The 2 of Wands is a peculiar card and I read it with two distinct meanings. On one hand, it shows predicts that you will be unhappy with your achievements. On the other hand, it represents riches and successful partnerships: I am going to explain both meanings here.
Most Tarot readers read the 2 of Wands as a card of enterprise. It is typical to have projects, plans and business on your mind when this card appears.
Twos often symbolize cooperation, a step away from the loneliness of the Ace. You could find yourself in a new business partnership very soon. There are contracts to be signed and money to be counted. Success is on the horizon.
Because it symbolizes good partnerships and achievements the 2 of Wands has many positive attributes. If it appears as a plus for you, this means that you have other people around you willing to lend their assistance. However, there will be times when it appears in a ‘negative’ or ‘challenge’ position; in these instances, the 2 of Wands stands for discontent.
Although you will achieve the things you want, this success could leave you feeling unfulfilled. The design on the RWS deck suggests an emperor who is looking out from his palace, longing at what the world has to offer despite having the world already in his hands. The 2 of Wands is, therefore, ultimately a warning that your goals and wishes may not turn out to be all that they are cracked up to be once you have achieved them.
The Two of Wands’ Historical Meaning
Historically, there are several meanings for the 2 of Wands. It is a card of riches, fortune and magnificence. However, some sources say that it is also a card of sickness and disease. Therefore, if your health is of concern (or there are other health cards) the 2 of Wands is probably not the best card to receive.
The idea that the 2 of Wands can represent unhappiness with achievements is featured on the 2 of Wands imagery from the Rider Waite Smith deck. In the Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Waite likens the figure on the card to Alexander the Great.
The Two of Wands in a Love Reading
In loving relationships, the 2 of Wands can have a rather positive meaning, especially if it appears in a future or outcome position. In these cases, it basically means you work well together and the relationship has a chance of survival.
However, I am inclined to think that a 2 of Wands in a romance Tarot reading means that you will eventually bore of your lover: this is especially true if you’re the one who seems to be doing all of the chasing. You may think they are a prize just now but once you get to know them you excitement will wear off. That’s not to say the relationship will not last, but just be mindful that its not going to be unicorn farts and kitten giggles every day.
If you’re curious as to what someone is feeling towards you the 2 of Wands means that they see you as a potential partner. However, in these context, the Wands suit can usually mean that they are caught up in work or other commitments even if you are interested in a relationship (if you're curious what is on your lover's mind, I have a Tarot interpretations which directs this very issue in my Love Tarot Meanings e-book.
The Two of Wands in a Business Reading
In a business context, the 2 of Wands can serve as both a good outcome and a warning, depending on the type of nature you have.
If you’re the type of person who is a lone wolf who would never consider collaborating with anyone else, you’re in the shit. The 2 of Wands is pretty much screaming at you that you must find a partner to work with otherwise you’re not going to progress very far anytime soon.
If you’re shy or don’t know where to begin, there’s no need to worry. A collab can be as simple as you posting a guest post on someone else’s blog or appearing on their podcast. Or you can submit a guest post to a large media organization. In any event, the 2 of Wands is telling you that you must use other people’s platforms to get where you need to go.
The Two of Wands as a Yes or No
The 2 of Wands is a yes, especially if the question involves people other than yourself.
The Two of Wands as a Positive
- Working with others
- Using other people’s platforms
- Partners to share the workload with
The Two of Wands as a Negative
- Discontent with achievements
- Discovering the grass isn’t always greener
- Getting what you want and still being unhappy
- Illness and injury
- Having to work with others
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