the Daily Tarot Card
for May 25, 2018
How to interpret the Daily Tarot
This tarot card gives insight into the forces, people, events or spiritual states that will have significance today. The relevance of this particular tarot card may reference a general trend for the entire day, or a news event or something specific which occurs at some point within a 24 hour period.
NOTE: All tarot cards selected for Tarot of the Day are always in the upright position and do not use inverted positions. Need an inverted meaning? Check our complete tarot reference.
Tarot Quick Info
Extended Tarot Interpretation
The Meaning of the "Three of Wands" Tarot Card
The Symbolism of the Tarot Card:
A stately man, as evidenced by his robes, watches as ships pull out to see. His dress suggests a merchant rather than a general. He is standing on the edge of a cliff, and the number of ships suggest that he is looking out over a harbor. Three wands seem to be growing out of the top of the cliff, and he rests his hand lightly on one of them.The Meaning of the Tarot Card:
This card is commonly called the "Merchant Card". This is a merchant who has had a few successful transactions, but is really just starting out on a number of ventures. Responsibility and prudence will yield success in his business. The ships are his, and the only thing that he can do after making all of his arrangements and seeing them off is to wait for the results. Being a merchant in medieval and ancient times was much riskier than it is today, as ships were prone to shipwrecks, piracy, and grifting from the sailors of the profits if they weren't paid well enough. As such, this card commonly portrays all of the machinations of enterprise, rather than the profits thereof. It also means strength in character, ingenuity, and an entrepreneurial spirit.
NOTE: The Tarot of the Day card is intended to be read in a general sense and is not meant to address any specific questions. You can think of this card as representing a universal or widely-shared event. A daily tarot card is not the same as a card pulled individually as part of a personal reading.
So what is a daily tarot card?
We sometimes get asked "what the point" of the Daily Tarot is. After all, with our ever popular ZodiacTarot tarotscopes which are far more specific to each individual's zodiac sign, what's the less-specific "daily tarot card" for anyway?
The short answer is: We all live in the same universe. Not 12 different universes. iFate has dozens of other oracles, divination systems, horoscopes and tools for expanding personal insight. All of these tools offer unique and specific guidance. The daily tarot card isn't one of them.
The point of the daily tarot card is to unify our experience around just one important facet of foresight. It's not an Aries, Libra or Capricorn "thing". It's a humans thing. From that perspective, the daily tarot should not be taken as 'personal' guidance per se -- but as a blunt tool for understanding (or predicting) something more general.
A daily tarot card might represent:
- A more general trend.
- A large event.
- An important announcement.
- The significance of some high profile person.
What to look for in a daily tarot card
We would never suggest a 'right way' or a 'wrong way' to interpret the daily tarot card, but we do pay attention to what the cards are telling us:
When minor arcana cards appear in the daily tarot, we look for the message in more mundane, ordinary things. When major arcana cards appear in the daily tarot, they tend to speak to large, "macro" forces at work in our lives or on the world stage.
Likewise, when court cards (Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings) appear in the daily tarot, we look for the significance of a corresponding person in our day.
Needless to say, the Tarot of the Day doesn't replace more direct, user-specific readings. But since we've been pulling daily tarot cards on iFate.com since late 2007, we've always felt they add a framework for every day -- a theme which more often than not becomes apparent as our day progresses. We hope you agree.
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A daily tarot card for your horoscope sign
iFate also draws daily tarot cards for every horoscope sign. Select your sign from the list below to see which tarot card applies to you today.
Unlike the daily tarot card, which sets a more general theme for the day, these tarot cards meld astrology with tarot and seek a shared influence for each zodiac sun-sign.
Choose your zodiac sign: