Six – Victory


Six of Wands – Victory

Victory means triumph over an enemy, or a superior position over an opponent. This suggests the nature of the Higher Self or Holy Guardian Angel. The antonym for victory is defeat.

The Six of Wands means that once the action has been tested, it is time to analyse and assess the results. This is the moment when improvements and greater knowledge will ensure that the action is going to succeed.

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Image of Six of Wands minor tarot card in Rider-Waite deck
Six of Wands – Rider-Waite

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

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.


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.

Book of Thoth

Six of Wands - Victory

The Six of Wands is called Victory. The outburst of energy in the Five of Wands, which was so sudden and violent that it even gave the idea of strife, has now completely won success. The rule, or  lordship, in this suit  is not quite as stable as it might have been if there had been less energy displayed. So, from this point, as soon as the querent leaves the middle pillar, the inherent weakness in the element of Fire (which is this: that, for all its purity, it is not completely balanced) leads to very undesirable developments.

Balanced manifestation of energies, self supporting and self-reliant.

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Golden Dawn – Lord of Victory

Victory; obstacles swept aside, the first necessary victories of the Pure Fool. A newly initiated elder flexes his or her first powers.


Attempt, Hope, Desire, Wish, Expectation.


Infidelity, Treachery, Disloyalty, Perfidy.

Image of Etteilla Six of Wands minor card
Etteilla Six of Wands


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


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


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.
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.
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.


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


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

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Six of Wands - Victory and success tarot meanings
The Six of Wands means that once the action has been tested, it is time to analyse and assess the results. Greater knowledge ensure that action succeeds.

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