Three of Swords



Against a red background, a yellow figure is falling toward three swords pointing straight up toward them. The swords have blue hilts with green stripes.

Key words

Upright: rejection, grief, loss

Reversed: recovery, forgiveness, catharsis

Reflection questions

  • What helps me cope with emotional pain or heartbreak?
  • What are some healthy ways to release negative emotions and process grief?
  • How can I balance protecting my heart with remaining open to love and connection?

Three of Swords Upright

The Three of Swords represents turmoil and loss, but one that will leave you better off in the end. Emotions tied to an unrelated situation may be coming up. Know that this situation does not have bearing on your worth as a person— you will get through this.

Three of Swords Reversed

You may be experiencing some painful emotions, but know that they won’t last forever. Let yourself cry, express anger, and feel however you need to feel. Perhaps it’s time to forgive someone who hurt you, or to be the first to apologize. Resolving a conflict can bring about catharsis, so don’t be surprised if you have some strong emotions after getting through your present circumstances.