Wands…spiritual essence of life. The suit of creativity and inspiration, it is the place within us containing that spark, that zest and enthusiasm for adventure, new challenges and new goals.
For a long while, the energy flow among these three cards was difficult for me to grasp. Finally, I found an example that helped me. I was once asked to come up with a way to significantly reduce cost and increase efficiency for a project on which I was working. After mulling over the existing processes and inhibitors, I hit upon a possible idea. It seemed like a very good one. That was my Ace of Wands moment.
That was great, but I couldn’t stop there. After all, an idea sitting in your head may sound pretty darn good, but it may also have a lot of flaws. So, I assembled a small group of people who represented the various departments involved in the process, presented my idea and solicited their input. A lively discussion ensued as we worked together through all the various models and potential outcomes. Out of that discussion, we came up with a well-defined plan that would satisfy what we wanted to accomplish. That was our Two of Wands moment.
As many of you have experienced, talking and planning is great, but it doesn’t mean much unless you put your plan into action. That is the Three of Wands moment. It is the application of your idea (Ace) and plan (Two). Without application, the idea and plan remain, as Crowley said, "virgin". Without substance. Without form.
Back to the cards themselves.
In the Ace, we saw the essence of that spiritual fire at its very inception. In the Two, our glassblower, like some fire magician, took the first step in the creative process. He conceived his ideas, drew upon his knowledge and skills, assembled his ingredients and thrust that undefined mass (which Crowley has called "a virgin ovum") into the refiner’s fire where the first molten glow signaled the very beginning of the jelling and evolution which takes place as this "creative spark" enters the formative world of the Three.
It is in the Three that we first see the fruit of that combination of inspiration, idea, skill and raw materials
Look at the card. Again, we see the kiln of the glassblower, but now the flames are gone. The kiln and its precious contents have been allowed to cool. From within the dark depths of that kiln, we see the first manifestation of the glassblower’s creation – the lustrous glass egg. But the momentum of the creative act continues…the egg is merely the womb.
The egg has cracked open…artistry and inspiration spill forth in the form of these beautiful young Bali Dancers. Young, fresh, enthusiastic and innocent yes. But also beings who have studied, trained and rehearsed for this moment when, at last, they can manifest their talents to the world in the form of their mesmerizing dance.
What do we learn from the Three? Well, for one thing, for the first time, we see the compelling triad the first three cards make. The Ace represents that first glimmer, that first creative spark of an idea. The Two represents hearing the call of that idea and, like some cosmic chef, assembling the necessary ingredients and setting the stage for the ingredients to come together. The Three represents the jelling of those ingredients…a jelling where the individual ingredients can no longer be easily distinguished and where such a distinction is no longer important.
Because what happens in the Three is that the whole does indeed become greater than the sum of its parts.