Three of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Learning About The Minor Arcana - The Swords

Three of Swords Upright Draw Keywords





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Three of Swords Upright Draw Meaning

Painful events have just begun. The Three of Swords heralds sadness, rejection, heartbreak, separation, grief, loneliness, and much more. What makes this card portentous is that it is not saying you will feel one of these emotions but many of them all at once in the near future. However, it has come as a sign to help you prepare for the difficulties that are bound to arise. If you are aware, you may be able to soften the blow or dodge it.

Keep in mind that these sad feelings are a necessity. Without negative emotions once in a while, you can never become the person you are meant to be. No one can be happy all the time. If you have been evading challenges merely to ward off pain, then the Three of Swords is also a reminder that sometimes pain and mistakes are learning opportunities.

Because of this, the Three of Swords is very much a precursor to the Four of Swords and signifies pending release. If you’ve suffered a major setback and think a good cathartic cry is necessary, then do it. Express your pain, sadness, and grief in a healthy way, as this will help you regain focus on the path still present before you.

Three of Swords In Love and Relationships

The Three of Swords shows that love will be interwoven with pain for a short time. For your relationship to come through these struggles unscathed, both of you have to communicate and discuss what is troubling you. Also, if the person you thought was showing you affection suddenly turns cold, don’t let it bother you. Think of it as a sign that it wasn’t meant to be. You will be guided towards someone far more suitable instead.

Three of Swords In Career And Finances

Something may happen at work that leaves your ego feeling browbeaten. Don’t go eating those sour grapes. Change your perspective. Should you need help, ask for it instead of making mistakes. Seeking a job should be looked at in the same regard. Ask and you shall receive—in time. The search is going to be difficult but hang in there. You’ll be surprised.

As for the financial outlook, the Three of Swords delivers rather disappointing prospects. Money is going to get tight. Rather than freaking out about the shortcoming, figure out how to live simply yet fully. Devote yourself to making the most with what you have. It will be a valuable lesson.

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Three of Swords Reverse Draw Keywords


holding on to grief

fear of the future


Three of Swords Reverse Draw Meaning

Where the upright Three of Swords indicates a painful event that may happen in the future, the reversed card means that the experience is already over, and while you felt deeply hurt by it, you may be on the path to recovery. Additionally, you have begun accepting the pain as part of the process.

Conversely, the reversed Three of Swords can mean that you are finding trouble in relieving yourself of heartbreak and past traumas. Make sure that you’re not merely wallowing in the mud. Bearing with the pain may seem awful, but getting trapped in it is worse. Accept the situation so that the healing process can begin. Learn to let go so new doors can open.

Three of Swords Reverse Draw Love and Relationships

Your healing hasn’t quite finished, be careful not to bring past wounds into new relationships. Be honest with yourself about the hurt you faced.

Three of Swords Reverse Draw Career and Finances

Trust your intuition when it comes to people in the workplace. If you have a feeling someone is stealing your ideas behind your back, you’re probably right.

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Understanding the Rider Waite Imagery For Three of Swords

There is usually an immediate reaction to the Three of Swords when it comes up in a Tarot reading and that is in large part of the image we often see. A heart suspended in the sky with three swords piercing through it is pretty clear that there is pain present. However, there is always more going on in life than we are willing to admit and more behind the pain of the situation for us to explore.

As the Three of Swords is this card is connected to the mind and air and the themes associated with them there can tend to be over-complication, overthinking, or just outright heartache which also affects our mental health and our ideas about relationships and love.

The Muse of Tarot For Three of Swords

Tarot Muses are the divine creative source personified. They are invoked to provide support and space for your readings and lend their special gifts in realm of Tarot magic.

Dolorem - The Muse of Grief and Sadness Tarot Readings

This card comes up in readings when a painful secret in a relationship has surfaced. Trust has been broken in some way, such as a partner cheating or some other violation of the relationship. Whatever the act, loss of trust needs time and energy to heal and repair. It can be grueling to work through this pain and Dolorem is there for the journey.

About The Swords

The Swords are about thinking and intellect. They represent the challenge, the road and the struggle we go through with truth and clarity. The Swords are challenging us to move our minds into the realm of wisdom. The Swords are the element of air, the season of spring, the direction of east and the colour yellow.