The Erotic Tarot- 3 of Fire, depicts a theme of impulsive sexuality. Here, taking the initiative is represented as a woman deciding this male isn't going to "get away" and acting impulsively. What many men don't seem to get, is that the woman decides which male is to be her mate. No matter how big his ego, it wasn't ever about him, it was about the subconscious idea of her perfect mate, the Animus. As Carl Jung stated, the image of the perfect male is in every woman's unconscious as is the idea of the perfect woman in every man's unconsciousness. When they match inner mate with outer mate, we have what many people call "their soul mate". However, more often, somewhere along the journey of hot romantic love, he or she does something that doesn't correlate with that "perfect image", which is often why relationships start hot, be soon run cold and the search goes on. However, this card is about the Fire element, which is sexual power. "God is sex", is a hard one to get through the heads of those who have profaned the act. Fecundness, and Fertility, are the acts of Creation. Spirit, is fire, and those of fiery spirit are noted for their sexual appetites. Fire, drives impulse, and this lady is displaying impulsive sexuality, which fits the card exactly. For the Sun in Aries, is Springtime and in sexual expression, it is called the "Adorable violence".
Therefore, the meaning of the Three of Fire is:
- Taking the initiative.
The Astrological meaning- The Sun in Aries which implies:
- Lives assertively.
By now, you know that 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 less in anyway, any more than unseen H-bombs are less powerful than the one you are looking at.
Consciousness, itself, is a child of the Collective Unconscious of the Universe, and that Mother of consciousness, is Binah. In the Great Sea of Imagination, your image floats in the amniotic fluid of "will to form". Binah is the Great Will of the Sea of Unconscious and we are persona's of our Souls.
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 4 Queens of the Tarot and are united with the 4 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 figure on each card. 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, represented as a trinity of wands.
This is the conception of the fiery sexual self. It is pure vital force, neither is it 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.”
The 3 of Wands also represents Binah's influencing the World of Pure Spirit (Atziluth).
Here the 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. Virtue, means "always be true to yourself". Hence, listen to your inner-soul and not the animal brain.
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 fear of others.
Be as spring and flower in your own inner fire! Clarify your identity and “Above all things, know thyself!"
When the 3 of Wands--Virtue, 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.
If ill defined:
- Attention getting behavior.
- Over estimation of one's own energy.
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