3 of Swords

Holistic Tarot card meanings and correspondences for the 3 of Swords

“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 traditional 3 of Swords image with the heart pierced through 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

Health-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!


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

The 3 of Swords in Love and Relationships

“Uh-oh”. That’s usually the reaction I get when I see this card in a relationship reading. The very best possible interpretation of this sorrowful card is a forced temporary situation. Perhaps he’s been stationed abroad.

But usually it just means rejection, separation, loss and utter hopelessness. You don’t just feel that you are being unfairly treated – you are being unfairly treated. You have to find a way of changing the balance in your favour. Or you have to when you have stopped crying.

You can’t affect the other person or their decisions but you can heal your own heart and make sure that things are different the next time. The truth hurts sometimes. You usually come away from a 3 of Swords lesson realising that you have some self-improvement work to do in order to manifest lasting love.

For recently single people, this card usually indicates that now is not a good time to start dating again. Much healing is needed first.

There is no intimacy or change of meanings with reversals for this card. The tarot wouldn’t reflect life if it sugar-coated everything, now would it?