The energy of the Ace of Wands has permeated via the Two to the Three of Wands. The planning has been completed, and the next stage is under way. Threes in tarot denote the end of a minor life-cycle, so this is an important landing stage in the development of the initial idea. Much has already been achieved but there is a way to go. This is a card of growth and expansion.
A man stands on a cliff top with his back to to the viewer. There are three sturdy staves planted around him. He is richly dressed and appears relaxed as he casually holds on to the staff to his right. He is watching three ships in the bay below. We can’t tell if the ships are arriving or setting off on their voyage. On the version of the same card in the New Vision Tarot, which shows the Rider-Waite images from a different perspective, we see a long train of covered wagons coming toward the man from the rear, indicating that the goods that his new venture has produced are ready to be shipped.
You are on your way. Your planning is beginning to pay dividends. Whether you are working a new business, undertaking a course of study or building a home, things are coming together. You are feeling comfortable with the way you’ve handled your situation and are well-prepared for the next stage of the journey. There may be opportunities to develop even more, so remain open to all possibilities – there is not only one path to success.
The reversed card suggests that your energies are scattered, that you have lost focus. You may have overspent, both in terms of money, time and energy. There may be delays and obstacles, and you feel as though you’ve hardly made any progress. It’s time to pull everything together, refocus, reassess, and see how far you’ve come. The reversed Three of Wands is still a positive card, so build on what you’ve achieved and make it better.
Interpretations in Various Areas of Life
If you are in work, then many opportunities are available to you. Concentrate on those that require a team effort; they are the perfect arena in which you can demonstrate your abilities and enthusiasm. Are you waiting to hear about a new job? This is a positive card to show up for you. You will be offered the chance to work with others who have similar ambitions. There’s a chance of work-related travel, especially overseas. If not, then you may have contact with people in foreign lands through work or business. If you are running your own organization, consider the export market.
Romantic love can be found in many places, so think about expanding your search. Have you thought about taking a trip? A solitary vacation can turn into the most delightful encounter. If your relationship is firmly rooted, it may be time to liven things up a little. Do something different. Go somewhere you wouldn’t normally go. Plan a party or go skydiving. Shake things up and you will reap the benefits. When this card appears in relation to a marriage or long-term partnership in difficulties, then it’s time to bring in reinforcements. You need counseling, or someone who can objectively offer suggestions to overcome your problems. If this card appears with the Eight of Cups, it may be time to move on.
All your work is beginning to pay off and cash flow is easing. You are starting to see how you are capable of manifesting wealth through your hard work and talent. A business loan may be granted. Investments overseas will be fruitful.
Your strict budgeting is working. You feel a little more relaxed about money, and wonder if you can afford a vacation. The Three of Wands would say, yes, go have fun.
This card suggests your health regime is working. It encourages you to keep going. Keep an open mind to any health improvement opportunities that appear to you. For example, you may receive an invitation to join a group camping or sailing trip. Go for it – you will have tons of physical activity, and the break will do you the world of good.
A new phase of spirituality could be on the horizon. You will feel as though you are undergoing an important journey, even if you never leave your home. There are many pathways to be discovered, and you are just at the beginning of the next stage.