I’ve written interpretations for every card in the Wild Unknown Tarot. As the box of the deck states, there are no rights or wrongs. These are simply my perspectives on the tarot card meanings. I hope you find them useful!
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Carrie’s keywords: exploration, surveying
Three of Wands Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown
Three wands are bound together, forming an inverted triangle. As you gaze into the center, you see a rainbow swirl. Is this a vortex? Another dimension? The future? Or something else entirely? That is for you to find out.
Branches jut out from the wands, they stand in contrast to the perfectly pruned wands we saw in the previous card. There is a juxtaposition in this card of structure and liberation: the wands come together to form a cohesive shape, yet the wands themselves are rugged, not perfectly manicured. These wands are free-spirited, yet also collected.
The background is filled with horizontal black lines, indicating a stable energy. This lack of flashiness draws your full attention to the wands, and above all else, to the colorful vision at the center. The swirling rainbow beckons you to leave behind the drab, colorless surroundings and explore all the magic life has to offer!
You are a visionary if you let yourself be one. You can look beyond obstacles. You can see beyond the mundane world. Endless terrain is out there for you to explore, if only you choose to say YES. The Three of Wands offers you a chance to survey the landscape around you. You need not rely on someone else’s map – you are exploring the wilderness for yourself, charting it according to your experience, your interpretation.
Your future is a blank canvas – and all the colors of the rainbow are available for you to create your experience going forward. There is no guarantee of exactly what you’ll find as you continue your explorations. Magic and wonder abound, yes – but illusions and setbacks are part of the journey, as well.
Some structure is useful, so give yourself a moment to survey your inner and outer landscape. The Three of Wands is about trusting your gut, but it’s also about surveying the energies around you. It is about action, yes – but it is about the kind of action that is born of intention, not impulse. The paradox here is you can only do so much planning and intention setting – eventually, you’ve just got to venture on and see where this portal takes you.
Three of Wands Tarot Card Meanings in General
In the Waite-Smith tarot, this card shows a human figure looking out at a vast terrain. He is eager to explore, but allows himself a moment to pause and assess the situation. The figure on this card is not a rogue adventurer looking for a thrill. He is someone who is deeply curious about the world. He is a leader whose explorations and observations can benefit the greater good.
As such, this card can ask you to engage deeply with your life experiences. Be curious about yourself, be curious about the world around you. Do not assume you understand anything. Let yourself look even at mundane realities with fresh eyes, for there are treasures everywhere that can only be perceived by those who are energetically open.
In a reading…
Sometimes this card is a reminder that if you want to live a deep, meaningful, magical life there is no way to be truly “secure.” The Three of Wands does not ask you to behave recklessly, but to know that risks are inherent in any endeavor. You must be willing to survey all that life has to offer and embrace it all as a package deal.
You are asked to adopt a higher perspective, to be open to more than the surface level layers of your life. Be a living, breathing example of what you want to see more of in the world. Embrace your visions and bring them into reality.