Here is the man with three staves
Eliot has said:
The Man with Three Staves (an authentic member of the Tarot pack) I associate, quite arbitrarily, with the Fisher King himself.
The Three of Staves or Three of Wands symbolizes ‘established strength, enterprise, effort, trade, commerce, discovery; those are his ships, bearing his merchandise, which are sailing over the sea’.
So this is the same person as the drowned Phoenician.
Some commentators have taken this to be The Hierophant (pope): symbol of chastity, supposedly.
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