A hand emerges from the Heavens holding a single wand. The leaves are green as if still budding. The wand stands straight, and a brilliant white castle stands majestically on the horizon, the culmination of a past initiative. Firmly and resolute, the wand is presented to you.
Main Interpretation: Let's Get It Started!
I want you to think back to when you accepted your first job offer or decided which college you would attend. I'm betting that even though you still had time before your first day, you had the feeling you were setting the course for the next few years. This, my friend, is Ace of Wands territory. It's that initial burst of energy that sets the wheels in motion. It's the spark.
You're likely to see the Ace of Wands in your reading when you're charting new territory in your life. For some reason, the game Super Mario Brothers came to mind when I was thinking about this card. It's like when your Mario completes a level on the game, and suddenly, a new challenge looms. It's at this moment that Mario has been handed his Ace of Wands.
You may also see the Ace of Wands found alongside the other Aces - Swords, Cups, and Pentacles - because it provides the energy for these other mental, emotional, or physical opportunities to manifest. Just like with all Wands energy, it's the je-ne-sais-quoi that fills the gaps in our earthly experience. Some could even say it is the stuff of our souls - pure energy and light.
The sexual connotations in this card are what they are. I don't need to dwell too long on the imagery. (You see it, right?) Well, I want your mind to stop racing ahead to what comes next...tsk, tsk, come back here, mind! Instead, I ask that you think to what made your mind go there. It was more than simply an idea - it was a suggestion. This is what the Ace of Wands does. It draws you in with all that's possible.
When our Ace of Wands is reversed, the idea or project is simply a non-starter. In fact, that's the exact word that comes to mind every time I see this card upside-down. The time is simply not right, the conditions not perfect, the stars not aligned. The reversed Ace of Wands asks you to go back and try again, to think about what you could do differently, and how you could prepare better.
The reversed Ace of Wands could also speak to a lack of energy or fatigue. When you're feeling that way, the spark of energy the Wand could provide is simply out of reach. Instead, it's time to rest.
Example: Hope For A New Job
I once gave a reading to a friend who was going through a difficult time at work. She had been in the same job for awhile, and the rumble and tumble of her position was starting to wear her out. She knew she wanted to leave it, but she hadn't yet identified where she'd like to go next.
She was in this place when the Ace of Wands appeared in her reading. Even though she did not yet know what job she would take, the Ace was there to tell her something was already in the works energetically. It was like a portal had opened, and in time she would walk through it. The Ace served to give her a little shove. It was time for her to align her thoughts and visualizations with attracting and accepting a new position.
Lo' and behold, this perfect position did arrive about 4 months later, and she is now happily working in a new area.
Dream Symbol Equivalents
Dream images that speak to opportunities match up well with the Ace of Wands. So, an open door, a path or road ahead of you, and new shoes or new pants could all speak to Ace of Wands energy. Also, babies or children in dreams could be showing you new energy waiting to be developed.
The Bottom Line
Friends, the Ace of Wands is one of those cards that puts a smile on my face. It's the promise of something new and wonderful, something that will feed our souls. If you see this in your reading, my advice is simply to jump on it. It's a sign that something good is being offered to you and could take you far. Go for it!