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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Take a Number: Three!

Numerology & Tarot

I am working my way through the numbers, comparing the ways in which I have used them in Tarot readings with observations and comments from numerologists and occultists. I welcome your comments and observations about this fascinating subject!

My key words for the number Three: creativity, synthesis, initial completion, expansion

Tarot Cards: The Empress, Threes of all suits

3 of Wands
Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot

Writing about the occult meaning of numbers, Paul Foster Case gives the following keywords for Three: "multiplication, development, growth, unfoldment, therefore expression." (The Tarot: A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages, Macoy Publishing Company)

In his book Numerology: Key to the Tarot (Whitford Press), Sandor Konraad writes: "Three is a number of self-expression, creativity and sharing."

Quoting from Numerology and The Divine Triangle by Faith Javane and Dusty Bunker (Whitford Press): "Three combines the qualities of 1 and 2. . . carrying the qualities of manifestation and self-expression. . . If any of the numbers could be called happy-go-lucky, it would be the effervescent 3." Key words for Three: "expansive, sociable, dramatic, communicative, diversified, creative."

Gary Meister, CTM offers the key words "creativity, expansion" for the number Three. He writes: "[Number Three] is the creation itself; the expansion of the original idea into concrete form.  . . Three means either use your creativity or expand upon what you have been doing."

The web site Numberquest.com provides a much longer string of key words for the number Three: "Trinity, Union of Divine plus Human, Manifestation, Positive, Negative and Neutral, Expression, Subconscious Mind/Imagination, Creative, Optimistic, Enthusiasm, Expressive, Charming, Humor, Fun, Attractive, Friendly."

In Anna Burroughs Cook's Tarot Dynamics system: "Subject Card Three is for thinking and networking."

Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot

Concerning The Empress (Card 3), Cook writes: "The Empress can help smooth or improve your communications and develop new or better connections."

According to Javane and Bunker: "The Empress is also an aspect of the subconscious mind. While the High Priestess, number 2, is memory, in number 3 we find the subconscious response to that memory which produces growth through the imagination. . . The conscious mind, key 1, cannot produce; the subconscious mind, key 2, cannot reason; it takes a combination of 1 and 2 to produce manifestation, or key 3."

3 of Cups
Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot
The number Three is sacred to many spiritual paths. One of my favorite possessions is a pamphlet called Druidic Triads by W. Faraday (Sure Fire Press), organized by subject. For example, one entry under the heading "Of the Rewards of Virtue" reads: "Three things which the humble will gain: plenty, joy, and the love of their neighbours."

Here's a quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin: "There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self."

For an interesting list of quotations and sayings related to the number Three, click HERE.

DeckThe Rider Tarot Deck, also known as the Waite, Rider Waite, and Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS) deck, designed by Pamela Colman Smith under the direction of Arthur Edward Waite. Published by US Games Systems, Inc.


  1. this is what numerologist hans decos says about the number 3 You possess a great talent for creativity and self-expression. Many writers, poets, actors and musicians are born under the 3 Life Path. You are witty, possess a gift for gab, and savor the limelight. Your talent for the expressive arts is so abundant that you may well have felt drawn to becoming an artist while still very young. Your artistic abilities can only be developed, however, through discipline and commitment to the true development of your talent. Commitment, concentration and hard work are the only means of bringing forth your talent. Thanks to your gift for self expression, you can be the life of the party, and the center of attention. However, you could easily squander your talent by becoming a social butterfly. Your creativity is the gift that can give you the comfort and luxury you desire, but not without continual focus and discipline. You are optimistic and possess the resilience to overcome many setbacks. You are socially active, popular, and inspire people with your sunny "happy go lucky" attitude. You can be generous to a fault. Many people born under the 3 Life Path have difficulty handling money because they can be disorganized and not particularly serious about their responsibilities. You are emotional and vulnerable. When hurt, you withdraw into a cloud of silence, eventually emerging from your reticence with jokes and laughter that cover up your true feelings. You can become moody and cynical when depressed. You can succumb to sarcastic remarks, which can be painful to those around you. When used positively, your talent for self expression can be a great inspiration force in the world, uplifting others, and bringing much success and happiness to you.

  2. Thanks for stopping by and sharing that information, Colin!


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