A Three of any suit tells the story of the union of two parts to create a third unique entity. The Three of Swords has strong ties to Planet Venus, which is the planet of love, beauty, finances. This shows that these cards are generally referring to matters of love or physical material possessions. This card also has strong ties with Libras, who are known to be a loving sign and very honest. The Swords suit would point towards a mental journey.
One of the more iconic and famous images in the tarot, the Three of Swords shows three swords piercing a heart. There is rainfall in the background, symbolic of tears. This is a fairly straight forward symbol of heartbreak and grief.
Upright- Heartbreak, grief, trauma
Often, we associate the Upright reading of cards as more optimistic. That is not the case with the Three of Swords. The story told in this reading is one of heartbreak and immense grief. Much like two sides of a coin, this is not completely tragic reading. It can point to loss of a job, a breakup, or other tragedy. However, it also tells of a silver lining. You will grow from this situation. In a career spread, it can actually be a good omen. You may be rejected from one position only for a better fit you to open up soon.
Reverse- Optimism, forgiveness, healing
The Three of Swords reversed tells of a recent heartbreak you’ve suffered and how you’re moving onto bigger and better things. Romantically, this is typically the end of a romantic relationship, and this card shows you have grown enough to start exploring the realm of dating again. It can also refer to a career, financial investment, or a close friendship you thought would never end. Regardless of the type of major setback you have experienced, the Three of Swords calls upon you to put yourself out there once again. You have learned from past mistakes and are ready reenter to the world again.
**In a yes/no reading, the Three of Swords is a no.