Exploring the Two of Wands

Welcome to Tarot Thursdays! This week we will be exploring the Two of Wands and how it can be used as a prompt or brainstorming in our writing.

Tarot is an interesting thing. It’s based upon symbolism and metaphors through imagery. With these images the subconscious mind is tapped into through the story provided. Not everyone gets the same thing from a piece of art. Each piece will influence each person in a slightly different way.


Introduction of the Card

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The Two of Wands is card number 23 in the deck and the second card of the Wands Suit in the Minor Arcana of the Tarot.

Let’s take a look at the following examples of Two of Wands below.


Card Examples

 

Notice the similarities between them and take note of their differences. Do any of these move you more than the others? Take your time and allow these cards to tell you their story.


My Analysis of These Cards

Out of all the cards in the Tarot, I find this one to be the most unusual. Every non-traditional deck depicts vastly different and every deck’s book defines it completely different than the other books.

To further my point, visit this Deviant Art page. I own this deck physically as well. It pleased me to pieces when I found it in the book store in my area.

And check out this version of the Two of Wands as well. I don’t own this deck, nor have I found it for sale anywhere, but I find the artwork truly lovely.

And finally, look at this variation of the card. Out of all the versions I’ve seen, this one is the only one that has an image that matched the definition provided for it over on LearnTarot.com which I find interesting.

Aside from that one card, all of these cards suggest to me that they are preparing for something.


Themes of the Card

Each card has a set of keywords associated with it that serve as themes for its image. These keywords will vary somewhat depending on who you ask.

According to the Learning the Tarot website, the keywords associated with the card are:

  • PERSONAL POWER
  • BOLDNESS
  • ORIGINALITY

You can learn more about what this site has to say about this card here

Reading their definition, it implies that there is a power struggle in play but even the image of the card they provide doesn’t match the definition they give. I found this troubling and when I looked at the book that came with the Universal Tarot deck, it associated the card with uneasiness and sadness which didn’t fit with their image but did line up with the Mythic Tarot’s image. I didn’t have access to the book that came with that deck so I had to move on to other sources for more information.

According to the Biddy Tarot website, the keywords associated with the card are:

  • FUTURE PLANNING
  • PROGRESS
  • DECISIONS
  • DISCOVERY

You can learn more about what this site has to say about this card here.

Ultimately, it was the Biddy site’s definition that resonated with me best for this card.

And this is why I’m doing this exercise. It’s not to preach, “I’m right about this card.” That’s not what I’m saying at all. What I am saying is, in order for you to use these cards in a meaningful way – whether as a writer, for meditation, for whatever – then these cards need to make sense to you. And they’re not going to if you just let someone tell you, “This is what this card means.”

Instead what I’m trying to do here is tell you, “Look at these cards and get a feel for what they’re telling you. Now take a look at what some people say about them. Hear what I think and feel about them. Now it’s your turn to write about what you think and feel about these cards.”

It’s my belief that while this method might be longer, it has more benefit in the long run.


What this Card Means to Me

The Two of Wands to me is all about preparation. It’s just a matter of how much preparation is required for the coming task. Even a pantster has a general idea of what they want to do with their story. Whereas a planner will have at minimum a rough outline. Then you have the ultra planners with their detailed outlines, minute notes, and mountains of worldbuilding all prepared before they even sit down to write. The bulk of the work has been done before they even begin so to speak.

Their editing process looks completely different from that of the pantster’s editing process and it’s all because of how these two have prepared themselves prior to writing that first draft. The method I choose depends on the story, so I don’t think either one is superior over the other. For me it’s highly dependent upon which way my gears are turning, but in knowing this I’m still prepared for the stages involved. I know what’s required in which order.

And really in the end, this is what being prepared is about. Know what you’re going to need, what you will be doing, how you’re going to do it, where you need to be, who will be available for assistance should you need it, how much time it’s going to take, etc.

The keyword I choose for this card is: PREPARATION.


Music Playlist

In this spirit of all this, these are the songs I have picked out for this card.


The Writing Exercise

This exercise is a free write. Permit yourself to write whatever comes to mind based upon the theme of this card. Choose a keyword or key phrase and run with it to see what you come up with.


I would love it if you linked or pinged back what you wrote so I could see where you went with this.

Happy writing!


Mythic Tarot by Liz Greene (Author), Juliet Sharman-Burke (Author), Tricia Newell (Illustrator) © 1989
Dragon Tarot by Terry Donaldson (Author), Peter Pracownik (Author) © 1996
Universal Tarot by Lo Scarabeo (Author), R. De Angelis (Illustrator), A. E. Waite (Designer) © 2001
Tarot of Dreams by Ciro Marchetti (Author), Lee Bursten (Author) © 2015

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