6 of Wands – Rider-Waite

Rider-Waite

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A laurelled horseman bears one staff adorned with a laurel crown; footmen with staves are at his side.

Meanings

The card has been so designed that it can cover several significations; on the surface, it is a victor triumphing, but it is also great news, such as might be carried in state by the King’s courier; it is expectation crowned with its own desire, the crown of hope, and so forth.

Additional meanings: Servants may lose the confidence of their masters; a young lady may be betrayed by a friend.

Reversed

Apprehension, fear, as of a victorious enemy at the gate; treachery, disloyalty, as of gates being opened to the enemy; also indefinite delay.

Additional meanings: Fulfilment of deferred hope.


30 6 of Wands The Etteilla Tarot The Book of Thoth

Etteilla:

Le Six de Baton

Domestic Worker, Servant, Valet, Lackey, Maid, Mercenary, Subordinate, Slave. Courier, Messenger, Domestic Help. Interior of a House, Housekeeping, Family, All Domestic Servants.

Reversed

Waiting, Expectation, Hope, Believe Deep Down, Base Yourself On, Trust, Promise Yourself. Confidence, Foresight. Fear, Apprehension.


Thierens

TRADITION

Servant, inferior, mercenary man, commissioner; interior of a house, the household; it is also said to denote great news and expectation, hope and trust, but sometimes not without some misgivings or a slight apprehension of treachery.

THEORY

It is Air on the house of Virgo, the Sixth, house of the servants and work, of exact science and the academy, of health and food, of the art of decoration and the interior of the house, as well as of the retail dealer. The element of thought (Air) on the earthy house of Virgo must naturally bring forth knowledge of every detail and reveal mistakes or shortcomings; it promotes efficiency, and the latter is one of the principal meanings of the card. Here again is a double mercurial expression, so this card must denote special abilities, capacities, technical insight; moreover food questions and medicine, medicaments and nursing; practical arrangement of details, but as Virgo “kills the prophets,” this card may contain some or other discrepancy in the philosophical or logical, theoretical or strictly just side of things.

CONCLUSION

Knowledge, exact and academical, decorative art, efficiency, work, servitude and servants, practical solution of problems, but at the same time perhaps some discrepancy; food, medicine, treatment, experiment; it may relate to persons in every subordinate position and to retail tradesmen; the personal attitude under this card is rather passive and indeed that of expectation, attention, waiting for orders or for the result of experiments, for the answer on question or demand; solicitation.


Paul Foster-Case:

Six of Wands – Victory

The flying disk suggests the movement of solar energy in the atmosphere, and reminds us that Beauty, the Hebrew idea associated with 6, is also called the Sphere of the Sun. The balanced triangles of the six wands are types of balanced force.

Time period

Second Decanate of Leo, August 2nd to August 11th, ruled by Jupiter.

Meanings

Success, happiness, gain; gain through love affairs, or by opposite sex; pleasure in labor, gain after a period of uncertainty or competition.

Ill-dignified

Loss through the same sources, waste in pleasure, trouble through pride of riches or through insolence based on success.

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