The Knight of Wands

The Knight of Wands – The Fearless Warrior & Rebel

Fire Signs – Aries, LeoSagittarius

Knight of Wands Upright


Sudden Arrival, Great at Beginnings, No Follow Through, Unfinished Projects, Personal Freedom, Hates Restrictions and Boundaries, Excessive Behaviour and Lifestyle, Hectic Life, Extremely Busy, Unconventional, Daring, Bold, Brave, Warrior, Champion, Volunteer, Revolutionary, Rebel, Protector, Defender, Rescuer, Hero, Fearless, Risk Taker, Thrill-Seeker, Action Man, Dynamic, Extrovert, Healthy Ego, Seeks The Limelight, Centre of Attention, Self-Confident, Self-Belief, Self- Esteem, Direct, Forthright, Assertive, Thinks and Feels Success, Show-Off, Bragging and Boasting, Seeks Praise and Admiration, Dramatic, Adventurous, Fiery, Feisty, Temper, Prone to Aggressive Outbursts, Mouthy, Loud, Rowdy, Bores Easily, Hates Detail, Unpredictable, Seeks constant Action/Novelty, Impulsiveness, Hasty, Impatience, Frustration, Pent-Up Energy, Restlessness, Wants it All Now, Can’t Wait, Ready to Go, Moving Fast, Speed, Acting before Thinking, Presumptuous, Hasty Conclusions, Know-All, Passionate, Fun, Active, Drive, Energetic, Intense, Consuming, Motivation, Enthusiasm, Determined, Headstrong, Infectious, Competitive, Rise to Any Challenges, Seeks Challenge/Competition, Sporty, Physical, Extreme Sport, Spontaneous, Independent, Leader, Entrepreneur, Visionary, Future Oriented, Creative Imagination, Inspirational, Maverick, Inventor, Gadget Man, Whiz-Kid,Trail-Blazer, Friendly Generous, Helpful, Entertaining, Charming, Prankster, Fun, Playful, Party Animal, Attractive, Rugged, Sexy, High Sex Drive, Dashing, Ladies Man, Flirt, Playing The Field, Sowing his Wild Oats, Commitment Issues, Heart Breaker, Movement, Love of Travel, Wander-lust Spirit, Student/Teacher

Sample Messages (please add your own)

 Time to Take Action but think first and form a plan, don’t just charge in half-cocked and expect it all to work out.  Gets the Facts straight before doing or saying anything, Try not to be so fiery all the time. Calm down and stop being confrontational with everyone. Stop jumping to conclusions all the time, you may be wrong. Pay attention to detail. Your enthusiasm and excitement are admirable but there is a chance you are on the verge of acting impulsively or making a hasty decision. Remember that actions result in consequences, so try not to rush things or take short cuts. You must learn to exercise patience in this instance. Try to finish what you start.  Are you taking on too much? Do you have a habit of saying yes to everyone? Finish what you are working on before moving on to the next project otherwise you will end up overwhelmed. Face your Fears with Courage, Rise to Any Challenge that comes your way, Think success and you will prevail. Be Brave and Daring. Be Adventurous. Use your Imagination and think Creatively. Be Inspirational. Live while you have the Chance. Kick up your Heels and have some Fun. Don’t let your life slip by. Get a Life. Find something that interests you. Do Something Bold, Explore, Be Adventurous. Be Entrepreneurial, Take a Risk for a Change, Enthuse Others, Motivate those around you, Inspire Others, Fight a Good Cause. Protect or Defend those who are in need to help. Rebel against Unfair or Corrupt Policies or Situations. Take action and be proactive. Competitive for what you want. Travel and Explore. Discover what you are good at. Develop your Potential. Be Passionate about What You Do. Get some Exercise, Take up a Sport, Get Healthy. Be Truthful at the outset of Relationships, Admit you have no intentions of committing or settling down,  Explain your need for Personal Freedom, You certainly have a hectic social life but you need to make sure you are getting adequate rest or you will burn yourself out. Try to pace yourself.


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Double Fire

When The Knight of Wands appears in a Reading, his energy is having an influence on the Querant’s issue or it can suggest that his energy is badly needed in this instance. He can represent a person, an atmosphere, an event, a message, advice or a way of life/behaviour/attitude that needs to be taken on board. With all Tarot Cards, The Knight of Wands can have several interpretations. Because of the nature of Knights and the influence by Fire, their energy can be excessive or extreme at times. When The Knight of Wands is drawn, one must look at the surrounding Cards, The Querant’s issue and the Question, to determine if this Knight is having a healthy influence on the situation or not. In his Upright Aspect, he may be helping the situation rather than hurting it, but we must tread carefully. The Knight of Wands is double Fire so even if he is helpful, he might be a bit too overwhelming at times or could possibly be trying to take control of the situation under the impression that he knows what is best for The Querant. He may be too enthusiastic, too eager, too energetic and too outrageous.

If The Querant recognises this aspect in The Knight of Wands then they must be careful not to relinquish full control even if his nature is pleasing and friendly. Because of his impatient and restless nature, he may want to rush things or make a hasty move before you are ready. Don’t get lured into acting impulsively just because you feel under pressure to move or think fast.  When The Knight of Wands appears, it is essential to pace yourself and think things through before making any decisions. He will be pacing up and down the room in front of you, so it is important to block him out and calm your thoughts.

Busy Fire

When The Knight of Wands appears in your Reading he may simply be acknowledging that you are extremely busy at present. You may have several places to be all at the same time, phones may be constantly ringing and emails flying in and out. This buzz of activity surrounding you will give you a false high. You may be forgetting to eat and cutting down on sleep in order to fit your work load and obligations in. If this is just for a short period of time, then all is well and you can relax when everything is done. However, if this is a lifestyle you are beginning to adopt, then you will not be able to keep up this level of intense activity indefinitely without it having a negative impact on your health. You need to refuel your body with food and adequate rest.  Try to pace yourself and find balance in the middle of all the madness before it all gets out of hand.

