General Interpretation and Meaning of the Three of Swords - Upright & Reversed

By astrology valley Oct 25 2021

The Three of Swords is the third card in the Suit of Swords. The Suit of Swords is one of the four suits of the Minor Arcana having 78 cards. This suit deals with the capabilities of your mind, consciousness, and logical brain.  

It illustrates a heart pierced by three sharp swords. The heart is floating below heavy clouds, and it is raining in the background. This card stands for the aching heart, hurt by words, actions and intentions. The heart is representative of affection, attachment, warmth, and soul. Whereas, the three swords indicate the pain inflicted by external factors. It indicates the power that spurs pain and harm and causes suffering that leads to heartbreak and grief. The stormy clouds and the downpour in the background shows the gravity of the pain. They represent the grimness bestowed upon the native by a heartbreaking situation. It is the pain inflicted on both the emotional and physical self and represents the low phase of one's life.  

The Three of Swords indicate heartache, sorrow, and unhappiness in your life. It highlights the phase of hardships and healing. It is a card of grief and, loss. 

General interpretation and meaning of the Upright Three of Swords

When someone picks the Three of Swords in an upright manner, it shows that they are in sorrow and desolation. It represents the period of difficulty that is overwhelming you emotionally. It shows a phase of hardship, pain, and confusion. Perhaps you are going through heartbreak, betrayal, or misunderstanding. It is going to be a tough phase for you as the heart needs time to heal. You will be disappointed and disheartened. This situation was unexpected and hurt you badly. And if you have pulled this card, then it is your time to acknowledge your feelings and cry your heart out. Purgation of hurtful feelings will cleanse you from within and lessen the turmoil ongoing in your brain. 

It is asking you to rip your feelings out in the open and allow yourself to feel all the pain. This will make the process easier for you. Repressing those pains will only be more painful and hurting. You must vent out your emotions. Pain and hurt are part of life, and they strengthen you for future pains. The Three of Swords indicate both the cause of pain and the need of experiencing pain. The rain in the background is your call for releasing your emotions. If you hold back those tears, it will keep hurting you. Once you let go of those bad heartaches, it will become easier to deal with them. 

Love & Relationships (Upright) 

The card clearly represents a painful heartbreak. It shows the pain and sorrow you are feeling due to betrayals and heartaches in life. It can hint that your relationship is on the verge of a breakup or a massive conflict is about to arise between you and your partner. It can also indicate a painful separation from your lover. The charm of your relationship is vanishing and worsening the bond. For singles, it shows the inability to accept new love due to past heartbreaks. It is your call to take out some time before you start a new relationship. 

Money & Career Interpretation (Upright) 

This card represents a financial loss due to betrayal. It can be a hint that you are about to lose your job due to some misunderstanding at the workplace. It signifies conflicts of words and opinions with clients and colleagues. The stress of work and finance will perplex you will be distressed. You might feel that your future has nothing good to offer you as you are feeling your back on the wall from all sides. Your savings are draining, you are emotionally bankrupt, as well. But do remember to be gentle with yourself, you cannot blame yourself for everything you are going through. Keep your hopes high while searching for new jobs, you cannot take your pessimism with you when applying for something new. 

​Health Interpretation (Upright) 

The upright Three of Swords is a bad omen in the context of health as it indicates illness and health disorders. You will feel that your health is deteriorating at a severe rate. It is a warning sign for you to take care of your health as much as you can. It can indicate health issues related to heart and anxiety due to depression. It suggests the pangs of poor cardiac health and troubling mental issues. But if you start considering them early, you will be able to resolve them and save yourself from losing your hold on life. This card asks you to be kind to yourself. 

​Spiritual Interpretation (Upright) 

In the spiritual context, this card shows that you need to heal from the recent losses, otherwise despair will engulf your spirits. This card will make you realize that your pain and sorrow are your biggest armor. It will help you to outgrow your disappointments and strengthen you for the bigger opportunities of life. It is your call to reach out to people who can understand you and guide you towards a better phase of life. Allow your pain to drive you towards better things in life. 

General interpretation and meaning of the Reversed Three of Swords 

When the Three of Swords is pulled in the reversed order, it becomes your call to ask questions to yourself and tattle your inner thoughts. It hints at your self-criticizing thoughts. You are inclined towards negative self-talk and depreciation. Your thoughts, words, and opinions are pulling you down and hurting your psyche. It shows your negative feelings towards yourself. You are hurting yourself for some because that is deeply buried in the past.  

And when you pull this card during a Tarot Session, it becomes a sign of overcoming self-hatred, unhappiness, and sour feelings. It is the release of pain and sorrow. It indicates that your heart's undoing through a process of mending your emotions. You are coping with your heartbreak. You are trying to rise from the low phase of your life. This low phase can be anything from breaking up to losing someone. This is symbolic of the grief and heartache you are trying to heal. 

It indicates that it is time for you to let go of all the hurt and look forward to the good things around you. If you keep holding onto your heartbreak it will slow down the process of recovery. Pain and loss are part of your life, and you have to realize when to feel them and when to let go. This card asks you to see beyond grief and gather the courage to face new moments.  

Love & Relationships Interpretation (Reversed) 

The reversed Three of Swords in the context of love and relationships give hope. It shows that you are capable of forgiving and moving on. It shows your desire to heal from the wounds of the past. It shows your eagerness to have a happy heart in the future. For singles, it is a signal that shows your heartbreak is over, and you are eager to fall in love again. 

Sometimes this card also means that for moving on, you do not need to forget your past, but you can repress those feelings and start over. 

Money & Career Interpretation (Reversed) 

If you have experienced financial woes in the recent past, then the reversed Three of Swords is a sign that things will improve. Fortune is slowly coming in your favor. You will soon be able to build back your savings by curbing your expenses. A better financial state is awaiting you, once you get over your grief and pain of past losses. If you keep yourself stuck to those losses of the past and keep crying over your financial loss, it will slow down the process of gaining back your financial state.  

On the career front, things are starting to improve, as well. You have learned from your past mistakes, and are improving your skills. Your efforts are being recognized by your colleagues and seniors, and you are slowly gaining back your lost position. Your communication skills have improved due to all the self-talk you went through, and it is helping you to work on your past mistakes. 

Health Interpretation (Reversed) 

The reversed Three of Swords in a Tarot session tell that you are slowly moving towards the phase of recovery and reconciliation. Your health and heartache are recovering for good. If you underwent surgery or had faced poor health in the recent past, then it is a sign that you are healing and your health problems are resolving. It also appeals to the mental health issues you are experiencing due to all the uncertainties of life and health. If this card is in your hands, you can be assured that your hopes will help you to thrive back on health, and it will heal you completely. 

Spiritual Interpretation (Reversed) 

The reversed Three of Swords, in the context of spirituality, stand for forgiveness and acknowledgment of feelings to heal from heartache. Your losses and sorrows are parts and participles of life, you have to see beyond it to accept the greater good. If you keep holding on to those losses, then you will not be able to outgrow them. Use your grief to learn new things about life and accept the new perspective. Be willing to face change, do not hold onto your sour past. 


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