3 of Wands | Weekly Tarot Card Pt 5: Defining the 3 of Wands

~ 3 of Wands Definition ~

This is the fifth and last installment in this Weekly Tarot Card series. The next series will begin on Monday. However, if you’d like to get caught up on the rest of the week, you can use the following links:

We finally wrap up the week of the 3 of Wands. By going through and spending time observing, meditating, and considering the symbols, element, and number associated with the 3 of Wands, I hope you’ll have reached a deeper understanding of the card.

However, now that all that work is done, I provide my own 3 of Wands definition, combining what I gather from the meanings when they’re all brought together.

3 of Wands Definition

The 3 of Wands is a good omen, a good card to get if you’re deep into a project. It means that you’ve succeeded in creating your idea, and you’re looking to give it some depth, a life of its own. What this means is that your idea is ready to be expanded.

The 3 of Wands is a card of expansion of passions, of bringing in another element to your idea in order to make it grow. It’s no longer just you in this, it’s your audience, it’s your customer base, it’s your art enthusiast, it’s your partner in crime. You brought the idea and passion to the table, you got the ball rolling. Now you need someone to pass the ball back to you to keep it in motion and alive.

The figure in the 3 of Wands looks out over a sea with boats, which represent commerce, which means expansion. But the figure still holds on to one of the Wands. This is important. It is important that even though success has been had, you need to keep the initial spark of inspiration, the idea of your project at the heart of your next move. You need to carry it with you in each decision you make regarding the project.

3 of Wands Divinatory Meaning

The Three of Wands can be divided into two meanings coming together to form the Three: the Ace of Wands and the Two of Wands. The Ace that the man holds on to is the idea. That the man holds on to one wand shows that the idea is still developing. Behind him are two other wands, reminding us of the lesson of the Two of Wands: looking toward the future, the Two being the planning stage. The man has his back to these two, and thus, as he looks over the golden sea, he knows that with this new venture there are profitable times ahead. The three wands are planted in the ground. He is beyond the planning stages for the future and about to embark into the first steps.  

You are prepared for what is next on the journey. You have come this far, and you have taken the time to study the map, and now you can begin to go ahead with your plan of action. Generally related to business, this can be a creative venture as well.

3 of Wands Keywords

Keywords: next phase, moving forward, progression, success in business, success in partnership, commerce.

Final Thoughts

The beauty of creating a community which is learning the Tarot is the diversity of experiences that contribute to the meaning of a card. What did you experience this week with the 3 of Wands? What is your 3 of Wands definition?

Next week we move on to the next 3, the 3 of Cups. If you’d like to catch up on past cards, visit the Weekly Tarot Card page here.

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Decks Used

The Aquarian Tarot in a Tin by Italian-born, American-raised David Palladini, was published originally in 1970 by U.S. Games Systems Inc, and then republished again in 2016 in a smaller size. Named after the Age of Aquarius, the Aquarian Tarot is a midieval depiction of the Rider-Waite Tarot system. The images are closer, and thus might give the impression of being more character-based rather than relying on symbolism. This intimate deck provides a stark reflection of the human condition in it’s journey through the tarot.

Faerie Tarot by Nathalie Hertz, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc, 2008. Hertz is a French artist, and the creator of several other beautiful tarot decks. The Faerie Tarot was ‘inspired by the flora and fauna of the French countryside,’ and ‘invites you to see the world in a delightful new way…blending fantasy, whimsy, and nature.’

Impressionist Tarot by Arturo Picca (artist) and Corrine Kenner (author), published by Lo Scarabeo in 2015. This deck takes works of classic impressionist paintings and recreates them to fit the meanings of the tarot. It pulls from works of Edonard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gough, and Paul Gauguin. A truly beautiful deck, especially for those who have interest in the art world.

Prisma Visions Tarot by James R. Eads, 3rd ed., published in 2016. The deck itself is beautiful, though perhaps not for the beginning tarot reader. The suits all fit together to create a master picture displaying the energy and progression of the suits. The figures and images flow from one card to the next, showing movement within the stationary cards.

Rider-Waite by A. E. Waite. The deck used in these photos is currently out of print. I won’t say much about this deck, as it is fairly standard and probably one of the most produced decks. It serves as a standard for many tarot readers and artists, depicting classic images relating in part to the original playing cards that tarot developed from.

The Spiral Tarot by Kay Steventon. With turn-of-the-20th-century style art, this deck takes from the classic Rider-Waite deck and brings it up to the late 1800-early 1900’s, a time of industry and contemplation for the western world as it moved forward into a more technological era. I am a little biased toward this deck as it’s been my main deck for 15 years. The cards are thick with additional symbolism that can be tricky to pick out of the traditional Rider-Waite, and adds layers of Greek myth throughout the Major Arcana.

Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley (designer and author) and Lady Frieda Harris (artist), published by U. S. Games Systems, Inc., in 1978. This deck takes from most esoteric imagery, and requires the reader of the deck to have deep, initiate knowledge of the symbolism used. There is nothing within the cards that is without meaning. However, on a more surface level, the deck draws from Egyptian symbolism and from the style of the Marseille Tarot (mostly seen within the Minor Arcana). For those looking for deeper understandings of the universe, I recommend this deck. I would caution that this deck is highly advanced, and might be avoided for the budding reader.

Vampire Tarot – by Nathalie Hertz, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. in 2000. As mentioned above in reference to the Faerie Tarot, Hertze is a French artist who gained her notability through the publication of her tarot decks. The Vampire Tarot was a bestselling deck upon its release, and plays on more gothic symbolism, providing more jarring interpretations to allow for the accepting of negative forces within the world to compliment the positive forces. The deck brings together myths and legends in the form of vampires, which ‘gives tarot readers a macabre passport’ into the world of divination.


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