The Tarot of Eli, LLC-Minor Arcana: Thoth - 3 of Wands-Virtue & Gothic Tarot- III of Wands

Western hermetic Qabalah, astrological, numerical, Tantric, and Alchemical Tarot Card Comparisons.

· Gothic Tarot

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Thoth- 3 of Wands-Virtue

Filled with Understanding of its perfect law, I am guided, moment by moment, along the path of Liberation.

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Binah , the 3rd Sephiroth-Understanding, is an aspect of your own Energetic Unconscious. 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 "lower value" in anyway, any more than unseen microwaves/radio waves would have more power if they were visible.

Our Waking Consciousness, itself, is a child of the Collective Unconscious of the Universe, and that Mother of consciousness, is Binah. In the Great Dark Sea of Imagination, your image floats in the amniotic fluid of "will to form". Binah is the Great Understanding that resides in the Supernal conscious.

The Texts of the Golden Dawn may have 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."

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"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 Symbolized as the central solar/fiery figure on each wands card. Action is definitely launched for good or evil. This central Sun, in the 3 of Wands, is the conception of the Prince of Wands, seen as, central flames radiating outward from the Supernal Union of the Triad.

This is the conception of the fiery sexual/spiritual self. It is pure vital force, neither is it male or female as of yet. Along with the other 2 Supernal representing cards, Aces and 2's, Crowley holds the 3's in a particular veneration. The Aces represent the unmanifested roots of their suit and element, and the 2's represent the suit and element as manifested ideas. However, Crowley argues that the 3's are," The idea has become fertilized; the triangle has been formulated. In each case, the idea is of a certain stability which can never be upset, but from which a child can issue." [Book of Thoth, p. 178]

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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 and/or fiery union is called the “adorable fire" or the " adorable violence".

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The 3 of Wands also represents Binah's influencing the World of Pure Spirit (Atziluth).

Here the Three 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.

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The blazing colors of the Card imply 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.

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. Here, you as the trinity of Spirit-Mind-Body are whole and complete as one cooperative action. Hence, true Virtue is to

be as spring and flower in your own inner fire! Clarify your identity and “Above all things, know thyself!"

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Gothic Tarot- III of Wands

The Gothic Tarot- 3 of Wands, shows one wand and 3 golden dragons. Dragons being the "Solar Fire" here. The Gothic art in this Tarot Deck, rarely, if ever, illustrates the meaning of the tarot cards, as it seems to be a showcase of Anne Stokes Gothic Art. Very fine art, but the meanings, although not artfully represented, are that of traditional Tarot. Hence, the Thoth meanings of a card will do here as well.

When the 3 of Wands, is thrown during a reading:


  • The querent is experiencing the conjoining of Body, Mind and Spirit.
  • * Putting thoughts into action.
  • * Keeping on with present activities for they are conceived and will soon flourish into manifestation.
  • Clarity, where you are seeing yourself honestly.
  • Established strength in enterprises where collaboration will favor the querent.
  • Radiating intention, understanding the Will of Fire and increasing energy to birth ideas.
  • Vivacity and harmony.
  • Trust.
  • Solidified strength. 

If ill defined by the surrounding cards:

  • Moodiness.
  • Attention getting behavior.
  • Over estimating one's own energy. 

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