General Meaning
This suit, most often called “Wands” and sometimes called “Rods” or “Staves,” represents initiative, ambition, drive and desire. This is the suit of enterprise and risk-taking.
The Six of this suit points to the respect and acknowledgment due to you for your efforts to solve the problems of your community. The image is usually of a victory parade, after the celebrated leader helped troops win a pivotal battle.
It took the whole tribe to win the victory, of course, but it was the leader’s heroism and clarity under pressure that inspired them to overcome. The team is thrilled that the leader led them to victory. This card points to a time to let everyone relax and celebrate — if you are the leader, let them applaud you. They are seeing their better selves reflected in you — a victory indeed!

In the Advice Position
Fearlessly act on your convictions and others will be inspired to support your ideals.
The card in the Advice position suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible.
The Six of Wands in this position advises taking action on your most burning and passionate convictions, no matter what the social consequences. Continue to articulate and define yourself in light of the torch you are carrying. This inspires others to conceive some new ideas of their own.
You may find yourself becoming something of a leader. Usually the first person to break away from conventional thought is the one to define a new trend. Under the circumstances, there is a solid need for a fresh voice and vision — so make your move. Those around you who are ready for change will support your leadership.



The Six of Wands is the minor arcana counterpart of the Chariot. Both of these cards represent moments of victory and triumph. Sometimes in life, all we want to do is win – to be number one. You can see this dream in the faces of athletes, politicians, and other champions as they step into the winner’s circle. It’s all been worthwhile. I’m the best. I’ve won!

In readings, the Six of Wands appears when you have been working hard toward a goal, and success is finally within reach. The recognition you have sought so long is yours. Now you can receive the acclaim, honor and reward that you deserve. If you do not feel close to victory now, know that it is on its way provided you are doing all you can to make it happen. The victory of this card does not have to involve beating someone else. You can triumph over yourself, the environment, or the odds.

The Six of Wands also represents a healthy self-esteem. Feeling good about your accomplishments is an important part of success, but too much pride can lead to arrogance and self-inflation. When you see this card, check that you are not feeling superior to others. It is easy to forget that individual achievement is not really individual at all. Our talents begin in the Divine, develop with the love and support of others, and only in the end express through us. How can we indulge in excess pride?

In The Purgatorio Dante considers pride the first and greatest sin that must be overcome by souls reaching toward heaven. When the Six of Wands appears, enjoy your triumph, feel good about yourself, but remember Dante’s words:

O gifted men, vainglorious for first place,
how short a time the laurel crown stays green
A breath of wind is all there is to fame
here upon earth: it blows this way and that,
and when it changes quarter it changes name.


Upright: Public recognition, victory, progress, self-confidence
Reversed: Egotism, disrepute, lack of confidence, fall from grace

The Six of Wands depicts a man wearing a victory wreath around his head, riding a white horse through a crowd of cheering people. The white horse represents strength, purity, and the success of an adventure, and the crowd of people demonstrates public recognition for the man’s achievements. The wand held by the rider also has a wreath tied to it, further emphasising success and achievement. He is not afraid to show off to others what he has accomplished in his life so far, and even better, the people around him cheer him along.

The Six of Wands is all about success, victory and public recognition. Not only have you succeeded in achieving your goals, you are now being publicly acknowledged for your efforts and your results. You may have recently received an award, public acclaim or acknowledgement from your peers for the work that you have done. It may even be just a pat on the back or getting praise or recognition for your work. This instils a high level of confidence within yourself and gives you the strength to continue your efforts.
This card indicates that you have harnessed your strengths and talents in order to bring about a successful outcome in your endeavours. You have managed to get through the confusion of the Five of Wands, minimising your distractions, focusing on the task at hand. You have overcome the challenges along the way, and now you are focusing your energies on the one goal that will lead to your success. This is your time to shine and to come out on top.
The Six of Wands is such positive encouragement to believe in who you are and your accomplishments so far. Have faith in what you have personally achieved and how this will be received by others. Do not let fear or guilt stand in the way of your success. You ought to feel proud of what you have achieved and not afraid to hold your head up high and feel worthy of others’ attention.
The Six of Wands focused on creating success and building your personal brand and reputation. You want to be successful at what you do but at the same time, you want to ensure that others know about it and give you the recognition you deserve. You may need to promote yourself more frequently by sharing your success stories with others and encouraging them to follow a similar journey. If you do not already, you will soon have some great success stories to share within your personal networks. You may even be interested in applying for awards or scholarships in order to build your brand and receive public recognition.
The downside to the Six of Wands is that it can also bring self-importance, arrogance and egotistical behaviours. With victory you may come to think that nobody can be better than you and you end up with an inflated ego and a big head. If you take on this attitude, someone is likely to want to take you down and criticise you, bringing disappointment and potential disrepute later on. If empowered by the energy of the Six of Wands, keep in mind how you would feel if someone made you feel inferior or put you down. Reign in your ego and make your victory all the sweeter.

