Accepting Pain as Part of Life

3 of Swords Faerie Tarot

“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”
~ J.K. Rowling


When you face the 3 of Swords with equanimity for your daily draw or as part of a reading, you have come a long way on your spiritual journey. Accepting that loss, sorrow, pain and grief are not only part of our journey on earth but that they provide valuable lessons, makes you able to carry out your Lightworking mission with greater strength and dignity.

If you consider yourself ‘advanced’ on your path and still wince when you see the image below in a reading, it could be a sign that you are engaging in ‘spiritual bypass’ and shirking any lessons that could potentially cause pain.

“For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.”
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

3 of Swords RWSHealth-wise, the obvious association for the traditional 3 of Swords image is any kind of heart problems. Science has lately proven (what many already knew) that it is possible to die from a ‘broken heart’ after the loss of a loved one.

Saturn in Libra could also indicate issues with the urogenital system and kidneys. Kidneys are associated with fear and fear often goes hand in hand with loss and sorrow.

Affirmation: “I seek to understand emotional pain so that I can accept life for what it is.”

3 of Swords Prayer

Dear Mother-Father God (or whichever higher power you acknowledge), thank you for helping me accept pain as an integral part of life. I ask for the grace to understand the lessons pain bring, as well as to ease the suffering of my brothers and sisters on Earth. So mote it be! (listen to prayer on Instagram)

Correspondences for the 3 of Swords 

Zodiac Sign: Libra

Planet: Saturn

Archangel: Jophiel (Angel of Libra) and Cassiel (Ruler of Saturn)

Gemstone: Smokey quartz

Scent: Marjoram

Deck used: Faerie Tarot


Blessed be!