Three of Swords: Disillusionment

Hanson Roberts Deck

We have an image of a heart pierced by three swords. Look closely and you will see that the swords form a crown above and below. Crowns have long been associated with Kether, a sephiroth of one of the Kabala’s Tree of Life. The crown beneath is Kether’s physical manifestation in Malkuth, sephiroth ten on the Tree. This points to your mind as the source of your hurt and that your mind creates your world.

The combination of the Swords with Air denotes a mental set back. You aren’t necessarily in love with the person or idea, but the loss is unpleasant to whatever degree you choose. You may always remove the swords and cut the ties.

Many Readers will tell you this is a card of heartbreak, but it doesn’t have to be love. Besides, it’s a minor setback because of the Swords’ attributions to the element of Air. Your are faced with the light shed on illusions you have convinced yourself to be true.

Your pain is disappointment because illusion has been stripped away from the matter at hand. Embrace the outcome or not. It’s your choice to wallow in misery or move on. Mental bargaining and fear of success are ways to hold tight. Honesty is the best gift you can give yourself in this scenario.

The number 3 is a synthesis. The Ace of Swords is the thesis plus the two of Swords is the antithesis to equal the three of Swords as the synthesis. The new mental beginning (cardinal energy) has shifted into a choice (mutable) that could be a warning or a refusal to let go of false ideals.

There is no escape from the disillusion represented here. You can avoid it but that would continue the fixed state of clinging to the illusion. The next round will not be so easy as you work your way to other cards such as the eight or nine of Swords.

Take heed of this card in a reading. It is more helpful than you realize.

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