The threes of the Minor Arcanum are anchored to Major Arcanum III, Isis Unveiled. Veiled Isis, the virgin, is now pregnant in the image of Isis Unveiled. The union of the positive and negative forces of The Magus and Veiled Isis are now reflected in Isis Unveiled as the ACTION of gestation or creation. Ruled by Libra, The key words for Isis Unveiled is MARRIAGE and ACTION.
The outer meaning of the Three of Scepters is Business Partnership. Business relates to Scepters, and Partnership as another way to express the marriage aspect of Isis Unveiled. Some other combinations and interpretations for this card could be:
Jovial disposition (Libra, Sag, and Jupiter)
Take action for the future (Action key word)
Business gains through social activity (Libra)
Advertising activity (Action, Sag, Jupiter)
The astrological meaning of the Three of Scepters is based upon the Sagittarius decanate of Aries, sub-ruled by Jupiter, key word PROPAGANDA. In this day and age when we hear the word propaganda, we think of the dissemination of information that is meant to create public opinion favorable to certain ends, regardless of their merit. Another word for propaganda today is Spin. But the original meaning of this word was simply the dissemination of news or ideas. Those born under this decanate are seen to have great enthusiasm for ideas and plans and an ability to infuse this enthusiasm into others. They are not content to just sit quietly with some bit of information they deem worthwhile. They must broadcast it. Sagittarius rules the Ninth House of long journeys, teaching, preaching, publishing, radio broadcasting and, today, blogging. So, perhaps Broadcast or Dissemination may be helpful keywords, in addition to Propaganda to help remember this original meaning.
The spiritual teaching of this card is based upon the epic story corresponding to the constellation of Perseus. The Hero Perseus decided to rid the world of the evil Medusa. Her hair was made of serpents and her appearance was so frightening that anyone who looked upon her was immediately turned to stone. The Goddess Minerva aided Perseus by furnishing him with a shield so highly polished that he was able to approach the Medusa while only viewing her reflection in his shield. In this way, Perseus was able to get close enough to the Medusa to sever her head while she slept. Zain writes about this story: “No greater wisdom was ever uttered in reference to character building than is thus dramatically presented. Impure thoughts and unworthy desires not only harden the individual, but they thrive and prosper to the extent attention is paid to them.” The story of Perseus shows us that if there is something that we’re thinking about or fearing, focusing attention on something else very persistently allows no room for the undesirable to flourish.
Perseus went on to escape the treachery of Medusa’s sisters and save the life of Andromeda from the clutches of the sea monster, Cetus. Zain writes in conclusion, “The exploits of Perseus each, in symbolical language, conveys an important message; but most important of all, he accomplished the work himself. The (spiritual) text thus portrayed, therefore is: There is no vicarious atonement. Each soul is a responsible being, working out its own deliverance from the thralldom inherited from ancestry and forced upon it by environment.”
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