One-to-one with the Three of Disks

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By Sarah Taylor

Before I get going with this week’s article, I have been asked by Eric and the Planet Waves team to write something about my own experience of Planet Waves and why it is that I have been a subscriber for some years now. Being terribly English, and subject to the unwritten law of self-deprecation and understatement, the only trumpet-blowing you’ll typically find here is on the Judgement card. Having said that, I am passionate about those things that I value, and I value Planet Waves — what it stands for, what it offers, and its level of professionalism in a medium that often seems to want to prove everything to the contrary.

Three of Disks -- Thoth Tarot deck.

The Three of Disks from the Thoth Tarot deck, co-created by Aleister Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris. Click on the image for a larger version.

I came to Planet Waves through Jonathan Cainer several years ago — clicked on an article written by Eric, found the Planet Waves site, and kept coming back. As someone deeply interested in psychology and self-development, Planet Waves provided something I had rarely found before: the opportunity for inquiry and insight. It has provided support and validation. It has also been provocative and challenging, provoking and challenging me to start widening what were then all-too-narrow horizons. My life has changed immeasurably since I started reading it, and writing for it, and in no small part due to our meeting.

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On a whim earlier this week, I decided to pull a card from the Thoth Tarot and use that as the basis for today’s article. I work with the Thoth for most of my own readings, and it felt timely to go back to it. Yes, it tends to polarise people into ‘love it’/’hate it’ camps — most frequently due to one of its creators — but most people would be hard-pushed to refute that it is visually striking. I consider it one of the most beautiful tarot decks I have seen — and there are a lot out there.

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Sarah Taylor

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One Response to One-to-one with the Three of Disks

  1. stormilarue stormilarue says:

    i’ve always liked this card but mostly because of the symbol/triangle, which used to be the logo for my alma mater. and of course, that is no ordinary triangle. through my affinity i found out it’s actually an inverted dragon’s eye;

    “The Dragon’s eye used to be a favorite shape for cutting magical stones, especially transparent or translucent crystals that might resemble the popular mind’s imagining of a dragon’s eye. The figure has an illusory quality. Steady gazing at its center can develop the illusion of three dimensions, so that it appears to be a tetrahedron seen from above or from one corner. Certain minerals naturally form crystals of this shape. Whenever such crystals were found, they were usually regarded as foci for magic powers.

    The Dragon’s Eye also forms a triple triangle, sacred to the ancient Goddess in some of her ninefold forms, such as the nine Muses or the nine Morgans. This figure and certain of its variations appeared often in medieval books of magic to invoke the protection of female spirits.”

    Walker, Barbara G. (1988). The woman’s dictionary of symbols & sacred objects. NY: Harper & Row.

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