3 of Wands | Discovering the Wild Unknown Episode 17

Today’s card draw from The Wild Unknown Tarot is 3 of Wands in Discovering the Wild Unknown.

I want to start off by providing an important notice, which will be included in all of this series. However, other things that will be included that you can skip to are:

I only include the latter as a comparison, to show how wandering down your own understanding of images and symbols can bring you to a similar meaning, though along a different path with different experiences. This is to help expand knowledge of the card.

I will not, however, be including the definitions from the guidebook, as that is not the point of this. Also, I don’t have rights to that material.

Important Note

I started this series because I had read that people struggled with the deck purely because the definitions in the Little White Book were very Rider-Waite-based, and that there wasn’t much wisdom regarding the animals and symbolism chosen.

This series is to help you to decipher the meanings yourselves. I am by no means saying what I have to say about the cards are correct for anyone outside myself. However, I am providing my daily journal entries regarding the deck to act as a guide so that you can begin your own journey.

When I started tarot, I had no idea what to write in my journal, and thus didn’t. Instead I obsessively read and re-read the Little White Book belonging to the Spiral Tarot (which is why today I can completely quote the book). I didn’t trust myself to know the cards, even when I could recite the definitions. I was afraid to put the book down.

To this fear of lack of knowledge, the creator of The Wild Unknown writes:

You do know enough. You’ve been a person on earth every day since you were born. You’ve experienced all the emotions and situations these cards depict. Quiet the naysayer…don’t let it prevent you from sitting down with a friend (or yourself) and using these cards to help talk about what’s going on in your life. It will be positive. It will be radical. You’ll find things start to reveal themselves through the cards that have been hidden away, covered with dust.

pp. 10-11, The Wild Unknown Guidebook

Description of the Card

The 3 of Wands shows 3 sticks tied together to form a triangle. Each stick extends beyond the triangle. In the center is an almost tie-dye rainbow of color. Horizontal black lines form the background.

Traditional Card Meaning

After the initial ring of success from the 2 of Wands, the 3 of Wands is about building on that success, and thus a card of expansion. Traditionally depicted as an individual holding on to one of the three Wands, it seems to single out the one Wand, the Ace, and it is that initial idea that he is contemplating expanding on as the figure faces away from the other 2 Wands.

What I derive from the Card itself

 The 3 sticks have been formed, maneuvered to it in this way, and sometime must have tied them. Some of the sticks’ branches have been cut off, leaving an extended nub. I think this shows that in order for the sticks to form, part of themselves had to give way to create a balanced shape.

Only when 3 sticks come together can they form the first shape. And thus, the rainbow in the center represents the potential of creation.

The sticks extending beyond the frame, I think, is a reminder of expansion. With this extra length at either corner, more sticks can tie on, creating a bigger, and varying shape.

About the Deck

The Wild Unknown Tarot  is a 2016 Harper One publication, created by Kim Krans. The deck is widely available at most bookstores who carry Tarot cards, but also on Amazon. Kim Krans always wrote The Wild Unknown Guidebook.

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