Updated: Aug 5, 2020
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The Threes The third Sphere on the Tree of Life is known as Understanding. Understanding is the Great Mother. We can't always think of the tree of life as being levels in a verticle succession. This sphere encompasses the entirety of the underworld. Understanding is literally that which stands under. Threes teach us the mysteries of the Divine Feminine. Understanding, the Supernal Mother, is the great darkness. She is where the seed of wisdom gestates, protected from the light. Out of this great darkness begins the first stirrings of manifestation.
This sphere is ruled by the planet Saturn. It is here that all time and space are developed. This is a sphere of great discipline--the sphere of the Great Mother.
The Three of Wands
The Three of wands represents the discipline to carry a project through to manifestation. It is the first stirring of manifestation of any creative enterprise.
This three represents great ingenuity, passion, and drive. It symbolizes a balanced approach to having one's will carried out.
The Three of Wands is disciplined will.
In a reading, the three of wands often means actual signs of the manifestation of a project or desire.
The Three of Cups
These three cups suggest a toast or celebration of some sort. This is often a card of joy. Being that three is governed by Saturn, it is earned joy. There is no frivolity in this card; instead, it recognizes the necessity of finding the joy in our work and celebrating it. The Three of Cups represents the soul's need for praise, love, and gratitude. This pip can represent the mystical third in a couple, and thus can at times represent marriage or other partnership. The Great Mother is at home in the cups, so this is also a card of fertility and the womb.
In a reading, the Three of Cups often represents joy and celebration, and the reminder to take our joys where we can find them. In questions regarding childbirth, this can be an auspicious card.
The Three of Swords
Swords' main purpose is stabbing.
Threes are the desire to manifest, but also Saturn expects that everything that happens is exactly what we have earned and thus deserve. The three of swords suggests a need to pierce based on past guilt, or conflicts. This is often the card of divorce and painful endings. The three of swords is often a reminder that the reason we have painful endings in our lives is that that's exactly what we think we deserve. We often use painful endings as a way in which we can punish ourselves for buried ideas of guilt that we carry and don't bother to notice, let alone resolve. In a reading, the Three of Swords often depicts a painful ending. It is important to remember that the future is not set in stone, and we can make new choices that change how we experience our lives.
Having this card come up is a wonderful reminder to forgive ourselves and others and not carry resentment and guilt which we will later use against ourselves.
Three of Coins (Pentacles)
The Three of Coins is a wonderful card, especially in a financial reading! It reminds us that we must work hard, and with great joy if we are to prosper in this world. This is not a card of short cuts. This is the card of great skill, meaningful work, enjoyable labor, mastery in crafts and arts. Work is the manner by which the first stirrings of financial fortune manifest. The true nature of this fortune remains hidden in the Great Darkness of the Mother while work is done on its behalf. The full manifestation is not known to us, as the Great Mother is veiled in secrecy.
The Three of Coins promises reward for meaningful work done well and expects us to have faith in the outcome. If we work hard planting the crop the bountiful harvest is promised. In a reading, this card often represents work, employment, skill, and the promise of greater wealth after more effort.
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