Three – Work

Three of Disks – Work

Work means the exertion or physical effort to achieve something. The materials for working on something. A place of employment.

The Three of Disks is the establishment of a new business or project that may have arisen out of the uncertainty of the Two of Pentacles.

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Rider-Waite: Three of Pentacles

Image of Three of Pentacles in Rider-Waite tarot deck
Three of Pentacles

A sculptor at his work in a monastery. Compare the design which illustrates the Eight of Pentacles. The apprentice or amateur therein has received his reward and is now at work in earnest.

Métier, trade, skilled labour; usually, however, regarded as a card of nobility, aristocracy, renown, glory.

Additional Meanings: If for a man, celebrity for his eldest son.

Reversed Three of Pentacles

Mediocrity, in work and otherwise, puerility, pettiness, weakness.

Additional Meanings: Depends on neighbouring cards.

Book of Thoth – Work – Three of Disks

Image of Three of Disks - Works in the Book of Thoth tarot deck
Three of Disks – Works

The Three of Pentacles, in a similar manner, exhibits the result of the idea of Earth, of the crystallization of forces; and so the Three of Pentacles is called the Lord of Work. Something has definitely been done.

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Golden Dawn – Three of Pentacles

Lord of Material World

An abrupt change in a situation; gain in the marketplace; turn for the better in matters of business.

Mathers: 3 of Pentacles

Nobility, Elevation, Dignity, Rank, Power.

Reversed 3 of Pentacles

Children, Sons, Daughters, Youths, Commencement.

Image of Etteilla Three of Coins
Etteilla Three of Coins

Etteilla: Three of Coins

Important, Noble, Consequential, Celebrated, Big, Great, Extensive, Enormous, Magnificent, Renowned, Famous, Powerful, Lofty, Illustrious. Illustration, Esteem, Grandeur of Soul, Nobility of Conduct, Acts of Generosity, Magnificently, Splendidly.

Reversed Three of Coins

Puerility, Childhood, Childishness, Frivolity. Weakening, Debasing, Reduction, Courteousness, Lowness, Mediocrity, Trifle, Trinket, Servility, Weakness, Child, Infant, Puerile, Puny, Low, Grovelling, Lowly, Contemptible, Humble. Abjection, Humility, Humiliation.

Paul Foster Case -Three of Coins

On the face of the cube is the symbol of Saturn, for among the Divine Numbers, 3 is called the Sphere of Saturn. Note that here, as in the succeeding numbers, up to and including 9, we are dealing with the spheres of planetary action, not with the planets themselves. The sphere of a person’s activity is in the field in which he works. Similarly, the sphere of a planet’s activity is the field of that planet’s operation. Numerologists, and others accustomed to using other numbers for the planets, should remember that we have very ancient authority for these attributions. See Eliphas Levi’s Dogma and Ritual of Transcendental Magic, Henry Cornelius Agrippa’s Natural Magic, Knorr von Rosenroth’s Kabbala Denudata, and other standard works on occultism. In the Knapp Tarot the evil hexagram, with the black triangle upward, is part of the symbolism, but it does not agree with the meanings of the card.

Time period

The second decanate of Capricorn, under the rulership of Venus, from January 1st to 10th.


Construction; increase, growth; financial gain; the building up of favorable conditions; gain in commercial transactions; rank or prestige in vocation or business; beginning of matters to be perfected later.


Selfishness; cleverness in business, but lack of scruples; narrow and prejudiced; too much ambition.



Thierens: 3 of Pentacles

Nobility, noblesse, good and generous action, aristocracy, fame, glory, splendour, etc. Consideration, generous action. The reversed meanings do not appear at all to respond to a card of pentacle-nature and, as in many other cases, simply seem to imply the absence of the better qualities: weakness, humility, vile and abject action, etc. Another version gives: “Metier, trade, skilled labour.” (W.)
The Fire on the Seventh house, which rules the contact of the Self and the Not-self, the relations between both, the executive ability in man. So this must lead to the idea of well-doing and noble demeanour, owing to the Sun and Venus again. Compare horoscopes with the Sun and Venus in VII. Well-conducted relations denote civilisation, aristocracy, and the proper expression of one’s relation to the world in his occupation, his m?tier, as W. has it; profession, marriage and employment. So this card has to do with ‘workmanship,’ which is well expressed by the drawing of the card in the set of W.
Civilisation, aristocracy, good workmanship, skill, civil treatment and noblesse, agreeable relation, m?tier, employment, profession, marriage; good done to other people, bounty, profitable relations in business; restoration, reparation, beneficial arrangement. A marriage will do much good.
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Three of Disks or Three of Pentacles is the establishment of a new business or project arising out of the uncertainty of the Two of Pentacles.

4 thoughts on “Three – Work”

  1. Hi Paul,

    What would you say was the significance of this card appearing for four consecutive days in the same position (Present) in a seven card daily reading?

    1. Hi!

      I would say that you need to spend less time doing tarot readings, and more time doing whatever that card represents in your life (I am assuming it is for you). Either the issue is being ignored, or it requires energy to change the situation.

      Hope this helps!


  2. Thanks Paul.

    I take your first point but, I’m learning, so I need to practice regularly. I can understand the repetition idea. I did think that might be it. It is just that I haven’t come across so many repetitions before. I will have to have a good think about what it might apply to.

    Thank you for your prompt response and for a brilliant website.


    1. The Tarot is simply pointing out what is most important at the moment. I see this happening quite often with clients, after the first reading, a particular card(s) that were prominent, often appear in the same place in the second reading, which actually helps the client to realise they have to do something about it.

      For you, keep going with your studies, and do readings for real people, doesn’t matter if you don’t think you are ready (nobody feels ready when they start)


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