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Story: Ambition
Element: Fire

The Threes are our first lesson about how our choices affects others. Keywords: Accomplishment. Togetherness. Community. Sharing.

Card meaning

The story of the Three of Wands is your first taste of success. You did the work to get to the top. From this vantage point, you can watch your ships coming in from the vast ocean down below.

From this vantage point, you can also plan your next summit, but for now, it is a time of peace and enjoyment. Besides planning, the most important action you can take now is to turn back down the mountain, and help others to reach the summit.

The Three of Wands actually has three parts to its interpretation, all of which stand on their own as independent stories, but upon closer inspection, actually intersect. This, alone, is a lesson of the card!

First, the mountain itself is an obstacle you’ve overcome. You now stand in a place of established strength. This can be enjoyed by standing your ground, but can also be a place you launch from in order to go even further.

Second, like all the threes, partnership and teamwork are important. The solitary figure is leaning against the wands, suggesting that in order to continue to be successful, you may need to ask for help. There is no shame in asking someone with more experience to help you on the next stage of your journey.

Third, and most powerfully, you find yourself in a place of deep self-respect because of what you’ve accomplished. Well done! What you have done can never be taken from you. Learn from your mistakes, because those lessons are also accomplishments that will stay with you forever.