The Ace of Wands tarot card is a good omen—one that tells you to go for it! You’ll often see this card come up at the beginning of a spicy new relationship or when you start a new job or creative project. It represents the spark of creativity and shows you’re ready to bring something huge to life.
This card shows your burning desire to create, whether that means entering a new career, having a baby, or igniting some passion. Now is the time to seize the day and get going! The Ace of Wands is all about pursuing your dreams and starting exciting new chapters in your life, so if you’ve been looking for a sign to jump in, this is it.
When you see the Ace of Wands reversed, it can mean you have a new idea in the back of your mind, but you’re not sure how to bring it to life. You might not know the steps you need to complete it or are feeling unprepared. Maybe there’s something else standing in your way or maybe someone is distracting you and keeping you from getting focused.
Find a way to harness your energy and focus your intentions. You need to have a clear vision before you can take the first steps, so don’t rush into something before defining your goals and doing the necessary prep work.
The reversed Ace of Wands can also show you’re feeling unmotivated and uninspired. Look to new areas for inspiration and talk to people who can help open your eyes. If you’re feeling weighed down by the other responsibilities in your life, try to balance them so that you can have more time to focus on your passions.
On the other hand, this reversed card can show you’ve been going overboard with your enthusiasm and passion and you’re becoming a bit intense. Again, look to balance your responsibilities and emotions to keep everything running smoothly.
Reading this reversed card using the “blocked/restricted” meaning
Okay, so let’s jump into how to read your reversed Ace of Wands card. First, you can use the “blocked/restricted” reversed card meaning. When you read your cards this way, you look for an obstacle standing in front of the card’s upright meaning.
So for the Ace of Wands, this means something is blocking your inspiration and new ideas. Who or what is keeping you in a slump and what changes can you make to regain your motivation?
Say you pull the reversed Ace of Wands card thinking about your career as an artist. You work in a factory to pay the bills, but all of your free time is devoted to your projects. You’re extremely talented, and lately, your passion has been creating and printing 3D sculptures.
You have a lot of ideas, but it’s been tough to find the time to create because of someone in your life. You’ve been trying to make new friends, and recently, you met a girl who just moved to your area for work.
She is very sweet and friendly and always makes time for you. But she has a lot of baggage in her past and things she needs to work through.
Instead of finding a professional to help, she’s been leaning on you for everything and calling you constantly. She has breakdowns every week, and it’s been sucking your energy dry. So you haven’t had any time for your art lately, and your ideas are not coming to fruition.
Here, the reversed Ace of Wands card tells you to be careful how you spend your energy. It’s nice that you bonded with a new person, but if all they’re doing is draining you, it’s not a healthy dynamic. It sounds like your friend needs to talk to someone experienced, so as their friend, you should recommend that.
Set healthy boundaries with them by letting them know how available you really are. They might not like losing full access to you at all times, but to keep your life in balance, you must make time for your passions as well.
Reading this reversed card using the “opposite” meaning
Another way to read your reversed Ace of Wands card is using the “opposite” reversed card meaning. When you read your cards like this, you look for the opposite of the card’s upright meaning.
So for the Ace of Wands, instead of creativity and passion, you have a lack of originality and interest. How can you shake things up to get everyone excited and motivated?
For example, say you pull the reversed Ace of Wands thinking about your job. You work as a project manager for a digital marketing firm. Your team of writers and designers are very talented, but lately, you’ve all been in a slump.
No one is feeling motivated or coming up with new ideas. Some of your clients have commented that your company’s work has gone downhill. You’re afraid you’re going to start losing some of them if things don’t turn around.
Here, the reversed Ace of Wands card tells you that it’s up to you to bring the spark of life back to your team. There are lots of things you can do to get people motivated. Try organizing a fun outing for everyone to raise morale and make people genuinely want to do something for the company.
Or you could offer an incentive for the person who comes up with the best design or idea for a new project. You could also look for a new hire to motivate everyone to step up. And remember that if your team isn’t doing what’s expected, there should be consequences as well.
While it’s best to rely on positive reinforcement, your team is there to do their jobs, and if they can’t, maybe your company isn’t the best fit for them.
Reading this reversed card using the “worse” meaning
You can also read your reversed Ace of Wands card using the “worse” reversed card meaning. When you read your cards like this, you take the card’s upright meaning and put it in a negative light.
With the Ace of Wands, this means you’re passionate and enthusiastic, but maybe you’re overwhelming the people in your life. Remember to keep your emotions and interests balanced and try not to go overboard.
Say you pull the reversed Ace of Wands card thinking about your recent investments. Over the past year, you’ve been investing in a lot of emerging technologies, both apps and new hardware.
You have a colleague who is very knowledgeable and has been advising you, and it’s a real thrill. You’ve seen your investments grow, and it just made you hungry for more. Now, it’s all you talk about, and you keep pouring more and more money into it.
You’ve taken a couple of hits over the past month, though, and your portfolio is looking unstable. Your wife is very concerned because it seems like you’re going overboard and being frivolous, but you can’t seem to focus on much else.
Here, the reversed Ace of Wands tells you to act responsibly with your investments and not go too far. Even though you haven’t lost much money yet, if you continue pouring all your funds into these investments, you’re bound to take more of a hit. And even if you don’t, it sounds like your wife would appreciate you focusing on other things too.
Don’t let your passion for investments become an issue for the two of you. Talk to her and keep her in the loop about any future decisions. Remember that marriage is a partnership, and it’s not fair to let your enthusiasm get in the way of a healthy relationship.
Reading this reversed card using the “no/not” meaning
Finally, you can use the “no/not” card meaning to read your reversed Ace of Wands card. When you read your cards like this, you put a “no” or a “not” in front of the card’s upright meaning.
So for the Ace of Wands, this can mean “no inspiration.” The track you’re on right now isn’t igniting your passion, so it’s time to make a change and find your motivation once again.
For example, say you pull the reversed Ace of Wands thinking about wanting to get in shape. You made a resolution this year to start working out regularly and eating healthy, but it’s been a struggle.
It’s important for you to have someone along on your fitness journey so you can discuss how things are going to motivate each other, so you teamed up with a friend who also wants to get healthy. The two of you made a pact to go to the gym at least twice a week and plan meals together.
But she hasn’t been holding you accountable, and she often cancels with no warning on your scheduled gym days. You haven’t been getting much done or made any progress and you’re losing motivation.
Here, the reversed Ace of Wands tells you that this partnership isn’t working the way it should, and you have a few options. First, talk to your friend and let her know you want to get serious. Tell her how important getting healthy is to you and see how much she can realistically commit to working out and planning.
If she’s not able, look for someone else who can help motivate you and hold you accountable. If there’s no one else, try taking group classes instead. You can meet people who have the same goals and will help keep you on track and feeling hungry for more.