Three of Swords Tarot Card Meanings

Three of Swords

The Three of Swords is the third tarot card in the suit of Swords. As you may have deduced from the illustration, the Three Swords is not a wholly positive card, especially when it comes to love.

Below, you will find details of the card meanings of The Three of Swords tarot card. But first…

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The Three Swords represents depression, loss, and separation.

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    Three of Swords in a time-based position

    Past – The Three of Swords tarot card in the Past position can represent an intense period of depression that has affected your current life and mindset greatly. We can always learn from these experiences. It’s important to treat the past objectively. The reason bad experiences are ‘bad’ is so we can learn from it so that it doesn’t happen again.

    Present – The Three of Swords doesn’t bode well for your current situation. If you aren’t happy, you need to start identifying ways out. If you’re staying sad for attention, then stop immediately. It’s hard to admit that you like sympathy, but some of us do it because we’re too afraid to try and fail. A failure is a victory if you learn from it. That’s a time old adage that loses meaning because it’s repeated so much, but it’s true. Learn from your mistakes, make more mistakes, and learn from them.

    Future – The Three of Swords tarot card in the future position can mean that your life is currently on a downward curve. You don’t need to keep doing what you’re doing, even if it feels impossible. Even if you think you’re at rock bottom, you have it within yourself to change your life. What were you worrying about 5, 10 15 years ago? Do you still worry about those things?

    The Three of Swords in regards to life issues

    Work / Education – The Three of Swords tarot in regards to work or education means it isn’t going well, is it? You may be achieving in your field, but it isn’t making you happy. With work, don’t sacrifice your morals for money. You might feel like work is defeating you at the moment, be it long hours, terrible colleagues, or even not enough work to help you get by. It’s likely you need to find some time to recover and work out a new future career path. With work, school or college, try not to let personal feelings get in the way of how well you are doing. It’s tough, but you might need to segregate parts of your life in order to succeed.

    Romance – As you may expect from the illustration, the Three of Swords in romance is a bad sign. It’s going to be a trying period for you, and you will likely experience loss and grief. This may not only affect you but others close to you. You may need to support your partner even when he or she hates you. Remember that relationships can withstand immense pressure, and so long as something hasn’t offended you deeply, consider working on fixing things. If you’re single and looking, cool it off, for now; it just isn’t the right time. Work on yourself; make sure you are stable in both mind and body before you seek out somebody else.

    Friends – The Three of Swords in regards to friendship means if there are problems, you’ll need to think cleverly about why they’re happening. You’ll need time for yourself. Try to make it easier for yourself by seeing them less, but in more meaningful ways. Go out for a meal or another activity that isn’t out of the ordinary. Don’t force things right now.

    Money – The Three of Swords tarot card offers bad news when it comes to your finances. Don’t let it get you down, this period will go away. Ask for help if you really need it, ask somebody you can trust. Don’t feel bad, things like this can happen to anybody. If your financial situation feels overwhelming, almost crushing, then you might need to make some cuts on luxuries. What do you really need? What are you buying because of the brand name? It may hurt your pride, but accept help from others, especially if they offer it in the first place.

    Health – The Three of Swords reflects on your state of mind. For now, you need a change of routine. Go somewhere new. If things are serious, then talk to as many people as you can. If you’re thinking about a past event a lot, patch it up. Don’t treat yourself badly because you don’t feel like you deserve to feel good.

    Spirituality and Mentality – The Three of Swords tarot card in spirituality is highlighting an active, negative mind. It’s fun to explore negatives sometimes. We’re almost not ourselves so we can see from a new perspective. Don’t get caught up in the details of life right now, talk to new people. It’s normal to consider the bad things in life, both things which you have done, and things which have happened to you. If you haven’t already, you will need to forgive yourself of your past actions in order to grow. Nobody is perfect.

    The Three of Swords Reversed

    The Three of Swords reversed represents a recent heartbreak which you are recovering from. It’s happened, and you’re just starting to deal with it. This doesn’t just mean the loss of a relationship, but could mean to loss of a friend or loved one in any sense of the word. The stages of grief are quite well documented, and you’re on your way to recovery.

    Numerology of the Three of Swords

    Three is a powerful number in numerology and grounded in the material world (three dimensions). Creative, and stable, three can represent our life as birth, living, and death. The Three of Swords in a numerological sense reminds you that you are in a cycle of your life that might be difficult and overwhelming. You have to remember that time is cyclical; events begin, persist, and then wane.

    Keywords for the Three of Swords

    Grief, heartbreak, loss, separation, hurt

    Other associations of the Three of Swords

    Element: Air

    As a Yes or No question: No

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    Article Info

    Date: Oct 10, 2015
    Amelie Rose Estrela is a gifted psychic and lead author for tarot-explained. She has written many articles on a variety of topics within the spirituality niche, including Psychics & Mediums, Tarot & Angel Readings, Love & Relationships, Spells & Magic and Astrology & Horoscopes (the topic of her e-book).

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