The suit of Wands, also known as “Rods” or “Staves,” represents the element of Fire and speaks to us regarding creation and passion, initiative, ambition, strength, courage, drive and desire. This is the suit of enterprise and risk-taking. The Three of Wands symbolizes an inner balance that allows you to feel more optimistic about new or existing endeavors you are committed to, or want to commit to. In this illustration, a man is standing on the edge of a cliff, watching ships leave the harbor, loaded with his goods for far-off ports, dreaming of the fortune he will reap if all goes well. Summon the optimism within you. This person must be patient and trusting, because he/she will have to wait some time to find out how the ships have fared. Meanwhile, a lot of resources are tied up until they return with the bounty. Only those truly confident in their ideas and abilities would undertake such a risk. This card represents the energy a person needs to take on great adventures and accomplish noble and financially rewarding deeds.
The Rider-Waite deck is rife with Christian symbolism in addition to its suit/elemental references. However, one detail that sometimes appears in more esoteric Tarot decks that does not appear on the Rider -Waite version is a winged wand with two snakes twining around it, called the Caduceus, which is Mercury’s wand. This is an ancient symbol of the healer or shaman, one who can travel between the worlds to rescue souls from death or possession. In more modern times, learning the art of shapeshifting can be beneficial in your daily life as well. Therefore, this card also represents the internal mechanisms of self-healing and empowerment. It also refers to the courage it takes to be an entrepreneur or an inventor, which is in itself a magical process, bringing not only opportunity for success, but also an awakening to higher potentials.
This card is telling you to go with your intuition. This is the time to make your move. The Three of Wands in this position advises you to act quickly and powerfully on an idea or desire you have been feeling. This card suggests exquisite timing, staying in the moment and responding to your instinct or intuition. Every fiber of your being may be saying this is a great opportunity, even if those around you aren’t as convinced. There’s nothing to lose from taking a risk; this is a great moment in your entrepreneurial growth.
Trust and make your move; you can sort out the details later!