Three of Wands

"I take the steps necessary to put my plans in action."

III: Three of Wands

implementation action exploration

Good foundation have been laid, enthusiasm is high, new plans must be put in action, hard work is ahead. Optimism and satisfaction out of actual accomplishment, the establishment of primeval energy has strength and virtue. Here we have cultural meetings, outgoing with inner visions getting the appreciation hoped for in achievement. This fertile and flexible growth from solid groundwork is a cause for celebration.
Inverse: Moral, conceit, not willing to finish a potential idea to realize it totally, unfinished projects.



  • Putting a plan into motion.
  • Taking that critical first step.
  • Making good things happen.
  • Going beyond your limits.
  • Blazing new trails.
  • Hitting the ground running.
  • Seeing your plans come to fruition.
  • Shadow

    • Procrastinating.
    • Knowing what to do, but refusing to do it.
    • Launching a project without a clear definition of who should do what.
    • Rejecting an opportunity to try something new.
    • Failing to finish what you start.
    • Symbolism

      A Wand in Hand

      In RWS-inspired decks, this card often depicts a merchant and three wands. Two (the number of duality) have been planted in the ground, but one (the "starting point") is in hand - suggesting the time for debate has given way to a time for action.

      Distant Ships

      In the background of RWS illustrations, this card often features ships sailing toward the horizon. In The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Waite says these belong to the central figure, who sends them out to do his bidding.

      The Marseilles Image

      The two Wands from the earlier card are joined by a third, decisive Wand. The crossed purposes of the Two must now give way to the clear intention expressed by the Three. Have you clarified your own goals?

      Three of Wands' Advice


      • Knowing what you want or need does you no good if you don't come up with a plan for achieving it! It's time to expand your horizons: go places you've never been, try sports you've never tried, meet people you've overlooked.
      • As your world expands, so do your opportunities.


      • Lead by doing.
      • Forge ahead with your plans, but don't forget to show others what you're doing and why you're doing it.
      • Be proactive, brainstorming obstacles and minting solutions before breakdowns occur.
      • Define very clearly your criteria for success and measure progress daily.


      • Rather than look for a guru or a well-worn path, take the spiritual initiative.
      • If you could express your spirituality in any way, what form would you choose?
      • If you could worship anywhere, where would you go?
      • Break the mold.
      • Remember: bearing new fruit takes time.

      Personal Growth

      • Routine is the enemy of growth.
      • Take new roads.
      • See new sights.
      • Pick a new hobby.
      • Order the menu items you don't recognize.
      • Make a habit of blazing new trails.

      Fortune Telling

      • You'll be planning a trip soon.
      • Be on the lookout: your ship is coming in.


      • Between March 31st and April 10th.

      Questions to ask

      • How can you make a habit of breaking your habits?
      • How can you be a decisive leader in this circumstance?
      • What's your action plan for the next week, month, year, or decade?

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      Parts of this page's description of the Three of Wands tarot card are taken from "A Guide to Tarot Card Meanings" by Mark McElroy.