Victory. Success. Public recognition.
The Six of Wands is about victory, success, and public recognition (as represented by the crowds marching with the mounted man). This card suggests self-confidence, which in some instances (and depending on other cards) as egotism or excessive pride derived from possessing riches.
Good news could be expected; hopes can be achieved.
Often this victory can come after the struggle of the Five of Wands, in any case, it’s usually after applying energy and industriousness to a problem.
A great achievement may at last be recognized, and there’s the possibility of a reward.
Triumph, good news, and completion are possible meanings.
This card can show someone organizing a body of people for some greater good. Organization and leadership are shown. This organization of forces could relate to inner forces within the querent.
The Six of Wands is a positive card in most situation, both in relationship and career readings.
The energy of Jupiter in this card is expansive and bright.
The Six of Wands reversed can show fear in a situation, general apprehension, or some sort of delay. Any opposite meaning, or a blockage in the upright meaning can be true. Reversed cards also sometimes represent an internalization of the energy of the upright card.
In practice, this can mean the same meanings as the upright cards, but delayed or lesser in intensity.
It is, as always, important to relate this card to the other cards drawn.
The Steampunk Six of Wands is basically the same as the RWS version—I’ve included it because it’s so beautiful.
The Six of Wands in the Rider-Waite-Smith deck shows a man riding a white horse and crowned with a laurel wreath. He holds a staff in one hand with a wreath tied to the top, which represents success and victory. A crowd of people walk with him and cheer him on, representing public recognition. The colours are bright and vibrant representing the energy of the suit of wands.
The esoteric title for the Six of Wands is the Lord of Victory.
Astrologically, this card relates to Jupiter in Leo, both expansive and outgoing, making this generally a positive card in a reading.