The Ace of Wands

Regardless of what may come after, this ace is a beginning. It’s a spark. It may come in the form of an idea, a sudden urge to do something, create something, say something.

Go with that urge. This ace – like all the aces – is an opportunity. It’s telling you to act on your ideas, to say yes. Because of all the tarot cards, this is the ‘yes’ card. It’s a cheerleader, crying ‘go for it’.

Having brilliant ideas is one thing, but it’s another to put in the work that it takes to bring it to fruition. That’s the journey we see in the pentacles cards (so pay attention if there are a lot of pentacles in your reading). Fire alone is inspiring and energising, but to be useful, it must be controlled, directed, used as you need it. Be prepared for this work. Know that it will be worth it. For now, feel the heat of your idea and welcome it into your life.

Key words and concepts

  • A new start… in the form of ideas, passions, action
  • Actually doing things
  • Starting projects
  • Saying yes
  • Preparing to do something big or exciting


As wands are the suit of fire, we might see lots of red and yellow in these cards, colours of passion and energy. It’s interesting to look at how a wand is illustrated in different suits. What does it look like in yours? In some, it’s a wooden rod, perhaps sprouting leaves and branches, representing that life energy. In others it may be a match or a key or some other symbol of potential. These are potent cards.