“I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.”
― Thomas Jefferson
A card of personal power, the 2 of Wands (Mars in Aries) highlights third chakra issues in terms of aggressively assertive one’s will to the detriment of others or always submitting to the will of others. These issues fade once we learn to assert control over the ego and to use our will in alignment with Higher Will which always considers the highest good of all.
“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
On a divinatory level, this card can indicate important partnerships and also the need to make a choice that tests the strength of one’s willpower. Hubris can be indicated, as can the presence of someone trying to control the seeker.
“The most exquisite paradox…as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can’t have it. The minute you don’t want power, you’ll have more than you ever dreamed possible.”
― Ram Dass
Affirmation: “I let go of the need to control other people and situations, and rest in the peaceful knowledge that once I am aligned with Higher Will, all else that can be well will be well.”
2 of Wands Prayer
Dear Mother-Father God (or whichever higher power you acknowledge), Thank you for helping me see that dominion over others is an illusion and that when I have dominion over the ego, all else falls into place. So mote it be!
Correspondences for the 2 of Wands
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Archangel: Camael (ruler of the Mars) and Ariel (angel of Aries)
Gemstone: Rose quartz, coral and bloodstone
Scent: Sandalwood, rosewood and rose
The 2 of Wands in Love and Relationships
The surge of energy and passion that comes with the 2 of Wands is not easily contained because it abhors the physical limitations imposed on it once it descends from the lightning planes. But without these limitations, we would not be able to channel the gift of the Ace into reality.
In the relationship, the 2 of Wands often denotes frustration. It can relate to repressed sexual energy and/or anger.
At its best, this 2 is symbolic of a high energy relationship where two competitive partners are pulling together.
There is often a dynamic of partners vying for control when this card shows up in a reading. Both want to lead and absolutely no one wants to follow.
This highly charged energy can lead to some fun, playfully aggressive times under the duvet with huge release of pent-up energy upon climax.