The Three of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

The Three of Swords is one of the most important cards of the Minor Arcana.

Below you will learn everything about its meaning both in the upright and reversed position.

In addition to the general interpretation, the topics of love, health, career, finances and destiny are also explained in detail.

Three of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

The Three of Swords Keywords

Upright: Pain, Sadness, Heartache, Grief
Reversed: Relief, Forgiveness, Love, Optimism

The Three of Swords Tarot Card Description

The Three of Swords Tarot card shows a heart pierced with three swords. The swords symbolize pain that can hit us emotionally through words, deeds and thoughts.

The heart is pierced with three swords. They stand for phases in life when several negative events meet simultaneously.

Despite this painful image, the heart does not lose blood due to the piercing but continues to retain its vitality. That means a strong heart can endure a lot of suffering and recover from it.

The background is completely gray and conveys a bleak and hopeless mood.

Heavy rain clouds are raised and pour over the tormented heart as if they wanted to express their sympathy in the form of raindrops. But the rain is also attributed to healing powers, as it can have a cooling and pain-relieving effect.

Rain clouds are often only a temporary phenomenon after which we can often see a rainbow as a sign of hope. Rainy days move on just as quickly as they came, just as even difficult times turn into good and hopeful ones again.

Upright Three of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

The Three of Swords Tarot card shows that you are currently in a phase of great grief, which determines your entire daily life. Such grief often arises at the unexpected loss of a loved one and literally pulls the rug out from under you.

You feel exhausted and sad on an emotional, mental and physical level. Therefore, coping with everyday life is a new struggle every day. Grief takes time to help you process your loss. You cannot speed it up or stop it.

In the beginning, take time every day to grieve consciously and use a fixed daily structure. Ask your friends/family for support in this difficult time to accompany you and help you.

Another aspect of the Three of Swords is that you take many things that your fellow human beings say to you much too much to heart and suffer from it. Especially at work or on the Internet, we experience more and more verbal and emotional attacks that can be very hurtful.

But also in the family or domestic context, hurtful statements occur again and again. Instead of suffering from such hostility, you should concentrate more on the positive reactions you receive and record them in writing every day.

That will give you a more positive self-image. Self-compassion will help you to defend yourself against hostile and hurtful attacks in the future.

The Three of Swords symbolizes that you feel deep sorrow over a long-ago event or relationship. Difficult life events or relationships can leave deep-seated marks on an emotional and cognitive level that stay with us for a lifetime.

However, with time, most wounds heal. They often leave a scar that will always remind you of what you went through.

By looking forward to the rest of your life, and not just back, you will be able to have a fulfilling and happy existence, despite severe scars.

Your scars are a sign that you have a strong heart. It remains steadfast and strong even in the most challenging moments in life and always helps you to find a way out.

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Upright Three of Swords Tarot Love Meaning


As a single, the Three of Swords reveals that you are currently mourning a past love and therefore unable to give your heart to someone new.

Your grief is a natural process that you should take time to work through and learn from before venturing into a new relationship.

Only when you are free from grief and sadness can you allow feelings for someone new again and enter into a new partnership without looking back. The Three of Swords also admonishes you not to run after a relationship destined to fail from the start.

That is especially the case if you fall in love with someone who is already in a committed relationship and sends you expressions of love but is by no means ready to leave his partnership.

Such back and forth without a concrete decision is very hurtful and painful in the long run. Take the decision into your own hands and end this connection. This way your heart will feel free again and you can start looking for a sincere and honest partner.


In a relationship, the Three of Swords stands for deep sorrow in the partnership, caused by mutual injuries and breaches of trust. Both partners feel lonely and misunderstood and can’t experience positive moments together.

In such a phase of the relationship, it is important not to lose contact, talk to each other and work through the committed injuries.

Furthermore, try to bring more color into your relationship and create positive experiences. Such joyful moments create a happy atmosphere in your partnership again.

The Three of Swords card shows that you feel very uncomfortable in your current relationship and suffer greatly from it but see no way out of your situation.

Maybe there is a crisis between you and your partner so that you wish to travel back to the time when love was fresh and harmonious, knowing that this is no longer possible.

This realization and the current difficulties in your relationship cause deep sorrow and loneliness.

Do not take refuge in daydreams. Deal with the crisis in your relationship and try to find a way out together with your partner.

