Enterprise. Expansion. New opportunities
The Three of Wands is sometimes confused with the Two, but with the Three we’ve moved on from plans to creation. Something new is born.
The Three is about enterprise, expansion, and effort. It’s a card of new opportunities in career, study, or travel.
With the Three, the plans of the Two are moving forward. The ships shown in the RWS card belong to the figure watching, showing expansion of his business plans.
In a reading, this card can indicate new career opportunities, trade, commerce, or taking a new direction in any field and discovering something new.
You may want to diversify your business or other plans.
Opportunities to travel might also be indicated.
Sometimes this card is called established strength, and it can show strength, success, and the realization of your hopes. As a three, it’s still in the early stages, and there can still be some waiting, but the plans have been put into action. It can show early success, and the beginnings of wealth and power.
It might indicate that you plan to launch a new enterprise or that you need to expand your horizons in other directions, including study and travel.
The Three of Wands has the feeling of a new adventure being embarked upon, of a broadening of your horizons.
It’s an optimistic card.
When reversed, the Three of Wands can show a lack of direction or enterprise, disappointment, or work coming to nothing.
Another meaning can be pride and arrogance, or conceit.
However, sometimes it can also mean that your troubles are coming to an end. As always, the reading will partially depend on the other cards you’ve drawn. All tarot cards have multiple meanings, and some tarot cards have contradictory meanings. To interpret these (apart from reading the card in relation to the surrounding cards) you must use your intuition to pick the right meanings for your situation.
Reversed cards can also indicate the same meanings as the upright card but with a feeling of blockage, which therefore reduces the intensity of the original meaning.
The RWS Three of Wands shows a man standing on a hill overlooking the sea. He watches his ships come and go. The ships represent his various ventures and enterprises—they can also represent travel.
The three wands are solidly planted in the earth showing that his plans have taken root.
The esoteric title of the Three of Wands is Lord of Established Strength.
Astrologically it represents the Sun in Aries.