The Running Press Tarot shows the 3 wands in a fanciful image of reading glasses and pen. Implying the act of editing or writing. This is implies being truthful and good at putting your and others talents and skills to their best use. Such as an editor of books. Here team work brings luck.
By now, you know that Binah, the 3rd Sephiroth-Understanding, is an dimensional aspect of your own Energetic Unconscious. To some, 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 balanced on your doorstep.
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 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 and/or Consorts.
Generally, the four 3's, represent the realization of the Action (conception) of the Prince having been conceived Symbolized as the central figure on the 3 of Wands as a blazing Sun/Son. Implying, that 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.
This is the conception of the fiery sexual self, the beginning of diversity. 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 this fire is known as “adorable violence.” Which sounds counter-intuitive, yet it is the Orgasm of Creation, and as such, a "small death".
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, the first house, 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.
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 of Wands--Virtue, is thrown during a reading:
- * The querent is experiencing the conjoining of Body, Mind and Spirit.
- * Putting thoughts into action for yourself or two others.
- * 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.
- Able to honestly combine your strengths with those of others, using team work to bring good fortune.
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