Three of Wands Tarot Card

The Tarot Suit of Wands

The Tarot Suit of Wands is associated with the suit of Clubs in standard playing cards. The tarot suit of wands is also known by other names, such as staffs or as staves in some decks.

There are meanings associated with each of the suits in a tarot deck, as well as the more specific interpretations associated with each individual card - and yet more precise meanings pertaining to particular cards in particular locations within spreads. The suit of wands is associated with the element of fire. It is also associated with the season of summer, i.e. of the sun, which is a 'fire', and with the direction South.

The suit of wands may be thought of as concerning personal growth and the expression of our 'inner fire', through work, intellect, or creativity.

The Threes in the tarot deck generally suggest a family unit of mother, father and child. Another way to view this is as the three elements together forming a 'unifying force'.

The theme of the 3 of Wands is waiting.

Many tarot decks illustrate a figure in a pensive pose. He or she may be waiting, anticipating, contemplating, or simply reflecting on a situation. This is a tarot card that tends to be so richly illustrated on modern decks such as the Rider-Waite and Robin Wood tarot decks that the reader often has much symbolism from which to discern the direction of emphasis of this card in the specific situation concerned.

Generally the 3 of Wands tarot card can indicate the benefits of thoughtful planning, preparation (if necessary), and patience where appropriate.


Keywords and phrases for possible interpretations of the 3 of Wands Tarot Card include:

  • Activity out of choice (rather than necessity)
  • Challenges sought - but from a position of ongoing security
  • "Ships coming in" - i.e. receiving the fruits of ones efforts and investments
  • Strength of character
  • Stability
  • Successful business ventures
  • Understanding of situations and requirements for growth

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What about the Three of Wands Reversed ?

Some interpretations of the meaning of the 3 of Wands reversed include:

  • Set-backs, delay
  • Returns expected following effort expended prove disappointing
  • Business ventures not progressing as well as expected or hoped

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Never worry, it blocks divine communication from Angels. Instead, be open to positive outcomes.

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