The King of Wands is lavishly adorned in an array of colors – from the regular yellows, red, and oranges, to stunning greens and whites, the king is a sight to behold. His crown seems to have flames springing from the top of it. His throne has no arms for him to rest upon – he doesn't seem to need them, preferring to be ready to get up at any minute. The king holds a large wand/staff in his one hand, leaving the other empty. His stare is forward, as if he has spotted something coming closer and is prepared to act on it. A small lizard is perched somewhat near the feet of this energetic king.
To start with, we'll want to disambiguate court cards. They are often the most difficult to read, due to their general nature. It is easier to remember that a court card often signifies a person or entity: the sex of the person may not match that of the court card, but the attitude and persona will seem familiar. If it's clear, however, that the court card doesn't refer to a person, remember to break it down further. First, define what the suite stands for – e.x. Cups generally refers to emotion. Then take the role of that court card and apply it to the suite – e.x. A Page of Cups would be a young juvenile in the world of emotion, just as the Page of Swords is the inexperienced lad of thought. This can help you to decide what the court card is trying to tell you.
Person: The King is separate from all the other wand-based court cards in one major way – rather than simply experiencing enthusiasm and excitement, he inspires that feeling in others. The King has a commanding, bold sort of presence that can't be ignored. You know when this King walks in a room. He enjoys taking the lead on projects and in groups, and will always come up with a unique and inventive idea when put to the challenge. You can almost imagine him as high-roller in a casino: a woman on each arm, he strides in with confidence and swagger, putting his bets out and always winning.
Metaphor: This card may be asking you to not only be inspired, but to not be afraid to be an inspiration to others. You can have courage and boldness on a personal level, but the King may be asking you to take your positive powerful traits to the outside world – to affect others with your power in a positive fashion.
Here are a few things to ask yourself when you see the King of Wands. Does this card represent a person in your life? If so, who? What message could they be trying to send you? Do you perhaps need some of the traits of the King of Wands in your own life? Should you focus more on affecting others with your personal power? Can you inspire people? How?
The King of Wands is a card of creative power on a personal level – that means it shares a lot in common with the Three of Wands. Both the Three and the King really embody the creativity of the Wands suite, while also pulling the focus to conveying that power in a outward, public manner. The Six of Wands also shares a lot in common with the King of Wands, namely the sense of pride and boldness. While the Six card speaks of a specific triumph that has been overcome in order to feel pride, the King simply feels pride in himself all the time (for better or worse).