by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, originally published 1888.
Enterprise, Undertaking, Commerce, Trade, Negotiation.
Hope, Desire, Attempt, Wish.
by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.
A calm, stately personage, with his back turned, looking from a cliff’s edge at ships passing over the sea. Three staves are planted in the ground, and he leans slightly on one of them.
He symbolizes established strength, enterprise, effort, trade, commerce, discovery; those are his ships, bearing his merchandise, which are sailing over the sea. The card also signifies able co-operation in business, as if the successful merchant prince were looking from his side towards yours with a view to help you.
The end of troubles, suspension or cessation of adversity, toil and disappointment.
by A. E. Thierens, originally published 1930.
Enterprise, effort, essay, trade, commerce, discovery, usurpation, daring, temerity and also imprudence, interruption, cessation and ‘the end of troubles,’ discontinuative.
Theory & Astrological Associations¶
The rather contradictory descriptions of this card’s significance are well explained by its zodiacal position: Air on the Third house, which doubles the influence of ‘air’ and of the mercurial vibrations and effects. This card has the accent of the suit of wands. It must consequently denote: communication, reflection and all that comes from these. This needs little explanation.
Communication, instruction, reflexion, message, writing, postage and letters, superficial knowledge, airiness, passing impressions, discontinuance, interruption, change, perhaps a certain amount of geniality, imprudence also; neglect or want of proper attention; as to ‘temerity’ I should say only in so far as this means an easy manner of overcoming obstacles, quick insight; effort, essay, trade are correct. Mercury being the God of merchants, and thieves, this card may relate to commerce, theft and loss. “The end of troubles” is indeed well said, because this card gives the key for their solution and shows the way of escape.