Three of Swords


Three of SwordsThe image of this card suggests the mind is at odds with the heart, and the heart does not appear to be winning. Something is wrong, and it is causing lasting hurt.

Especially if this accompanies the Lovers, it can indicate a love triangle. Usually there is one person who suffers the most in these situations, but it takes its toll on everyone involved. If this doesn’t indicate three people, it certainly indicates heartache.

If you are experiencing heartache, let yourself feel it completely. Pushing down the feelings can cause greater hurt later. It can also keep you from allowing love into your life in the future. While “once bitten, twice shy,” is a natural reaction, it can “protect” you into loneliness. Let your tears flow, write out your feelings and safely burn them. Allow this grief to flow out of you and the swords will naturally recede. You will be ready for love again, in your own time.


The Three of Swords only interacts with the Lovers.

Major Arcana

Lovers: If any cards from the suit of Swords come after the Lovers, it indicates the end of a relationship.

The Suit — Swords or Spades

The sword cuts and dissects. Swords represents the element of air. They are intellect. They are double-sided, which allows them to both damage and heal. The images in the suit might be alarming to some, but they are not simply aggressive. Yes, we can use blades to inflict pain, but we also use them to carve, shave, and trim.

Number — 3

Three is a number of creativity, cooperation, and integration.

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