This card depicts a pure piercing sorrow of the mind. The sorrow must be felt and experienced for closure and relief to come. Generally speaking, it is a negative card and often refers to loss.
The 3 of Swords = Saturn + Air. The interaction of Time and thought. The time period of Aquarius is indicated. The letters C L U are indicated[clarification needed]. It represents restriction and obstacles of thought. It is a card of mental illness and depression. One of the most negative cards in the entire deck.