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Sunday, June 21, 2009

ACE OF WANDS - Astrological Associations

Astrological associations for the Minor Arcana cards typically involve both a planet and a zodiac sign. The attributions established by the Order of the Golden Dawn (OGD) are by far the most commonly used. However, some Tarot decks use a different set of associations. As a professional astrologer, I find it interesting to compare and contrast these associations from deck to deck. The use of astrological associations with Tarot is completely up to the reader. This is merely intended to be interesting and fun.


Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley
For Crowley (and the OGD), the Ace of Wands is The Root of the Powers of Fire. It is not assigned to any particular planet or sign. It can be said to incorporate the energy of the three Fire signs: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.

One World Tarot by Crystal Love
Crystal Love writes: "The Ace of Batons represents the element of fire and expresses the powers attributable to all the fire signs: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius."

A.E. Thierens, PhD. (Astrology & the Tarot)

Thierens associates the element Air with the suit of Wands. The Ace of Wands represents the element of Air on the astrological First House, the house of Aries. (Note: The system devised by Thierens is radically different from that of the OGD. I will not go into detail here, but will simply provide the astrological associations for the card under discussion. If you are interested in learning more about this system, I recommend the book referenced above.)

The Mandala Astrological Tarot by A.T. Mann
Like the OGD, Mann's deck associates the suit of Wands with the element Fire. Mann specifically mentions the three Fire signs of the zodiac and chooses the colors of the outer rings of the central image from the King Scale of Color (red for Aries, yellow for Leo, blue for Sagittarius). He titles the Wand Ace "Power in Flashes of Fire."

The Whispering Tarot by Liz Hazel
Liz Hazel's suit of Wands is the suit of the Fire element, embodying "ambition, vigor, creativity, travel, high spirits, and energy."

A.E. Thierens is the "odd man out" in this set, although the association of Wands with Air is not unique to him. I own several decks that make this association. It is worth noting that the astrological First House is the house of Aries, a FIRE sign. Perhaps there is no escaping the Wands-Fire connection after all! Notice all of the fiery coloring in the cards in this set.

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