~ Discovering the Wild Unknown 7 of Wands ~
Today’s card draw in the Discovering the Wild Unknown series is the 7 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, Kim Krans, 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 Wild Unknown 7 of Wands
The Wild Unknown 7 of Wands shows a dark stick in the center of the card with a flame lit at it’s point. From the flame, light emits, expelling the darkness. The stick itself, representing a Wand, is darkened against the light.
The light is cast on the other six Wands, which are without detail other than their outline. They are completely white. There aren’t lines which separate one Wand from another.
The Wands are divided into two groups of three, each group leaning against the opposite side of the card.
Traditional Card Meaning
The traditional depiction of the 7 of Wands shows a battle—a figure is defending himself from the six other Wands that are against him. There is an element of having to protect himself, or perhaps, protect what the Wands represent—passion and creation. This is a defensive card, a card of protection, and an indicator that one might up against disheartening odds in a competition. But what must be remembered is that if anyone is in a competition, they are always up against the many, for they are only one.
What I derive from the Wild Unknown 7 of Wands
There is a divide in this card, and an equal divide at that. The question might even be brought up as to which side of the card the flame will ignite—those Wands on the right, or those on the left? Or it could be that the flame is only for the one holding it, and the other Wands are left wanting it. Thus, there is an element of competition, but I think that there is far more to this card than simply left or right.
The Wands are of the element of Fire. When we consider what the Ace of Wands represents, it’s the beginning of a new passion. It is the flame that grows and burns into the 2, the 3, and so on. But it starts with one flame, one spark.
Whenever I see a Wand separated from others in the card—and this goes true for any of the suits—I begin to see a division in the numbers. The meaning to me is a compilation of two cards to create one card. In this, one Wand is separated from the rest, and ignited. This is the Ace of Wands, shining light onto six other Wands. This to me indicates the initial spark of passion.
But the six of the Wands are divided further into 3’s. The 3’s represent expansion, especially so in the Wands. Thus, I think of two different areas of expansion, coming together, and harmonizing with the two (because there are two lots of them) via the one, initial idea/spark/flame from the Ace of Wands.
However, it has to be addressed that there is a divide. And that divide might very well be caused by that initial passion/idea. But I think that remembering that there is the element of sameness in there is what is actually the solution presented in this card.
Thus, the Wild Unknown 7 of Wands depicts not only a problem, but a solution.
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.