If you would like to know your destiny, there are curious ways to do so! Divination could offer answers one could never obtain another way.
The art of divination is not a simple fortunetelling or a magician’s trick. Divination of any sort, tarot included, requires great knowledge and talent, dedication and passion for understanding symbols and their interconnection.
Everything in our lives could be interpreted through symbolism. Tarot reading is a wonderful way to interpret symbolic side of our destinies through the instrument or medium of cards.
In their core, all divination practices have many things in common. Most of them are based on the principle of major and minor plan interacting.
What happens on the major plan, that is, the universal plan, reflects in individual people’s lives. No scientific approach could, however, analyze the individual case to the detail divination arts are capable of. For this reason, divination has been practiced since ancient days and it is still widely in use. It is an alternative way of looking into our existence, one would say.
Some would say it is the only way to look into our destiny, for it reveals pieces of it one cannot otherwise discover. Destiny cannot be tricked; it could only be revealed, never to its fullest, and followed. Tarot readings could serve us a valuable guidance. Let us see into tarot decks!
Tarot Suits Basics
Tarot cards were playing cards originally, but they’ve easily entered the realm of the mystical and esoteric. Over the course of the eighteenth century, they have become a common instrument for divination. Tarot cards are illustrated with peculiar scenes, personifications and tons of symbols one could discover in other places, such as in mythology, astrology, alchemy and elsewhere.
Decks of the tarot are large and they count seventy eight cards, of which one part builds up the Major Arcana and the other part is Minor Arcana. These parts of the deck are not equal in number of cards, with Major Arcana counting only twenty two. These cards are related to the major plan, just as the name tells; it is not about the greater importance of the suit.
Minor Arcana contains all the rest. You are probably familiar with this suit through those common playing ones. Minor Arcana is composed of four more suits, called the Wands, the Cups, the swords and the Pentacles, but one can easily find them under other names, such as Clubs or Hearts or something else.
Each of those suits has a characteristic symbol, specific type of energy, one essential element, a faculty and a class. These four suits contain fourteen cards each, of which for are Court cards, while the rest are numbers. We are specifically interested into numbers of the suit of Wands here, particularly into The Three of Wands card.
Suit of Wands Major Characteristics
The suit of Wands is a fiery suit, one might say, for it is associated with the element of Fire and a powerful masculine energy.
This suit is one associated with strength, leadership, personal power, creativity and drive, enthusiasm and inspiration, optimistic point of view. Wands are active, always ready to pursuit the goal, impulsive and energetic.
If you take a look into this suit and its imagery, you will see that the wands depicted on the cards are not simply some sticks or staves, but living branches, as well. They have leaves growing on them, which symbolize flourishing, regeneration, rebirth, growth, creation, while, at the same time, wands are tough, firm and can be used as a tool, a weapon or whatever it is needed.
Three of Wands Tarot Card Quick Facts
The Three of Wands is our card of interest. This is card associated, in the first place, with all the major characteristics of the suit of Wands.
It is related to creation, to enthusiasm and optimism, but mostly to ideas, rather than direct action. We could say the Three of Wands are what comes before the activity or the beginning of the activity.
Before we get into details about this card, its visual appearance and its specific meanings related to different aspects of life and the position of the card in a reading, let us make a quick overview.
Here are some of the most important terms associated with the Three of Wands and its basic characteristics.
3 of Wands key terms: Affirmative proof, crystallization of new ideas, making solid and promising plans, having a bright outlook, optimism, expansion, investments, the sense of control and balance, a start of a new path
Key essential element of the Three of Wands: Fire
Minor Arcana type: Number, 3
Yes/No question for The Three of Wands card: Yes
Reversed 3 of Wands key terms: lack of ideas, losing direction, losing path, having doubts, distraction, lack of organization, feeling chaotic and unfocused, business problems, loss of ambition
Visual Description of The Three of Wands Card
The visual description would be the most important part of our tarot card interpretation. Tarot cards’ imagery tells much about their meaning and one has to pay attention to every single detail depicted on the card.
Let us only say that there were many tarot deck designs, while the most popular and still most widely used is the Rider-Waite tarot deck.
Take a look into the card of the Three of Wands. The imagery appears simple, as it does not contain to many separate symbols. Here we can see a man, the three characteristic wands and a desert landscape.
The human figure on the card is turned away from us, we cannot see the man’s face, but we could easily assume he was thoughtful.
He looks somewhere into the distance, we imagine, as he leans on one of the wands. The three wands are stuck into the ground and they are standing firmly and upright.
Now, let us pay a closer attention to the man on the image. If you look ate his arm, the one visible, holding a staff, you would notice it is armored.
The man is a warrior, a knight, perhaps. His robes are rich and long, dominated by the color red. Red is the color of strength, passion, life, fire, creation, masculine energy, the color of love and drive.
There is also a part of his clothes colored green. Green is the color of natural growth and flourishing. The man looks into the desert, seeing also mountain ridge far ahead. He, in fact, looks into the future.
From his high point, he sees everything ahead; there is nothing that would easily surprise him or have him unprepared. His three wands are his firm foundations, his mature ideas and his plans. He appears as ready to head on his quest.
The man is determined and eager to pursuit his goals. He wears a golden diadem, telling of a heavenly bliss and potential victory, perhaps.
