The Three of Swords:
There is no escaping the meaning of the Three of Swords:
the imagery of the swords piercing the heart is glaringly symbolic of pain; heartbreak, grief, and loneliness. As a Tarot reader, this is one of the few cards I dislike pulling from my deck- it’s a “stop me in my tracks” kind of card, and I will even go so far as to say I feel dread when I see it!
This card can point to very deep emotional issues that must be addressed before you can move on. Denying pain does not make it go away (any more than denying a broken bone makes it heal.) Yes, the pain is very real, and by god does it hurt, but you will suffer even more in the long run if you don’t embrace it. Yes, you heard me- embrace and acknowledge this feeling, because when you have suffered such a major setback, or loss, it’s important to endure the cleansing process. Cry, shout, scream, turn to loved ones, friends and family, whatever it takes to purge this from your system (within reason of course- I’m not condoning or suggesting anything illegal here!)
Expressing your sadness and letting it all out will help you to move on to better times.
Although this card generally serves as a warning,
it also brings us a small amount of encouragement. Whilst the pain of current events may cloud your vision for a certain period, it will eventually allow you to see clearly and to put the past behind you. Though life seems meaningless at the time, recovery can and will occur. It takes faith, self-love, forgiveness and time. We are reminded to count your blessings, however few and far between they may be.
It is worth remembering, that it is also important that you continue to focus on the future path ahead. There can be a risk that you may become overly absorbed in the loss and in the surrounding emotions, causing you to lose sight of the need to just let go and move on. The loss becomes your focus rather than the recovery. It is time to accept the loss and then move forward with your life.
If you are a resident of the UK, then you will know that as a country, we are all experiencing this in some way. The aftermath of the suicide bomber at the Manchester concert, the attacks in London that followed shortly afterwards, and, more recently, the horrific fire of the Grenfell Tower block, of which we are still reeling. Not one person has been untouched by these events, whether we have been extremely unfortunate to have been directly involved, or as we sit on the side lines and watch the events unfold on our television screens.
If you’re experiencing any of the emotions outlined above, know that I’m thinking of you all. If you need to chat, let me know below- I will answer each and every one of you.
Take care, my friends.