The Three of Swords tarot is the card for heartbreak, conflict, tears, and painful separation. It signifies angry words, grief, and rejection.
It can also represent faith, fidelity, and focus. It’s the card of choice, decision, and self-examination. It also signifies clarity, seeking balance, and revealing truths.
The Three of Swords tarot is depicted as a heart suspended in the air with three swords driven right through it.
The heart symbolizes emotions. The swords represent logic and its ability to cause harm to the body and the emotions of a person.
Overhead, the skies are dark and rain pours heavily, which represent a hopeless or depressing period of your life.
The Three of Swords tarot represents pain and suffering, and other life events that leave someone broken and suffering, just like the Five of Cups.
The pain and suffering are magnified because of the unexpectedness of it all. With the Three of Swords tarot, it gives you a warning that any of this can happen in the future.
You can prepare for it emotionally, or try to change the outcome entirely.
The Three of Swords tarot seeks to remind you that you should look at pain and suffering as something you can learn from, perhaps like the Eight of Cups.
Without pain and suffering, there will be no joy and happiness. And when you look at them from a different perspective, they lose a lot of their negative impact.
They will still hurt, but not as much as before.
The Three of Swords tarot encourages you to conquer your pain and overcome your suffering.
Know that pain is not experienced only to make you hurt, but to let you grow, strengthen you, and provide you with a different perspective about life and love.
The Three of Swords tarot signifies loss and difficulties, sacrifices and endings, which is similar to the Ten of Swords.
It talks about tough decisions and living with the consequences of your actions. More often than not, these things happen so that things will change.
Things that you’re too weak to handle or too fearful to face.
The Three of Swords tarot also represents release. When you are experiencing pain, you have to let it out sooner or later.
Releasing all of your pent-up emotions will help you with the cleansing and healing process.
After which you have to take the first step in accepting it, letting it go, and moving on. Whatever it is, you just have to keep moving on.
Three of Swords Tarot and Love
When it comes to love and relationships, the Three of Swords tarot does not really mean the death of a relationship. It indicates that you are suffering and in pain.
Maybe it’s a really big and ugly fight with your boyfriend, or a screaming match with your husband that had you both hurling unbelievably hurtful words.
Maybe it’s the indifference and the cold silence going on for months, and no matter what you do, nothing seems to get through.
Maybe it’s the lies that never stop coming. Maybe it’s the past that still haunts your present. Maybe it’s the broken dreams and the crushed hopes.
The Three of Swords tarot represents pain that comes in different directions. You may feel like you will not get out of it alive.
But know that this pain is guiding you to the right direction, and you only need to be strong and optimistic. Things will be okay in the end.
In order to survive this, you and your partner must both be ready to work through the pain and difficulties.
You must both be ready to talk about your relationship. From there, things will get easier. Just take it one step at a time.
The Three of Swords tarot can also point to a love triangle. It’s not always with another woman, or another man.
It can also be with circumstances or other people in your lives. It can be your demanding jobs, your friends, and even your families.
Sometimes, the Three of Swords tarot does not always mean grief and suffering. Sometimes it’s just telling you to wait it out. That things will get better if you wait a while. That this is just temporary.
When the Three of Swords tarot is reversed, it indicates a time for healing. You are finally seeing positive changes in your relationship.
The pain is slowly lifting and you can finally smile again. You are seeing a happy ending, after all.
Three of Swords and Money
When it comes to money and finance, the Three of Swords tarot does not bode well. It actually indicates some discouraging news.
But don’ freak out. You’re not the first person in the world to ever receive disappointing news when it comes to money.
When the money problem is too overwhelming, start small and focus on the smaller tasks. Clear off debts that you can settle right now, and work towards the bigger ones as you go along.
Save more and spend less. Think of ways to augment your income. Also, don’t borrow money to pay off your loans!
Three of Swords Tarot’s Meaning for the Future
When it comes to the future, the Three of Swords tarot is not the card that you want to see there.
Mainly because this card is a sort of wake-up call for you to take a closer look at your relationships. It urges you to examine who in your life can break your heart.
What you can take care of now, do it. Before it blows up in your face in the future.
However, this is not set in stone. The Three of Swords tarot can be a weak card and can still be influenced by other cards in your reading.
The Three of Swords and its Meaning for Health
The Three of Swords is a minor arcana card that will often represent the idea of sadness and sorrow when it is drawn in the upright position.
There is an overwhelming sense that things are not going as planned and that this is a problem, so from the outset it does not appear as if this would be a very good card to draw when it comes to the health sector of your life.
In the health part, drawing the Three of Swords in this position can actually mean that you are going to be encountering some ill-health, and it is certainly not a positive omen to have.
It may also be the case that the health of someone close to you is not as good as it should be, and that can be causing additional stress that is difficult to deal with.
It can also indicate that there may be some mental health issues or problems with your heart and there is often quite a black cloud covering the health sector with this particular card.
There is some real disillusionment with what is going on, and you may feel as if it will prove to be impossible to make any kind of progress.
However, if you draw the Three of Swords in the reverse position within your health sector, then it can represent something being a bit brighter than you may have initially expected.
If you have been ill, then it can point to things getting better and improvements coming your way, which will come as a real relief.
There may be a renewed sense of optimism that you will indeed recover, or the person close to you, so the health side of things is going to be looking a lot brighter than you may have ever thought it could be.
In addition, it can be pointing towards anxiety and fear playing a significant role in how you are feeling at this moment in time and that they are making your illness feel a lot worse than it really is.
Being able to deal with those negative emotions will go a long way to you healing.
What is clear is that the Three of Swords deals with either side of the same coin when it comes to your health.
Clearly, you are going to hope that you draw this one in the reverse position or you are in for a difficult time where the future is perhaps not as clear as you would have liked it to have been.
This will always prove to be a problem for you and it is not easy to address the problems when you are feeling so down about them.
Overall, the Three of Swords does not always have to be all doom and gloom even though the upright position is going to hardly fill you with joy.
You can take steps to turn things around and stop them from getting worse which is where your focus should perhaps be if you do draw this card in this particular sector.
My Final Thoughts on Three of Swords Tarot
What the Three of Swords tarot wants you to know is that pain is unavoidable. Without pain, there will be no lessons learned, and no growth to be experienced.
Instead of drowning in pain, you must work with the pain to overcome obstacles and move forward to a better place.
If you deny pain, it does not make it go away, either. The best thing to do is to embrace it without wallowing in it. Let it grow you and heal you.
Some questions that the Three of Swords tarot wants you to ask yourself: How can you rise above this pain?
What lessons can you learn from this pain? Who do you have in your life to help you get over this pain?