability in general; capital, wealth, heavy responsibility, pressure, obsession, melancholy, fear, weakness, powerlessness or material power (on one side and on the other), gloom, dullness, melancholy, “spleen,” subjection to material circumstances; a “wait and see” attitude; the future belongs to those who can afford to wait. Country life.

Modern Translation of the General Book of the Tarot by A.E. Thierens (1930)

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Two of Wands Tarot

Upright: There is no way to reconcile the two possible interpretations. On the one hand, there are riches, fortune, and magnificence; on the other, physical suffering,

Reversed: Surprise, wonder, enchantment, emotion, trouble, fear.

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A.E. Waite (1910)

Two of Wands Card Imagery

A tall man looks out from a fortified roof over the sea and shore. He holds a globe in his right hand, while a staff in his left hand rests on the battlement, and another staff is fixed in a ring. The Rose and Cross and Lily symbols are visible on the left side.

-Modern Translation of The Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A.E. Waite (1910)


The Lord of Dominion

A White Radiant Angelic hand emerges from clouds and grasps two crossed wands. Flames emanate from the point where the wands intersect. The symbols of Mars and Aries, indicating the Decan, are depicted on two small wands above and below. Five flames emerge from the wands.

Symbolism: The card represents strength, domination, harmony of rule and justice, boldness, courage, fierceness, shamelessness, revenge, resolution, generosity, pride, sensitivity, ambition, refinement, restlessness, and turbulence. Despite showing keen mental discernment and good judgment, the card is also unforgiving and obstinate.

Chokmah of HB:Y (Influence over others, authority, power, dominion).

Therein rule the Angels HB:VHVAL and HB:DNYAL.

Modern Translation of The Tarot of the Golden Dawn: Book “T” by MacGregor Mathers and Harriet Felkin

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The Meaning of The Two of Wands Card Throughout History

The Tarot deck is a beautiful synthesis of esoteric thought and archetypal imagery. The journey of the deck, shaped by the events and values of each era, has continued to evolve and take on new significance as it adapts to a larger cultural story. Often a tarot card will have a variety of names and meanings. Exploring the historical interpretations of each card will create a deeper understanding of this powerful method for divination and self-discovery.

Various Names For The Two of Wands

The Two of Wands has taken many names throughout history such as Two of Batons, Two of Staves, Two of Clubs, Two of Staffs, Two of Rods, and Two of Scepters.

Tarot de Marseille (1650)Two of Clubs
Golden Dawn (1888)The Lord of Dominion
Papus (1892)Two of Sceptres
Rider-Waite (1910)Two of Wands
Thoth (1943)Two of Wands
Two of Wands Yes or No

Significations of The Two of Wands

  • Opposition to the commencement of the Enterprise. The Enterprise is commenced when an unexpected obstacle suddenly prevents its execution.

-Tarot of The Bohemians by Papus (1892)

Two of Wands Symbolism

Upright: Riches, Fortune, Opulence (wealth), Magnificence, Grandeur.
Reversed: Surprise, Astonishment, Event, Extraordinary Occurrence.

-The Tarot by S.L. MacGregor Mathers (1888)

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The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

Two of Wands - The Illustrated Key to the Tarot published 1918, public domain
Two of Wands – The Illustrated Key to the Tarot published 1918, public domain

This guide by Arthur Edward Waite, the designer of the most widely known Tarot deck and distinguished scholar of the Kabbalah, is the essential Tarot reference. The pictorial key contains a detailed description of each card in the celebrated 78-card Rider-Waite Tarot deck, along with regular and reversed meanings. Contents describe symbols and secret tradition, ancient Celtic methods of divination, and wonderful illustrations of each Tarot card. This book is the perfect complement to old-style fortune telling and also serves to make the Tarot entirely accessible to modern-day readers. The Pictorial Key to the Tarot is the classic guide to the Rider-Waite deck and to Tarot symbolism in general.

Pre-Raphaelite Tarot

Two of Wands – Pre-Raphaelite Tarot by Luigi Costa ©2019 Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. All rights reserved, used by permission.
Two of Wands – Pre-Raphaelite Tarot by Luigi Costa ©2019 Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. All rights reserved, used by permission.

The vivid colors and medieval imagery of the Pre-Raphaelite movement makes for a tarot deck that is rich with a sense of mystery and romance. Luigi Costa has created a work of unsurpassed beauty and deep spiritual power. This deck, based on the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith cards, is at once cryptic and insightful, the perfect combination of qualities for readers and collectors alike.

Harmonious Tarot

Two of Wands - Harmonious Tarot by Walter Crane and Earnest Fitzpatrick © 2005 Lo Scarabeo srl. All rights reserved, used by permission.
Two of Wands – Harmonious Tarot by Walter Crane and Earnest Fitzpatrick © 2005 Lo Scarabeo srl. All rights reserved, used by permission.

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