Three of Swords Tarot Card Meanings

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Three of Swords Tarot Card
Meanings and Keywords:


Cutting to the heart of a situation.




Emotional pain.

Being let down or letting someone down (including yourself).

Afraid of getting hurt. 

Finding it hard to trust.

Being betrayed by someone in a trusted position.


Deep emotional pain.


Pretending everything is fine when it is not.

Three of swords tarot card meanings upright

Three of swords tarot card in a general reading

Three of Swords tarot card can speak of heartbreak. sorrow, pain, and separation. Sometimes the separation is only temporary, other times it is final. Three of swords often shows up when you need to get to the heart of a situation.

Three of swords in the Vision Quest

The Still mind in Two of swords is lost in Three of swords. The Seeker is now faced with what hurts them emotionally. The mind is stilled in the next card, Four of swords. Every 2nd card in the suit of swords from Ace to Ten is stilling the mind.

Three of swords in a love reading

In a love reading, Three of swords tarot card denotes a painful time where the Seeker is dealing with rejection and separation. Three of swords can also mean the couple is not communicating properly. There are misunderstandings, and they are shutting each other out.

Three of swords in a career reading

In a career reading, Three of swords tarot card signifies work that puts the Seeker under stress. It can also denote a cardiologist, surgeon, and grief counselor. In a general question about a job, three of swords can mean the Seeker feels separated from their colleagues.

Three of swords as feelings

Three of swords as feelings denote the Seeker is feeling heart-broken and isolated. If Three of swords is reversed, there is old grief stored inside the Seeker that they have not dealt with.

Three of swords as Personality types

Three of swords as a person indicates someone who hurt easily due to past abandonment and loss. They are often stuck in the past and are reliving an old trauma. They could have escaped dealing with their pain.

Three of swords tarot card meanings reversed

Three of Swords reversed can speak of blocked grief. The Seeker might be afraid of grieving and keeps it all inside. This card often shows up when people don’t tell others how they are really feeling.

Three of swords reversed as Personality types

The reversed meanings of the tarot cards often speaks of the Seeker acting out due to being under a lot of stress. This can bring out the shadow aspect of the person. 

Three of swords reversed can speak of someone who never had the opportunity to heal. They know how to act as if nothing is wrong. It seems like nothing upsets or worries them, but only because they have learned to hide their feelings. Somewhere along the way, these people have suffered greatly and they have learned to control their outward responses. There are often deep-seated issues with loss that have never been processed. What you see is not what you get. When it is less dramatic, Three of swords reversed speaks of someone who is shy and afraid to speak their mind.

Three of swords tarot card meanings summary

Three of swords on a more positive note is about cutting to the heart of an issue to resolve it. On a more negative note, it is about hurt feelings and criticism.

Three Of Swords Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including Three of swords:

3 of swords + The Fool: Unable to commit. 

3 of swords + The Magician: Breakdown in communication. 

3 of swords + The Lovers: Making a bad decision. 

3 of swords + The Chariot: Giving up before you give it a go. 

3 of swords + Strength: Impatience. Fear of standing out due to peer pressure. 

3 of swords + The Hermit: Loneliness. 

3 of swords + The Hanged Man: Unable to communicate your point of view.

3 of swords +The Star: Being led astray. 

3 of swords + The Sun: Problems communicating with children. 

3 of swords + The World: Difficulty completing what you started. 

3 of swords + Four of wands: Gossip. Toxic community. 

3 of swords + Seven of wands: Unable to protect your boundaries properly. 

3 of swords + Eight of wands: Delays. 

3 of swords + Six of cups: A difficult childhood. 

3 of swords + Eight of cups: Surrendering to please others. 

3 of swords + Queen of cups: Dark feelings blocking abundance. 

3 of swords + Ace of pentacles: Separation. 

3 of swords + Seven of pentacles: Moving ahead before the time ripe. 

3 of swords + Eight of pentacles: Tedious work. 

3 of swords + Ten of pentacles: Pain with original family.  

3 of swords + Page of pentacles: Wasted talents. 

3 of swords + Ace of swords: Unable to think clearly. Wanting revenge. 

3 of swords + Five of swords: Someone is hurting you on purpose. 

3 of swords + Seven of swords: Lying. 

3 of swords + Page of swords: A talented person in the wrong field. 

Learn the Meanings of the Suit of Swords Tarot Cards Here.

Learn the Meanings of Three of WandsThree of Pentacles, and Three of Cups. 

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