8 Three of Swords Tarot Meanings: Love, Outcomes, Feelings & More!

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The meaning of the Three of Swords Tarot card is ‘heartache.’ All that is emotionally painful is associated with this card. Your relationship is failing, and to make matters worse, other people are involving themselves in your conflict. 

Three of Swords General Tarot Meaning

There’s no getting around the fact that the Three of Swords represents sadness. Any Tarot reader knows that when this card makes an appearance, things are going to be difficult for you. In fact, when you see the Three of Swords, you can pretty much guarantee that your emotional pain is why you’ve decided to perform a reading on this matter.

The Three of Swords Tarot love and relationships

Three of Swords – My Thoughts

“The Three of Swords is the card of heartache and disappointment – sadly, there is no getting around this interpretation.”

Emotional anguish can come in many forms, but the majority of the time, this card refers to a break-up or divorce. That’s not to say that this break-up will last forever or is indefinite; you will be able to see if it is or isn’t in a more future part of your spread.

It’s a common occurrence for the Three of Swords to represent infidelity. The third sword symbolizes an outsider coming between you and your partner’s relationship.

When the Three of Swords doesn’t represent relationship trouble, it can symbolize an individual who will involve themselves in a different drama. You will feel betrayed.  

Finally, the Three of Swords can represent infertility or a miscarriage from the past or in the future. If you’re reading others, remember to be considerate when predicting death and miscarriage. I advise that you stay clear away from predicting future miscarriages, as this can cause unneeded emotional trauma and stress. 

Three of Swords Love Tarot Meaning                

The meaning of the Three of Swords in a love Tarot reading is pretty self-explanatory; it’s a heartache card, and the prospects and outcome of your relationship are bleak. 

You may have pulled the Three of Swords in a reading where you would like to know if a past ex-lover is coming back. If this is the case, the three of Swords can mean that they are not returning because they’re still hurt. Reconciliation is not likely any time soon.

(If you would like more love and relationship Tarot meanings for the Three of Swords, be sure to check out my Love Tarot Meanings e-book.)

Three of Swords Feelings Tarot Meaning

There will be love readings where you will ask what the feelings of your lover are and the Three of Swords will come up. Similarly, the Three of Swords will also appear in a ‘What they want to happen’ Tarot spread position. From experience, I would say that this represents the fact that subconsciously, your lover is the type of person who enjoys the drama of a break-up. In the end, they will want to play the victim because they have a ‘poor me’ attitude. 

Three of Swords Career & Business Tarot Meaning

It’s not typical to receive a Three of Swords in a business reading. The Three of Swords can mean that your plans will fail and this will make you very upset. 

However, more frequently, I see the Three of Swords in career readings when people let their personal life get in the way of their jobs. For example, if you’re going to start an affair with someone in your work and they hurt your feelings, this will appear as the Three of Swords. Therefore, the Three of Swords serves as a warning that you should not mix business with pleasure.

Three of Swords Future Tarot Meaning

You and your lover will go your separate ways in the future – a break-up is almost certain. The chances of this relationship going the distance are pretty slim.

The Three of Swords can represent the straw that breaks the camel’s back. For example, there will be infidelity, betrayal, or another negative situation that you cannot overcome as a couple in the future. The outcome of this partnership looks bleak.  

Yes or No with the Three of Swords

General – The Three of Swords is almost always a no.

Do they like me? – This person of interest does not like you. Alternatively, they feel you are filled with drama. 

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Am I pregnant? – If you want to be pregnant, you are not. If you do not want to be pregnant, you are. 

Is this relationship going to last? – No, it is not. 

Does the future of this look promising? – No, it does not look promising. 

Am I going to reconcile with my ex? – On the slim chance that you manage to reconcile with your ex, the relationship will be short-lived. However, chances for reconciliation don’t look good. It seems as though your lover is going to meet someone else.  

The Three of Swords as a Negative, Weakness, or Obstacle

Because the Three of Swords is a pretty negative card, it’s rather easy to interpret when it appears as a negative, weakness, or blockage spread position in a Tarot card reading. 

When you’re reading a relationship, the Three of Swords can predict a separation or significant disagreement with your lover; this is going to be a substantial obstacle that you will both need to navigate. 

If you’re suffering from fertility problems, this can also be a source of tension, not only in your partnerships but also in regard to your mental wellbeing. The Three of Swords appears as a blockage because you’re being led to make choices you would not usually make. 

Finally, the Three of Swords can appear as an obstacle if other people are standing in the way of achieving the things you want. Alternatively, other people may be engrossing themselves in your conflicts, making an already tricky situation much worse.

The Three of Swords as a Positive, Strength, or Advantage

In a love Tarot reading, there will be times when the Three of Swords appears as a positive. This card can also land in a strength or advantage position of a Tarot spread. If this is the case, it means that one failed relationship will lead to something better further down the road.

Closing Thoughts on The Three of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Has the card meaning of ‘heartache’ applied to your Tarot readings? Do you struggle to interpret the Three of Swords as anything other than a separation card? Feel free to share with me in the comments below. 

(Please note that I do not interpret other people’s readings for them. If you’re looking for help interpreting your Tarot readings, feel free to check out the Love Tarot Meanings e-book). 

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