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Upright Three of Swords Health Meaning

The Three of Swords is a bad sign for your health and stands for stressful diseases or upcoming operations. Physical illnesses in this context are mainly related to the cardiovascular system, while psychological impairments contain depression and deep grief.

Even if this is a difficult time for you at the moment, keep your courage and your zest for life because at the end of the tunnel you already see a little spark of hope.

In addition, The Three of Swords Tarot card stands for strong pain that plagues you. That makes it difficult for you to concentrate on your daily tasks. Find the cause
of your pain and get treated accordingly, then the symptoms will disappear by themselves.

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Upright Three of Swords Career Meaning

Professionally, the Three of Swords reveals a serious setback in your job. You may have received notice or had to give up your self-employment and now look into an abyss.

But every professional failure is also the beginning of a new phase of your career. Learn from past experiences and look ahead to the next professional challenge.

In addition, the Three of Swords can indicate that you experience mobbing at work. The attacks of your colleagues or superiors are getting harder and harder for you and cause great anxiety. Stopping bullying is not an easy task, so you should look for allies or consider changing jobs.

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Upright Three of Swords Finances/Money Meaning

For your finances, the Three of Swords Tarot card means that you face existential fears due to your financial situation. High debts or financial losses hardly let you sleep peacefully.

But only if you face your financial difficulties you will be able to conquer your fear. Seek support from good friends or professional counseling to get back on your feet.

In addition, the Three of Swords represents that unexpected strokes of fate, such as divorce or job loss, will greatly affect your finances.

Due to your own emotional instability, you run the risk of falling into a debt trap. Even if you are only thinking about your life crisis, you should not neglect your money matters.

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Upright Three of Swords Destiny Meaning

As a fate card, the Three of Swords stands for difficult life crises that still lie ahead of you.

Even if such experiences are very painful, they show us how valuable times of harmony and peace are. Difficult phases are part of life and offer unique opportunities to grow beyond yourself.

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Upright Three of Swords Personality

The Three of Swords represents a person who takes things very much to heart. As a result, he quickly suffers grief and finds it difficult to find a way out of his grief again.

At the same time, it can represent someone who is extremely sensitive to pain. That refers mainly to the psychological level so that even small conflicts can affect the person.

Upright Three of Swords Tarot Past/Future


An old love affair still causes heartache in you when you think about it. Finally, let go of the past and open yourself to new people.

You still feel sorrow for not having achieved everything you wanted in your life so far.


Soon, you will be confronted with a painful event. Even if it demands a lot from you, you should not despair and continue to go your way.

You are facing a period of mourning because an unforeseen event will throw you off track. Good friends can help you get back on your feet.

Upright Three of Swords Tarot Card – Yes or No

The Three of Swords is a clear no card. Your question is causing you quite a lot of grief. You have already invested a lot of thoughts and feelings in the matter in question.

Even if it hurts, you should decide for a no. This way, you avoid even more suffering and can get some peace.

Reversed Three of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Reversed Three of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

The Three of Swords Reversed card reveals to you a great relief regarding a painful phase of life. The grief and pain you have been feeling will slowly begin to dissipate. You will feel hope and confidence returning to your everyday life.

Often the relief begins when the emotions subside. Then you can better reflect on the past difficult phase of your life and learn lessons from it.

The experience that every time, no matter how painful, has an end and is the beginning of a period of regeneration and happiness will always give you hope and strength for upcoming challenges in life.

Another characteristic of the Three of Swords Reversed is that you practice forgiveness with someone who has hurt you very much. We experience emotional or spiritual hurt by people with whom we have a deep connection and care deeply.

Difficult situations or conflicts often lead to mutual hurt. You should ask yourself if you can forgive the other person and try a new start.

By practicing forgiveness, you allow your counterpart to prove himself anew and can experience for yourself how liberating it can be to forgive someone.

The Three of Swords Reversed is also a sign of great optimism that manifests in your daily life and actions.

The ability to maintain a positive outlook on life and the future during and after difficult challenges in life allows you to unleash the undreamed-of potentials that lie dormant within you.

Instead of losing yourself in sorrow and self-pity, you are already looking for new possibilities and solutions that will help you overcome even the most adverse obstacles with ease.

With such an optimistic attitude, you will always have a lot of positive energy and confidence so that you can get through any difficult phase of life with ease.

Reversed Three of Swords Tarot Love Meaning


The Three of Swords Reversed Tarot card shows you that your heart is free of any sorrow again and ready to fall in love anew.