Excessive Fire

The Knight of Wands turning up in a Financial Reading can act as a warning that you are living beyond your means. There may be excessive spending or a Cavalier Attitude to mounting bills and debt. If this is the case, you must take the necessary steps to rein in your spending and get the situation under control. You could easily be making impulsive buys, spending without thinking and believing that the money will be there. You may be riding high at present and living in the moment but your actions may have far-reaching consequences.

Depending on the circumstances, The Knight of Wands can be a great guy to have in your Reading as his energies are so warming and exciting, but we must remember the excess nature of him and the need to keep things in balance. Therefore be careful about overextending yourself when he makes an appearance. You may be running on high energy at the moment and saying yes to everything that comes your way. You run the danger of taking on too much or committing to things that really you do not have the time for. Your high level of energy cannot be constantly sustained so you must think carefully about what now appears to be golden opportunities not to be missed because before you know it they may easily become burdens and obligations that you cannot so easily get out of. Understand that you can only take on a certain amount of things at the one time. You must aim to complete all you have undertaken. Finish the tasks that are already on your plate before takings on any others. If not you may risk being surrounded by a pile of unfinished business with not an ounce of energy or interest to motivate you into action. I know you only like to look at the big picture, but for once stop to think of what all these tasks entail right down to the nitty-gritty of things. You like to give your best and for others to see that too so make sure you have the time and energy to do just that.

Igniting Your Fire

However, all said and done, If The Knight of Wands appears in your Reading when you are in a rut, listless, depressed and lacking in energy, his boundless and exuberant energy is just what the doctor ordered. Should you feel there are too many obstacles or problems blocking the way to you realising your goals, then he is eager to impress on you his way of dealing with challenges, opposition or restrictions. As his powerful horse rears up in front of you, he asks you to take a risk on life and hop on board for the ride. His appearance can be a sign that you need to be more confident in yourself and develop a healthy self-esteem if you want to get where you are going. When you draw The Knight of Wands in a spread he may be enticing you to take action and get moving on that which you are seeking. The time has passed for being passive, inactive and indecisive. The fence-sitting is over. It is now time to move, get motivated and shake yourself up. In fact, wake up to your situation and take a good look around. Is this where you want to be? If not then do something about it. Think of fresh and novel ways of approaching the situation and changing your life. Perhaps act spontaneously and unpredictably for a change. Shock yourself and others.

The Knight of Wands can represent that time when we feel buoyed up and ready to explode into action. You desire personal freedom, or you may be experiencing a sudden desperate need for change or to do something you have always wanted to do. You may feel spurred into action on your own behalf or for others. There might be a cause to fight that you feel strongly about. You might be trying to encourage and motivate others to join you in your quest. You have strong skills of persuasion so don’t give up and don’t be afraid to put yourself forward, to volunteer or speak out. Be the one to make a difference and open the door to change in areas that have been closed, barred and locked in the past. Don’t be put off by the naysayers or retreat because of veiled threats. Come out fighting and determined. Be prepared to go into battle with the belief that you are fighting for a good cause.  There is a strong desire to move forward. This move may be into uncharted territory or the unknown but you are prepared to take the risk to see where it might take you. You may also be preparing to change address.

Fearless Fire

Nervous, doubtful or lacking in self-belief about your ability to change your life or fulfil your ambitions, then The Knight of Wands will persuade and convince you to feel the fear and do it anyway. Life is short, so you have no time to lose. So what if it doesn’t turn out exactly as you intended? What is the worst thing that can happen if you get it wrong or make a mistake? The Knight puts his hand on your back and nudges you forward ‘you will never find out unless you try’.  He confides in you that even though he looks a big brave, and fearless Knight, he has fallen off his horse on many occasions and landed face down in the dirt. ‘Does it scare me off, do I regret ever starting? On the contrary, it just makes me impatient to climb back on my horse and try again. Each time I fall off my horse, I learn something from it. I just dust myself down and am ready to go again.

It is true, many enjoy the spectacle of me falling on my face, but the thing about me is that I don’t really care what other people think or say about me. Obviously I do not like bad press but boy is it a wonderful sight to see their shocked faces when I make a comeback or worse still become successful in my endeavours or life. You are never going to get everything right all the time but it will never happen for you if you do not try. Prove to yourself that you can do it. Rise to the challenges, whether self-imposed or forced on you by others and overcome them. You will discover a lot about yourself and others in the process. Look at me, I am very versatile and like to think that I have many other aspects of myself to explore. That is why I am always on the move, discovering new things all the time. Once you begin to let go and take the first step forward out of the tiny of confines of the limited space you exist in, who knows what you will find when you enter the uncharted territory of your full potential. Think success and it will happen.

Challenged Fire

When The Knight of Wands appears in your Reading he may be acknowledging that in some way or area of your life, you are being challenged. Perhaps you are even setting yourself a personal challenge. If so then he asks you to accept the challenge and go for it. You have what it takes to overcome and prevail. Just get some motivation and enthusiasm going, and then let the momentum build. Don’t give into fear or self-doubt. You can be victorious in your endeavours. Remember energy be-gets energy so once you start the process; you will be surprised how much easier it gets. This challenge may come in the form of competition, where you will have to prove you are the best be it a job, personal matter or relationship. There will be stiff opposition but you are able for it. If you have personally challenged yourself then you must push yourself to new heights once thought impossible. Remember, whatever arena you must compete in, do not go in half-cocked and unprepared. Turning up with gritted teeth is not enough; you must have some plan of action.

Active Fire

Sport, exercise and physical activity are also suggested by The Knight of Wands who finds it impossible to sit still for a moment. If you haven’t been getting out in the fresh air or moving your body sufficiently to break a sweat then he is here to give you a kick up the backside and get your moving again. The Knight of Wands in his Upright Aspect never falls into depression or the doldrums. This is because he keeps himself active and busy all the time. He has a regular exercise regime that naturally burns off excess calorie and fat. Get moving.

The Fire Person

The Knight of Wands appearing in a Reading can obviously suggest a person. If so, this is a high energy person who is impulsive, spontaneous, exciting and high-spirited. The person depicted by this Knight is very active and busy all the time.  Constantly on the move and hard to pin down they seem to have a lot going on in their lives. They may be quite hard to keep up with as their interests are varied and they find it hard to relax and stay still for very long. They can bore easily and unless you make an impression on them the first time round, it is unlikely they will make any further effort.

