Three of Wands

Three of Wands

Three of Wands

The Three of Wands represents freedom, adventure, and expansion. It encourages us to embrace new horizons, both literal and metaphorical, inviting us to cast our gaze beyond the familiar and explore uncharted territories with a sense of pragmatic optimism. This is a testament to the power of taking calculated risks, having the confidence to venture outside our comfort zone, and believing in our ability to conquer challenges.

This card illuminates the importance of having laid the groundwork for future ventures and now being able to reap the rewards of careful planning. It captures the power of anticipation and preparation and serves as a reminder that the endeavors undertaken in the present moment have the potential to yield abundant outcomes in the times ahead. Much like a seed sown in fertile soil, the actions and decisions made now can germinate into prosperous opportunities down the line.

In essence, the Three of Wands reflects the culmination of our efforts. It stands as a harbinger of progress, signifying that previous undertakings are bearing fruit and that growth is on the horizon. With this growth comes a broader realm of possibilities, inviting individuals to expand their vision and reach even higher. It is a reminder that success is not just the attainment of goals but a continuous journey of advancement and exploration.

3 of Wands Reversed

When the Three of Wands tarot card appears in reverse, it suggests that delays and missed opportunities are casting shadows over a once promising endeavor. This position urges a reevaluation of plans and a thoughtful approach to navigating any potential difficulty that may arise. Although challenges may have momentarily obscure your path, adaptability is one of your greatest strengths. Embrace what you have learned from these setbacks and adjust your strategy. This approach will rekindle the flame of growth and foresight, steering the journey toward expanded horizons.


“I embrace the unfolding journey with confidence, knowing that my efforts today sow the seeds of a bountiful tomorrow.”

3 of wands reversed

3 of Wands Zodiac Sign

The zodiac sign of Aries is associated with the Three of Wands tarot card.

3 of Wands Love

The Three of Wands tarot card speaks to shared aspirations in a relationship. It symbolizes a time when partners envision their journey together, uniting their dreams and working toward common goals. This card encourages open communication, embracing new adventures as a couple, and fostering a sense of unity that paves the way for a relationship’s growth.

For those unattached, this card signals a time of personal growth and preparation. It advises focusing on individual aspirations and self-discovery, nurturing a foundation of self-confidence and stability. This will allow you to create a solid platform from which to welcome future romantic possibilities with a heart primed for connection and a spirit unburdened by past complexities.

3 of Wands Yes or No

In a Yes or No reading, the Three of Wands can generally be interpreted as a Yes.

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Minor Arcana Symbolism

Tarot Card NameThree of Wands
Card Number EnergySynthesis
Numerological MeaningCreation, manifestation, community, growth, connection, expansion, birth, rebirth, artistry, chronology, generation, variability, communication, individuation, action, process, relationships, cycles, expression, vitality
Classical ElementFire
Traditional Upright MeaningFreedom, progress, spreading ones wings, momentum, success, moving forward, growth, expansion, adventure, travel, looking ahead, confidence, foresight, leadership, exploration, boldness, experiencing life, opportunities abroad, pleasant outcomes, leaving the nest, taking action
Traditional Reversed MeaningSelf-doubt, obstacles, playing it safe, lack of foresight, unexpected delays, clipped wings, disappointing outcome, returning home, lack of progress, restriction, holding onto the past, unmet expectations, poor planning, delays, perceived failure, frustration, regret, inaction
Jungian Personality TypeIntuition
ChakraSolar Plexus
Astrological CorrespondenceSun in Aries
Crystals and StonesYellow Tiger’s Eye, Olivine, Lemon Quartz, Heliodor, Yellow Jade, Peridot, Golden Pearl, Sphene, Jargoon, Sulfur, Melichrysos, Honey Calcite, Pyrite, Chrysolite

3 of Wands as Feelings

The Three of Wands evokes feelings of optimism and anticipation. It stirs a sense of excitement and eagerness for the unfolding future. You may feel as if you are standing at the edge of new possibilities. Temper this exhilaration with a poised patience as you navigate the currents of the present, keeping a watchful eye on the horizons of progress and growth that lie ahead.


Tarot Through the Ages

Tarot was originally invented as a card game in the mid 15th century. French occultist Jean-Baptiste Alliette, also known as “Etteilla”, was the first to assign divinatory meanings to the cards in the late 1700s. Many others have followed in his footsteps, bringing their own unique interpretation of the cards. In our exploration of the Tarot, we weave together contemporary insights with the timeless wisdom of the past. This blending of past and present perspectives offers a more holistic view, allowing us to connect with the evolving narrative and lineage of wisdom that has shaped our understanding of each card over time. Let’s dive into some of these historical interpretations…

3 of Wands Meaning

Mental energy, leadership, ambition, determination are among the meanings. It is also a card of the realization of hope, of success after struggle.


Courage, persistence, pride, nobility.


Conceit, arrogance, insolence.

Time period

Astrologically, the Three of Wands governs the second decanate of Aries, from March 31st to April 9th. This card is ruled by the Sun.


The radiant triangle encloses a lamp, symbol of Understanding, represented by the number 3 in Qabalah. The three wands form a fire triangle, and suggest the enclosure of power within form.


Established strength.

Modern Translation of The Oracle of the Tarot by Paul Foster Case (1933)

Three of Wands - RWS

The Minor Arcana: Three of Wands

An Alternative Definition for the Three of Wands

Traditionally, Wands are associated with the element fire. Below, we see that Thierens has decided to break with tradition by associating the suit of Wands with the element of air. Mystic Doorway has chosen the traditional correspondence of fire for the Three of Wands. Even so, we believe it is important to explore many historical definitions of the cards, allowing each individual the freedom to choose their own path within the journey of Tarot.

