Monday, 26 September 2016

The King of Wands | The Power of Tarot's Bridge Card

Last week I wrote about the King of Wands and how A E Waite saw this card as the stepping stone from the glory of the Major Arcana to the mundanity of the Minor Arcana.  

Today I thought I'd expand on this and show you how I am using The King of Wands card as a result of reading Waite's insight.

Let's see how powerful he really is!

First, procure your deck's King of Wands card.

Split your deck into two bundles – one for the Major Arcana and the other for the Minor Arcana and shuffle each bundle well.

Ask your King of Wands card to guide you to the most significant Major that you need in order to make progress (in your issue, towards your goal, whatever it is that you are looking for help with).

Place your King in the Major Arcana bundle and shuffle, all the while keeping your question for him at the forefront of your mind. 

When you are content to stop shuffling, take your Major Arcana bundle, face down, and lay down each card in turn, as if you were playing snap or something. When you turn the King of Wands, you are paying attention to the NEXT card that you turn over – this is the Major that will help you.

Do the same with the Minor bundle and your King of Wands card. Again, you are looking for the card that follows the King of Wands as you turn over each card in the bundle.

You now have two cards – a Major and a Minor. These have been linked by the King of Wands.

How can reading these two cards together help you with your issue?

Here's a worked example:

The question concerns a stale relationship and a need for break-through:

The Lady (Empress equivalent) and the 9 of Pentacles.

I am struck by how sad The Lady looks, despite being surrounded by such luxury and fecundity. The harvest necessitates the cutting of the wheat, the picking of the fruit; the arrival of the baby heralds the end of her pregnancy. She is brooding the losses that come with creation.

The 9 of Pentacles woman wears the same pensive expression and she too looks materially comfortable. Her hawk is held on the glove. In order for it to fly free, she has to let it go.

The two cards that the King of Wands has chosen to act as a bridge tell me that in order to effect a break through, the sitter has to work on two things to make the necessary break through.

  • If comfort is paramount, then the sitter must be prepared to accept the necessary losses and restrictions in order to keep comfortable.
  • If, however, the sitter wishes the bird to fly freely, then some discomfort and uncertainty must be endured in order to create something new and better.  


  1. What if the King of wands is the last card in the bundle? The Justice followed him in the Major Arcana, but he was at the bottom of the Minor, so I guess this means no bridge :)

    1. No - just think of your bundle as a circle, not a pile and the card on the top will be the one that comes after the King of Wands :)


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