Three of Swords Tarot Card
The Tarot Suit of Swords
The Tarot Suit of Swords is associated with the suit of Spades in standard playing cards - both have sharp edges. Although many tarot decks use the term swords to refer to this suit, it also has other names (that is, for the equivalent suit in other decks), which include daggers, blades or knives.
There are meanings associated with each of the suits in a tarot deck, as well as the more specific interpretations associated with each individual card - and yet more precise meanings pertaining to particular cards in particular locations within spreads.
The suit of swords is associated with the element of air. It is also associated with the season of spring and the direction East. The suit of swords concerns academic or philosophical thought, intellectual pursuits, truth, and clarity.
The Threes in the tarot deck generally suggest a family unit of mother, father and child. Another way to view this is as the three elements together forming a 'unifying force'.
In many decks the 3 of Swords is one of the most difficult and sorrowful cards of all.
When the 3 of Swords tarot card appears in a reading, the interpretation may be as dire as the images suggest. However, there are other possible interpretations as well. One possibly more positive interpretation is the suggestion that the querent should "Get to the heart of the matter".
Keywords and phrases for the many possible interpretations of the 3 of Swords Tarot Card include:
- Emotional Pain
- End of a romantic affair
- Grief, loss, tears
- "Three is a crowd"
What about the Three of Swords Reversed ?
Some interpretations of the meaning of the 3 of Swords reversed include:
- Disappointment in love, though less painful than the 3 of Swords Upright
- Emotional pain subsides
- Heartache may linger a while longer but the lost relationship is unlikely to be recovered