The Witches Tarot uses the medieval tarot Hawthorne staff as its wands suit. It is still in suit of fire which is shown as orange and red clothing for the man on this card. On the Three of wands a young man is in the act of standing on the high ground, with a head band to keep the hair out of his eyes,for a better view into the future. He is holding a flowering Hawthorne staff, with two more behind him as if in support. Hawthorne represents hope and optimism.
In the calm water port, there are two ships coming in; perhaps he is waiting for "his ship to come in", and to sail into new adventures toward the bright sunny horizon.
Therefore, this is a card of impending possibilities and success. A very optimistic card, portending a bright future.
THOTH DECK 3 OF WANDS-VIRTUE
Those who are Qabalists or who follow my blog , know that Binah, the 3rd Sephiroth-Understanding, is the Creatrix of our own Energetic Unconscious. The prefix- Un- tends to make one think of something "less than" consciousness; nothing can be farther from the Truth. Here Unconscious just designates the Unseen Intelligent Energy Mind of Creation before it invented Consciousness. Thus Unconscious does not mean less than consciousness, in anyway, anymore than unseen H-bombs are less powerful than the one seen H- bomb on your doorstep.
Consciousness, itself, is a child of the Collective Unconscious of the Universe, and that the Mother of consciousness, is the 3rd Sephira on the Tree of Life named- Binah. In the Great Sea of Imagination, your image floats in the amniotic fluid of "will to form". Binah is the Great Birthing-Will of the Sea of Unconscious; The Will to Form.
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. who 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 and symbolized as the central figure on each card. Action is definitely launched for good or evil.
Thus in the 3 of Wands the Prince of Wands conception is shown as central flames radiating outward form the Supernal Union of the Triad. The Prince, is the Golden Child, or the Christ-Buddha consciousness in each suit.
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.
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 and new birth or rebirth.
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 integrity and honesty. For on this Card, Virtue, means always being true to the inner self. For only the true to self, are really present and alive with the vital energy of the I AM.
When the 3 of Wands -Virtue, or Three of Wands, is thrown during a reading
This is a very active card of powerful direction, so it requires us to understand that Virtue is not chastity, nor anything so obviously prejudicial, but rather " To thine own self be true". Here there is a warning not to compromise your passion or self image for others but to seek out those of the same passionate endeavors to aid your progress.
Be as Spring and flower in your own inner fire! Clarify your identity and " Above all things, Know thyself!"
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