(i) Three of Wands YouTube Video

 Three of Wands : My in-depth YouTube Video on the Three of Wands of the Thoth Tarot deck may be viewed below.

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(ii) Thoth Three of Wands

In the Three of Wands card, the three wands are crossed in the centre. The wands have lotus blossoms that are opened and receptive.There are 10 straight and 10 curved flames in the background. 

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Wikipedia states : Virtue (Latin: virtus, Ancient Greek: ἀρετή “arete”) is moral excellence. A virtue is a positive trait or quality deemed to be morally good and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being.

(iii) Rider Waite Three of Wands

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(iv) The Three of Wands & the Tree of Life

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Binah in Atlizuth.  Binah = the birth of something. It is associated with the supernal triangle in the first world so it is very close to its spiritual source in Kether. This purity is reflected in the name of the card as being Virtue, and implied in its meaning: striving to be the purest and best expression of who we can be in the world.


(v) Shemhamphorasch Angels & the Three of Wands

Hachashiah: Esoteric wisdom, medicine and healing. Goodness and understanding. Can abuse the good faith of others.

Imamiah: Ease in recognizing one’s errors. Easy execution of difficult work. Ardor, strength, vigor. Patience and courage, humility and simplicity. Can be rebellious, prideful, or blasphemous.   


(vi) Astrology of The Three of Wands 

Decan:   2nd decan of Aries (11 – 20 degrees) 

Sun in Aries

The Sun is exhaled in Aries and so this placement is very favourable. Aries enjoys a challenge, and Aries Suns are happiest when their lives are moving forward and active. So this reminds us that we need to make sure our actions are for the greatest good.


(vii) Symbology of the Three of Wands

6 White Straight Flames = 6 is the influence of the SUN, the sun ruling the 6th sephiroth TIPHARETH

4 straight remaining flames = energy of the Dorjes in the 2 of wands. The flames are identical as shown in the 2 of wands picture below :

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Golden Shafts of Wands = also represent the sun

10 curvy flames = those in the Ace of wands :

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This implies that the energy of the previous 2 cards has manifested in the 3 of wands in Binah.

Concept of BIRTH in this card as the Sun in Aries represents this and also the great sea of Binah gives birth to form.

Lotus Wand = associated with ISIS = power of CREATION

9 petals on Lotus Wand = linking them with creative Yesod (9th sephiroth ruled by the moon).

3 wands = unity of mind heart with your actions which together with the newness represented by Sun in Aries = virtuous actions.

So from the above we have themes of BIRTH & CREATION. 


(viii) Quotes from the Book of Thoth

“The Will (in the Ace) refers to Binah in the suit of fire… which has been transmitted to the mother who conceives,  prepares and gives birth to its manifestation” p.190


(ix) Divinatory Meanings of the Three of Wands

With Virtue, we have the direction in which the two of wands needs to be applied in order for her to be the best she can be and be of service to the world.Open lotus blossoms mean following what has meaning for us and following something from the heart. We have an understanding of what are our ‘virtues’ .. what we have to offer to the world in a useful way and so we are in tune with our own needs at the same time. This card is also about trusting ourselves to make the right decisions in our life and not be held back by fear.

Angel Paths says : “Virtue is about excellence – ethically and personally. It is about developing and maintaining high standards of behaviour, and then learning to have the confidence, self belief and strength of character to live out those standards through our every act.”



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  1. It is important for you to operate from a place of integrity before making decisions at the moment and make sure that you have clarity in mind and heart before acting in order to bring the best results. Unless you have clarity at this time, then do not act !
  2. The remind yourself to be centred before acting.
  3. So if we have clarity – a great time to put our ideas into plan !





Ill Dignified

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  1. Lack of clarity therefore put all plans on hold otherwise your actions will turn out well.
  2. Actions which have been negative, ill thought out and now there are consequences.
  3. We have not been acting to our highest standards. The need to go and assess whats distracting us from being the best we can be.






(x) Associated Video Links

Paul Hughes Barlow

Polyphonic Tarot

Marveena Meek

Three of Wands Thoth Tarot Card Tutorial

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