|©Raffaele De Angelis|
This is a card that sometimes gives readers pause. How is it different from the Two of Wands? For me, the main difference is that in the Two we have a decision to make, whereas in the Three we are either moving forward based on that decision, or waiting for the results of the choice that we made.
I see more of the former in this card from the Dark Fairytale Tarot. A woman stands with a wand held at her side, looking up to the right of the card at a moonlit castle. The crystal at the tip of her wand glows behind her back - she has resources to call upon - an a crow sits on one of the two other wands in the background to her side. I get the sense of listening to messages from spirit to help guide us in our path forward. Also, of having a goal in sight, a definite aim that we haven't yet reached, but that we have set course for. It feels like she is thinking big, setting her sights high, and willing to work for what she wants.
This feels like a far more passive card, waiting to see what will happen next, thinking back on what has gone before, rather than focusing on the future and what is yet to be done. The bird flying away suggests messages unheeded - perhaps there is more that could already be done, but she isn't listening to what that could be.
I prefer the Dark Fairytale version, as Wands are a suit of action and projects, values and beliefs, of going for what you want. The passivity of the Dark Angels card doesn't feel quite right to me.
As for me, I know what my castle in the sky is, towards which I am headed. I'm not yet sure if it's a fairytale castle or a gothic horror, but that's another story. For today, I have some minor steps along the path to take - a letter here, some paperwork there. How about you: do you have a goal in sight?
I am grateful that every step and misstep is a part of my path.