Three of Wands Card Meaning Guide
I am ready and well-prepared for my noble quest.
The Three of Wands is a card predicting good and fortunate outcome of one’s plans. This card tells that everything is in our hands and under control at the moment.
This card is about ideas that have finally took solid shape, ideas mature and ready to be brought into realization. The card speaks about the individual process of growth and maturity.
This card is also about being confident about your ideas and plans and having grounded them in reality.
Overall, Three of Wands is an auspicious cards in all field, especially when it comes to business. The Three of Wands reflects one’s still unshaken ideals and faith. Perhaps they will be shaken some time in the future, but now it is time to pursue your goals with an eager heart.
The Three of Wands is the card of readiness, of everything carefully prepared and ready to be set into motion. The suit of Wands is, after all, about taking action.
However, the action, in order to be fruitful, has to be planned and thought through step by step.
Of course, sometimes we rush into things and ruin our own plans, but it is definitely not an irreparable situation. We shall learn more about the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ side of this card in the upright/reversed section. Each of the cards’ meaning gets altered with a changed position in an opening.
3 of Wands – YES or NO
The Three of Wands, being an auspicious card overall, is a definite YES. It is an affirmative card, in the first place because it tells about the planned, thought through action and mature ideas, ones that have become crystal-clear.
Therefore, what you asked the cards is to be encouraged.
Yes/no readings are simple technique of asking one question and getting a simple answer that would easily clear your doubts away. This type of a reading is good for beginners and, of course, in situation which require short and direct answers.
Three of Wands Card Upright Meaning
The position of a card greatly affects its meanings. In the upright position, the Three of Wands come up with all those positive characteristics we have mentioned.
When it appears in the upright position, it brings success, a positive outlook, the maturity of ideas, the feeling of having things under control, without any particular tension or forcefulness.
This card tells greatly about the natural development of plans and growing ideas. It represents the state of readiness to pursue goals and the state of being well-prepared.
This card is definitely not about rushing foolishly into things only to experience them, but about having plans and being well-equipped for what comes ahead.
Recall the armor we took a glance of in the description of the image. The man on the card does not appeared tense or worried, nor does he seem to be forceful and aggressive.
Even if his face is invisible, we could easily tell he is thoughtful, collected, relaxed and prepared for whatever his plans were. The overall impression is that his plans are noble and good.
Three of Wands Card Reversed Meaning
The reversed card comes up with quite a different meaning. It represents the absence of all the positive mentioned above.
If the card was reversed, it tells about the lack of ideas and inspiration, in fact, it is about ideas that have not yet reached their mature, clear point.
For this reason, one should not take up any action immediately.
The reversed card tempts us to rush into something, while it actually calls for patience.
This card tells about not having firm ground beneath our feet, it is about lack of motivation and energy.
For the greatest part, this card is about lacking organization and feeling chaotic not only within, but also in relations with other people, especially in the working environment.
Three of Wands Tarot Card – Career Meaning
In general, this card is a positive omen when it comes to work and career or education. It tells about carefully elaborated plans that are ready to be set into motion. They will be fruitful, because things are well-prepared, under control, they are not forced and there is generally a nice and cooperative atmosphere amongst those who participate.
However, things are greatly in your hands.
This card also suggests that your ideas will be greatly appreciated and valued by others, because you have dedicated your time, patience and effort to make a solid and promising plan. Your efforts are to be justly rewarded. The cards is about good prognosis concerning finances.
Three of Wands Tarot Card – Love Meaning
When it comes to love life, Three of Wands are about a start of a new relationship; it does not necessarily have to be a romantic one, though.
In any case, it is about a relationship based on mutual trust, honesty, openness, willingness to support one another, a refreshing contact.
The Three of Wands is a card about a promising connection with someone new.
Three of Wands Tarot Card – Health Meaning
In terms of health and well-being, this card is greatly about inner peace and balance, because it reflects a state in which the individual has no greater worries.
This is a card that emphasizes the importance of being well-organized and well-prepared, but it sot about forcing anything or being tense, on the contrary.
If you were bothered by something, be it physical, emotional or else, you should think through these things and make a plan.
Once you do so, you will have the feeling of having things in control and you will become your own healer.
By that, we do not mean one should cast away the offered options, but he or she should think through them, decide on what appears to be the best and stick to a plan, until it proves its effects.
3 of Wands Combined
Tarot cards are greatly influenced by one another in a reading.
This means that when they appear one alongside the other, their meanings change or, better, they get a specific meanings.
Therefore, here we list some of the examples of the three of wands combined with other cards.
- Three of Wands and Temperance: Compromise
- 3 of Wands and The World: Big, ambitious plans
- Three of Wands and The Queen of Wands: Professional improvement
- Three of Wands and The Ace of Swords: Combat
- 3 of Wands and The Nine of Pentacles: Financial goals achieved
Three of Wands Message
The Three of Wands is a promising card, telling about the importance of being collected, patient, well-prepared and open towards new paths.
This is a positive, auspicious card that tells about the success coming your way.
This card is about having a positive attitude towards life, being open and benevolent towards other people and striving for your ideals. There is no tension or rush in this card.
The Three of Wands card is about the intelligence and wise judgment over a situation and about willingness to pursue one’s goals.
What is the most important is that goals presented within the meaning of the card are benevolent, noble and never directed towards others’ benefit.