However, he is a charming character and very friendly. Full of smiles and big booming laughter, this person is very sociable and likes to be out and about. He is the life and soul of any gathering and great for getting a party off the ground. He can play the ‘funny guy’ whenever he wants providing great entertainment for all around with his flamboyant and outrageous behaviour. He is known for playing the best pranks and no one will ever get even with him on this score. He can get a little hot-headed and loud at times when he gets into an argument or discussion with someone. He can even fly of the handle if he is provoked enough. In his Upright Aspect, he usually keeps this under control and can be persuaded to calm down if things are getting too heated. He is his own worst enemy when it comes to drawing conflict to himself. It can appear to others as if he deliberately antagonises a situation just to get a reaction. He has a very strong ego which creates a tendency to brag and boast about his successes, abilities and achievements. This can intensely annoy those in his company, who may see him as a know-all and too big for his boots.

Even though he has a tendency to be unreliable and lacks commitment and staying power, the Person represented by The Knight of Wands makes a great friend and ally, who will protect and defend you should you find yourself under attack on any level. He likes to see himself as The Hero in these situations, the guy who sorted out the bad guys or the one who saved the day for you.

This person will be very athletic, fit and sporty. In fact, sport may play a huge part in their life and if you are involved with this person then it is best you have an obvious interest too as much time will be spent engaging in it or watching it. They also are blessed with a healthy constitution and never seem to get ill or catch any bugs that are flying around.

Relationship and Romantic Fire

Now if you are romantically linked to this person, then you may need to take a step back and a good look at the nature of your relationship. You may have your rose-tinted glasses on after being passionately swept off your feet by this dashing Knight. His appearance in a Relationship Reading can suggest a Sagittarian if Temperance appears alongside or possibly one of the other Fire Signs such as Leo or Aries. If The Knight of Wands is not depicting an Astrological Sign, then he is representing his traditionally known energies or possibly has a lot of Fire in his birth chart even if he is not of that Element.

If depicting the typical Knight of Wands energy then the good news is that once he is in his Upright Aspect, your relationship is bound to be wildly passionate and exciting. It will be full of drama and action. With never a dull moment, this relationship is full on and moving at a frenetic pace. You might be caught up in a whirlwind romance where your feet barely get time to touch the floor or your head to catch up with your thoughts. It is possible that you have fallen head over heels in love with this Knight and can’t believe your luck for he is everything you have dreamed of. He is ruggedly handsome and fit. He is also mega sexy and very hot to trot.  He is also very popular and seems to have a wide circle of friends who can become very loud when they all get together.

If this sounds like your relationship then it may be a sign that it is still in the early stages.  You may be getting very little sleep at the moment trying to keep up with your Knight’s hectic and demanding life. He has a high sex drive so it’s likely you are going around with a big smile on your face all day and annoying the hell out of all your friends and work colleagues. You are having the time of your life and have never felt so alive and beautiful. He is mesmerising, darned attractive and scarily addictive.

However, he is also elusive and unless you have landed one of the more tamed Knight of Wands, it is quite likely you are doing all the running while he enjoys lapping up all the attention. He probably sees a lot of his friends and doesn’t always tell you where he is going or who he has been with, while you sit around waiting for his calls, ready to divulge every second of your day and whereabouts to him.

Now it all depends what you want out of this relationship. If you just want to have fun and are not looking for anything too serious or long-term well, you certainly are lucky and we are all envious of you. However, if you want to hold onto this guy and hoping for something deeper to develop, then you will have to understand a few very important things about him.

He is usually better at the beginning of relationships than anywhere else. It is his best time and you will get the most out of him. Unfortunately, the traditional energies associated with this Knight make him value personal freedom ahead of anything else. That means he doesn’t like to be tied down or restricted in any way. He may view an evolving relationship as a restriction rather than enrichment. Therefore, there can easily be a cooling of his ardour and passion if he thinks the relationship is becoming ‘normal’. He likes to be able to come and go as he pleases without questions or harassment. He doesn’t like people checking up on him or wanting to tag along all the time. He doesn’t want to be bound to times and locations. He prefers to go where he wants when he wants. A big No, No, are ultimatums regarding commitment to you or telling him that he now has a responsibility to you.

You may be setting yourself up for massive disappointment and heartbreak, if you are expecting this guy to settle down and fall into some kind of routine with you. It is unlikely that is going to happen. He may tell you he loves you and that you are the best thing that has happened to him in a long time but he may not be able to look you in the eye if you mention the ‘commit’ word. This Knight is known for his dramatic arrivals but is equally known for his rapid departures. If he feels there is an attempt to tie him down or restrict his movement, then his interest can wane very easily along with the flames of passion. He can end a relationship rather abruptly but also in a dramatic and hurtful manner.

This Knight likes to flirt and is aware of his sexual magnetism. Women swarm around him, even if they do know he is in a relationship. This can cause terrible tension within the relationship which sometimes evolves into suspicion and paranoia.  The Knight does like to play the field and even if he does remain faithful, his partner will feel under constant threat from other women, for he will do little to discourage their interest in him. Sometimes when he wants to end a relationship he will deliberately cause a show-down by very obviously coming on to another under the nose of his current partner. All’s fair in love and sport for this Knight and the end justifies the means. He generally does not end his relationships in a caring and subtle manner. There will be massive rows and screaming matches before he slams the door after making his exit. Jealous outbursts and tears are wasted on him and he just wants to put as much distance between himself and his partner when the relationship reaches this stage.

This Knight can have a successful relationship once his partner understands him. He can happily settle for someone who is very like him in nature. He likes his partners to remain independent and active in their own life. Someone who has their own circle of friends, a busy work life and hobbies that do not encroach upon his. He prefers sporty and fit partners who are often too busy to see him. A partner who is not needy, but has a healthy self-esteem and self-confidence. A partner who does not always need reassurance. A partner who despises co-dependency just as much as he does. Of course a partner who loves to travel is essential.  If they can get this right, this couple have the makings of an exciting and dynamic relationship that stays fresh and exciting. Neither gets the opportunity to bore each other and neither stands in the way of each other’s plans or ambitions. A couple who value their own personal freedom and are secure enough within themselves to allow unquestioned and unrestricted freedom for each other.

