Tarot Card meaning for the Three of Wands

In the Three of Wands, we see a man facing the ocean, he holds one wand in his hand. The other two wands are firmly planted in the earth around him. His cloak indicates he has travelled - physically or mentally. He now looks at the benefits and wealth (of experience) obtained from his journey, as well as other opportunities that can come his way in future.

The Three of Wands as a day card

Today we have planted things in the ground as indicated by the three Wands. We are also possibly watching our ships come in. (You have to look closely at the card to see the ships). What do the wands and the ships represent to you?
Why is this figure standing here?

Negative or reversed meaning for this card

This card indicates we have journeyed and worked a fair bit before we got here. If we interpret the card negatively, we might want to see our ships come in without any prior work. Or we could just be looking at other ships coming in and envy those ships. If we are honest we know that there is rarely a reward without a lot of effort first.

How this card could present itself in real life

When thinking about a real life example for this card, I think the online industry is a prime example of this image. We are told that we just have to create a website and people will come – wrong! It takes months and months of work, hours of writing, learning, tweaking before we have a website that would even get noticed. When I just started work on a website I was full of dreams of the ships, thousands of visitors each day. The website will rank in the top 10 in a matter a weeks. Now I enjoy the journey because experience is sometimes much more precious than just seeing a ship (a reward) come in the harbour.

How this card is represented in other Tarot decks

In the Crowley Tarot the Three of Wands shows an upbeat energetic image with three wands full of energy and potential.

The Celtic Dragon Tarot shows us the tension and energy that is present with the number three as it is a somewhat unbalanced number.

In the Osho Zen Tarot, the card is called experiencing and hones in on really experiencing what is in our lives, to truly listen and be in the moment.

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