The Intuitive Personality – The Wand Face Cards in the Book of Tarot

Illustrations from the Albano Waite Tarot@deck reproduced by permission of US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. Copyright c 1990 by US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT. Further reproduction prohibited.

This post continues study of the personality types.  Four cards, the Wand face cards are profiled today. The Intuitive personality. Psychologist Carl Jung defined the four personality types using the four suits of the Tarot. These types are, Feeling (cups), Thinking (swords), Intuitive (wands) and Sensate (pentacles). Each personality type has four levels of consciousness: page, knight, queen and king.

Tree of Life

The Yoga of the West tradition says that each level of personality travels each path on the Tree of Life simultaneously. The Tree of Life is said to be four-dimensional, each path has four levels of consciousness, levels of personality in each human all reflecting the Light to produce what Jung named our “collective unconscious.”  Every individual has a unique consciousness dominated by different aspects of personality type at any given time. Jungian theory is that we are mostly unconscious of the different aspects of our selves. Jung theorized that we are all born with one aspect as our conscious type. (determined by our birth sign)  A secondary type will also be within our conscious recognition but less than the first. A third is barely realized consciously and a forth largely unconscious may or may not be recognized in our lifetime. A person who does realize wholeness is fully conscious of his/her full personality strengths and weaknesses in every type.

My overall read on the Intuitive personality is that Intuitive types know that wholeness is found in the journey, not the destination. Imperfection is part of the journey, it just is.  Intuitives heed the unconscious and follow through on intuitive insights to create major change in life.  The Intuitive’s attributes are revealed in the Tarot’s face cards as follows.

The Knight of Wands is rearing and moving forward. He is on fire, his tunic is covered with salamanders, the fire sign, BUT notice this Knight is too big for his horse. This Knight’s legs are too long. This impetuous Knight jumped on and rode out without making sure he fit his mount. The Knight of Wands is the intuitive risk taker; mistakes are just part of his journey. This master of unthinking moves never equates failure as a poor reflection on self. Failure is just part of the journey. Thus when this Knight succeeds he succeeds big!  The pyramids in the background show us that this Knight’s actions are magical. The Knight of Wands shows us that success and failure are equal learning experiences. What matters is the experience, the doing, taking chances and trying.

The Page of Wands is the young mage. Note the figure is contemplating the tip of his wand. The Wand is libido, it is also our intuition: sexuality/creativity is being considered. This new mage is feeling out his power to “know.” The sky and background is clear and yet barren. This mage, we see by the salamanders on the tunic, has the fire that is the ability to transform reality. The wilderness is waiting for this page to unleash his/her magic. This figure’s Wand is raised straight up, and anchored with both hands. Change is in the air, and a new approach is at hand, this page can ‘see. This figure’s energy is new and untried, but the feather in his/her cap tells us that the neophyte power of a David over Goliath is at work. The Page of Wand’s personality aspect is the budding realization of the power to bring what’s seen into being.  

This Queen of Intuition sits upon a throne with lions flying above her head and sitting at her feet. Lions symbolize fire (thinking) and strength. Her right hand holds a wand bursting with life, she “knows” the power to bring into form the aspects of life that are most important to us. In her left hand and also behind her we see sunflowers. These flowers always turn to the sun in real life and here they symbolize being in tune with the Light (the force of creation). Sunflowers represent life, fertility, joy and satisfaction. This Queen of creative power is wise, her cloak is clasped together with the face of an owl. However, the black cat at this Queen’s feet alerts us to the reality that there are energies at work that we may not be aware of and we need to be on the look out for.

The King of Wands is a master of action based on intuition. This Master holds knowing in his right hand, that which brings life into form. His left hand in a fist symbolizes all that is possible by force of will. This fully realized ruler of his/her own is the master of innovation and rational right makes might power. Behind him we see lions, symbols of force. Force that can save and or destroy. We also see salamanders, symbols of fire. The salamanders are biting their own tails, which symbolizes eternity and the ever-present drive to move forward against all obstacles. There is also a salamander in the foreground of this card’s image representing big results from small conscious actions.  This King’s crown is adorned with wings of fire. His thoughts have the power to change the world.

Watch for intuitive aspects of personality today, in yourself and in others. All of us, male and female, have the capacity to realize all four aspects of personality. All of us have the capacity to realize wholeness. We are all both male and female and we all are capable of realizing every dimension of every personality.


Please note:

People also consult the Tarot as an oracle. Caution is advised. An oracle opens the door to spiritual deception as easily as spiritual truth. To read more about Yoga of the West go to

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