Three of Swords Tarot Card Meanings

Three of Swords Tarot Card Meanings

Just by looking at this card, you can tell troubles brewing. When the 3 of swords appear in a reading, expect some challenges. Thankfully, the influence of this card is generally short-lived, like all other minor arcana cards. It’s reasonable to expect some good fortune and surprises when all is said and done.

3 of Swords

Three of Swords Key Meanings

  • Heartbreak
  • Separation
  • Grief
  • Pain

Three of Swords Reversed

  • Disorder

  • Hurt


  • Difficulties at home
  • Minor problems
  • Eviction


  • Arguments
  • Breakups
  • Cheating partners


  • Financial issues
  • Loss of Job
  • Difficult clients
  • Slow business

Astrological Sign or Planet

Saturn in Libra:

  • Just and fair
  • Disciplined and cautious
  • Obsessed and indecisive
  • Nervous and anxious



  • Lack of objectivity
  • Indecisive
  • Irrational
  • Lack of knowledge
  • Inexpressive

Three of Swords Crystals

Apache Tears, Carnelian, Hematite, Jasper, Obsidian, Black Tourmaline


Your thoughts betray you and are what’s creating most of your hardships and difficulties.

Yes. While I generally don’t believe any card is “bad”, this card signifies at best, a little discomfort or pain. With that said, usually, good fortune awaits after the challenges have passed.

When upright, the 3 of swords signify arguments, time apart, or even the end of a relationship.

When reversed, the energy of the 3 of swords intensifies into disorder and deep hurt.

Be mindful of your surroundings. Generally, this card shows problems at homes, minor issues around, and possibly even eviction or an unexpected move!

Your relationship is heading for a rocky patch. You can expect to have a harder time communicating, taking time away from your partner, breaking up entirely. Additionally, this card can show your lover cheating on you!

If unemployed, it’s unlikely you will be finding a job at this time.

If employed, issues with co-workers and bosses may spring up. Watch your step, or you might be unexpectedly looking for another job.

If self-employed, you are entering a slow period. Be mindful of how you spend your money and time. It may be time to rest rather than chasing what isn’t there.

Threes are about communication, and swords are about the mind and obstacles. Collectively the 3 of swords mean your problems are the product of your perceptions.

3 Swords pierce a heart against a backdrop of rain and clouds. The swords positions in the heart mimic the heraldic shield, which signifies penetrating a protective barrier. Additionally, the swords symbolize your thoughts or perceptions may be the most significant cause of your pain.

The rain and clouds in the background are symbols of this event’s emotional nature overshadowing other areas of your life. Thankfully, these are also symbols of the problem at hand being short-lived. For every storm must run out of rain eventually.

Challenges and disappointments are on the horizon. It would be wise to let go of your expectations of how things “should” be and focus on the situation’s reality. It’s worth noting you won’t be as adversely affected by the events transpiring if you don’t resist them.

You are going to be facing a significant disappointment. This event will be painful and can even through your life into disarray. Thankfully friends and family can help you navigate some of these challenges if you let them.

The Two of Cups is asking you to consider the following questions:

  • Is what you’re suffering with more imagined than real?

  • How can you constructively deal with your suffering?

  • When have you grown as a result of discomfort?

  • When did a meaningful relationship end in your life?

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