The Knight of Wands can also represent a partner met while travelling or on holidays. He sometimes suggests a foreigner from distant lands.

Careers and Business Fire

The presence of The Knight of Wands in a career reading can suggest that a change of job or travel related to career may be on the Cards. This may even include moving house or country too. Check for other travel related Cards such as the Ace, Three or Eight of Wands to confirm this. Whatever job the Querant is after you can be sure it is challenging and exciting. It is a very positive card when it appears in a Career Reading because it suggests that the Querant is really up to it, and has sufficient energy and interest to go places.

On the work front, depending on surrounding Cards, this Knight may be highlighting your impatience and frustration with the job you are in. It may be boring or the challenge has gone out of it. You could be working in a company that are too conventional and traditional. You may be up against tough opposition and hit a brick wall every time you try to instigate new ways or approaches.

Then again, if you are moving to a new job or entering a new career, The Knight of Wands can represent the nature and atmosphere surrounding the new position. If so then you are going to be a very busy person, possibly working in a sales related job where you will be up against stiff competition. Jobs that require you to come up with brilliant ideas could have you engaging in brainstorming sessions and having to think on your feet or on the move. This could be in the world of advertising.

Being a Wand and a Knight, you are certainly going to be thinking big when it comes to your career and you may even be considering starting your own business. You may have come up with an amazing idea or possibly a golden opportunity has presented itself to you. You have natural Entrepreneurial Skills so this should terrible excite and enthuse you. Being the boss and having full control is what you are after. It is possible that you are at the early stages of launching a business, possibly just post the idea stage and are eager to get going with your plans. You want to throw yourself into this new project without a moment’s delay and are just Fired up with energy. You have visions of the finished project and desperately want to steam ahead with getting there as fast as possible but this Knight’s presence in your Reading, although wonderful to see especially if you are going out on your own, it does act as an advance warning to the potential pitfalls you may experience should you move too fast on your idea before it is ready. You must resist the urge to make hasty moves or impulsive decisions before you have had time to think things through and possibly have others check them over too. I know it all sounds like unnecessary delays to you but certain things must be in place and small detail attended to before you take your first step forward. There must be a plan of action and not just action. Otherwise you may be heading for trouble. Look to surrounding Cards to see if your rush to get going may be harmful in the long run.

It is certain that you have the necessary energy and motivation for what you want to embark on but you have to pace yourself. You will be no good to anyone if you run out of steam before all the work has been done. Also try to be very honest with yourself before taking on whatever this exciting project is. Firstly, do you have the time for it? You do have a tendency to take on too much because you are such a willing soul. Secondly, why are you so excited about it? Are you excited about all of it or just a small part? Thirdly, is there a workable plan or strategy in place? Fourthly, are there others involved? If so, do they share your enthusiasm? Do you act alone before consulting them? Is everyone in agreement with what has to be done? Fifthly, have you a contingency plan in place? And sixthly, how much of a risk is involved. Is it a personal risk you are taking or are you taking risks for others too?

If you are the typical Knight of Wands, you will just dismiss all the questions I have just asked as silly and unnecessary. You know what you are doing and have a strong belief it will all work out. Well good for you and I wish I had your steely nerve and Devil-may-care-attitude. You have the potential to be hugely successful if you can get this right. The sky is the limit for you and maybe those around you are just worrying too much about everything. Without the likes of you taking wild chances every now and then, where would the world be today? You are blessed with good luck but do try to stick with it, even when it gets boring and tedious. Everyone hits that wall but you must finish what you start.

The Knight of Wands appearing in a Career Reading may be highlighting your teaching abilities. You may be considering teaching as a career for many reasons.  If Temperance is also in your Reading, then it can even more so suggest learning or teaching. Teachers do get a lot of school breaks which would give you the freedom to travel and pursue your other interests, hobbies and sport.

A job that involves travelling would suit you down to the ground but it would still need to be challenging otherwise it can all become stale. The Knight of Wands thrives in a career that is challenging and unpredictable, a job where he might have to get packed and moving after a rushed telephone call. A career as an on the ground reporter in war-torn countries would suit your desire for risk and also your need to defend and protect those who are under attack, while exposing corrupt governments and regimes. You will have no problem volunteering to accompany and record troops on their most dangerous missions. Besides your strongly principled and moral attitudes, you will also be determined to get the best photo or video coverage of all the action. With flak jacket and hard hat you will face open gun fire and risk capture if you strongly belief in a cause.

Fire likes to move so an office job or the predictable 9 to 5 would not be suitable for you. Airports are probably one of your favourite places as you love the hustle and bustle of new countries, people and experiences. You have in an in-built sense of adventure, so will be quite open to any job that comes your way, especially if it is novel or different. Because you don’t like to be contained, a job outdoors is preferable for you. Engineering and construction are also favourites.  With your sense of drama and courageous spirit, you might also be drawn to Fire fighting as a career or mountain rescue.

You are also a natural entertainer with a strong ego who loves to be centre of attention and in under the spotlight, so a career on stage; acting or singing can be a popular choice.

 The Knight of Wands suggests journey over land in hot dry weather.

