Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.
~ Soren Kierkegaard
This magical week of the Sabbat of Lughnasadh (sometimes called Lammas), we welcome the Three of Wands.
In the numerology of the Tarot, Threes are the expansion cards, the creative growth that comes from the initiative of One combined with the duality of Two. The Threes represent manifestation and synthesis. They all hearken back to the biggest of the Threes, last week’s Empress card.
And the element associated with the Wands is Fire: the qualities of creativity, action, growth, and passion.
Arthur Waite describes this card saying, “Here we see a calm, stately personage, with his back turned, looking from a cliff’s edge at the ships passing over the sea. Three staves are planted in the ground, and he leans slightly on one of them.”
Following the Two of Wands, which was the time of deciding, this figure has launched his dreams and choices into real action. He stands on the high ground, gazing out with a calm confidence. In the golden light, he waits for the arrival of his ships. His success is assured.
In the DruidCraft Tarot, authors Stephanie and Philip Carr-Gomm point out that in the times of the sailing ships, such commercial enterprises were a gigantic risk, incredibly expensive and an investment that could take years to realize – sometimes years without any word of progress. Yet if their ships returned safely home, the owners stood to gain enormous wealth and power.
What ships of yours are now sailing into safe harbor? Your achievement is now being realized.
The First of the Three Harvests
Lughnasadh is a very ancient celebration of the first harvests of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, it is when the seeds planted in the Spring have come to fruition. This happy feast is a time of gathering in the results of our labor, sharing, and giving thanks.
In the Northern Hemisphere, it is becoming obvious that the daylight hours are declining. Although the landscape may still blaze with heat like the bright yellows of this card, we know that darkness is gaining strength as the Wheel of the Year turns.
This week, what harvests do you prepare to welcome? What will be the culmination of your prior planning and foresight?
You might also consider how plans made at this time will pay off for you later. Are you willing to wait patiently for the fulfillment of your desires?
Golden Days Ahead
Use this magical holiday to give thanks for what you have worked to achieve. Savor the rewards received by moving at the pace of Nature.
You can also make plans now that will pay off for you later. This is a splendid time to see the big picture of your life, and determine to make steady progress, even if it may take a long time.
What are you hoping to attract through your best efforts? What creative project are you ready to commit to, that may demand steadfast patience and care?
May those intentions that you have sent outward, and faithfully waited for, return to you threefold. You have the golden blessings of the Universe.