Your Chosen Card – Three of Wands Upright Rider Waite Deck
When upright, the Three of Wands shows a man looking out to sea, watching his ships departing or coming in, perhaps carrying goods from a strategically planned business venture. This man and his partners, if he has any, have set realistic goals and acted with foresight. There is every expectation that this cooperative enterprise will succeed; but, to make sure, he is carefully overseeing each step of the process. When this card appears, you are given the green light to expand your horizons and plant the seeds for future success. The number 3 often refers to cooperative ventures, that is, to two or more people pooling their efforts over a period of time to create something new (for example, a married couple having a baby).
Keywords Upright: Enterprise, foresight, cooperation in business, trade, commerce, launching a new venture, exploring possibilities, creating something new, awaiting results, maximizing chances of success, long-range planning, realistic goals, collaborating with others to pursue a goal, embarking on a new course of action, taking a calculated risk, the end of troubles, your ships departing or coming in.
Timing: 10 Aries20 Aries. Tropical, 30 March9 April. Sidereal, 24 April3 May
Astrology: The mighty Sun (exalted) in the second decan of fiery Aries, realm of the Queen of Wands (Water of Fire) and the Emperor (Aries). The exaltation of the Sun in Aries enhances its power, virtue, pride and strength.
Number Symbolism: 3 – fertility, a creative environment, a triadic relationship, the first fruits of a joint venture.
Rider Waite: A calm, stately personage, with his back turned, looking from a cliffs edge at ships passing over the sea. Three staves are planted in the ground, and he leans slightly on one of them. Divinatory Meanings: Established strength, enterprise, effort, trade, commerce, discovery; those are his ships, bearing his merchandise, which are sailing over the sea; able cooperation in business, as if the successful merchant prince were looking from his side toward yours with a view to help you; (R) the end of troubles, suspension or cessation of adversity, toil, and disappointment.
When Three of Wands is upright you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise. If Three of Wands is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is Three of Wands is trying to tell you. If you had a particular issue in mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.
This chosen card is part of your upright card reading for Three of Wands using cards from the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.
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Complete Book of Tarot: When upright, the Three of Wands shows a man looking out to sea, watching his ships departing or coming in, perhaps carrying goods from a strategically planned business venture. This man and his partners, if he has any, have set realistic goals and acted with foresight. There is every expectation that this cooperative enterprise will succeed; but, to make sure, he is carefully overseeing each step of the process. When this card appears, you are given the green light to expand your horizons and plant the seeds for future success. The number 3 often refers to cooperative ventures, that is, to two or more people pooling their efforts over a period of time to create something new (for example, a married couple having a baby).
Creative Tarot: So how did the deck come about? A. E. Waite was a mystic and a scholar with ties to both the Golden Dawn and the Freemasons. He had written extensively on many esoteric subjects, such as alchemy, mysticism, and the various mystery cults to which he belonged. Here Waites scholarly and mystical interests played an important role in the fate of the tarot.
Complete Book of Tarot: Fact 6: The Oxford Dictionary defines psychic as ‘relating to or denoting faculties or phenomena that are apparently inexplicable by natural laws, especially involving telepathy or clairvoyance.’ 7 In my view, the tarot is a tool that allows us to tap into our intuition, the results of which often appear ‘inexplicable by natural laws’ because we tend to ignore intuitive hunches as we grow into adulthood. The tarot helps restore the balance between rational analysis and listening to our gut. With continued practice, you may be surprised at how often unexpected yet verifiable impressions seem to leap from the cards.
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Tarot Triumphs: Or did gypsies play a part, as some conjecture? This is less likely, much as it appeals to many Tarot aficionados, myself included. Romany gypsies are now known to have left India about fifteen hundred years ago, a date rather early to have brought Tarot imagery with them.13 The images overall have an early medieval to Renaissance feel about them, injected with some strong classical associations. There are no overt Eastern allusions, and Tarot is generally considered to be a European invention, so an Indian origin seems unlikely. It seems more likely to me that the Tarot Triumphs emerged out of a more deliberate attempt to weld a set of images together by people with better access to books and manuscripts than gypsies were likely to have. The gypsies would have been on the move and lacking in formal education. But perhaps gypsy fortune-telling, as the Roma moved around Europe, played a part in the transmission. There is an element of learning to the Triumphs, an infusion of Christian imagery and also of more pagan beliefs, something that could have emerged from several centuries of evolution as images were picked up from diverse sources and gradually blended into a complete sequence for fortune-telling, imbued with folk wisdom; after all, wisdom itself is not the exclusive property of the educated classes.