productive energy

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Intro: Three of Wands - productive energy

Tarot Alley uses the Rider Waite type of deck for our meanings, symbols, interpretations, etc.

When determining the Three of Cups tarot card meaning, you should consider that it’s a Wand card and a Three. The Suit of Wands represents energy and inspiration. Threes represent productivity and results.

In this way, we can determine that the Three of Wands represents productive energy.

Take a look at the Rider-Waite Three of Wands displayed to the left (or above).

What is your first impression?

Where is the figure looking? Why? What do they see?

There’s no right or wrong answer here, just your interpretation.

Astrology: Sun in Aries
Element: Fire
Numerology: 3

Common Symbols

  • The Wands: the three wands are separated. It’s common to see two planted in the ground to represent duality. The third wand is commonly being held to represent the start of action.

Keywords & Concepts

  • Action
  • Exploration
  • Implementation

The Three of Wands for Personal Growth

Affirmation: I will take the necessary steps to put my plans into action.

To grow you’ll need to expand. Routine leads to more of the same so explore beyond your normal. Take a new route, see a new sight, start a new hobby, try a new food, do something new. Make it a habit to expand your life beyond the ordinary.

Ask Yourself:

  • How can you make a habit of breaking your habits?
  • How can you be a decisive leader in this circumstance?
  • What’s your action plan for the next week? Month? Year? Decade?

Interpreting the Three of Wands

Generally, the Three of Wands represents productive energies. This often means that you’re going to take that very step (the most important one) and put a plan into motion.

Your plans are not for nothing right now, expect that with effort and hard work they’ll bear fruit.

The Reversed CARD

How you read reversals is a personal choice. You can ignore reversals and read them as if the card is upright (this is what I often choose to do) or you can interpret reversals as variations of what they would mean upright. There are 3 common ways to read reversals: as a negative interpretation, as an opposite interpretation, or as a block on the upright interpretation. Check out How to Read Reversals for more information.

Typically, a reversed Three of Wands represents procrastination. You know what needs to be done but you just aren’t doing it. Maybe you’re lacking a clear definition or plan. Maybe you’re scared to try something new. Maybe you’ve started too many things at once. Maybe, maybe, maybe.

Examples of the Three of Wands

Specific Interpretations

Specific situations are the general interpretation (from above) used for a specific situation (love, career, etc). There is no need to memorize these (or even look them up) if you understand the general interpretation. However, here are some basic interpretations for some specific situations:


Romance is no different than any other area of life. Things don’t just happen, you work for them. And so you need a plan, one with actionable steps that are within your control.

Expand your horizons (new hobbies, sports, travel, etc) to expand your opportunities.


Be proactive in your professional life. Brainstorm potential complications and problems along with some potential solutions before they become major issues.

Define your criteria for success. What milestones exist? Keep regular track of your progress so you don’t get distracted.


Instead of looking to another for spiritual guidance, look inside yourself. Take the spiritual initiative and express your spirituality in the way that feels right to you.

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The Three of Wands tarot card meaning is all about productive energy. Create a plan with actionable steps to harness this energy.

Once you feel comfortable with the Three of Wands tarot card meaning, check out the next card in the tarot deck: the Four of Wands Tarot Card Meaning.


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