The Three of Wands is the foundation you build on. I would call it an amalgamation of the third and fourth house, the third being siblings and your community in general and the fourth house being your home, for good or bad these are the things, people, and experiences that shape the person you become. A strong foundation would make itself known as an upright card. You plan for the future, embrace change and things come together. Its essentially like having a Jupiter that works for you instead of against you.
When lacking a strong foundation, as well as facing a low functioning Three of Wands, things don't fall into place as neatly. Nothing works out as you expected and its too late to prepare accordingly. Again, it's like your Jupiter working against you. But, an upside down Three of Wands or a difficulty aspected Jupiter in your natal chart doesn't mean you'll never move forward and never achieve what you want; it just means you have to wait and work hard. More importantly, it just means you need to learn how strong you are. That you can handle when something you really wanted falls apart; that you can pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep going. And, isn't it better to know what you're capable of?
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