By opening your heart to new people and relationships, you will realize how much love you actually have to give away and at the same time feel how many people in their turn are ready to give you their affection.

Use this time to get to know yourself better by making new connections in life and to develop qualities such as compassion, caring and trust, as these are the cornerstones of a happy relationship with our fellow human beings.

Furthermore, The Three of Swords Reversed signals that you have a very positive view of your future and are free from worries and sorrow. That allows you to enjoy the moment in the here and now, knowing that you can find and love a partner at any time.

Your optimism enables you to keep your eyes open for a suitable partner without any pressure and to continue enjoying your life carefree even if you receive a rejection. Through this positive life charisma, you gain sympathy and attractiveness, so that many people would like to be near you.


In a partnership, the Three of Swords Reversed reveals that you as a couple have successfully mastered a serious crisis and feel great relief about it. Life crises that affect both partners show us how stable our relationship is and what stresses it can withstand.

By supporting each other in difficult times and working together, both partners develop the bond of True love.

Each new crisis that you successfully overcome will give you an intimate sense of togetherness that will make it easier for you to overcome upcoming challenges in life.

The Three of Swords Reversed also shows that you should forgive a mistake committed by your partner. Forgiveness is an important but sometimes difficult step in a relationship, as hurts from a loved one are usually much deeper than from someone unknown.

Everyone makes mistakes once and as long as they learn from them and sincerely apologize, we should practice forgiveness.

To forgive allows a new beginning without blame and symbolizes a deep mutual trust so that no partner must be afraid to do something wrong.

Reversed Three of Swords Health Meaning

For your health, the Three of Swords Reversed means that you will finally experience relief in the fight against a serious ailment.

Finally, different treatment methods work so that you can enjoy your life a little more. Realize what a valuable asset your health is and respect it accordingly.

In addition, the Three of Swords Reversed shows that you should not lose your confidence even in the case of a serious illness. The disease is now. No one can change this circumstance.

But you can decide whether you despair of it or make the best of your life despite your illness and enjoy it according to your possibilities.

Reversed Three of Swords Career Meaning

The Three of Swords Reversed reveals that you are on the upswing professionally. You have had a hard time getting a foothold in your career in the past.

But your patience and efforts are slowly paying off. Take new courage and new self-confidence then you will surely master the professional challenges ahead of you.

Furthermore, the Three of Swords Reversed stands for finally settling a dispute with colleagues. Especially if the other person apologizes, you should practice forgiveness.

Reset your relationship to zero and try to create a better new beginning. Because together you can invest your energy in your work instead of just arguing.

Reversed Three of Swords Finances/Money Meaning

The Three of Swords Reversed signals that you will soon free yourself from an immense financial burden. That can mean the last installment for a loan or the end of insolvency.

Guard the financial freedom you have gained like a treasure. Plan now how you will restructure your finances after settling your debts so that you will have no more money worries in the future.

Another meaning of the Three of Swords Reversed is that you should not make your happiness too dependent on material goods. Money comes and goes, but what remains are your inner treasures.

Frugality, compassion and creativity are riches that will always remain with you and that you can expand as you wish.

Reversed Three of Swords Destiny Meaning

The Three of Swords Reversed to your destiny that a long phase of suffering is coming to an end.

An optimistic attitude helps you to mobilize your inner strength, which you need for your way out of the crisis. Do not look back, but direct your gaze to the possibilities that lie ahead of you to shape your life positively.

Reversed Three of Swords Personality

The card of the reversed Three of Swords symbolizes a personality that is optimistic by nature. Even in difficult situations in life, he remains confident and finds a way out of the crisis.

Furthermore, the card reveals a character who can forgive himself and others. As a result, the person carries little resentment in his heart, giving more room to love.

Reversed Three of Swords Tarot Past/Future


Looking back on your life, you will realize that you were allowed to experience true love. You should always keep this universal affection in your heart.

Coming to peace with the past and certain people, just practice forgiveness. Through this, the resentment in your heart will disappear.


With an optimistic attitude, new paths will soon open up for you. This way, you will even overcome upcoming obstacles.

You can expect a happy turn in your love life soon. Be patient and rely on your heart.

Reversed Three of Swords Tarot Card – Yes or No

In your matter, you should listen to your heart and trust it. A yes, in this case, will give you a great sense of relief.

So why should you torture yourself any further? Just accept the decision because your heart has already voted for a long time.

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