The tarot is a powerful tool for divination and self-discovery. Each card holds its own unique meaning, and when drawn in a spread, they can offer insight into the querent's past, present, and future. One card that is often associated with success and triumph is the Six of Wands.
The imagery on the Six of Wands tarot card typically depicts a person riding a horse and holding a wand or staff aloft, with the horse rearing up on its hind legs. The person often has a crown or a victor's wreath on their head, and the scene is often surrounded by people cheering and celebrating. This imagery is thought to have originated in medieval Europe, where it was often associated with the idea of a victorious knight returning home to a hero's welcome.
The horse is seen as a symbol of victory, power, and triumph. The rider, who is holding the wand aloft, represents the querent or the person receiving the reading, who has achieved a victory or success. The crown or victor's wreath symbolizes the recognition and praise the querent will receive for their achievements. The people cheering and celebrating in the background suggest that the querent's victory is shared and celebrated by others.
When the Six of Wands appears in a reading, it can indicate that the querent has achieved a significant accomplishment or victory, and that they should be proud of their efforts. The card also indicates that the querent will receive recognition and praise for their achievements, and that they will be able to enjoy the fruits of their labor. It can also represent a promotion, or a victory in a competition.
However, when the Six of Wands appears in reverse, it can indicate a lack of confidence, self-doubt, and feelings of insecurity. It may suggest that the querent is not ready to take on a leadership role or to claim victory, and may need to build up their self-esteem before they can move forward. The reversed Six of Wands can also indicate that the querent is not being recognized for their achievements or that they are not receiving the credit they deserve.
When the Six of Wands is paired with other tarot cards, the meaning can vary depending on the cards that are drawn alongside it. For example, when paired with The Tower, it can indicate that the querent has achieved a major victory, but that the success is short-lived and the querent may face a sudden and unexpected downfall. When paired with The Lovers, it can indicate that the querent has found true love and happiness, and that their victory or success is also a personal one.
In literature, the Six of Wands is often associated with the theme of victory and triumph. In Shakespeare's play "Henry V," the character of King Henry is depicted as a victorious leader, much like the rider on the Six of Wands, who leads his army to a great victory in the Battle of Agincourt. The card could also be seen as a symbol of the victory of good over evil in many fantasy novels, and in the realm of mythology.
In more recent times, the Six of Wands has been used as a symbol of victory in sports, where it can represent a team or an individual winning a game, match or competition. It can also be used in a business context where the card can represent a company or an individual's success and growth.
The Six of Wands is a powerful tarot card that symbolizes victory, success, and triumph. It suggests that the querent's hard work and determination will be rewarded and they will be able to enjoy the fruits of their labor. However, when the card appears in reverse, it serves as a warning to be aware of those around us who may be trying to take credit for our achievements or sabotage our success. Whether in literature, mythology or real-life, the Six of Wands is a reminder that victory can be hard-won, but when it's achieved it's a moment to be celebrated and shared. The Six of Wands serves as a reminder to believe in ourselves, to strive for success and to enjoy the journey. Remember that whatever the outcome, it is a learning experience and the next steps will be clearer after taking a moment to reflect on the victory.
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Danny is the co-owner of Soul and Synergy, LLC with his husband Terry in Eau Claire Wisconsin and author of The Divination Society blog and journal. As an accomplished Tarot Card reader, Danny oversees the divination services in the store. Danny has a bachelors degree in Clinical Laboratory Science and a master's in Business Administration. Danny is also a certified Reiki Master and an ordained minister through the Universal Life Church. As an instructor for Basic Tarot and an Advanced Masterclass in Tarot, Danny's passion is teaching others about the value of learning about divination in its many forms.