Jack of Wands – Growth
A baby bird calls for attention, with a wand woven into its nest. A scroll is drawn above to link it with the other Jacks as a possible messenger.
The wands are air cards, and so describe ideas, information and logical puzzles. The Jack, as in the other suits, could be telling you about a) a message or b) a young child as well as a general feeling of new growth and discovery in the intellectual or creative fields. As a messenger, the Jack of Wands is about a message containing new information, or a new problem to solve, or a motivating creative/academic discussion. As a child, since the Jacks are the immature seeds of growth, they might be an especially fast learner (i.e. fast ‘mental growth’), but also likely to be too loud and too boastful, impatient with everyone else.
In general, this card is about fast growth, being faced with a challenge and discovering brilliant new ideas along the way. The brilliant new ideas may not be fully formed, but given the attention that they demand they will quickly get there.
The drawing could be of any nesting bird, but I intended it to be a crow – for one thing, a crow’s raucous calls are known to be attention-grabbing in a way that, say, a canary isn’t, and the crow also links this card with The Hanged and Death – gaining knowledge through trials, and change caused by endings as opposed to change caused by beginnings. The crow is also known to be intelligent amongst animals. The Jack of Wands as a child, like a baby bird, is loud and attention-seeking (the baby crow’s bright red mouth as well as its calls) and uses that to grow quickly. After this stage of constant nurturing and feeding, the adult bird is usually far more attractive!
notes: I had originally intended to put the scroll in the nest as well as the wand – I think I made a mistake in inking it, and couldn’t fit it in. So it’s sort of… floating. Baby crows are usually quite a bit more ugly than this drawing as well…