 The Knight of Wands Reversed – The Reckless, Out of Control Hooligan

Knight of Wands Reversed


Reckless, Foolhardy, Daredevil, Hasty, Moving Too Fast, Rushing Things, Impulsive, Out of Control, Lack of Self Discipline, Cavalier Attitude, Cocky, Over Inflated Ego, Over-The-Top, Show-off, Bragging, Boasting, Presumptuous, Rowdy, Loud, Trouble Maker, Hooligan, Hot-Headed, Aggressive, Volatile, Temper, Tantrums, Dramas, Fiery, Feisty, Violent, Rebellious, Destructive, Chip On Shoulder, Rivalry, Jealousy, Envy, Overly Competitive, Overbearing, Domineering, Bully, Tyrant, Headstrong, Forceful, Thoughtless, Insensitive, Trapped, Restricted, Obligations and Duties, Wanting to Run away, Impatient, Frustration, Restless, Hyperactive, Giddy, Manic, Bores Easily, Lack of Commitment, Poor Relationship Reputation, Bad-Boy-Rogue, Womaniser, One Night Stands, Not Wanting to Get Tied Down, Un-reliable, Un-Focused, Un-Predictable, Superficial, No Interests, No Hobbies, No Goals, Lacks Drive and Ambition, Lack of Imagination and Inspiration, Lack of Purpose, Fear of change or travel, Drifter, Lacks Enthusiasm and Motivation, Lack of Exercise, Sedentary, Inactive, Passive, Follower, Wilful, Burn-Out, Exhaustion, Ill-Health, Delays with Travel, Unsuccessful Travel, Constant Movement, Sudden Departure, Travel Without Purpose, Drifting, Wild Rover, Heat wave

A Sample of Messages (please add to these)

You cannot Finish what you start, Don’t make any impulsive or hasty decisions, You are moving too soon in this situation, The time is not right yet, Stop being in such a hurry, You might be heading for a fall, Try to listen to good advice, You don’t know everything, Get your facts straight before you do or say anything you might later regret, You are unreliable and irresponsible, You are acting recklessly in this situation, Are you spending excessively? You are wasting your resources and possibly others too. Are you partying too hard, You are acting very immaturely, Your pranks and antics amuse no one,  You lack drive and ambition in your life, Time to start planning for your future instead of fooling around, You are on the go all the time and extremely busy, You are taking on too much, You are terribly busy at present, You are under extreme pressure and may be overwhelmed by all you have to do.  Stop saying yes to everything, You will have to say no, You need to slow down and take some time out as you are heading for a physical or nervous crash, You have your Finger in too many pies, You are in danger of getting burnt out, Too much activity, stress and pressure is turning you into a nervous wreck, You need to slow down and find some peace, Why do you feel the need to keep moving, You lack stability in your life and find it impossible to settle anywhere, You believe the grass is always greener on the other side, Why are you never happy with what you have? What is it that makes you so restless? You are acting like a Know-All, Why are you looking for a fight all the time, You have a habit of drawing conflict to yourself, You may be the instigator of trouble everywhere you go, Why are you so aggressive and hot-headed, Why does everything have to end in an argument with you? Stop being so intimidating and threatening, No one likes a bully, Can you not be happy for someone else’s success? What do you have to be so jealous of? You may have more rivals and enemies in your life than friends? Have you go any real friends at all? Are you the Leader of a Gang? What are you trying to prove to everyone, When is enough ever going to be enough,

NB: We must always remember that Reversed Cards can bring extremes of the Upright Meanings. It is vitally important that you consult all surrounding Cards when applying the appropriate Reversed Interpretation during a Reading.


When The Knight of Wands Reverses he either lets the Fire get out of hand, drops his reins and loses control, or lets it burn out altogether. He can blow hot and cold.

Fire Out Of Control

As The Knight of Wands Reverses, the wind turns direction and his flames ignite anything that comes in his path. Those that needed Fire to wake them up and get them going, end up being overwhelmed by the passion and heat of the flames, while those who already have enough excitement going on in their own lives get consumed in the raging inferno whether they want to or not. One way or another, many can get badly burnt by the ferocity of its heat.

Fire in this out of control manner is all-consuming, and as we all know, can be extremely destructive. Time is then wasted on getting it under control by those who see it as impossible to work with, or trust. Fire cannot be let off to do its own thing as it has no conscience or self-discipline. Fire out of control is thoughtless and insensitive to the pain it can cause others. Its aim is to gobble up as much territory as possible, up, over, under and through, leaving nothing standing in its wake. It must raze to the ground anything that comes in its path. It must keep moving, and the danger lies in this aspect for the more it moves the more restless it gets. It rushes this way and that, and is drawn to anywhere it finds an outlet, or anything it finds combustible. It may start off heading North, only to turn West with little or no warning. Before anyone has had a chance to organise or control it, Fire has side-stepped all and headed South. In this manner, it becomes unpredictable and reckless in its behaviour. It can’t be stopped without great effort, and left to its own devices, chooses not to stop because Fire likes what it does. It has been created to act in such a manner. That is why we must have a healthy respect for it, and understand that any Fire needs to be kept under tight control if we are ever to gain the wonderful benefits from it.

Fire in excess or extreme can cause you to be, or to act, presumptuously and impulsively. You may hastily react to a situation or comment before you have given yourself a chance to gather all the facts, or for the person to explain themselves to you. This can cause you to fly off the deep end and say or do things you may later regret. Act in haste, regret at leisure.

Insipid Reversed Fire

When Fire burns out altogether or reduces to an erratic flickering flame, it can be quite a pathetic and unnerving sight. Without Fire what shall we do for heat, how will we sustain and motivate ourselves. We would all lie huddled in a corner not wanting to do much. We would have the energy to do little, and the disinterest to match it. The Knight of Wands Reversed can sadly suggest that you lack drive and ambition. You have set no goals or give scant thought to your future. Instead of being active you become passive and sedentary. His presence can be suggesting there is a lack of Fire in your personality make-up at present which is causing you to be listless and lifeless.  You lack imagination and are inspired by nothing. The Lack of Fire makes you fear change or anything that is new or different.  You might be finding it hard to make a decision about what you should be doing.  You might talk yourself out of any change or travel because it just takes too much effort. You have no interests and may not even have a hobby to engage you. You need to take stock of your life and find something that captures your attention and imagination so that a spark at least can ignite. Otherwise, life will pass you by all too quick and you will be full of regrets, ‘what ifs’ and ‘if onlys’. You also need to get physically active too. His Reversed presence can highlight the extremes of exercise; doing too much or none at all. Only you can decide which category you fall in to. Nevertheless, you need to do something about it.

Blowing Hot and Cold Reversed Fire

So, when The Knight of Wands Reverses, his Fire can race into extreme either one way or the other. It can also change direction very easily. He may be all Fired up one day, rearing to go, excited about the prospects ahead, but by the next day is listless and couldn’t care less. The extreme Fire can make him terribly restless by either over-exciting him as he becomes addicted to novelty, action, drama and reckless behaviour, or totally exhausting him from constant movement and giddiness.

