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Three of Wands Art and Meaning

Rider Waite Smith Tarot Deck

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.

About the Deck

Pivotal and canonical, this deck defined a new pattern that would be followed up to the present.

Provenance

Designed by A.E. Waite and Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. England, 1911.

Meaning of Three of Wands from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot Deck Deck

Upright

A calm, stately personage, with his back turned, looking from a cliff'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.

According to Many Schools of Thought

Papus's Divinatory Meanings

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

A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings

A very good card; collaboration will favour enterprise.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Enterprise, Undertaking, Commerce, Trade, Negotiation

Reversed

Hope, Desire, Attempt, Wish.

Mme. Le Marchand's Divinatory Meanings

by inheritance you will come into possession of a handsome country seat, where you will live for several years, but too extravagantly; when all your money is gone, you will move into a small country town, where you will play a great part to last.