Oracle of the Day: Three of Wands (Reversed)

Focus on what does work.  You'll always win. Photo credit: Meli Halstead

Focus on what does work. You’ll always win.
Photo credit: Meli Halstead

Central theme of your writing piece for the day

The sun is shining and the birds are out singing their glorious tunes.  Everything in life is going your way and nothing could be better.   Your friend asks you to be part of this AWESOME, KICK ASS type of writer’s group where you are guaranteed to make cool connections with other writers!  After much persuasion, you decide to throw your hat in the ring.


What’s the harm in that right?  The writing group is humming along.  People are sharing stories, offering sound critiques, then …  whammo! Soon some of the writer’s in the group start name dropping to boost their own credibility.  So what if you know the publisher of such and such.  Who really cares if you met such and such personally?  Another writer decides to take some of your short stories that you submitted and publish them as their own work.  **That happened to me and it was messy.**

No worries. I’m a big believer in karma and ended up finding a better writing group.  To this day, I love this group of ladies like you would not believe.

I digress….

You have hit a snag.  It feels like one step you take forward, you end up taking two steps back.  You really want this writing group to work, but no matter what you try to do — it results in the same wasted effort.

The Three of Wands appearance indicates that the journey you hoped for isn’t what you’re going to get.  If you take a look a the card, the man is holding onto one form of effort while the other two are no longer in his grasp.

So, I’ll let you in on a secret.  Your best bet is to take what is working for you and run with it.  Take a look at the man holding onto that one wand.  There’s a reason for it.  😉

Writing Focus:

Obstacles are a part of the human experience.  Obstacles are what allow the reader to connect with the characters.  When a reader picks up your book, the deciding factor of staying with the character on the journey is the ability to connect with the character.

Folks like to see some small element of themselves in the character.  Stories, personal stories — fiction and non-fiction stories — are what allows the real connection to begin.  Human beings want to belong.

As much as we would like life to be perfect and have all of our goals realized without obstacles — this is not the case.  Granted, sometimes it feels like that!!

Your character is going through some tough times.  Perhaps, there was a business deal your character went all in without really thinking about the consequences.  Now, it just seems like one wasted effort after another to get anything done.

Or your character is in a relationship and s/he has put EVERYTHING on the line, but the other person is just not feeling it anymore.  The sex has become non-existent.  The communication is at an all time low.

I Dare You To Take Action Prompt:

Take some time to connect with this card by carving out some serious meditation time.  Allow yourself to feel and be the card.  Once you feel that connection, allow yourself to write.  You can start fresh or use your current rough draft.

The Three of Wands (reversed) calls for you to step up to the challenge and incorporate some of the following elements into your story:

  1. One step forward, two steps back
  2. Energy and talents being wasted
  3. Too many irons in the fire — nothing gets mastered
  4. Beginning a business venture too soon without thinking the consequences through
  5. Not engaging in a long distance relationship, or better yet, your character does engage in a long distance relationship that proves disastrous!
  6. ________________  (fill in the blank)  Use your ideas to spruce up your story that reflects the Three of Wands (reversed).  You are that COOL!

I’d love to hear how this oracle has enhanced your writing.  Leave a comment and enrich the lives of our other readers.  Pay your experiences forward.

Meli Halstead is a kickass teacher who likes to help writers get their stories written using a variety of oracles.  She has written and published several short stories in her life time.  She also gives a voice to those who are trapped in the cruel world of human trafficking.

Wondering where in the world I got this amazing card? It is part of the wonderful deck Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law and Barbara Moore. *I am not an affiliate in any way. I bought the card deck because they were AWESOME!*

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