Self-Care with Knight of Wands

Welcome to Self-Care with tarot! Each week we will go over one tarot card and explore how it can be used to inspire a self-care activity for the week. This week is the Knight of Wands.


Introduction and Meaning of the Card

SC-w12-01If you haven’t already, you can explore the basic meaning of this card here, from my Exploring Tarot series, and you can explore the emotional meaning here, from my Emotional Tarot series.

All knights serve as messengers and they tend to deal with the ego in balance with something else. In this case, the Knight of Wands is looking at the balance between your ego and your passion. A healthy ego sets boundaries in order to define where you end and others begin. An unhealthy ego overrides these boundaries where either you are trampling upon others or you are enmeshed.

So with that said, in the context of self-care, I take this card to mean to pay attention to the balance of your ego and spirit. In other words, be aware of the negative type passion driven behaviors within yourself. This means arrogance, cockiness, dismissal or minimizing, impatience, anger, risk-taking and so on.


My Suggested Self-Care Activity for the Week

Based on the meaning of this card, the activity I would suggest to try doing each day until next Wednesday is pay close attention to the way you feel, how you behave, what’s motivating those behaviors, and what’s happening around you. Keep track of all this in your journal.

Are you honestly treating yourself and others with genuine regard? Do you know how to hold space? Or are you the emotional equivalent of a charging blind bull, a soggy sponge, or even both? And yes, it is possible to be both depending on what you’re doing with your boundaries.

A major part of self-care is holding ourselves accountable. Another major part is the quality of the relationships we have with others. Are you doing what you need to be doing on your end to foster healthy relationships?


Do You have any Self-Care Activity Ideas to Suggest?

Based on the theme of this card, do you have any additional ideas for self-care activities to suggest? I would love to hear them in the comments below!


~ Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti (Illustrator and Author) © 2009
~ Credit for 3D model and assets used in this rendered image can be found here.

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