Three of Swords Tarot Card

Three of Swords Tarot Card
Tarot Card Meanings: Tarot Reading and Understanding The Three of Swords Tarot Card

The Three of Swords is the card of grief and sorrow, and unfortunately, the three of swords informs us that this can not be avoided. One must move through the process of letting go.

Upright Three of Swords Tarot Card Meanings in a Tarot Reading

When the Three of Swords appears in a tarot spread, it usually indicates that there will be a major separation of some kind.  It is a time of deep upheaval, both on the spiritual plane and the physical plane. Its tarot card meanings often represent the need for a cleansing or the catharsis of emotions that have been held in for far too long. In your free tarot reading, the Three of Swords fundamentally refers to the loss or separation from a loved one. When this occurs it is very difficult to maintain perspective. The Three of swords warns you that a loss of perception could be affecting your emotions. The Three of Swords may also advise you to let go of your relationship if it is causing you misery. Conflicts will not cease and only escalate.

The Three of Swords tarot meaning also pertains to issues of abandonment. In this circumstance, it is really important to determine the meanings of the flank cards. It is sometimes quite difficult to determine if the Three of Swords relates to a fear of abandonment or a literal abandonment.  Sometimes it is a past abandonment that appears to be repeated over and over. No matter what the case, it is important to grieve this loss. Although grief is a terrifying undertaking, it can be transformational. Grief, alone, can be a corrective experience.

On rare occasions, the Three of Swords can indicate the death of someone you may know. It may also represent illness or feeling under the weather.

  • Heartbreak
  • Separations
  • Grief, sadness
  • Depression

Reversed Three of Swords Tarot Card Meanings in a Tarot Reading

In your free tarot reading, the Three of Swords reversed is actually more positive than its upright position. The good news is that there is an end it sight. The pain will subdue. The worst is over. It’s a card that can remind you of your inner strength. As you review your process of loss, you may come to realize how strong you really are. When the Three of Swords appears reversed in a tarot spread, it often indicates that a painful situation is in its final stage. You can breathe again. Your emotions are giving way to a new perception.
There is no going back.

Another aspect of the reversed Three of Swords tarot card is its association to those who carry the wounds of old relationships into their current ones. If they are not careful, they can sabotage the outcome of their current partnerships. In a tarot card reading, The Three of Swords reversed informs one that they may be walking around wounded and are unaware of it. You may have chosen a  partner that you can act your issues out on. In these circumstances, the Three of Swords pertains to a lifelong hurt, quietly resting in your deepest psyches. Ultimately, you must confront this hurt in order to move forward.

  • Alleviation of sadness
  • New perspectives
  • Inner Strength
  • The processing of one’s emotions

See the Love Tarot section to learn more about the Three of Swords and relationships.

© 2010 All Rights Reserved. Images of individual tarot cards are from the Aquatic Tarot Deck created by Andreas Schröter and are used with his permission. They are for example purposes only.


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