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Three of Wands

A description and interpretation of the role of The Three of Wands in the Tarot

In a nutshell...


  • desire

  • failure
    short-term vision


General overview

Are you interested in the meaning of the Three of Wands? On this page, you'll find all the information you need about this card, one that is very appreciated by seekers and by specialists in the Tarot. Like all the Three cards, this minor arcana is closely related to the liberation of energy, the senses and ideas.

When you look at the card, you immediately see the three wands are crossed, as if the seeker searches to interweave their desires in order to externalize them better. This will be a fruitful quest, if you believe the beautiful flowers that are rooted and growing harmoniously from the center of the structure. The Three of Wands conveys a typically masculine energy of growth. It is full of extraordinary vitality that provides the seeker with equally extraordinary enthusiasm. In return, the seeker will now seek to enjoy life to the fullest and enjoy all the pleasures that, up until now, were unknown to them.

You should also note the open structure that is characteristic of the Three of Wands. Unlike the energy of the Three of Swords (note: add internal link), for example, which is restricted within the limits of an oval, this card's strength extends to infinity, without meeting any spatial or temporal limits. Although this opportunity appears advantageous at first, it will require self-control from the seeker so they can successfully manage their new enthusiasm.

Discovery is a pleasure as subtle and interesting as knowledge.


  • from an emotional viewpoint

    In the world of the Tarot, the Three of Wands is very often associated with opportunities and the desire for conquest. It is purposeful and active with energy that will most naturally unfold in the seeker's emotional life. This means that although love is indeed possible, it will certainly not fall from the sky as if by magic. It will simply cross the path of the seeker if they are active and open enough to the world around them to be able to spot it!

  • from a career viewpoint

    The Three of Wands is deeply linked to the notions of action and teamwork, which also make sense in the professional field. Under its influence, the seeker will have an excellent understanding with their team and be fully committed to joint projects. This dynamism and determination to succeed will be valuable assets for the seeker. These qualities will allow them to take center stage and take control.

  • from a life path viewpoint

    The Three of Wands is generally a card much appreciated by cartomancy adepts. It often refers to the extremely positive state of mind that the seeker currently has. Thirsty for knowledge, anxious to explore all that life has to offer, they will enjoy a disproportionate liberation of the senses. Although the direction of their action may not be perfectly defined yet, the future promises to be bright.

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    Its influence

    • short-term

      In the short term, the Three of Wands demonstrates your extraordinary capacity for wonder. Even when you have a satisfying daily life, you're not happy just to sink into habits. Your capacity for desire is always visible, and the people around you are instinctively drawn to that happy state of mind. Take advantage of this beautiful period!

    • long-term

      Analyzed over the long term, the Three of Wands manifests in its astonishing power of action. Your openness will allow you to confront countless situations and gradually refine the path that best suits you. Like a jeweler who patiently polishes their stone, you shape your happiness according to your experiences and your encounters. Your future looks bright!

    Full interpretation

    Interpretation of The Three of Wands upright

    In the entire universe of the Tarot, it is difficult to find a card with more positive connotations than that of the Three of Wands. This card always symbolizes desire that seeks to externalize itself, in a spirit of joy and discovery acknowledged by the seeker.

    Everyone tends to take life for granted and wallow in some form of routine. It is often easier to be content with what you already know than to venture into new situations. If you keep in mind the ephemeral nature of your life, it will make it easier to enjoy the many pleasures that stretch out their arms to you.

    Under the influence of the Three of Wands, these opportunities will seem easier to grasp and you'll finally be able to make the most of your everyday life. With this card there's no room for boredom, there are so many things out there to be explored!

    Your future success will not, however, depend exclusively on you. To take advantage of the beneficial influence of this card you'll also have to learn to surround yourself with the right people and recognize the opportunities that can permanently influence your destiny. For this, the best solution is to stay active and open-minded. Happiness doesn't always occur where we expect it most! It is important to remain vigilant so as not to miss the boat.

    Interpretation of The Three of Wands reversed

    When it appears upside down, the Three of Wands doesn't often exercise a very favorable influence on development, at least when analyzed in the short term. So, it often indicates the temporary failure of the quest for fulfillment, resulting in envy of people who are lucky, a badly designed life path, or the harmful influence of people around us. These setbacks are readily seen as a great source of misfortune and despair.

    You should keep in mind, however, that nothing in the life of a human being is fixed forever, as the Wheel of Fortune rightly reminds us. What is difficult to see at first sight is that failures actively contribute to your personal growth. They shape your personality and polish your character. By learning from your disappointments, and drawing lessons from your past, you can start back down your life path feeling firmer on your feet.