Three of Wands

Written by Jacob. Published on October 5th, 2011 at 13:52.

Three of Wands Rider Waite Tarot

Three of Wands Artwork Description

“A calm, stately figure, with his back turned, looks from a cliff’s edge at ships passing over the sea. Three staves are planted in the ground and he leans slightly on one of them.” 1

Three of Wands Associations

  • Three: Creation. Expansion. Female(1)+Male(2)=Child(3). Harmony/Dynamic.
  • Element: Fire.
  • Timing: Summer; hasty; immediate/fast-paced.
  • Direction: South/ubiquitous; spontaneous.
  • Keywords: Passion, personal driving force; the arts, creative-source, hobbies; career/ambitions; personality/ego; travel, trade, and commerce.

Three of Wands Basic Meaning

The Three of Wands is about having sent out energy into the universe, and waiting for it to return to you (this is a form of trade/commerce). It is about a gain in strength or power, mostly from past actions or efforts now manifesting in beneficial income (not necessarily financial). Don’t count your your chickens before they’re hatched!

Additional Interpretations

“Possible travel over water, such as a vacation or traveling sales, or a career that involves travel; international trading; business savvy; the initial completion of a project; looking at overseas investments or travel; working with others in a leadership position. The ‘idea person’ of a group. Conferences, symposiums, and trade shows.” 2

“A man with two wands, holding a third, looks out to sea, waiting. Sometimes there are boats on the horizon. This is the card of ‘waiting for the ships to come in.’ The person has invested their passion in something – a new career, a big move to a new city (remember wands signify travel as well), maybe they’ve even thrown their hat into a political ring – and now the energy they sent out is coming back to them. It is a card of progress, of the first hint that the dream can be made real.

This card also indicates that, like a woman holding her new born babe in her arms for the first time, or a politician hearing that the first round of votes are for him/her, the querent might rightly be feeling a little proud, even powerful. They might be warned, however, to not get too excited. Though there is a sense that positive results are coming in, they should wait till the ships have all appeared and docked before celebrating or boasting.” 3

“Meaning: He symbolises established strength, enterprise, effort, trade, commerce, discovery; those are his ships, bearing his merchandise, which are sailing over the sea. A very good card: collaboration will favour enterprise.

Reversed: The end of troubles, suspension or end of adversity, toil and disappointment.” 1

Axank’s Dream Recollection

October 4-5, 2011
This dream totally relates! Two girls (friends of mine) decide to go out for a trail run barefoot as soon as it’s getting dark. Other friends start to show up to the house while I wait out in the greenhouse staring out into the woods waiting for them to return. They never returned before the dream ended.