Today’s card draw from The Wild Unknown Tarot is 2 of Wands.
I want to start off by providing an important notice, which will be included in all of this series. However, other things that will be included that you can skip to are:
- Card Description
- Considering the Card, where I look at how I would interpret certain imagery used
- Traditional Rider-Waite definition
I only include the latter as a comparison, to show how wandering down your own understanding of images and symbols can bring you to a similar meaning, though along a different path with different experiences. This is to help expand knowledge of the card.
I will not, however, be including the definitions from the guidebook, as that is not the point of this. Also, I don’t have rights to that material.
I started this series because I had read that people struggled with the deck purely because the definitions in the Little White Book were very Rider-Waite-based, and that there wasn’t much wisdom regarding the animals and symbolism chosen.
This series is to help you to decipher the meanings yourselves. I am by no means saying what I have to say about the cards are correct for anyone outside myself. However, I am providing my daily journal entries regarding the deck to act as a guide so that you can begin your own journey.
When I started tarot, I had no idea what to write in my journal, and thus didn’t. Instead I obsessively read and re-read the Little White Book belonging to the Spiral Tarot (which is why today I can completely quote the book). I didn’t trust myself to know the cards, even when I could recite the definitions. I was afraid to put the book down.
To this fear of lack of knowledge, the creator of The Wild Unknown writes:
You do know enough. You’ve been a person on earth every day since you were born. You’ve experienced all the emotions and situations these cards depict. Quiet the naysayer…don’t let it prevent you from sitting down with a friend (or yourself) and using these cards to help talk about what’s going on in your life. It will be positive. It will be radical. You’ll find things start to reveal themselves through the cards that have been hidden away, covered with dust.pp. 10-11, The Wild Unknown Guidebook
Description of the Card
The 2 of Wands shows two sticks angled together. Unlike the other Wands in The Wild Unknown (TWU), these branches have had their shoots and smaller branches broken off. These sticks are now Wands, with only one point at the end.
The background is lined with an ascending rainbow throughout the whole card.
Traditional Card Meaning
There is a time for planning, which is stirred with the Ace. But the 2 of Wands is a time of contemplation and reflection, of examining what is being left behind and if the subject is ready to do so. The urge to move ahead is strong, but loose ends must be tied before going on.
What I derive from the Card itself
The sticks themselves are wide at the base and solid black, which fades to white closer to the smaller point at the top.
Both wands were forged with a purpose, and with their combined efforts they manifest that purpose. The dark is to me the subconscious which comes forth into the light.
Unlike the other wands, which have twigs coming off the branches, these do not. They are direct, pointed, with a focus.
The two points lean together, perhaps represent a combination of left and right, subconscious and conscious, creativity and analysis. This union brings forth manifestation.
I believe the rainbow background represents opportunity, variety. All the colors are in play.
About the Deck
The Wild Unknown Tarot is a 2016 Harper One publication, created by Kim Krans. The deck is widely available at most bookstores who carry Tarot cards, but also on Amazon. Kim Krans always wrote The Wild Unknown Guidebook.