Three of Swords
The Basic Meaning of the Card (Rider-Waite)
The Three of Swords represents heartache, sorrow and separation. The card shows a heart pierced by three swords, symbolizing pain and loss. This card suggests a period of emotional pain, betrayal or a feeling of loss.
When the Three of Swords is upright, it indicates that you are experiencing heartache, sorrow or a feeling of loss in your life. It could be a loss of a relationship, a friendship or an important personal connection. The card reminds you to accept and process these feelings, and that it is important to take time to heal and reflect on what has happened.
When the Three of Swords is reversed, it may suggest that you have begun to heal from a heartache or loss, and that you are on your way to recovering and finding new strength. Reversed, the card can also warn that you may not have processed the pain fully and need more time to heal and move on from the past.
If the Three of Swords appears in a reading about your relationships, it could mean that you are experiencing heartache, separation or loss in your love life. The card urges you to accept and process these feelings and to take time to heal. If you have been feeling stuck or unsure, the card may be a reminder that you need more time to heal and move on from the past so that you can move forward with an open heart and find new love and happiness.