The 3 of Wands is a card of opportunity. Obviously, your lucky break may be a number of things, such as a chance at a relationship with someone you have had your eye on. However, it is typical for the 3 of Wands symbolize work or business opportunities.
Most Wands cards deal with work, business and creativity: the 3 of Wands is no different. The 3 of Wands is a card of trade and commence. Trade will happen not just locally but on an international scale. You could be shipping your products off to far away lands. Alternatively, you could find yourself travelling overseas for business if travel is indicated.
The 3 of Wands advises that you look towards unfamiliar terrain for opportunities. Do not go with the same-old-same-old which you are used to. Look towards places and cultures you have never experienced before. You may find a hidden gem.
Many readers struggle separating the 3 and 2 of Wands because they can both predict a need for cooperation. Although they are similar, the 3 of Wands advises you to work in teams (whereas the 2 of Wand’s meaning is about partnership, usually among only two people, no more than three).
Team work makes the dreams work and this is true when the 3 of Wands makes an appearance. You could find yourself having to work on relationships – even ones which are a pain in the ass - in order to complete what you set out to achieve. Therefore, although the 3 of Wands is usually a positive card it can be negative if you have to work with people you do not like.
The Three of Wands’ Historical Meaning
Historically, the 3 of Wands has held the same meaning as it does in modern times. The 3 of Wands has always been a card of trade commerce and negotiation.
The Three of Wands in a Love Reading
In a love reading, the 3 of Wands can predict the unwanted insertion of someone else into your relationship. They may think that they are helping you or your partner but you know what they say: two is company but three is a crowd.
If you’re unsure where you stand with your partner or what their feelings are towards you do not worry as all will become clear soon. In this case, the 3 of Wands symbolizes an opportunity for clarity, especially if this card falls in an outcome position. Obviously, this doesn’t tell you what will happen after you receive this new found clarity but all will be revealed soon enough (Wands are quick cards).
Sometimes, the 3 of Wands can mean that you and your partner work well as a team. However, be careful that everything doesn’t become too stale and routine; spice things up a bit.
If you're curious whether or not an ex lover is going to come back, the 3 of Wands can predict that there is going to be an opportunity for contact. For more relationship Tarot interpretations, be sure to check out my Love Tarot Meanings e-book.
The Three of Wands in a Business Reading
The meaning of the 3 of Wands in a business context is pretty obvious and straight forward. Just like the 2 of Wands, a 3 of Wands in a business reading can mean that you have to bring on more team members if you want to scale your business. The 3 of Wands will also pop up when you will collaborate with many people on a project.
Another meaning for the 3 of Wands is that you must trade internationally or on the internet. The demand in your local area may not be high enough to fund the lifestyle which you’re craving. There are better opportunities for you overseas. In some cases the 3 of Wands can mean that you will take your business entirely online and live a laptop lifestyle.
The Three of Wands as a Yes or No
The 3 of Wands is neutral card meaning neither yes or no: you must wait for an outcome.
The Three of Wands as a Positive
- A great opportunity
- A chance for travel
- An opportunity to trade internationally
- Working in a team
- Getting the job done with the help of others
The Three of Wands as a Negative
- Having to work with others if you’re an extrovert
- Needing to export, even if you do not want to
- Having to wait for more clarity
- Needing to put up with people you may not like
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