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Two of Wands Meaning – Smith-Waite Centennial

A world of rich potential opens up before you as we draw the lovely Two of Wands for today's free tarot reading. It's the perfect follow-up to our Page of Swords card yesterday, which asked you to take some time to just let your mind wander. Today's tarot card tells us that your passive contemplation has borne fruit. 

Also, last week, the Four of Wands offered you a chance to lay your projects to the side and focus on enjoying what you already have. Our return to wands—the suit of fire—with today's Two of Wands suggests that it's time to pick up the torch creatively. This card calls on you to go out into the world with your imagination shining bright! So how will you channel your creative energy?

The Two of Wands tarot card from the Smith-Waite Centennial deck. Detailed card description in body text. Card pictures on blue-black background next to rose quartz sphere on wooden stand.

The Two of Wands in the Smith-Waite Centennial tarot deck 

Let's take a closer look at the meaning and symbolism of the Two of Wands before we get back into fortune telling. With tons of detail to unpack, going over this card is well worth the time.

In the Two of Wands, we see a warmly clothed figure with a tunic, a heavy doublet, and a lively red cap. In one hand, they grasp a tall, leafy wand that stretches high into a grey but cloudless sky. And in the other hand, they hold a green and orange globe at chin level. Just to their right stands another upright wand, in parallel to the first. Like all Two cards in Rider-Waite-Smith tarot decks, these two wands represent a choice to make. And with wands being the lively suit of fire and the passion of the imagination coming to life, this choice is creative in nature.

The figure stands on a parapet high above a lush landscape of cheerful colour—the real world that stands in contrast to the ideal world in the figure's hand. This beckoning, tree-filled landscape is teeming with life, and it invites people to leave their mark and spark a change. On the parapet, a placard with and red flowers echoes this differentiation between the world as it is and the world as we may choose to represent it. We ourselves can blur and redraw these lines.

Finally, the vast, tranquil water to the left suggests emotional comfort and abundance. Meanwhile, the tall mountains on the horizon evoke both challenges and the ample possibility of material reward.

It's time to follow your creative intuition and play your part in reshaping the world

The Two of Wands, then, invites you to step out of your comfortable seclusion and take a creative risk. It's clear that you have some big ideas, but choosing which one to pursue has been holding you back. Right now, the important thing is to take action and roll up your sleeves.

You might never know for sure if you're making the right choice about what project to prioritize, but you just have to pick one and get started! The world is waiting for you to make your mark, and it doesn't have to be a grand gesture. Also, you'll find some handsome rewards if you take the plunge. But if you keep trying to mull things over at this point, you won't get anywhere.

So today, your quest—should you choose to accept it—is to trust your intuition and see where that beautiful brain of yours takes you. Whether you're knitting a hat, repainting your living room, or publishing a zeitgeist-defining novel, it's going to feel good to put your heart and soul into a creation. And it doesn't have to be perfect! Reclaiming your labour by making something on your own terms will be a reward in itself.

Some totally optional further reading

If you're in the mood for a very academic take on the idea of crafting as a creative, anti-capitalist outlet, check out Michele Krugh's "Joy in Labour: The Politicization of Craft from the Arts and Crafts Movement to Etsy." It's available as a free PDF from my alma mater the University of Toronto's scholarly press.

S.M. signature — Savanna Margaret's initials

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