You can see the very different pictorial possibilities for 3 of Wands in the Osho Zen 3 of Fire and the Rider-Waite-Smith 3 of Wands. Remember that Wands are the Fire element in Tarot. What are some of the places to which we ascribe Fire? We burn with desire for our goals, have a passion for our beliefs. We see the natural world burst into leaf and bloom when the weather warms. Although the visuals have a different feel, the 2 cards still give us depictions of Fire or Wands as a 3.
Both figures are relating to wood in its enlivened state. The Osho Zen describes the relationship as becoming one with the tree one is embracing. The RWS figure draws support from his wand, as though about to wield it. The 3 of Wands speaks of relationships with like-minded others, of people sharing creative activities. It also indicates accomplishment with new arenas opening up. There’s lots yet to do under the 3 of Wands, but there is a body of achievement to be built on. Enthusiasm for the expansion is supplied and multiplied by others. With the 3 of Wands, things will take their own course — like the growing trees — but can be shaped.
Where in your life are you feeling the drive to expand? When you think about moving in those directions, who do you think about taking the road trip with? If you have any doubts, look for where you feel enthusiasm: Wands always have plenty of that.
What sorts of projects and co-workers would you expect if your reading includes 3 of Wands with 9 of Wands? Would the project be a success? How about 3 of Wands with 8 of Swords? With XIX Sun?
Notice how you relate to those who share your values this week. How do you recognize the enthusiastic 3 of Wands in your own life? If it’s missing, where can you invite it in? Celebrate!