Three is a magic number. Apart from using it in mathematical calculations, we encounter it every day in religion, mythology, literature, music and sport as a mystical and spiritual symbol:
- three wishes
- three guesses
- three little pigs
- the Holy trinity of Father, son and Holy Spirit
- the three Graces
- the three Norns
- the unity of mind, body and spirit,
- the Triple Goddess…
- Shakespeare’s three witches casting spells beginning with “thrice…”
- the three Musketeers
- the three stooges
- Film and book trilogies
- initial family unit of father, mother and child
- “bad news come in threes”
- three chords harmony in music
There are countless more examples, but what they all have in common is a sense of completion, unity and harmony, which is reflected in all the threes in the Tarot.
Numbered three, the Empress in the Major Arcana symbolises abundance, creativity and growth, which are also inherent qualities of the number Three.
Three of Wands – initial success, growth, achievement, harmony, foresight
Esoteric Title: The Lord of Established Strength
Astrological attribution: Sun in Aries – building and expanding on initial achievement, moving forward, progress, confidence, optimism, focus on goal, taking risks, power
Interpretation: new beginnings and opportunities to expand horizon through travel, study and new ventures; building on what has already been accomplished; focus and concentrating on the bigger picture; think big; be open-minded and go for what’s on offer; become more aware of opportunities but also challenges around you; travel
Sun and light trail – showing the way, focus, energy, outlook, vision
Red, orange and yellow colours – element fire, creativity, ambition, vigour, drive, enthusiasm
Green grass – opportunity for growth and abundance
Three of Cups – celebration, community, friendships, bonding
Esoteric Title: The Lord of Abundance
Astrological attribution: Mercury in Cancer – emotional intelligence; joyful communication, fun discussions, wit, banter, cooking at home for friends, problems resolved
Interpretation: spending quality time with friends and family, helping others in a team, nurturing friendships, socialising, happy occasions enjoyed with loved ones, creative group activities (dancing, arts and crafts…)
Three naked ladies embracing – affection, bonding, mutual support and trust, innocence
Flowers – love, beauty of the moment, creative growth, passion (red flowers)
Turquoise, pink and indigo colours – element water, emotional maturity, trusting feelings, intuitive perception, compassion
Three of Swords – grief, distress, heartbreak, gloom
Esoteric Title: The Lord of Sorrow
Astrological attribution: Saturn in Libra – discord, self-limitation, lessons to learn from mistakes, loss of security, loneliness, melancholy
Interpretation: rejection, loss, setback, disillusionment, the need to confront pain or unblock emotions, pessimism, preparing for a difficult situation or event to minimise distress, a painful conclusion (e.g. of a relationship)
Cracked, bleeding heart – hurt, pain, separation, feeling torn
Transparency of the heart – vulnerability
Red and white rose – imbalance of emotions and reason
Rain – gloom, hopelessness, clouded vision
Lake – drowning in feelings and emotions
Mountains – a difficult path to healing
Grey colour – element air
Three of Pentacles – foundation, teamwork, development
Esoteric Title: The Lord of Material Works
Astrological attribution: Mars in Capricorn – ambition / energy to create; hard work, workaholic, labour of love (or obsession), expansion, decisiveness
Interpretation: initial completion of work, collaboration, unfinished business, long-term project, project management, building for the future, applying skills, learning on the job, maintenance and repairs
Cathedral – ambitious project, longevity
Scaffolding – work in progress
Hammer and sickle symbol – representing workers and farmers, the collective, union of a variety of skills and expertise, building something for the benefit of all, labour
Red and green colours – element earth, growth, prosperity, dedication, enthusiasm, stability
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