Three of wands tarot card meaning

Key meanings (Upright): Travel, overseas, foreign land, self-confidence, success, freedom, moving forward, future planning, expansion, growth, long-distance romance, good results, happy with the choice, experiencing life

Key meanings (Reversed): Holding on to past, haunting past, journey to return, lack of planning, low confidence, self-doubt, unhappy choices, restriction, no freedom, not being able to grow, not expanding, failed long-distance relationship, failed overseas trade

Three of wands tarot card description

The Three of Wands show a man standing at the edge of a cliff, looking beyond the sea and mountains. He has left the comfort of his castle, as viewed in the two of wands, and has come out to explore. He is ready for the upcoming adventures that the unknown world has to offer, just to find his true self.

Three of Wands

We see Three of Wands, standing upright and steady on the ground around him. They are the symbol of everything that he has planned so far, his promises on how to execute the plans, and his firm belief in himself. He is holding on to one of the wands, looking forward, as he is ready to take the first step, to move forward with his plans.

Three of Wands (Upright)
Upright Three of Wands Meaning
Three of Wands

The Three of Wands coming upright means that you have planned your future, or are thinking of planning your future with more belief and conviction. This card indicates that you are happy with how things are going right now or that your plans are turning out to be fruitful. It also means that you are ready to take action and move forward with your plans. You are working to create a stable ground for your future.

The Three of Wands symbolise the occurrence of opportunities, which you are going to appreciate a lot since these opportunities are going to widen and broaden your experience in life. This card hints that you should let go of prejudice and your comfort zone, and accept unknown things since these unknown happenings are going to turn out to be opportunities for a better future. As you are moving towards your plans, you are also coming across more opportunities that are going to help you more for a better future, although you have to step out of your comfort zone and try things you wouldn’t usually do. These unknown worlds and opportunities are going to push your boundaries. They are going to help you think out of the box, and make you realise that not everything you know is the only thing possible. They are going to make you embrace change, and make you prepare for the long-term.

The Three of Wands represent that you are the one who is in control of your own life and future, similar to the man in the card, who is standing tall and looking towards the sea and the mountains, with his head held high. Even if you are about to venture into the unknown, you are confident with your capabilities and believe that you will get through everything that the world has to offer. You have a strong position in this world. Three of wands represent foresight and vision. This card also represents travel and journey. This Minor Arcana card coming upright hints that there are chances that you might have to travel overseas or move out of your home, to pursue your dreams. What you are looking for is simply not where you are right now. This can mean that as you take up these opportunities, you are also going to come out of your shell, and discover your better version.

Love and Relationships (Upright)

In a love and relationship reading, three of wands appearing upright means that you are about to step into the next phase of your romantic relationship. You and your partner are now thinking about your future and seeing each other in them. This card hints that you need to be more assertive about your commitments to the relationship to make it a lasting one if you have stepped into a new relationship. If you are already in a serious relationship for a while, this card indicates that it is the right time to set goals for your future, together as a couple, and work together to achieve these goals.

Keep the communication going. Talk about what you want out of life, how you see this relationship going if you see yourself getting married to your partner, and if yes how soon. You and your partner are going to soon talk about moving in together, and this will make your bond stronger than before. This upright tarot card suggests that, as you are taking your relationship to the next level, make sure to communicate about the smallest of things, of what you like and what is being an inconvenience. This way the transition will be much smoother, without any disputes.

Finances (Upright)

The Three of Wands , when appearing upright, indicate a time of leisure and living life. You have been putting a lot of effort into building your career and settling a stable bank account balance. Now is the time when you reap the fruits of your hard work. Your hours of labour are now paying off. With your hard-earned money, it is suggested that you give yourself a much-deserved break. Don’t be shy to spend some money on a vacation.

If it’s required, don’t fret about investing to take your business further, because these investments are going to turn up positive results. If there is any course you want to take or an educational trip that you have always wanted to go to, but were hesitant about because of your financial situation, the appearance of this card hints that you should just bite the bullet and do what your heart desires.

Career (Upright)

Three of wands (Upright) in a tarot reading means you are going to encounter new and wonderful things throughout the time. A new adventure and opportunity await you in every aspect of life. This applies to your career as well. From now on, you are going to come across any new opportunities and chances that are going to impact your career in the best way possible. These new opportunities are going to push you beyond your limits, and you are going to try out things that you wouldn’t normally have for the sake of your future.

This way, these new adventures are shaping you into the person that you always thought you were but were hesitant to let out. This can mean new job opportunities that let you travel overseas, or your business expanding beyond your own country and reaching the foreign lands, and becoming global.

Health (Upright)

The meaning of this card, in terms of health, signifies recovery from a long-term illness. If you have been suffering from a physical ailment for a long time, this card means that you are finally going to be free from it. This also means that you must have had a treatment or surgery, and from now on you will start to recover and live life normally. Since three of wands strongly suggest travelling, this could mean that you might have to go out of your country to get treatment, or you might need to get vaccinated to live abroad for a while.

Three of Wands Tarot Card (Reversed)
Reversed Three of Wands Tarot Card Meaning
Three of Wands

The Three of Wands, when it comes up reversed, means that you have been working hard for your future and have been on a journey to expand your life experience, but things are not going as you planned. The things that you wanted to achieve are not coming into your grasp. There are many obstacles and blockages that have been keeping you from your desired outcomes, but this card tries to teach you that, even if your hard work is going to waste sometimes, it is still not all useless, as they are working to build up your endurance and make you strong.

