Tarot Readings

Three of Swords

Judgement Tarot Card
What does the Judgement Tarot Card mean?
  • By Gemma Irias
  • Published: 08/08/20 10:23 PM EDT
  • Updated: 08/08/20 10:23 PM EDT
What does the Judgement Tarot Card mean?

Three of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Element: Air

Function: Intelligence, the mind, sincerity, fairness

Unfortunately, what you see really is a pessimistic sign, and probably one of the most negative of all the tarot cards. In the middle of the card, there is a red heart and the three swords are pierced right through this symbol of magic and passion. The background behind the heart is grey with streaks of black and what seem to be white clouds. The colors of seriousness contrasting with purity.

This card represents sadness, loss, and ruin. It is the moment of realization; you now know that your dreams are not going to become a reality. Your love may be empty, your career might be at its peak, but you don’t know what to do next. It could mean that someone has died, or you have lost everything in a natural disaster. All that you hold close to your heart has been torn away from you.

But, the Three of Swords also wants you to know that not all is lost. The passion is still there, and it is fixed in place with the three swords crossing each other. This card requires that you take a closer look at your heart. You can’t remove one sword from one side of your heart because there will still be two more keeping it in place, so you can’t run from this situation.

You have two options; do nothing and stay with a broken heart or learn to move on. The bleak image behind the heart is a sign that there is no reason to stay. So, this card is encouraging you to move on, past the dreams and fantasies that you had as a naïve person.

It could also mean that you will have to learn to cope on your own. What can hurt the heart the most is being rejected. You might feel as if you have been left out in the cold. One would assume that being naked would leave you feeling the most vulnerable, but it’s actually a naked heart that causes this extreme feeling. It may be harsh, but this card dampens all fireworks regarding your dreams and leaves you to face reality.

When Reversed:

Don’t assume that upside down just means the contrary. In this position, the three of Swords means that there has been heartbreak and suffering, but you refuse to accept it and move forward with your life. Your mind goes over and over the memories, swimming in emotions but not making progress.

This card may also suggest that you are completely exhausted from replaying your emotions. You could be numb and have now exhausted your old feelings. You are looking for ways to get back on track with your life, but it still needs figuring out. If you aren’t feeling wiser, you soon will be.


You may have been through a time of great depression and this will have impacted the life you have now. Look objectively over your past and learn what you can from it. Make sure the bad things don’t reoccur.


If you are feeling unhappy, this card means you really need to start looking for ways to lift yourself out of the unhappiness. If the attention from being unhappy pleases you, then you must stop now. This also means that you need to learn from your mistakes.


You may feel that your life is on a downhill slippery slope, but you can change this. Just like if you feel that it can’t get any worse, know that you have what it takes to make a change. Notice how problems from 5 or 10 years ago no longer worry you today!

Yes/No Question:

The answer is no.

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