Two of Wands – Tarot card meaning

Two of Wands - Rider Waite Minor Arcana

Two is an important number in esoteric thought. Frequently in life we see two; opposites, positive and negative, good and evil, night and day.

The Two of Wands is a positive card; especially if you are considering setting out on a journey with another, or forming some sort of partnership.

The illustration on the Rider-Waite deck doesn’t lend too much to it’s meaning at first glance, but look closer. The central figure looks out over the horizon. Grasping a globe, he plans his future. He holds one wand, with another nearby ready for somebody else to wield.

Card meanings


The Two of Wands in the past position can represent a time when you went out of your comfort zone. You pushed yourself because you knew the only way to reach that goal was through hard work. Think back to that time now.

The past is a good indicator of the future. We can change our lives with proper planning and forethought. Treat your past as a gigantic resource to learn from, and don’t forget the dreams you have held previously.


You are moving along your intended course when you see the Two of Wands in the present position. Things are slowly getting into motion. You may have already taken the first step, and now it will be a case of maintaining your forward momentum.

Always look to the future, you don’t want to be bogged down in technicalities or fears. The Ace of Wands is a good card to see in the present position; you know things are moving forward as you intended.

Consider any upcoming decisions seriously. A choice is not to be taken lightly and can have severe ramifications, even if you don’t initially understand what they may be. The smallest change can have the biggest effect.


There are a number of interpretations for the Two of Wands in the future position. It can represent never beginning, but it can also mean that pausing may be best for you in the present.

If prepared, you could live a future where you are sure of your aims and goals. Life may feel like a rush sometimes, but just once again consider the illustration of the Two of Wands. He is patient. The two wands are not yet fully being used. Be patient. Your time will come.

Work, careers and education

Consider where partnerships and connections can be made. It is true that connections can outweigh qualifications when finding somewhere to work or study.

Look for ways to better improve what you are doing; in either study or work. You might be able to improve everything about your professional life. Actually spend time to identify your problems, and then work on possible solutions.

Don’t get caught up in the day to day battle, look at the bigger picture.

Love and Relationships

Two is a good number to see in romance, love or partner based readings. A Two is balanced, suggesting a healthy, equal relationship. Look for something to do together, a shared passion or interest, and pursue this.

Perhaps you have both always wanted to visit a certain country? Why not actively plan for this now. The Two of Wands is a good card to see in romance and love, even if you are single. If you are on a journey, expect somebody else to want to join.

Passion for a subject, and conviction to a cause are both attractive.


Long term planning is a key to long term wealth. plan for your future. How often have you bought something and realised it wasn’t all you expected? The Two of Wands is a complex card when it comes to money.

You should plan ahead, and look to where you can save now. Saving money really is easy. Honestly. You don’t need to buy the best, most expensive things. You don’t need to eat a certain brand of food. Giving up luxuries is truly liberating.

Health and well-being

The Two of Wands is a good card to see if you have just started a new diet, gym class, or other healthy routine. Keep it up! Regarding health, the Two of Wands puts your long term health front and centre.

If you need to work on something, then address it now. Laziness is the complete opposite of the Two of Wands; understand your issues and work to overcome them.

Other associations

Element: Fire

As a Yes or No question: Yes


Equality, balance

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