Three of Wands
From The Everyday Witch Tarot
At the Crossroads
Original Writing by Kathryn Ravenwood
The journey never seems to go from Point A to Point B, does it? We make plans only to discover that situations, people, even ourselves have changed along the way so we no longer are able or feel comfortable going forward from the direction we started. We reach a crossroads. We know there is no turning back yet we don’t really know which new road to choose. (We could turn back, that is always a choice, but in this card we are reminded that back is really not a positive option.) The Three of Wands is often shown with a person standing on a hilltop, looking out over water, maybe with ships sailing by. The person stands and simply looks out at the world, paused and perspective.
In the card above, the witch and her familiar have reached a point of decision. We get a sense that she has taken her time to contemplate throughout the day by the setting sun in the West, the place of sorting through the experiences of life. The witch’s hat and staff rest on the ground, another clue that she has been taking some time to ponder and consider. But now, using her wand (energy, will power) she sends her magic out into the unknown to make her intention a reality. She is just in the act of this – the outcome is not yet shown. It is this act of creative intention that opens the new part of her journey to her. That little salamander on her staff represents the fire of transformation. All the elements are there and the witch knows how to use them.
…June 19, 2018 Kathryn Ravenwood