The Three of Disks, Works, is also called the Three of Pentacles in the Golden Dawn and Ryder -Waite decks and the 3 of Earth in the Erotic Tarot deck,.
The Three of Disks is named Works, and also the Lord of Material Works, Attributed to this card, is Mars in Capricorn.
For those interested in in-tonal vibration the Angels of the Decan are Yechevah and Lehachiah.
The Three of Disks-Works, is the influence of Binah, 3rd Sephiroth, in the Material world that Qabalists call Assiah.
is an Earth sign and the effect of Mars on Capricorn is to bring great
discipline and control in material things, such as, employment,business,
and building construction.
Crowley illustrated this card on the
basis of Three, showing three wheels at three points in the pyramid.
This grouping of Three, is shown in Alchemy as Mercury, Sulfur, and
Salt; or in Qabalah as the maternal letters Shin (Fire) Mem (Water)
and Aleph (Air). If you are interested in Hindu systems, the three are
Sativas, Rajas and Tamas.
The Pyramid , on the Three of Disks, seems to be arising out of a
Great Sea, that represents Binah the Third Sephira on the Tree of Life.
.This card also represents the Material establishment of the Universe as
determined by its basic form of 3. The influence of Mars is in the Red-
Milo Manara, shows a interesting scene of erotic nature, fitting with his Erotic Tarot title. Above the Woman in the window are a reasonable facsimile of Greek Gods, a Goddess and a God in stone relief. The God, a Zeus like figure is holding a bowl in one hand a holding up two fingers in the other. The Woman, a Hera figure. In the Gods hand is the cup, and the the two fingers is a suggestion of intercourse. The apparent symbol is that the Great Work is the Union of Goddess/God and/or the celebrated intercourse of male and female. This is true in the intercourse of electrons from positive to negative, as well as male and female of any species.
Manara has assigned the meanings of skill, great ability, celebrity and material objects to his 3 of Earth.The Astrological meaning to this card is, Mars in Capricorn, implying the need to struggle, evolve or fight in cold blood, ambitiously and with cruelty. Thus we have the Earthy impassioned scene at the window of a rather ambitious sex act. Indeed, the union of the sexes is the great work of the species, as it is the only way to continue it.
When the Three of Disks or the Three of Earth is thrown during a reading:
- the querent maybe giving full commitment to a situation and is unconcerned about difficulties.
- is aware of responsibilities
- Planning secure structures in areas of finance, physical security and needs.
- Right effort towards a wise end in trade,, skilled labor, Etc.
- A basic form or structure may be finished , needing only finishing touches.
- Approval from others who appreciate the hard work the success that the querent has achieved.
a more spiritual reading, where the cards surrounding show a majority
of Major Arcana, the querent is engaged in the Great Work of "As above
and so below", by expressing the Higher Self.
- Material gain as a result of creative skills within a 3 wk or 3 month time frame..
- Love of one's creations, and nurturing others who assist in the work.
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!