Three of Swords

The Three of Swords is a card that usually represents pain, heartbreak, and sorrow. It often indicates the need to confront one's feelings, deal with the truth, and release emotional baggage. It can be a difficult card to receive, but it can also provide a path towards healing and growth.

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In the upright position, the Three of Swords suggests a period of emotional pain or heartbreak. It may indicate a recent breakup, betrayal, or loss that has left the querent feeling devastated. This card is a call to acknowledge and accept the pain, and to take the necessary steps to move forward. It can also indicate the need for self-care and self-compassion during this difficult time. The Three of Swords may also suggest the need for communication and clarity in relationships, to avoid further misunderstandings and hurt.

Examples: A woman receives the Three of Swords after a difficult breakup. She is devastated by the end of the relationship and feels like her world has fallen apart. The card reminds her that it is important to accept the pain and take steps towards healing, such as seeking support from friends and family, practicing self-care, and seeking professional help if necessary.


In the reversed position, the Three of Swords can indicate that the worst is over, and the querent is on the path towards healing. It may indicate that the emotional pain is easing up, and there is hope for a brighter future. However, the reversed Three of Swords can also indicate a reluctance to confront one's feelings or deal with the truth. It may suggest that the querent is still holding on to emotional baggage, which is preventing them from moving forward. It is important to acknowledge the pain and take steps towards healing, even if it is difficult.

Reversed examples: A man receives the reversed Three of Swords after a period of intense emotional pain. While he feels like he is starting to heal, he realizes that he is still holding on to anger and resentment towards his ex-partner. The card reminds him that it is important to confront these emotions and let go of the past in order to move forward and find happiness.

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