Different traditions use different astrological correspondences when it comes to the court cards. These correspondences often (but not always!) depend on how cardinality, fixity and mutability have been assigned. As Aries is the cardinal Fire sign, I’m looking for the Wands court card that’s associated with cardinality.
The Druidcraft, although not created specifically with astrology in mind, seems to follow the ‘Kings as cardinal’ convention. The hints are in the imagery of the King of Wands - the arms of his ‘throne’ are decorated with rams’ heads, and he wears red, the colour of Mars (Aries’ ruler) and of Fire.
Detail from ‘King of Wands’,
As an Aries figure, the King of Wands represents an active leader, someone who wants to inspire and initiate. Will Worthington’s King looks as though he’s ready for action – his feet and staff/wand are firmly planted on the ground, his shield at his side. He could launch himself forward using his staff or wand to help him move, rather than as a symbol of power (as might the Emperor/Lord).
He could represent someone who’s ambitious, even competitive – although his real skill lies in his ability to encourage and inspire others. Mars, as the ruler of Aries, adds a restlessness and tendency to impatience to this King - but also a strong sense of belief and confidence in himself and his abilities. We think of the King of Wands as a natural leader – another Aries quality – who attracts people through his vitality and sense of fun and adventure.
The shadow side of the King, still thinking in terms of Arien qualities – apart from a tendency to be impatient – is that he could become bored quite easily. He’s the cardinal Fire sign, so will be great at getting things going but may find it difficult to maintain that creative drive through to an end. He’s a King, a leader, but may find the responsibility of leadership a burden. Inspiration and encouragement of others are his forte, rather than the sense of obligation to meet their demands or expectations. Having said that, he’ll be the one to take risks in order to implement or initiate change – or encourage others to do so.
Druidcraft Tarot created by Philip Carr-Gomm and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, illustrated by Will Worthington, published by Connections