Three of Wands – Tarot Love Relationship Outcome & Reversed


Three of Wands

Three of Wands – Love and Relationship Outcome

The Three of Wands in a Tarot reading is a very positive indication of a good relationship that is also an ambitious business partnership with material gain after something of a struggle.

In the reversed position there are still positives indicating that cooperation will lead to gains, however, watch out for over confidence.

Three of Wands – As a Person, Outcome and Feelings

Communication, instruction, reflexion, message, writing, postage and letters, superficial knowledge, airiness, passing impressions, discontinuance, interruption, change, perhaps a certain amount of geniality, imprudence also; neglect or want of proper attention; as to ‘temerity’ I should say only in so far as this means an easy manner of overcoming obstacles, quick insight; effort, essay, trade are correct. Mercury being the God of merchants, and thieves, this card may relate to commerce, theft and loss. “The end of troubles” is indeed well said, because this card gives the key for their solution and shows the way of escape. A. E. Thierens, [1930]

Three of Wands

Pictorial Key to the Tarot – Rider-Waite-Smith
By A.E. Waite (1911), tarot card illustrations by Pamela Colman Smith (1911)


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.

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.

Divinatory Meanings – Reversed
The end of troubles, suspension or cessation of adversity, toil and disappointment.

Additional Divinatory Meanings
A very good card; collaboration will favour enterprise.

The Tarot

By S. L. MacGregor Mathers, c 1888

Three of Wands

Divinatory Meanings
Three of Sceptres – Enterprise, Undertaking, Commerce, Trade, Negotiation.

Divinatory Meanings – Reversed
Hope, Desire, Attempt, Wish.

General Book of the Tarot

By A. E. Thierens, [1930]

Three of Wands

Enterprise, effort, essay, trade, commerce, discovery, usurpation, daring, temerity and also imprudence, interruption, cessation and ‘the end of troubles,’ discontinuative.

The rather contradictory descriptions of this card’s significance are well explained by its zodiacal position: Air on the Third house, which doubles the influence of ‘air’ and of the mercurial vibrations and effects. This card has the accent of the suit of wands. It must consequently denote: communication, reflection and all that comes from these. This needs little explanation.

The Oracle of the Tarot – Exoteric Tarot

By Paul Foster Case (1933)

Three of Wands
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 in form.

Time period
2nd decanate of Aries, March 31st to April 9th, ruled by the Sun.

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.

Established strength.

Further reading

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