The Crow Tarot’s Six of Wands encloses a bold-looking bird in a sunny ring of flames that licks a blue, flowery sky. The bird looks straight at us with a steady, calm gaze as a small group below, who might be admiring the independent crow, looks off to the right. This card dares us to feel deserving. To celebrate ourselves, our hard work, our wins big and small. But in this celebration, we must gracefully accept support and humbly accept respect without abusing them. The Six of Wands makes us pause to acknowledge what helped us get here, including privilege, and remain ready to pay it forward by giving others the opportunities we enjoy.
Following the great change or confusion of five, the number six is about harmony and empathy, which here adds the meaning of selflessness and gratitude. The wands showcase their strength and ambition qualities in this card.
Six of Wands Keywords
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The Six of Wands is our personal cheerleader, telling us we’ve done something right. It reminds us why we should always recognize our power and independence as individuals each with separate paths to take. It gives us well-deserved applause for our achievements and suggests we take a moment to pamper ourselves. Maybe even think about what strengths and skills we’re most proud of—or the ones we don’t give ourselves enough credit for.
This card also helps us consider the functions of selfishness and selflessness, both of which are challenging states of being for empaths. Sometimes we invest a lot of energy in support of others because we want to be there for them, but these efforts can quickly eat away at the time we should be reserving for our own well-being. Giving too much away may build frustration and resentment over time—not a good look. This card also has one individual out of several as its celebrated focal point, a reminder to put ourselves out there to be seen, heard, and recognized by others. These are healthy ways we need to challenge the idea of selfishness. So set boundaries, work on building your self-confidence, share your wins with people who will celebrate with you, and speak up when you need to retreat into your mind and body for some recharging.
Where selflessness comes into play with the Six of Wands is checking our ego. Because growing greater self-empathy is the foundation of building more empathy for others, this card is a chance to open our eyes to the abundance or absence of opportunities that others have to succeed and to challenge the notion of success as something we create on our own. You can’t sell a sculpture without a buyer. You can’t write a novel without sourcing inspiration from the people around you. And the ways in which privilege, of all kinds, plays a role in how we grow, what we have access to, and what we’re able to accomplish are endless. The small group of birds below may have congratulated their crow friend, but now they look forward to the right, hoping to achieve something in their own journeys.
I AM MY BIGGEST CHEERLEADER.
- Am I taking the time to celebrate my achievements, big and small?
- Am I stepping back to receive help when I need it?
- How could I be getting in my own way?
- How can I boost my confidence independently from others’ opinions of me?
- Am I being too humble or moving on too quickly from one completed goal to the next?
- In what ways can I exert more power as a womxn at home or at work?
- Am I taking action when I feel ready to?
- I know what’s best for me.
- I am my biggest cheerleader.
- I am capable of pursuing my dreams, even without the support of others.
- I balance my head and my heart to move forward with ease.
- I have achieved many things, and I will achieve many more.
- I am open to receiving new opportunities that align with my needs and dreams.
- I am grateful for the support of others and always look for ways to give back.
Deck: Crow Tarot