Three of Swords

Story: The Intellect
Element: Air

The Threes are our first lesson about how our choices affects others. Keywords: Accomplishment. Togetherness. Community. Sharing.

Card meaning

We have seen, in the other Threes, what a community mind can do. Unfortunately, when it comes to our own intellect, groupthink tends to create conflict. We all have our own ideas on what logic can do to our emotions and our physical bodies. This is the story of the Three of Swords.

Imagine what the world would be like if we only formed relationships due to logical conclusions. You might even find the only relationships you have are with people you can take advantage of. It would end up being a very solitary life.

This card is a warning that unexpected grief, rejection, separation, sadness, heartbreak, or betrayal may potentially be on its way. The power of this card is that usually, these blows to our heart can be avoided.

But that isn’t its greatest lesson. Pain is its greatest lesson! Without pain life would be impossible. It is one of the greatest motivators (mostly because we spend our lives trying to avoid it). The irony is that if you can see pain as an opportunity to expand and learn, life becomes less painful.

When the Three of Swords appears, it is a call to appeal to logic and as yourself if the situation that cause you pain can help you grow. Your challenges may remain but if you can avoid thinking of them as negative or evil, they lose their impact and their potency. When the Three of Swords appears and it is not in reference to an event, it’s telling you that you have the ability to conquer any pain that comes your way. For example: If someone has betrayed you and you don’t think you can ever love again, challenge yourself to feel. Don’t be surprised when your heart overcomes, emerging more loving than before.