This card often catches my attention. The Threes come with a powerful energy – there’s usually big stuff happening when you’ve drawn this in a spread.
The Swords deal largely with the mental realm, being associated with the element of air. So this card can literally mean that you are torn between a matter of the head and a matter of the heart. One is interfering with the other, or you are needing to make a choice between which to go with. More often than not, our heart knows the truth. Our mental stories often prevent us from processing and even noticing our truest and deepest feelings. This card may be telling you to get out of your head!
This is not to say that our emotions can’t lead us astray. However, this is usually when we input them into a mental program. When we cling to our feelings because of our stories, they can fester and transform inappropriately. When we let go of the story and tap into the raw emotions that are there, this is where we can get to the truth. The “heart” of the matter! What are you really feeling right now, that your busy brain isn’t letting you connect with? When you feel deeply into it, things will become more clear.
For example, let’s say you are in a toxic relationship. There may be a story at play that tells you that you are not good enough for someone else, or that you won’t be safe if you leave. Leaving presents a feeling of vulnerability. You may find yourself in all of these “what if” stories and feel caught up in fear and anxiety. However, for some of us, when we let go of the fear based mental / logical stories, underneath it all we may be feeling raw grief. Grief for a loss of what we had, or what we thought we might have. When we allow ourselves to grieve and process, sometimes that is when the door opens and we can be liberated.
The Three of Swords can also indicate betrayal, or heartbreak. It may indicate that a past injustice is affecting you now, or that you are in the thick of one currently. Look to the position in the spread for more clues here. If this shows up in your relationship spread, it may mean some deep emotional healing is necessary for a healthy relationship to continue.
In a reading on health, the Three of Swords can indicate cardiovascular issues. These often present themselves in folks who are too tied up in the mental realm – especially those with high expectations of their own performance. People who are too “go go GO”, without taking the time for tenderness and slowing down may find their heart suffers.
The key here is to tune deeply into your heart and see what it needs – what are its wounds, and how can they be healed? How are your thought patterns hampering your healing? ❤️