What this means for you or your Querant in a Reading is that if you have let Fire become extreme in your life and behaviour, you are going to find it almost impossible to complete any tasks you start. Extreme Fire will not let your mind settle or focus on anything.  Neither will it let you sit still for a moment. How the hell are you going to get anything achieved when you are like that?

Overbearing, Reckless, Cocky Reversed Fire

When The Knight of Wands appears Reversed in your Reading, it is a good sign that your attention span is appalling at present and you will find the need for constant movement and action, but there is bound to be little thought or purpose behind it. You will be drawn to challenges for all the wrong reasons. People around you will beg you to ‘just let it go’, but no, you will be hell-bent on rising to every challenge that comes your way, and when Reversed, these can tend to be negative. It is like a craving or burning desire you have to be constantly pushing and forcing. You constantly have that Suit of Armour on you. You may be trying to prove a point, or your superiority, when those around you couldn’t really give a damn and wonder why you have to try so hard.  Relentlessness turns into a negative aspect as you wear out everyone around you with you dogmatic, headstrong attitude and overbearing behaviour. In the Upright you would be considered Bold and Brave, but once Reversed your antics and approach to situations may be viewed as recklessness and sheer stupidity. Like a Flash Fire, you could burn or destroy everything in your path as you fail to listen to reason or sense. Advice is for Fools as you believe you know it all and have nothing to learn. You can become cocky and fully of your own importance, bragging, boasting and showing off to anyone who will stand around long enough to listen to listen to you.

When The Knight of Wands is drawn Reversed, the Ego may very well be over-inflated. You carry an air of cocky superiority and may tend to Lord it over others, giving orders, or worse still, intimidating and bullying those around you. Instead of earning control, leadership and the respect of others, you may assume the position of control by force. You may become a tyrant, the very sort you say you despise, but if power gets into your hands, it may certainly change you for the worse. With Fire in extreme, you are bound to become very intolerant of those around you who do not move fast enough or appear weak and indecisive in your eyes. Motivation goes out the door as you boom instructions left, right and centre. Few have the courage to challenge your methods or stand up to you as you have no interest in the input of others. It is your way or the high way.

Aggressive Reversed Fire

When The Knight of Wands Reversed appears in a Reading it can represent a person who has a feisty, fiery and aggressive way of behaving. He likes to draw attention and conflict to himself. This is usually due to a large chip he carries on his shoulder and thinks everyone is his enemy, trying to compete against him or belittle him. He can become obsessed with rivals and competitors. This attitude can have him taking offence to the slightest word, action or behaviour of another. He thinks everyone is out to get the better of him. In fact he is actively looking for someone to annoy or slight him for it feeds his need for aggressive and angry behaviour. In his mind, it gives him a good excuse for jumping in with both feet and fists to right the perceived wrong done to him. No one is going to get the better of him. He becomes a troublemaker and the instigator of rows and arguments. He will wreck many a party or night out.

Even on the best of days, his behaviour may turn rowdy and unmanageable, resulting in rows and brawls. He has no problem getting physical and is also renowned for jumping in uninvited into other people’s arguments and rows just for the sake of it. He gets a high out of fights, and a burst lip or black eye is all part of the fun, and to him, proof that he is a tough guy.  In his extreme aspect, he has the potential to become violent or have violent outbursts that can be quite scary to onlookers. The Reversed Knight of Wands represents the typical soccer hooligan who is out to cause trouble or The Rebel Without a Cause who turns up at any event to stir up the mob mentality. He is often the instigator of rows between people or groups. In his Reversed state he commonly gets barred from places and venues. He can gain a bad reputation for drawing negative attention and encouraging constant conflict or skirmishes. He is always in trouble of one sort or another, yet is always ready to put the blame on others for provoking him. He needs this to feed his extreme Fire’s desire for excitement. This is not Fire acting in the manner which it is meant to. It is negative and destructive rather than positive and constructive. His extreme Fire can be getting him into constant trouble. People know or recognise him for all the wrong reasons. If you identify with this aspect of The Knight of Wand’s personality, you more than likely have problems that need to be addressed before they become completely entrenched.

In arguments with family or friends, The Knight of Wands can become extremely confrontational and can cause fall outs between people by forcing them to take sides or becoming threatening in his behaviour. Because of his presumptuous nature, he is constantly misunderstanding or misreading a situation and once his mind is fixed on something it can be very difficult to persuade him otherwise. He can suffer from dreadful jealousy and envy if his life is not going as he desires. He finds it hard to offer his support or praise to those who are more successful than he. In fact he will go out of his way to run them down or cause trouble for them. He cannot be happy for anyone for he is deeply troubled inside.

Unfortunately, This Knight of Wands in Reverse can be extremely unreliable. His word cannot be trusted, it may mean nothing. His mind is so erratic and his attention span so weak that what you say to him can go in one ear and out the other very rapidly.

Impatient and Frustrated Reversed Fire

The Knight of Wands Reversed often appears in a Reading when there is a situation where tempers are flared. Something may be happening that is causing you great impatience and frustration which you are finding harder and harder to deal with. You may be on the point of blowing a gasket and feel like a pressure cooker ready to explode. This build-up of seething frustration is often caused by setbacks and delays to your plans, especially if there is travel of any kind involved. People standing in the way of you moving forward on what you believe to be a golden opportunity can be extremely upsetting for you. They just don’t see things the way you do. However, when The Knight of Wands is Reversed, those who are blocking your path may be doing so for a very good reason. There is a very good chance you are moving way too fast on a project and have given little thought as to how it is going to be implemented.  You just want to get started and believe you will work it out as you go. Unfortunately, unless you can manage this without the help of others, then they may have a valid point and reason for concern. This is especially true if you have other people’s interests, resources or money tied up in your risky plans.