When the Three of Wands come up reversed, it means that the time to think about your future and make plans to establish your place in this world has come. You have been too busy wandering about, idealising others' shining life, that your own life has gone unnoticed. It could also mean that you do not yet know what you want out of life, or that your current lifestyle is making you feel overwhelmed, and stressing your brain so much that you do not have the energy to think or plan for your own life ahead. It’s high time that you start making plans for your future and set up long-term goals because sooner than later, you will have to face the consequences.

The most important life lesson the Three of Wands give you is to keep working for the life you want. And if things aren’t going the way you envisioned, change your path and course of action. Look for your desired result somewhere else, if that’s necessary. The man in the card is shown to be looking out at the world, always in search of a new opportunity.

Love and Relationships (Reversed)

This card comes up reversed indicating that your relationship has a lack of communication, and it’s more or less your fault. It may be hard to confess things that are hard to share, or things your partner is doing that are bothering you. It’s hard to let your true feelings show, afraid that what if that upsets your partner or what if they don’t appreciate your openness. But this is going to harm the relationship more than it will do good. Chances of miscommunication or misunderstanding are more if you don’t talk about what you like or don’t like. Try to talk about everything and sort out any problems before they get out of hand.

Especially, if you are in a new relationship, you might find it a bit difficult to adjust to this transition from being single to being in a relationship, but know that even if you are dating your soulmate, not everything will go smoothly if you don’t put in the effort. You need to be there for your relationship to work and be patient. Also, do not force your ideas on your partner because that is how you think a partner should be. This is going to turn them off and make them make distance with you.

You need to understand that they are their person, and they have their thoughts and purpose. Before getting into a relationship, check whether the person you are about to date is actually who you think they are. In all relationships, one has to compromise a little because you can’t keep asking them to do exactly what you want.

Finances (Reversed)

If the three of wand appears reversed, this means that you are going to be in financial chaos for a while. This doesn’t imply that you are going to become bankrupt or are going to have a lot of losses. It just means that you must have invested a huge amount of money for a business or any professional aspect for a while now, but are not getting back the desired outcome yet, and it’s just taking too long. It could mean that you do not evaluate every minor detail or outcome before investing, and that is what causes the delay.

This card advises you to calculate all your finances, and keep a good stock of how much money is going out and how much is coming in. Be more diligent towards your hard-earned money as you work for your career, and this will help you avoid any major losses.

Career (Reversed)

In terms of your career, this card in a reversed position might indicate that you are frustrated with your current situation and are regretting some of the decisions you must have made in the past. Three of wands in the tarot deck mean that you must have had job proposals before, but you rejected them, for reasons like you were busy or engaged with some other responsibilities.

You wanted to try out these interesting and new jobs and explore new careers or have a chance to go abroad, but you were too boxed in, which led you to let this opportunity go. You regret this very much and that is making you frustrated with your current job. If that is not the case, the reason behind the frustration could be that you are trying very hard to give your career flight, but for some reason or the other, you are just able to reach your desired goal.

Health (Reversed)

In the tarot reading, three of wands reversed can mean different things in terms of health. Since travelling is very heavily suggested by this card, it could mean that maybe you have plans of going abroad and chances are that you are going to catch a foreign illness which is going to become a very stressful situation for you. It is suggested that you should prepare proper insurance when you are travelling, so the stress is reduced.

Take proper precautions as you are abroad, such as taking care of what you eat, getting vaccinated, or using proper mosquito repellent to avoid illness as much as possible. The Three of wands also represent that you are going through an illness for a long time, but it is frustrating you as the treatment is taking too long and you want to live normally as soon as possible.

Three of Wands: One Card Pull

One card pull is done when you want to have straight to the point and quick answers. It is for the time when you wish to know specific answers in the form of Yes or No. So, if you are going through any tough situation or are stuck in a dilemma, getting a one-card pull is always helpful. Post shuffling the card, you can choose one from the deck. Depending on your question, you shall get the answer to the question. The results for one card pull in the Three of Wands card is:

Upright Position: If you pull the Three of Wands in an upright position, the answer is yes, but you will achieve your desired result after putting in effort and hard work.

Reversed Position: If you pull the Three of Wands in the reversed position, the answer is still yes, but you have to communicate openly about what you want and reach a conclusion that satisfies everyone involved.

Three of Wands Card for Timing

If you want to know when a specific thing is going to happen, and you pull out the Three of Wands, the time is not far for your desire to get fulfilled. The time will be counted in days or months, as in one month later or around the 3rd, 12th, or 21st of the next month. No matter the exact date, this Minor Arcana card indicates that whatever you are praying for will reach you very soon.

Spring here doesn’t mean that if you are doing the reading in the summer, so your desired wish will be fulfilled the next spring. It depicts that what you want will arrive at you the next month from the date of the reading.

An easier way to interpret the time is to take note of the number of the card. Here it is three in the Three of Wands, which means that your time is in 3 days, 3 weeks, or 3 months. It is hard to predict the future in years through tarot card reading or any other form of spiritual reading, as our future frequently changes with every action and choice we make in our life.

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