The Three of Swords represents loneliness, betrayal, rejection, sadness, heartbreak, separation and grief. These events feel so painful because they are unexpected. However, the Three of Swords often serves as a warning sign to show when one or more of these are possible. If you are prepared for this difficult event, the effect can be minimized or even prevented.
Pain, sorrow and grief are often a necessity in the journey of life. Pain can be a great motivator because it encourages you to overcome obstacles and ultimately learn from your mistakes. While the pain may cloud your vision for a certain period, it will eventually allow you to see clearly and to put the past behind you.
The Three of Swords acts as a reminder that if you can start to see pain as a learning opportunity, life will suddenly become less painful. Thus, this card encourages you to have the ability to conquer any pain that comes your way.
The Three of Swords speaks of difficulty and loss, of sacrifice and broken relationships. It follows the difficult decision required in the Two of Swords, where you may be avoiding making a tough choice. In the Three of Swords, the choice has been made, and you are now experiencing the consequences of your action.
The Three of Swords is also about release. When you have suffered a significant loss, it is good to cry, which is part of the cleansing process. Expressing your sadness and letting it all out will then help you to move on to better times.