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Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 24 Sep 2002, and now archived in the Forum Library.

Macavity  24 Sep 2002 
While meandering though the minor arcana (RWS deck), I believe I am getting some sort of unique identity (albeit far from completely defined!) from the majority - Aside from... the two and three of wands! OK, I *have* checked what "books" say on this one - Fwiw, instinctively, I'd go for (among others) keywords like "choice" (of 2/3), "dominion over"... But unfortunately BOTH seem to ME to convey those feelings. Any thoughts or clues on differentiating these two cards? :)


Laurel  24 Sep 2002 
The Two of Wands is the most "dynamic" of the two cards- it describes a moment of control, when life is in fact as we Will it to be. When the Two of Wands is at hand, we have become masters of our own fates, captains of our own souls. Very active, energetic stuff.

The Three of Wands is a card of synthesis. We have discovered our virtues, our dreams, our vision and we are building a life that can encompass them. We are drawing to ourselves positive energy and auspicious fortune through karmically "positive" acts.

I like to think of the Two of Wands as a "breakthrough" card, whereas the Three of Wands is a "weaving" card.


wavebreaker  24 Sep 2002 
Hi Macavity,

Here are two previous threads about the same subject: 

ihcoyc  24 Sep 2002 
This is probably due to the similarity of the card scenes in the RWS deck; it is indeed hard to distinguish them. What was begun by the Ace is nourished by the Two, and comes to light in the Three. This is vague, I know.

I look at the fellow in the 2 of Wands as watching his ships leave port for adventure.
Cast thy bread upon the waters; for thou shalt find it after many days.

The fellow on the 3 of Wands is watching his ships come in.
The world is my oyster!

Here is, I think, the key to distinguishing the two cards. The two has received the energy of the Ace, and is preparing it to be sent into the world. It is a card of planning enterprises, of doing your homework, of laying a foundation for your plan of action to succeed.

The three represents the result of successful planning and a well laid foundation. You have successfully carried out what you sought to do with the two. Your ships have come in, laden with gold and spices and whatever else you sent them out for. 

Macavity  24 Sep 2002 
Originally posted by tarotlady
Here are two previous threads about the same subject

Oh, wow - (impressed ;)) Never think that one is alone in this! Thank you ihcoyc, Tarotlady and Laurel here... and those PREVIOUSLY. Have printed these out to read and inwardly digest (sic!) in somewhat greater comfort. :) 

The Similar Meanings? thread was originally posted on 24 Sep 2002 in the Using Tarot Cards board, and is now archived in the Forum Library. Read the active threads in Using Tarot Cards, or read more archived threads.

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