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Generally, all Threes:

  • Express harmony, flow, and abundance of their suit, or element.
  • Reflect the themes and wisdom of the Gardener.
  • Symbolize manifestation.
  • Can represent Act Three, the resolution of your story; syntheses; if you break Act Two into two parts, this can represent Act Two-Part Two, the attack; antithesis; it can be a plot point such as the Debate or Refusal of the Call to Adventure; or the reluctance to change step of your character’s arc.
  • Are the resolution to the first set of mini-dramas mentioned in the Numbers in Tarot post.
  • For additional info on Threes check out Tarot Notes Take a Number series on Threes.

What I See:

Okay, my heart melts for sea otters. I adore this card. It reminds me not to take life too seriously, to make time to play, and to go with the flow. I see family, maybe three generations. The one at the back seems to be laughing, finding joy in the simple things. The colors are soothing. The water looks cool (something I’d really like to jump into right about now as our temps are in the triple digits). This card just screams, “grab your friends and go have fun.”

General Water element/Cups suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Water

Light (upright) Reading:

Share joy and happiness grows.

  • Keywords: Celebration, Friendship, Playfulness, and Toasting Success.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Shift your energy to choose joy in difficult situations.

  • Keywords: Overindulgence, Hangover, Promiscuity, and Gossip.


I know Selkies are seal-shifters but I can see a Selkie story develop from this card. Perhaps a habitat story? I definitely get a generational feel with the three animals, perhaps your story follows three members of a family. How about a family reunion story?

Maybe your story revolves around the local swimming hole. Perhaps a tale of friends. Or of coming home again? Maybe it’s as simple as a story about spring/summer break.

Typically, this card shows three women, perhaps a Triple Goddess story. Or three sisters? How about a retelling of the Three Graces or Three Norns? Or perhaps the Three Virtues?

  • Three Themes: Harmony, Abundance, Ease, Manifestation, Productivity, or Expression.


Embrace your carefree and mischievous side.

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Clergy and Priestly class.

The personality enneagram, a nine-pointed array of personality types, might also be a useful reference for character building.

All Threes are E3: Performer, Producer, and/or Achiever

  • Self Image — I am successful
  • Passion — Deceit
  • Virtue — Truthfulness
  • Narcissistic Trap — Efficiency
  • Avoids — Failure
  • Speaking Style — Wooing or Inspiring

E3 people are relationship oriented. They are concerned with what others think of them, image and prestige. They see themselves as being for others and often believe they know what’s best. They dislike being alone and may feel sad or inadequate.

Additionally, look up one of the Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) for personality traits.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide