The 3 of Swords is an ominous looking card. Regardless of the position, the first reaction I usually get when this card comes up is pain, sorrow and betrayal.
Understanding the 3 of Swords
The heart is a symbol of affection, love and joy. It can also represent conscience, truth and courage.
Clouds are a symbol of ‘clouded’ vision or confusion. Clouds could also indicate a revelation or epiphany. That sudden moment when all becomes clear. Notice the clouds clearing on the 3 of swords.
Taking these symbols into consideration, if the 3 of swords shows up in your reading it could be asking you:
What truths are you hiding from?
In this situation, am I being honest with the people I am close to?
Am I being honest with myself?
Can I learn any lessons from the pain I am feeling right now?
How do I see the problem clearly?
What is the heart of the problem?
The 3 of swords can indicate a time of:
loss of balance
The 3 of Swords is that stabbing jolt of pain and the achy feeling after in your heart when your world has been turned upside down. :(
The 3 of Swords reversed
When the 3 of Swords reversed shows up in a tarot reading you could be blocking
When you block, resist or ignorethese energies you will not be able to deal with the problem, heal and move on.
- don’t be afraid to say you are sorry
- let the pain in—deal with it and move on
- learn to accept the situation
- allow yourself the time to grieve
Once you can release the hold of the reversed 3 of Swords you can then move on and open your heart again to a new beginning and new experiences.
Sometimes when the 3 of Swords comes up reversed in a reading my intuition tells me that the energy of the 3 of Swords is waning and that ‘tomorrow will be a better day’.