With the Six of Wands reversed, you may find yourself doubting your abilities and your potential for success. You may feel negatively about yourself and as if you have failed both yourself and others. You are lacking confidence, and need the support and recognition of others to pick you up and give you strength again.
The reversed Six of Wands may suggest that you have had a fall from grace and have not received the public recognition you were seeking. You have either received no feedback for your efforts, or negative feedback. You may have expected things would have worked well but instead you are being punished in some way or you are being neglected for your efforts thus far. Now, your confidence has taken a hit, as has your professional reputation or at least your perception of your reputation. If a particular project has not been as successful as you had hoped, you may be better off moving to a new environment so that you can rebuild your personal reputation and brand, rather than trying to fix something that has already broken.
The Six of Wands reversed suggests that you may be trying to achieve too many things at once and may not be doing a good job at juggling all of these commitments. It may be best to focus on only a few things and do them well. This will help you feel more inspired and motivated about the activities you do commit to.
This Six of Wands reversed can reflect the transitory nature of success. One moment, you are on top of the world because you have achieved great things but then the expectation has been set that you will continue to perform to this level and when you do not, then you are suddenly knocked down and criticised. While victory and triumph feel great at the time, recognise that it is only temporary and you will have to continue sustaining a high level of performance to be acknowledged.


Six of Wands Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Success, victory, winning, having the advantage, triumph, achievement, praise, acclaim, awards, recognition, applause, goodwill, fame, celebrity, fans, well-wishers, supporters, crowds, being in the spotlight, riding high, being a leader, stability, strength, confidence, self-esteem, pride, sharing your victories, campaign trail

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the Six of Wands represents success, victory, winning, triumph, achievement and having the advantage. It also signifies praise, acclaim, awards, recognition, applause and goodwill. It is a Minor Arcana card of fame, celebrity, fans, well-wishers, supporters, crowds and being in the spotlight. It indicates that someone is being a leader, riding high, confident and proud with high self-esteem. It is a card of strength and stability and can also represent successful campaigns and winning battles.

In a health Tarot reading, the Six of Wands can indicate good health or victory over a disease or success in battling an illness so it is a very good omen to receive if you have been ill. It can also represent a successful return to sports after an injury.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot spread, if you are in a relationship the Six of Wands is a great omen indicating success, stability, strength and sharing your success. You and your partner should be riding high and achieving your goals together. You will be very supportive of each other, sharing your victories and proud of your relationship. If you are single, the Six of Wands indicates that your dream partner is about to enter your life. This person will be confident, successful and will put you on a pedestal.

Money & Career
In a career Tarot spread, the Six of Wands represents success and victory so it is a very good omen. You may have won a promotion or new job or successfully completed a project producing great results. If you are in business, this card would see you achieving a great level of success. This Minor Arcana card also indicates that you have shown great drive, enthusiasm and leadership to achieve your victory. Enjoy the moment, but don’t let it go to your head! In a financial Tarot reading, the Six of Wands represents financial success so you should find your finances are on the up when it appears in your Tarot spread. You have worked hard and now you are reaping the rewards!

In a spiritual context, the Six of Wands sees people looking to you for guidance. Assist those that you can help as you have the leadership qualities required in abundance. Make sure you still make time for your own ongoing spiritual journey. Don’t let the attention go to your head.
Reversed Meaning Guide
Six of Wands Reversed Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Failure, lack of achievement/recognition/ support/ confidence/ endurance, losing, disadvantage, disgrace, being hunted, ill-will, mob/ pack mentality, treachery, disloyalty, disappointment, broken promises, being a follower, weakness, fame hungry, diva, arrogant, egotistical, pride before a fall, unsuccessful campaign

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the Six of Wands reversed represents losing, failure, lack of achievement, recognition, endurance, confidence or support. When reversed, it is a Minor Arcana card of mob or pack mentality, being a follower or being hunted. It indicates that someone is being arrogant, egotistical, fame hungry or a diva and that pride comes before a fall. The Six of Wands reversed signifies disadvantage, disgrace, disloyalty, treachery and broken promises. It can also represent ill-will, disappointment, instability, weakness and unsuccessful campaigns and losing battles.

In a health Tarot reading, the Six of Wands reversed can indicate poor health or a relapse of an illness or disease or success that you had been given the all clear on. It can also represent a disappointing return to sports or fitness after an injury or an injury caused by a fall.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot spread, if you are in a relationship the Six of Wands reversed is not a great omen as it can indicate failure, disloyalty and instability. You relationship may lack the qualities needed to endure the difficult times. This Minor Arcana card when reversed can represent broken promises and disappointment. It suggests that you and your partner are not being very supportive of each other’s dreams, ambitions or goals and are not sharing your victories. Over inflated egos or arrogance may be at the root of the issue and one or both of you may be engaging in diva like behaviour leading to ill-will between you. If you are single, the Six of Wands reversed can indicate that you may be lacking in self-esteem which is hampering your efforts to meet someone you can have a relationship with. Alternatively, it can indicate that you are acting like a diva and this is putting off potential partners.

Money & Career
In a career Tarot spread, the Six of Wands reversed can represent lack of success or defeat so it is not a very good omen to get. You may have lost out on a promotion or new job or produced poor results on a work project or target. If you are in business, this card would find you unable to achieve the level of success that you were aiming for and missing the mark by some distance. This Minor Arcana card can also indicate that you are lacking the drive, effort, enthusiasm or leadership skills to achieve your goals. You need to realise that any change that needs to happen to turn this situation around starts with you. Be a leader not a follower! In a financial Tarot reading, the Six of Wands reversed represents lack of financial success or losses so you may find your finances are taking a hit when it appears in your Tarot spread. You may not have achieved your financial targets or have lost out on your investments. You need to assess the situation and take immediate action to bring your finances back into balance.

In a spiritual context, the Six of Wands reversed indicates that you may be following crowd a bit when it comes to your spiritual development and just going along with others for the sake of fitting in. Your spiritual path is uniquely yours so you need to decide your own course. Blindly following the crowd is a cop out.