Ace of Wands

Everything has a beginning, a seed, a tiny growing thing to be nurtured. Aces are cards of beginning, of first steps, of budding. The Ace of Wands is maybe my favorite ace, I don’t know, I am a sucker for Wands in general. But it is a good card, one that I love, a sweet and gentle thing.


The Ace of Wands is still flowering, still growing. It is a baby, a tiny sapling, something to be sheltered and coaxed out of its shell. It is a spark, primarily, most importantly. The Ace of Wands at its purest core is a symbol to you of genesis, of the beginning of something new and great. It is a card of passion, of pursuit, and its appearance indicates inspiration: now is the time to go. The spark is lit, when you see this card – whatever project you have been thinking about, whatever project or idea has been gently tumbling around the back of your head – now is the time. The spark is bright but it’s small, and it’s more important now that you nurture it into a full-blown flame than it is to make sure you don’t get burned. Am I making sense? This card is a signal for action, even a small one – it’s crucial and it is time-based, sorry, but it is. Inspiration strikes like a bolt of lightning, and sometimes it starts a fire where it hits but that fire goes out quick if it’s not fanned, right? This card is essentially telling you to turn all your attention to that little flame. This is a time for doing, rather than planning, so be careful. Whatever you do now doesn’t need to be long-term, doesn’t need to be researched and thought-out and planned. Your first steps now just need to be taken, and taken decisively, and once that flame has a hold of some kindling you can take a step back and start to think more big-picture, but for now it’s important that you just get moving.


I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes, I saw the sign
No one’s gonna drag you up to get into the light where you belong
But where do you belong
-“The Sign”, Ace of Wands Base

Strike while the iron is hot, you know? I don’t know if you know where that phrase comes from so let me tell you: when you are making a sword or a tool or whatever, we’ll say a sword because swords are great, when you are first shaping it – when you are literally creating it at the most basic level, we’re not talking engraving or points or anything, we’re talking literally making a piece of metal into a certain shape – you have to heat it, okay, in a fire, and when you pull it out of the fire you have to hit it! Right then! While it’s still hot and malleable, while it can still be shaped into something. If you miss the opportunity you can put it back in the fire but, like, repeated heating and cooling isn’t good for it, and the point I’m making is that the Ace of Wands is telling you that the sword just got yanked out of the fire. Someone yanked it out for you, maybe, sorry, but you don’t get to choose – it’s happening now, whether you like it or not, and so you can grab your, whatever, blacksmith hammer, and make a damn sword or you can not. It’s up to you, but the Ace of Wands is a sign that conditions are favorable – it feels scary and maybe even irresponsible to just do a thing without reservation or planning, but it’s just the first few steps of the thing, and the cards won’t lie to you. The most important thing is to start the process, to jump out of the plane. You have so much time to hit the target on the way down, to adjust your trajectory, but you have to jump out at the right time.

It takes a leap of faith to get things going
It takes a leap of faith, you gotta show some guts
It takes a leap of faith to get things going
In your heart you must trust
Leap of Faith“, Bruce Springsteen

The Ace of Wands is a lot about energy, about passion, and I want you to be careful now to recognize that. There is so much inspiration and light and fire in you, and it’s time to unleash it. Try as hard as you can to do it in a way that’s going to be good for you long-term. I know I literally just said this isn’t long-term, and I meant it, so don’t freak out. What I mean is just – you  know, you want the sword to be a sword, so you probably wouldn’t hit it so hard that it breaks in half or something. You don’t know what the sword will look like or act like yet, but you have a very basic conception of a sword that you are pointing yourself toward. The same thing applies here – you don’t have to know exactly where you are going, but try to point yourself in a direction that you think will bear fruit.

The reversed Ace of Wands is pretty straightforward – all this energy, this tiny spark, this little seedling? The reversed Ace of Wands means you have none of that. You might have a goal in mind, but – is it one that you want? Is it one you’re excited about? The reversed Ace means that you might just be toiling away toward something without necessarily knowing why, without it being something that you truly want, without it being something that you’re truly passionate about. If this card appears to you reversed, it might be time to examine what you’re doing, on as small or large a scale as you want. I’m not one of those people that insists you have to love what you do, etc., but I think there is certainly room in everyone’s life to do what you love – not necessarily as a career, but on some level. There has to be room somewhere for you to nurture your soul, to fan the flame of what excites you and makes you happy to be a person.

You are what you love
Not who loves you
“Save Rock and Roll”, Fall Out Boy

About Aly

aly was born in nashville but left before she could meet and befriend and ultimately wed taylor swift. now she lives in colorado, where she spends her time crying about bucky barnes, yelling about pop music and vampires, and writing young adult fiction.

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