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Tarot Card of the Week, Aug. 24-30, 2015: Encoring the Three of Wands

Three of WandsThe ear too fondly listens
For summer’s parting sighs,
And then the heart replies.
A.E. Housman, from Last Poems

Back again comes the Three of Wands, having just visited us the week of July 20. For my more traditional interpretation, I suggest you pop back here, and check it out.

By the way, I would also add that for this week, we are engaged in the approach of the Full Moon in the sign of Pisces. For additional insight into the Virgo-Pisces polarity, you might visit our friends at Cafe Astrology, or else the wonderful Mooncircles site (once they’ve updated it for the Full Moon).

Instead of the usual, though, I thought I would offer a different view of the Three of Wands, courtesy of A.E. Housman’s poetry.

By the way, Housman would probably be spinning in his grave to think anyone was applying his poetry to Tarot. But while Housman could be the quintessential King of Swords, I can’t imagine a poem more fitting for this card than his.

XXXIX (from Last Poems)

When summer’s end is nighing
And skies at evening cloud,
I muse on change and fortune
And all the feats I vowed
When I was young and proud.

The weathercock at sunset
Would lose the slanted ray,
And I would climb the beacon
That looked to Wales away
And saw the last of day.

From hill and cloud and heaven
The hues of evening died;
Night welled through lane and hollow
And hushed the countryside,
But I had youth and pride.

And I with earth and nightfall
In converse high would stand,
Late, till the west was ashen
And darkness hard at hand,
And the eye lost the land.

The year might age, and cloudy
The lessening day might close,
But air of other summers
Breathed from beyond the snows,
And I had hope of those.

They came and were and are not
And come no more anew;
And all the years and seasons
That ever can ensue
Must now be worse and few.

So here’s an end of roaming
On eves when autumn nighs:
The ear too fondly listens
For summer’s parting sighs,
And then the heart replies.

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