The ThreesTarot is composed of layers of symbols, each with its own message. Have you seen cards of the same number within a single reading? Does the same number appear over and over again in nearly every spread? The Universe is trying to tell you something. It’s time to integrate that number’s meaning into your interpretations. When you do this, it deepens your understanding. Sometimes I read all the cards of one value at the beginning of a reading. It sets a tone and gives me perspective. See how a small change can shape your interpretations. Let’s move on to the threes.


The upright threes indicate creativity. They are actions that must be taken and sacrifices that must be made. They call for cooperation. They indicate fertility, or a need for integration.

Meditate on creativity, changing your perceptions, and working within teams.

Three of Rods | Three of Cups | Three of Swords | Three of Pentacles
The Empress | The Hanged Man | The World


Inversions are tricky, because they can be interpreted so many ways. Sometimes inversions slow things down. Sometimes they turn things around completely. They can represent an internal journey, or a brush with the mystical. The inverted threes pop up when nothing seems to be working. They show a lack of cooperation, distress, over-indulgence, or inaction. They can also represent sterility. Not all inversions are negative. Inverted threes can also suggest recovery and healing of the past. They can represent building inner support. They may also represent an imbalance in an element, one that offers you the opportunity to transform that element (Rods are fire, Cups are water, Swords are air, and Pentacles are earth).

Meditate on these creative blocks as you would in the upright cards. The creativity might still be there, just inaccessible. Counteract these blocks by distracting yourself, by integrating more of the elements that are not present in the cards. If swords are inverted, stop thinking and start doing. If cups are inverted, write down what you’re feeling and safely burn them. If rods are inverted, take a long bath or shower. If pentacles are inverted, try doing something spontaneous.

Inverted Three of Rods | Inverted Three of Cups | Inverted Three of Swords | Inverted Three of Pentacles
The Inverted Empress | The Inverted Hanged Man | The Inverted World

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