Exploring the Knight of Wands

Welcome to Tarot Thursdays! This week we will be exploring the Knight 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


The Knight of Wands is card number 33 in the deck, the twelfth card of the Wands Suit, and the second card of Wands’ Court in the Minor Arcana of the Tarot.

Let’s take a look at the following examples of this card below.

Card Examples

L-w12Notice 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

These are all clearly knights who are charged up and ready to go. Where? I have no idea. Adventure? Battle? Who knows, but surely it will be glorious just by looking at these guys. Particularly the Tarot of Dreams card here. I must say the art in this one is quite lush and dramatic. I mean, the colors in the entire deck pop, but this card compared to the others is truly striking to me. It really screams, “BEHOLD! KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOUR!” Doesn’t it?

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:


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

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

  • LUST

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

What this Card Means to Me

Once again, knights represent the teenager – that emerging adult. So we see that dual dynamic here as one figures out where they fit in and belong in the world. And with the wands we see the aspects of the soul emerge, both positive and negative, as it tries to find balance. There’s going to be passion and lust here. There’s going to be courage and recklessness. We’ll see that charm and ego. For better or worst there will be energy, action, and adventure here. That fire within it is going to charge forward. In many ways, this is the classic fairy tale Prince Charming.

The key phrase I choose for this card is: CHARGER OF THE SOUL.

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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