Three of Swords

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Three of Swords ("tre di spade") from an Italian deck
Three of Swords from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck

Three of Swords is the third card of the suit of swords. The suit is present in Italian, Spanish and tarot decks.

Card reading[edit]

This card depicts a fundamentally sorrowful experience— tarot readers suggest this may be in the form of a lost relationship, an accidental death, or some other form of not just depression or malaise but deeply emotional sorrow. When the card appears "reversed" in a spread, this is not usually read as meaning the "opposite" of sorrow, but rather a sorrow that is somehow mitigated by its circumstances or that is not as bad as it could have been. It is among the most negative cards within the tarot deck.[1]


  1. ^ Raven Willowmagic (15 July 2010). Tarot: Tips of the Trade: Tying It All Together. Raven Willowmagic. pp. 39–40. ISBN 978-1-4536-4855-1.