The number 3 symbolizes the generative force, creative power, multiplicity, and forward movement. They are about planning and preparing, putting the details into place before beginning the work. Coins are associated with the material world, acquisitions of wealth and possessions, our connection to Earth and Nature, sensation, matters pertaining to the physical plane, the body, health and physical or sexual activities. Pentacles can also be connected with practicality, groundedness and being realistic. The 3 of Coins represent sharpening professional ability; successful effort using creative and practical skills; and new undertakings that bring material rewards.
“You are clarifying the kind of security needs that you really have. You’re defining the things that give you that inner sense of safety and groundedness. You’re preparing to take action that will make you feel more connected with the earth.” – Gail Fairfield
Looking at these cards I was struck by the thought that I’m not working as diligently as I could be. This is not especially new information for me but the cards are reminding me that my lazy habits are not appropriate at this time. The white rabbit on the 3 of Daisies card seems to be displaying the 3 daisies she has gathered to us for approval. It’s almost as though she’s seeking positive reinforcement. Her face seems to be saying “did I do good?” How many times in our lives have we felt that way after we’ve completed a task? When we’re at the apprentice stage we often seek approval and guidance from those with more experience The problem arises when we get stuck at the apprentice stage and don’t allow ourselves to move further along the path.
The craftsman on the Legacy of the Divine 3 of Coins seems more mature and confident in his skills. He is deeply engaged in his work and does not seem to be seeking anyone else’s approval. Whether he is creating these works of art for a customer or just for his own satisfaction, his dedication to his craft is evident in every line of his face and body. His focus is apparent and one gets the sense that disrupting his work would not be a wise move.
In my life, I seem to be perpetually stuck at the same stage as the white rabbit on the 3 of Daisies – a perpetual student/apprentice always seeking the approval of the professor. Every year when I attend events like Readers Studio, I begin to doubt my skills and my self-confidence gets rattled. Despite the fact that I’ve always received positive feedback from my partners, I just don’t have the confidence in my skills. The sad thing is that I’m not even sure why this is.
I realize that on some level, any skill that I find comes to me with minimal effort is one I don’t value as much as I should. Even when I’ve spent a significant amount of time working on honing that skill, Another issues that still needs some work is the fact that I regularly need external validation. The fact that I believe I am skilled in a certain area doesn’t count for much unless someone else tells me it too. I’m like a cat that needs perpetual stroking to feel appreciated. Even I grow annoyed at myself for this trait. It is especially important to work on this if I ever intend to become a successful Tarot reader. The fact that I possess the skills is one things. However if I can’t market myself and believe that my skills are worth something to someone else, then how can I convince potential clients of that fact?