The 3 of Wands : On the Threshold of Success

When the 3 of Wands shows up in a reading, it is a sign that you can now sit back and breathe a sigh of relief.  The end is in sight, and any ventures that were put into motion during the 2 of Wands (Dominion) phase are now starting to bear fruit.  The 3 of Wands promises that you are perched on the threshold of success and it won’t be long now before all those months of blood, sweat and tears begin to show results.  Whether in business or in relationships, the proof is in the pudding: this is success that is tangible.  The evidence of your hard work is all too clear and while rejoicing should be put off until you’re actually holding the deed to that luxurious apartment over the French Riviera, or the keys to that Ferrari you worked so hard to buy are safely nestled in your palm, the Universe is telling you that with the appearance of the 3 of Wands, you can well prepare to lay the plans for a much-deserved celebration.

The 3 of Wands, in most depictions following the Rider-Waite tradition, shows a man with his back turned to the viewer, looking out into the horizon where he can see ships approaching.  Familiar with the phrase ‘Your ship has come in?’  That’s exactly what the 3 of Wands promises: the fruits of labour and long-term plans are on the verge of being realized.  In the harbour he waits for the ships to dock and the crew to disembark/ the cargo to be unloaded.  The ships are close enough to the harbour that he won’t have to wait very long at all.

3 of Wands from the 'Gilded Tarot'

Astrological Association:  Sun in Aries

The Sun in Aries lends itself to all ventures with elements of the pioneer/ leader, and favors athletics, sporting, surgery and business.  Wands are the element of Fire, and represent spirit, intuition, creative impulses, motivation and enthusiasm.  Wands people (who have a strong fire element in their birth chart) are go-getters, driven to succeed despite whatever obstacles might crop up in their paths. They are visionaries who are brilliant at proposing projects and getting other people excited to take part, but on their own, they lack the stamina to see these ventures through to completion.  It is common for Wands people to start something new feeling excited and passionate about it, but half-way through, they tend to run out of energy and can lose interest completely.  This can extend to both their career as well as their personal relationships.

3 of Wands from the 'Thoth Tarot'

The 3 of Wands is known as Virtue in the Thoth Tarot, and advises that an infusion of group energy can lend success to even the most dull and unpromising of ventures.  In a career context, the 3 of Wands if often a sign that you need to think of collaborating with others or forming a team to ensure the best possible outcome to a project.  To ensure maximum benefit, keep the group small and exclusive (limited to about 3 people) in order to maintain the quality of the talents and resources being pooled.

The 3 of Wands favors all activities relating to business, entertainment and the arts.  If you’re involved in one of these fields, it is a sign that you should make an effort to promote your skills and talents to the world at large, and find like-minded people to collaborate with. In terms of finances, this card signifies positive dealings with foreign trading companies or transport businesses.  All work undertaken overseas, be it a trip or working in a foreign partnership, will prove beneficial.

From a romantic standpoint, the 3 of Wands can mean meeting a soulmate through a casual outing with friends or a blind-date.  This card has proven true for me twice in that regard.  Often, that person might be of a different cultural background or race to you, but you will find that you share the same spiritual ideals and have a strong connection on emotional, physical and intellectual levels as well. If in a relationship, take a trip overseas with your loved one to find greater shared meaning in your being together.  When choosing possible destinations, think of someplace overseas where you will get to spend some time by the water.  The beach is an excellent (and obvious) choice.

Has the 3 of Wands popped up in your spread recently?  It’s a message that you should take heart. Your recent troubles, be they financial, career-related or emotional, are about to fade away.  Make the most of the resources available to you and prepare to embrace the change that’s waiting just around the corner.

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