Suit of wands
The suit represents the rural Third Estate (the farmers, laborers, and peasants).
Tarot cards are used throughout much of Europe to play Tarot card games. In English-speaking countries, where the games are largely unknown, Tarot cards came to be utilized primarily for divinatory purposes.
Divinatory and occult meanings
In divination, the suit of wands represents the element of fire and gives information relating to the traits of the fire element in astrology. Additionally it represents the peasant or farmer class of feudal society (the Latin suit is commonly called Staves or Rods), and relates to simplicity and to nature, as well as to poverty and submission.
Cards in the suit of wands
- The Ace of Wands depicts a hand holding a branching wand.
Card images in the Rider-Waite tarot deck
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In French-language decks, the suit is called Batons ("Staves"). The picture cards are Valet (Page), Chevalier (Horseman or Knight), Reine (Queen), and Roi (King). They were later replaced by the suit of Clubs.
In German and Swiss decks they are represented by Eichelen ("Acorns").
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