Inverted, this is a card of difficulties at work. These difficulties stem from creative blocks or having too much on your plate. In either case, it suggests you will work harder for smaller rewards. Often this is a temporary situation.
Unfortunately, in some cases this is not temporary. In order to cut costs, some employers reduce staff, either through layoffs or attrition. In these work environments, employees take on more responsibilities to compensate for the reduced staff. These employees often experience burnout and a dip in productivity. There is no good solution for this type of situation, as the employees rarely have any say in the matter. These types of work environments can lead to more than burnout. They can also lead to health issues. If you find yourself in such a work environment, find a reputable transitional career counselor. This person can help navigate you into a different position, most likely with a different company. The longer you stay in this role, the harder it will be to free yourself.
The Suit — Rods, Wands, Staves, or Clubs
The Rod is a tool with a spark of life in it. This suit is associated with the element of fire, due largely to an ancient belief that fire is held captive in wood. Certainly, sensitive souls can feel the energy of wood, but we don’t expect it to combust on its own. When we refer to this suit as Wands, we acknowledge its power. Rods are creative and fiery. They can also feel like a burden in excess.
Number — 3
Three is a number of creativity, cooperation, and integration.
There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:
- Blocked or Resisted
- Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
- Inner, Unconscious, Private
- New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
- Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
- The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
- Misused or Misdirected
- The Upright Meaning Backward
- A Rectification or Cure
- Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous