The Witches Tarot- Three of Wands, depicts a regal young man standing on a high cliff overlook of the Sea. In one hand is a flowering, and beribboned Hawthorne Wand while 2 more wands are planted in the ground as if in support. From his vantage point, this young man has a grand overview of the harbor. He even wears a head ban to keep the hair out of his eyes, giving him a clear view of the big picture. He is dressed in the oranges and reds of fire, implying the suit of fire. He seems to be staring out at the harbor, as if trying to see if his ship has come in. Hence, is actively watching, waiting, and letting events unfold.
The bright, sunny sky, and the calm sea, depicts this cards optimism and the future looks to be bright. Therefore, when the Three of Wands card show up in a divination, it declares this is a time of expectation. The overall theme is active waiting. The querent may be awaiting news about a proposal or project.
By now, you know that Binah, the 3rd Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree is an aspect of your own Energetic Unconscious Collective, for each of us are our own Tree of Life. The prefix Un tends to make one think of something "less than" consciousness, nothing can be farther from the Truth. Here Un just designates the Unseen, this does not mean less in anyway, any more than unseen H-bombs are less powerful than the one seen on your doorstep. Consciousness, itself, is a child of the Universal Collective Unconscious of the Universe, and that Mother of consciousness, is seen as the 3rd Sephiroth Binah on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. In the Great Sea of Imagination, your soul- image floats in the amniotic fluid of "will to form". Binah is the Great Will to Form of the Sea of Unconscious.
The Texts of the Golden Dawn said it best:
“In Binah is a thick darkness which yet veileth the Divine Glory in which all colors are hidden, wherein mystery and depth and silence, and yet, it is the habitation of the Supernal Light. There the Supernal Triad complete. And the Sphere of its Operation is Shabbathi, or rest, and it giveth forms and similitudes unto chaotic matter and it ruleth the sphere of action of the planet Saturn. And Jehovah Elohim is the perfection of Creation and Life of the World to Come. And the Archangel is Tzaphqiel, the Prince of the Spiritual Strife against Evil and the name of the Angels is Arahim, the strong and mighty Ones who are also called the Order of Thrones."
"The order of Thrones" are represented as the Four Queens of the Tarot and are united with the Four Kings; their Husbands. Generally, the four 3's, represent the realization of the Action (conception) of the Prince having been conceived.This Prince is symbolized as the central figure on each card, as a sun burst of flames, as he is the "soul". With such a burst of solar activity, action is definitely launched for good or evil.
Thus in the 3 of Wands the conception of the Prince of Wands, is seen as, central flames radiating outward from the Supernal Union of the Triad ( Kether-Binah-Chokmah).
This is the conception of the fiery sexual self. It is pure vital force that is neither male or female as of yet.
THE 3 OF WANDS-VIRTUE, is also called the Lord of Established Strength; well noted, as the Sun is in Aries here. There is great power where the Sun illuminates Aries, the Cardinal Sign of Fire often called Mars. In sexual expression it is “adorable violence", where vigorous activity becomes pleasure.
The 3 of Wands also represents Binah's influencing the World of Pure Spirit (Atziluth).
On the Thoth card, 3 Crossed Wands indicate the balance of Chokmah, Binah and the birth of Tiphareth, the Sun (son), and/or The Prince. Growth begins and is shown on the card as the unfolding lotus blossoms opening to the Warm and Bright Energy of Aries.
To an astrologer, the entry of the Sun into the sign of Aries, heralds spring.
Thus the blazing colors of the Card show great strength for individual expression (central Wand). Here also is absolute power that can corrupt absolutely, thus egocentricity, pride and conceit are lurking dangers. Yet we have Virtue here, the key to Spiritual/Sexual integrity and honesty. The true meaning of virtue comes from the Latin root vir, for man. At first virtue meant manliness or valor, but over time it settled into the sense of moral excellence. Virtue can also mean excellence and strength in general. In this Qabalistic Tree, Virtue means always being true to yourself and not violating that truth for anyone or anything.
This is a very active card of powerful direction, so it requires us to understand that Virtue is not chastity, no nothing so obviously prejudicial, but rather "Always being True to Thine own self." Here there is a warning not to compromise your inner fire- passion for others.
Be as spring and flower in your own inner fire! Clarify your identity and “Above all things, know thyself!"
When the Three/3 of Wands, is thrown during a reading:
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