The Three of Wands

In General:

The Minor Arcana represents your choices and actions throughout the realization of your destiny. The Wands represent the spark plugs of the Tarot, the spark of creativity and the birth of an idea. The Wands are oriented toward action, growth and the realization of your dreams.(3)

The Wands or Rods or Batons as they are sometimes called, is associated with the element Fire, a creative force that can illuminate and warm, or if uncontrolled will burn and destroy.

Wands represent the creative urge and imagination, and the will to bring one’s dreams into reality.

In a reading they refer to career, work, enterprise and ambition.

Three of Wands

A calm, stately personage, with his back turned, looking 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.


In a reading, this card says: “watch with awareness and with expectation of your highest good.”

Divinatory Meanings:

He symbolizes established strength, enterprise, effort, trade, commerce, discovery; those are his ships, bearing his merchandise, which are sailing over the sea. The card also signifies able co-operation in business, as if the successful merchant prince were looking from his side towards yours with a view to help you.

The Three of Wands encourages you to push past your limitations and expand your horizons. It will mean stepping outside your comfort zone and exploring uncharted territories.

Whilst you may run into pitfalls or have to take detours along the way keep in mind that these are often a blessing in disguise that can open up a whole new world of possibilities.

Action: Established Strength
positive: new ventures, conviction, partnerships
negative: lack of nerve, frustration, personality clashes


Upright: results of hard work, preparation. “The third stage of a project or venture nears a successful completion. There is more work to be done and you will continue to move forward with confidence, having built a strong foundation by working with the right team of people.” (3)

Reversed: work that does not lead anywhere, lack of foresight, suspension or cessation of adversity, toil and disappointment. “You might feel like you are spinning your wheels and going nowhere.” (3)


Timing is within 3 days, 3 weeks, or the summer season.


The Three of Wands incorporates the energies of Aries (ambitious and ready to put your stamp on the world to realize a dream).(3)

The Wand’s astrological relative is the Sun (vibrant and ready to make lifestyle changes).

Keywords for the Three of Wands Tarot Card Meaning (1):

  • Time
  • Calm
  • Power
  • Insight
  • Solitary
  • Journey
  • Planning
  • Foresight
  • Adventure
  • Advantage
  • Confidence
  • Progression
  • Perspective
  • Forecasting
  • Contemplation

Key symbols for the Three of Wands:

Three of Wands

Mountains: Seen on many of the cards, mountain symbol meanings deal with triumph, challenge, attainment, and realization. Mountains also represent timelessness and an endurance that is infinite.

When those mountains peak out of the cards into our attention, we may consider the vastness of our universe, and contemplate our place within it. We may also want to consider the heights to which we are climbing, and what the realization of our goals may mean for us and those around us.


Ship: Yes, of course ship symbol meanings deal with travel and journey’s. However a commonly overlooked factor is the medium upon which they said – water – it deals with the deeper levels of the psyche and the subconscious.

When Ships sail across your vision in a reading, take into consideration where your thoughts (psyche) are traveling – what kind of baggage (cargo) are you carrying around, and are you charting (navigating) out the best course for your thoughts and emotions?


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