Card Definition

Initiative, effort, venture, business, exploration, challenge, audacity, risk-taking, and also recklessness, interruption, pause, and “resolving issues,” discontinuation.


The somewhat conflicting interpretations of this card’s meaning are clearly understood by its zodiacal position: The element of air is in the third house, the house of the astrological sign Gemini. This house amplifies the influence of ‘air’ and Its mercurial vibes and effects. The three of wands emphasizes the larger theme of the suit of wands. It’s primarily about communication, thinking, and all that stems from these.


Communication, teaching, reflection, messages, writing, mailing, and letters, basic understanding, light-heartedness, fleeting impressions, discontinuation, interruption, transition, and maybe some friendliness, carelessness too; disregard or lack of proper focus. Regarding ‘audacity,’ I’d say it’s more about easily navigating challenges and quick understanding; initiative, venture, and business make sense. Given that Mercury is the god of both merchants and thieves, this card could hint at business, theft, and loss. “Resolving issues” is apt, as this card provides insight into solutions and ways out.”

Modern Translation of the General Book of the Tarot by A.E. Thierens (1930)

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3 of Wands Tarot

Upright: 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.

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

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A.E. Waite (1910)

Three of Wands Card Imagery

A composed individual stands gracefully at the edge of a cliff, watching ships sail across the ocean. Three poles are anchored in the ground, and he casually rests on one of them.

-Modern Translation of The Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A.E. Waite (1910)

Three of Wands - symbolism infographic

The Lord of Established Strength

A bright and radiant angelic hand, as before, emerging from clouds clouds holding three wands in the middle (two crossed, and the third standing straight). Flames appear where the wands meet. The symbols for the Sun and Aries are displayed at the top and bottom.

Symbolism: Firm strength, power that’s been established, the fulfillment of hope. Completion of hard work. Success after struggle. Pride, nobility, wealth, power, conceit. Rude arrogance and lack of courtesy. Generosity, stubbornness, etc.

Binah of HB:Y (Pride, arrogance, self-assertion).

Herein rule the Angels HB:HHShYH and HB:a’aMMYH

Modern Translation of The Tarot of the Golden Dawn: Book “T” by MacGregor Mathers and Harriet Felkin

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The Meaning of The Three of Wands Card Throughout History

The Tarot deck is a beautiful synthesis of esoteric thought and archetypal imagery. The journey of the deck, shaped by the events and values of each era, has continued to evolve and take on new significance as it adapts to a larger cultural story. Often a tarot card will have a variety of names and meanings. Exploring the historical interpretations of each card will create a deeper understanding of this powerful method for divination and self-discovery.

Various Names For The Three of Wands

The Three of Wands has taken many names throughout history such as Three of Batons, Three of Staves, Three of Clubs, Three of Staffs, Three of Rods and Three of Scepters.

Tarot de Marseille (1650)Three of Clubs
Golden Dawn (1888)The Lord of Established Strength
Papus (1892)Three of Sceptres
Rider-Waite (1910)Three of Wands
Thoth (1943)Three of Wands

Significations of The Three of Wands

  • Realization of the commencement of the Enterprise. The basis of the work is now definitely established, and the undertaking can be fearlessly continued.

-Tarot of The Bohemians by Papus (1892)

Three of Wands Symbolism

Upright: Enterprise, Undertaking, Commerce, Trade, Negotiation.
Reversed: Hope, Desire, Attempt, Wish.

-The Tarot by S.L. MacGregor Mathers (1888)

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The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

Three of Wands - The Illustrated Key to the Tarot published 1918, public domain
Three of Wands – The Illustrated Key to the Tarot published 1918, public domain

This guide by Arthur Edward Waite, the designer of the most widely known Tarot deck and distinguished scholar of the Kabbalah, is the essential Tarot reference. The pictorial key contains a detailed description of each card in the celebrated 78-card Rider-Waite Tarot deck, along with regular and reversed meanings. Contents describe symbols and secret tradition, ancient Celtic methods of divination, and wonderful illustrations of each Tarot card. This book is the perfect complement to old-style fortune telling and also serves to make the Tarot entirely accessible to modern-day readers. The Pictorial Key to the Tarot is the classic guide to the Rider-Waite deck and to Tarot symbolism in general.

Pre-Raphaelite Tarot

Three of Wands – Pre-Raphaelite Tarot by Luigi Costa ©2019 Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. All rights reserved, used by permission.
Three of Wands – Pre-Raphaelite Tarot by Luigi Costa ©2019 Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. All rights reserved, used by permission.

The vivid colors and medieval imagery of the Pre-Raphaelite movement makes for a tarot deck that is rich with a sense of mystery and romance. Luigi Costa has created a work of unsurpassed beauty and deep spiritual power. This deck, based on the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith cards, is at once cryptic and insightful, the perfect combination of qualities for readers and collectors alike.

Golden Botticelli Tarot

Three of Wands - Golden Botticelli Tarot by Lo Scarabeo © 2007 Lo Scarabeo srl, All rights reserved, used by permission.
Three of Wands – Golden Botticelli Tarot by Lo Scarabeo © 2007 Lo Scarabeo srl, All rights reserved, used by permission.

The great work of this Florentine master enlivens this Golden Botticelli Tarot deck with Renaissance flair and grace. Let Botticelli’s timeless art, reproduced here with gold highlights, take you to new dimensions of nature, beauty, and spirituality.

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