Excessive and Extravagant Reversed Fire

And speaking of money and resources, The Knight of Wands Reversed can suggest you are living well beyond your means and spending money like there is no tomorrow. You certainly have a very Cavalier Attitude to life and seem to give little thought as to where all the money is supposed to come from. You could be maxing credit cards and spending flamboyantly. You could be throwing money around, making out that you are the ‘big man’. This is bound to bring you into the spotlight and make you the centre of attention alright, but it could be for all the wrong reasons. You certainly will have oodles of so-called friends and hangers-on who think you are great fun to be around, but may laugh at you behind your back. Your pranks and antics may border on the ridiculous and be terribly immature or totally irresponsible. This inappropriate and reckless behaviour could easily be to show off and impress others. It can be a sign that your self-esteem is not as great as you make it out to be.  There may be a new leader in the pack or newcomer who is making you feel uncomfortable. Regardless of how over the top others may view you, there will be no shortage of those who will take advantage of your extravagant behaviour even if they do think you are mad and insane behind your back. It is for certain you will always draw a crowd, but you may find out in the long run that you have few, if any real friends.

Trapped Reversed Fire

This Reversed Knight can also appear in your Reading if you find yourself trapped in a situation that is hard to get out of. You may be suffering extreme inner turmoil and frustration at not being allowed to be free. Restrictions, obligations and duty might be tying you down, while you crave to explore your potential or the world outside your own front gate. This is bound to make you irritable and on a short fuse all the time. You may find life where you are boring and dull and wish you could just pack a rucksack and run away. There is a chance you might be planning on making an unannounced departure of one sort or another. In the Upright, The Knight of Wands comes galloping into the scene but when he Reverses, we may not see him for dust as he puts as much distance as he can between him and us. He is the wild rover who cannot be happily tied down.

Travelling Reversed Fire

The Knight of Wands Reversed often delivers news of delays in travel plans or even cancellation. You may be all set to head off somewhere only to discover that your departure has to be rescheduled or cancelled due to surrounding circumstances that may be out of your control. Sometimes the travel problems arise due to your hasty and impulsive nature, not checking details and itineraries, flight time changes and also the quality of the destination you are travelling too. When this Knight of Wands appears Reversed and you are due to travel, make sure you check all your arrangements thoroughly and leave nothing to chance. This Knight of Wands also likes to travel with no schedule as he prefers to act spontaneously, moving from destination to destination as it suits. He usually travels light to facilitate his drifting nature. His travel may have no purpose or there may be no final destination. He prefers to fly by the seat of his pants and is not afraid of having to rough it as he goes. He may even appear like a hobo, unwashed and clothes in tatters due to his unconventional lifestyle.  There is also another aspect to The Reversed Knight of Wands where travel or movement is concerned. His antics or behaviour may have him needing to rapidly leave town regularly or to keep moving on before his enemies catch up with him.

Burnt Out Reversed Fire

The Reversed Knight of Wands may be appearing to acknowledge that you need to slow down or possibly have decided to do so yourself. Your hectic pace may have caught up with you leaving you burnt out and exhausted. Depression may be evident. Wands people do not handle sickness or poor health too well as they are used to being full of energy. Being tired is not a sign of weakness, that you are a failure, or that you have lost out to the competition. It is neither necessary nor possible to be the best at everything. You are a good all-rounder but may only excel in a few areas. Learn to identify what you are really good at and focus on these areas. Stop being so competitive. You may be letting your life get out of hand and involved in far too much. It is more than you can handle. Understand this and try not to spread yourself too thin.  If you are burnt out and exhausted, this is why. You will have to admit this to yourself and to others who may be expecting too much of you. Slow down before you fall down.

When The Knight of Wands Reverses, he can suffer a bad fall from his wild horse who has been let get totally out of hand and control. You may find yourself stranded in foreign territory with no internal compass to navigate by. Instead of you being the Hero, others may now need to come to your rescue. You have been trying too hard and moving too fast. Slow down now and learn to pace yourself as you need to recharge your batteries and get some much-needed rest. Your relentless Fire has left your nerves feeling frazzled and frayed.  You have said yes to far too many things and people, and have your fingers in way too many pies. You may not be able to fulfil your obligations or carry out your job duties satisfactorily. This is the result of taking on way too much in an attempt to be everything to everybody, and to be seen as some sort of Superman. Even Superman needs a break occasionally and when you are tired and worn out, you are not able to give your best. If you are living your life constantly in the fast lane, working or partying too hard, then you are bound to experience a crash at some stage or other.

Being a Wand, Reversed or not, being laid low and having to endue enforced rest can make you feel like a failure and weak. However, it can also have the reverse effect. If The Knight (you) has fallen from his horse or possibly being thrown, then he will have to walk home, or to wherever he was destined. He may have to call someone to come and get him and then wait for help to come. Waiting is not his game, and he will only be able to move at a certain pace if he tries to make it on foot.  However, his newfound circumstances may give him the time to take stock of his life and realise how much he is missing out on by being constantly on the go. He/You may decide to slow down and find inner peace in an attempt to regain his/your health and nervous state of being. Once the pot has reached boiling point, it usually boils over. If left on the heat indefinitely, the contents eventually evaporate or turn into a charred mass. It may take a crash of this sort to bring you to your senses and help you change your crazy lifestyle.

Immature Reversed Fire

At the end of the day, The Reversed Knight of Wands may just be an indication of immaturity and a reluctance to grow up and act responsibly. This may all be youthful type exuberance but the hope is that one day he will sort himself out and develop into the mature King of Wands, or even The Upright Knight. If things have got terribly out of control, he may come to his senses and decide to turn over a new leaf. He may choose to go back to The Page Stage and completely start over from the beginning in an effort to sort his life out. His out of control and extreme lifestyle is more than likely as a result of conditioned behaviour since childhood. He might need to go back there to see where and how it all began before he can start to put it right.

