3 THREE OF SWORDS III

KEYWORDS:
Delays, rupture, removal, absence, division, depression, separation, sadness, heartache, unhappiness, upheaval, sorrow, upset, disorder, confusion.

ASTROLOGY:
Libra
Capricorn
Virgo


PLANETS:
Saturn
Mercury


NUMBERS:
3 
57 / 3


GNOTHOLOGY:
Self-expression


RELATES TO PEOPLE BORN:
3rd to the 8th of July


TIMING:
3rd to the 15th of October


HERB:   PLEURISY ROOT:
Pluerisy Root is an expectorant, a demulcent, and an anti-inflammatory.


Pluerisy Root is used for pleurisy and clears the mucus from the lungs and bronchioles.


THE MESSAGE:
The Three of Swords indicates the ‘seed of life’, results, birth and self-expression.


The gathering storm clouds depicted in the background of the 3 of Swords card tells of foreboding and ‘dark’ emotions, threatening a ‘storm of emotions’ and tears to come.


3’s can sometimes indicate conflict, aggression and the escalation of problems.


The 3 of Swords indicates a difficulty understanding why we are inflicted with such sorrow. You are asked to try not to be too depressed by the negative events taking place.  Once this difficult time is over, you will feel a sense of release and wellbeing.


The 3 of Swords depicts the most violent assault on the ego … one which pierces the heart.


The 3 of Swords signifies a time of sadness and sorrow.  There are lessons to be learnt during this time, and even though what you are experiencing may be perceived as ‘negative’, there is comfort in the recognition that things are the way they are for a reason.


The III of Swords is related to the number 57 / 3, and tells of perfection within the emotional level, and suggests intuition, creative self-expression, freedom and change.  The number 57 / 3 tells you that you may need to tune into your higher-self in order to understand the true meaning of perfection on the material plane.


MEANING:
When the 3 of Swords appears in a reading it is indicating that it is time to let go of things that you know are no longer positively serving you in your life.  For example, if a relationship which is no longer positive and growing and is causing unhappiness, must be allowed to die a natural death, regardless of the short-term pain.  The Three of Swords, with its’ sense of vision and understanding makes this pain easier to bear.  The 3 of Swords implies that something sad or painful must be allowed to work itself out.


Threes appearing in a reading suggests that more than one person is involved, and also suggests that there will be a period of suspended activities before future successes are realized.


The 3 of Swords appearing in a reading indicates that there is a focus on separation and loss, and implies that you may be experiencing difficulties in a relationship that could lead to separation.  The cause of these difficulties is likely to be jealousy or interference by another party.


The 3 of Swords may be telling of a difficult and/or painful issue which must be dealt with quickly, as some realities need to be faced and important changes made. In the short-term, this may cause disharmony and feelings of loss, but long-term, you may find the new changes to be exactly what was required  -  much like a ‘blessing in disguise’.


The 3 of Swords may be foretelling of family arguments and disputes.  It may even lead to separations. 


It may be indicating an attack on your ‘feeling centre’ and can indicate a division within a relationship.  It may also be implying a separation from loved ones due to unfortunate events.


The III of Swords appearing in a reading, it is indicating a separation or severance of a close relationship.  Be careful not to become quarrelsome, as this will lead to arguments, upheaval, mis-understandings and upset.  You are asked to keep your emotions in check.


The Three of Swords is a message to feel positive as bigger and better circumstances are ahead for you.  You will be given opportunities to start afresh any projects or ideas that have been present in your life.  New perspectives will be looked into, and positive actions taken.


In a reading, the III of Swords may be indicating that either yourself or someone very close may be experiencing ‘second thoughts’ or a change of heart, which in turn will bring about a change in attitudes and/or behaviour.


If you have been waiting on some important mail, information or documents, the Three of Wands tells that it is on its way.


Appearing in a reading, the 3 of Swords may be warning of cardio-respiratory disease or a similar affliction.  If you are at all concerned about the health of your heart, the Three of Swords may be suggesting that you have this condition seen to by a medical professional as soon as possible.


Health-wise, the III of Swords may be indicating a mis-carriage, abortion or a related problems.


PLACEMENT:
Next to
The EMPEROR:

When the III of Swords appears in a reading next to The Emperor, it is asking you to not become upset or hurt by another’s harsh criticism or judgment.  You are to remain positive and strong.  Do not bother to pursue or change things  -  just continue to forge ahead.


Appearing next to The Emperor, the 3 of Swords may be a message not to pursue or try to change the existing situation.  Rather, begin anew and have no fear as all will work out accordingly.


It also implies that although you may be feeling emotionally hurt by what you consider unfair treatment, judgement or harsh criticism, take heed in the message that these feelings and circumstances will pass and you will, with hindsight, see the lessons learnt during your time of anguish.


Next to The WORLD:
Appearing next to The World in a spread, the 3 of Swords is informing you that a karmic situation is coming to an end, with the promise of a brighter future.


It tells that a situation has almost come to an end, so prepare for new opportunities to arise, as the future holds positive promise.  It also indicates that it is a time to focus on your future and to let go of the past.  It is telling you to move forward with faith and trust.


Next to The LOVERS and with other SWORDS all round:
When the Three of Swords appears next to The Lovers, and with other Swords cards all round it, it is a strong indication that a close relationship is coming to an end.


2 THREES:
Two 3s appearing in a spread foretells of a small but pleasant surprise.


3 THREES:
Three threes in a spread tells of unexpected good luck.


4 THREES:
Four 3s in a reading tells of celebrations.  It may even be foretelling of the birth of a child.


REVERSED MEANING:
Keywords:

Transition, difficulties, emotional upheaval, frustration, alienation, error, loss, distraction, disorder, confusion, conflict, disillusion, sorrow, sadness, ill-health.


When the 3 of Swords appears reversed in a reading, it has a similar meaning to when it appears upright, although not as severe.


The message of the reversed Three of Swords is to ‘think before you speak’.


The reversed III of Swords tells of disorder, confusion and scattered energies.  It would be advisable to make ‘organization’ a priority at this time.


Be careful not to become involved with petty quarrels and arguments as these can be blown out of proportion and become serious disagreements.  The reversed 3 of Swords asks you to think carefully before you speak and act.


The reversed III of Swords implies that there may be a loss of some kind, and that there will be a need for re-organization.


Quarrels, arguments and disagreements may erupt at this time, and you are asked to remain calm and patient, rather than stubborn, aggressive or hostile as this will only exacerbate the problem, leading to further serious disagreements.  Instead, be the peace-maker, making a point to dispel any negative feelings.


A difficult and painful period which has dragged on for far too long is indicated when the III of Swords appears reversed. 


This has led to destructive practices, emotional upheaval, arguments and conflicts and a sense of frustration.


The reversed 3 of Swords implies that you may find that you are becoming obsessed with negative experiences that are happening in the present, and are denying previous happier times.  You are asked to step back from the situation and try to be more objective.


When the 3 of Swords appears reversed in a spread, it is an indication of disappointments, mental anguish, inner-turmoil and lonliness.  It may also indicate some sort of upheaval due to an emotional, family situation.  It is a warning to think before you speak, as unnecessary arguments may cause hurt feelings and separation.  Apologies may need to be said.


Reversed, the 3 of Swords asks you to take care to balance your emotional well-being as well as your physical health and vitality.  It is telling you to take extra precautions at this time.

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