The Six of Wands tarot card represents your victories and the recognition you’ve gained. You’re the leader and are on the right path!
Take a deep breath and celebrate all the praise and admiration you’ve earned. But don’t rest for too long.
Remember, you’ll have to keep working hard and fighting to reach your goals. Know that you have people who support you in your corner, and you can face any challenges that lay ahead.
When you see the Six of Wands card reversed, it can still mean you had a recent achievement, but you prefer to keep it to yourself for now.
This can be okay if you’re simply feeling secure with yourself, but if you’re lacking confidence, it might be best to get out of your comfort zone. Focus on defining your idea of success and stick to it.
The reversed Six of Wands card can also mean you’re doubting yourself and your abilities. Maybe you didn’t get the public praise you were expecting, and it’s affecting your confidence. You’re feeling rejected and ignored and your ego is damaged.
Again, stay true to your vision of success and don’t compromise your values. It might be time to change course if your current project isn’t leading to anything, but don’t give up on yourself.
Reading this reversed card using the “blocked/restricted” meaning
Alright, so let’s jump into how to read your reversed Six of Wands card. First, you can use the “blocked/restricted” reversed card meaning. When you read your cards like this, you look for an obstacle standing in front of the card’s upright meaning.
So for the Six of Wands, this means something is blocking your success and public recognition. What’s keeping you from getting the credit you deserve?
Say you pull the reversed Six of Wands card thinking about your job. You work as a tech consultant, and you have a few main clients.
One of your biggest projects right now is producing a series of tech walkthroughs that will be distributed all over. You’re an important part of the team and contribute expert feedback and images.
The problem is that there’s no clear policy when it comes to getting credit, so right now, only the author of the articles is getting tagged on social media.
You’re trying to build up your professional image, so you want to get tagged in the articles you contribute to as well, but you’re afraid to say something. You think your colleagues might find you greedy and you don’t want to rock the boat.
Here, the reversed Six of Wands card tells you it’s okay to ask for due credit. If all you want is a tag to your professional accounts when you’ve contributed, it’s perfectly fine to bring that up. The worst that will happen is your company will say no, but they’re likely to oblige.
Don’t let your fears stand in the way of professional growth. If you want something, just ask for it.
Reading this reversed card using the “opposite” meaning
Another way to read your reversed Six 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.
For the Six of Wands, instead of success, you have failures and disappointments. The path you’re on right now isn’t leading anywhere, so you have some changes to make.
For example, you might pull the reversed Six of Wands card thinking about your vow to get healthy. You decided a few months ago that you were going to cut meat out of your diet after hearing your sister rave about it.
The vegetarian diet really works for her, and you had been wanting to do something to lose weight and gain energy, so you tried it. But ever since you cut the meat, you’ve been loading up on carbs to fill yourself, and it’s been making things worse.
You’re more sluggish than before and you’ve even put on a couple of pounds. Your sister is so excited that you’ve joined her, so you’re afraid to tell her it’s not working out.
Here, the reversed Six of Wands card tells you to be honest and true to yourself. You gave it a shot, but clearly a vegetarian life isn’t right for you.
Tell your sister you’re going to try other options and keep her involved. She will want to support and motivate you regardless of what you want to do.
Reading this reversed card using the “worse” meaning
You can also read your reversed Six 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 Six of Wands, this can mean all your success and public recognition is getting to your head and causing you to lose touch with what’s important.
Say you pull the reversed Six of Wands card thinking about your career success. You’re a realtor who’s very involved in your community.
Everyone knows and trusts you and you’ve had some big success lately. So you’ve been going out on the town—having dinners at the hottest restaurants and meeting all the influential people in town. All the success and fame is making you feel great, so you’ve been really focused on your social calendar.
But the problem is, some of your other responsibilities are falling to the side. You were mentoring a new realtor and committed to helping them grow professionally, but you haven’t had time for it lately. You’ve also lost touch with most of your close friends who you’ve known for years because you’ve been too busy living it up to think about anyone else.
Here, the reversed Six of Wands cards tells you not to let fame go to your head. You never know how things could change, and you shouldn’t abandon the people in your life anyway. Don’t neglect your responsibilities just because you have new interests.
Stay true to your commitments and stay in touch with your old friends. You can even try to work your old friends into your new life and consider bringing your apprentice along to social events too. The key is to keep your life in balance so you can be responsible and have fun at the same time.
Reading reversed this card using the “no/not” meaning
Finally, you can use the “no/not” card meaning to read your reversed Six 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.
For the Six of Wands, this can mean “no confidence.” You might feel ignored by your peers and it’s affecting your confidence.
For example, say you pull the reversed Six of Wands card thinking about making new connections. You own a metalworking company, and you’re basically a one-man show—landing all the contracts and doing most of the work.
You love your independence, but you know you can grow more with connections. So last month, you joined a networking group for business owners in your area. But the problem is that you’re so used to working on your own, you come off a little harsh.
You’re also so opposed to trying to “fit in,” that it’s hard for people to find you approachable. You haven’t made any progress in the group since you joined, and you feel discouraged.
Here, the reversed Six of Wands card tells you not to give up on networking. It’s hard when you don’t feel immediately accepted, but this group can still be a great resource.
Keep being yourself and focus on relationships that will help you reach your goals. In the end, these people want to help you succeed because it will benefit them. Just keep things professional and don’t let your ego get in the way of your success.