Relationships and Romantic Fire

When it comes to Relationships however, women are likely to see him as the bad boy rogue. Sex will be more like sport with a series of one night stands, possibly several in the one night, creating all sorts of problems and multiple broken hearts. Commitment is a word he does not understand, so if you are chasing this Knight you will never catch up with him. It is best to let him go as he is not relationship material. Forget entertaining notions of being the one to change him for he will only take advantage of your good nature, use and abuse you, before he takes off leaving you broken-hearted and possibly financially poorer too. Even in the Upright, this Knight always feels he may be missing out on something better elsewhere, but in Reverse, he is convinced of it. The grass is always greener on the other side for him no matter how wonderful a partner you think you are. If you can get over this guy, and boy can it be difficult, for he is a handsome devil and has something of a ‘big kid’ about him, you will be able to observe his antics and behaviour far better at an objective distance. You will first broken-heartedly see him take up with a new partner, but if you observe for long enough you will see that old habits die-hard. He will find it impossible not to check out the greener grass on the other side, but once he has spent a bit of time rolling around in that lovely greener grass, he will discover an even greener patch the far side again and be off once more. You will smile wistfully, and feel sorry for those you first felt jealous of when he left you for them. They too will hopefully learn from their experience.

As much as The Upright Knight of Wands has difficulty with commitment, only in exceptional circumstances will The Reversed Knight of Wands stay around for long enough to form a meaningful relationship with you. As long as you accept this, then your time with him is bound to be wild, dramatic and filled with passion and craziness. Your relationship could be laced with show downs, ferocious rows and screaming matches. Crockery and glasses may even be thrown. Of course making up will also be wildly passionate, but this can have a terrible destabilising effect on you. Make sure you keep a check of yourself during this time and do not allow yourself to get caught up in his ‘Wild West’ style of living for it may rub off on you and damage your own reputation. Some women can be suckers for The Knight of Wands Reversed, who often turns up like a bad penny when he is looking for something from you. He can be quite convincing with that drop dead gorgeous smile of his and handsome rugged features. Did I forget the hot body too? Do not be fooled by thinking he has come back for you. The Knight of Wands Reversed in a Relationship Reading really only thinks about himself. If you simply want a good time and a casual relationship with no ties, then this might be the guy for you. Otherwise, stay clear and let him ride by on his horse.

On a lighter note, The Reversed Knight of Wands in a Relationship Reading may simply be highlighting a partner who has to travel a lot or a partner from a foreign land who can only see you occasionally. He may also suggest a Holiday Romance, especially as The Wands are associated with travel. Because he is Reversed, This Knight may make a habit of engaging in short-lived passionate romances with those on vacation, due to the fact that they will not be around indefinitely. For many holiday-makers a wild fling of this nature is exactly what they are looking for on their two-week break from the mundane aspect of their normal life. As long as they do not entertain any notions of keeping in touch and flying back regularly to meet, then all is well, and once obvious precautions are taken, The Knight of Wands Reversed can be the makings of a holiday or vacation to remember. Hop on your flight when you are due to return and wave goodbye. It is unlikely he will even notice your wave as he will already be taking stock of the newcomers at arrivals.

Career and Business Reversed Fire

Career wise, The Knight of Wands Reversed can suggest that you are finding it difficult to settle your mind on anything for any length of time. You probably haven’t got a clue what you want to do and could easily jump or drift from job to job as tedium and boredom sets in. If a student, you may be finding college difficult due to your inability to focus attention on your studies. You may be constantly changing your mind about careers, getting all excited one day and then letting it fall flat on its face the next. Everything and anything may seem appealing but the attraction is usually short-lived. You may entertain the belief that you still have plenty of time to start a career as you focus on the here and now and not your future.

You may still see yourself as youthful and exuberant where study and careers are for older, fuddy-duddy people. You may still be caught in The Page stage of life, partying too much and not spending enough time in applying yourself to your future and setting goals. There is a chance you have no goals at all and believe that it will all fall into place one day of its own accord with little or no input from you. You may be lazy and disinterested in doing anything. You just don’t want to tie yourself down to having to be somewhere at a certain time every day. You may be very guilty of constantly procrastinating; full of wild ideas of what you are going to do and where you are going to go but nothing ever comes of it. You could easily be a genius with brilliant ideas and new concepts but lack the motivation and application to get anything off the ground. Deep down the cause behind this may be a terrible lack of self-belief.

Then again, you may have come up with some amazing ideas, plans or even invented something that you are totally convinced in, but has not been well received by the public. You may have become so obsessed with it that in your haste, you failed to carry out sufficient market research. Your timing may be off or it may be too advanced for generic suitability. You may find it hard to persuade investors to give you their backing which will drive you to distraction with impatience and frustration. Just because you believe whole heartedly in it, does not mean everyone else will give it the thumbs up.

In work, you may have oversold yourself for a position, bragging and boasting about your abilities. You might now find yourself overstretched and under extreme pressure.  You will be reluctant to admit defeat or ask for help. During interviews your restless nature will not do you any favours as employers will be looking for commitment and loyalty. They will not want to invest in training you if they get any hint that you might get bored too easily and leave.

If you are thinking of starting a business when The Knight of Wands Reversed appears take it as a serious warning that you may be moving too fast or have not given proper thought to how it will work out. Time spent now in laying down a workable plan and sorting out all the fine detail will be well worth it in the long run. You are in danger of running with a plan that is unworkable just because you are impatient to be successful. Then again, this Reversed Knight can simply suggest the intense activity and buzz around the launch of a new business. You may be working 24/7 just to get ready for the opening day. This is a necessary evil at present and life should settle down to a more manageable level once everything is up and running. Make sure you do not try to keep up this pace. You may have a very strong constitution but you are not invincible by any means.

As a boss you may be overbearing and domineering. Staff may find it hard to approach you as you can be intolerant of those you consider weak or whinging.  You have a tendency to fly off the handle for the slightest reason. You like to get your own way and can walk over others in the process. You might be demanding 300% from your staff all the time and expect them to have the same energy levels as you. You might have a tendency to move the goal posts on a daily basis in work. Staff can find it hard to keep up with the latest rules and rosters.

The Knight of Wands Reversed can also suggest that you prefer to work for someone rather than take on the responsibility of being the boss. You might prefer to be a follower rather than a leader.

The Knight of Wands can suggest a relentless Heat wave.


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The 78 Cards – Detailed Study Version (Card Description, Keywords, Upright & Reversed Meanings)

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