Keywords for the Three of Swords
The imagery on the Three of Swords is quite simple: amid a background of dark gray storm clouds and bitterly cold rain, a single blood red heart is pierced through its core by three shining steel swords.
Interpretation of the 3 of Swords in a Reading
When the 3 of Swords comes up in a tarot reading, it often indicates an experience of intense emotional pain. It can speak to the feeling of being hurt or betrayed by the ones we love.
We may feel heartbroken or betrayed after discovering an unpleasant truth about someone we care about and thought we could trust.
The experience represented by the 3 of Swords is not an intellectual one, but rather a visceral emotional experience stimulated by the pain of knowing a difficult truth, one which often cuts to the very core of who we are.
When the 3 of Swords appears, it can refer to feelings of rejection, abandonment or isolation. We may feel that we have been left out in the cold, helpless in the dark, stormy night we see depicted here on this card.