Tarot Tuesday: The Knight of Wands

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The Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot

Okay, I’ll admit it. The Knight of Wands scares me! Fire, passion, ambition—all rolled into one determined, headstrong, take-charge type of character.

All right, all right. I’ll take a step back. No one card can sum up a well-developed character (much less a flesh and blood person). Still, one card can exemplify certain character traits.

To me, knights represent movement, vigor and adventure—and a head that’s not mature enough to handle all that. The suit of Wands (in most decks) represents the element of fire. Fire suggests courage and passion and leadership and a bad habit of rushing straight into danger. It also suggests anger. The kind of anger that boils up and spills over, scorching everyone in its path. In a word: rage.

That potential for rage is why I want to back away slowly. I have a little bit of that in me. We all do, right? (Um, right??)

Because I’m so uneasy with this card, I force myself to write characters that have at least a touch of the Knight of Wands in them. Jake from The Horned Gate, for example: headstrong and determined—and we glimpsed his rage more than once. And, to a lesser extent, Shocha from Crevlock Tower. (He’s better at hiding his affinity for the Knight of Wands. Most of the time.)

Steampunk Tarot Knight of Wands

The Steampunk Tarot

But neither Jake nor Shocha are hard core examples—ultimately, Jake is too grounded and Shocha is too cautious. The best example I can think of? Scarlett O’Hara.

Yes, Scarlett is a problematic character from a deeply problematic book.  But she works as an example here.

In the face of starvation, she doesn’t fold. No, she is going to feed her family, and she is going to come out on top. So she channels her fear, desperation and anger and then blazes forward, running roughshod over convention and anyone in her path.

She pays a steep price for that, though. She’s too busy charging ahead to stop and count the cost. I think that’s a common issue for characters with this knight’s traits.

How about you? Have you ever written a character with a lot of the Knight of Wands in them? Or can you think of another fictional example?

Meanwhile, don’t forget to leave a link to your meta, story or other creative endeavor about the Knight of Wands in the comments.

Oh yeah! We need a new card for next week: the Five of Cups. Feel free to join the fun. Check out the original post here.

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5 Responses to Tarot Tuesday: The Knight of Wands

  1. Pingback: Tarot Tuesdays: The Knight of Wands « SarahLMaguire

  2. I’ve written a little rumination on the Knight of Wands, just short of 300 words I’m afraid. You can find it here – https://sarahlmaguirebooksandmusings.wordpress.com/2016/08/10/tarot-tuesdays-the-knight-of-wands/

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  3. Jenn Moss says:

    Wonderful meta, Sarah! Thank you for participating. 🙂

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  4. Quintessential Editor says:

    The Knight of Wands…they made a tarot card with me on it? Seriously though, I fit the bill on many of those traits, both upright and reversed. I love this concept you have going with the tarot cards. What a great way to develop characters and find important traits within pre-existing ones. It was cool getting some inside scoop on Jake, Shocha, and Scarlett.

    While I don’t’ have a sweet pre-written blurb, I would say of all my devious creations Drake Nelson would fit the bill the closest. He’s a bit of a legend in the Wasteland. He used to be a pretty nice guy until some high velocity lead smacked him in the noggin and blew his left eye out the side of his head.

    In addition to the obligatory post-apocalyptic 80s eye-patch and cool-guy scars, it knocked some gears loose in his gourd. The trigger man being his best friend didn’t help matters much. Of course the important parts of his story happen about 25 years after this event, but hey, there’s the backstory.

    I like him for the Knight of Wands because the bullet broke his brain. Before the lobotomy he was a careful straight shooter with a chip on his shoulder (his family got turned into a radioactive ash pile during the Fall). With the extra holes in his head, Drake is quick on the trigger and even quicker to say some outlandish nonsense. However, once he makes a decision, he will adhere to it – no matter how insane. This usually leads to extended body counts, personal injury, and maniacal laughter.

    There are settlements scattered about the Wasteland, and the one-eyed lead slinger has been evicted from most of them. What makes Drake unique is that when people get booted out of settlements, it’s usually into a shallow grave. But Drake is persistent, witty, dangerous, and most importantly, very hard to kill. Hence the legend. The legend exists because he still does.
    While he doesn’t conform perfectly to the card, there are some parallels.

    Thanks for sharing this concept of using tarot cards – it’s brilliant.

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    • Jenn Moss says:

      Thank you for participating–awesome write up!

      Okay, I clearly need to get to know Drake and his world better. *Runs to check out info on Wastelander–finds out she has to wait till 2017. Ack!*

      Meanwhile–yes, sounds like Drake has a ton of the Knight of Wands in him. Maybe a touch of the Knight of Swords too, lending him that wit and allowing him to think fast on his feet. So looking forward to seeing him in action. 🙂

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