post, considering Ciro Marchetti's Legacy of the Divine Tarot, I started to consider what things can help us with the pain and sorrow we find in the 3 of Swords. I thought this a fitting place to end this series of ruminations on the 3 of Swords. So, in this final post, I will examine three cards which suggest, to me, ways of coping with, and perhaps growing from, going through a 3 of Swords experience.
The first of these is from the World Spirit Tarot. In this card we see two figures. One turns away, unwilling to see the three swords. These are planted in a piece of paper: perhaps a map of where she thought her life was going? Behind the wall we see a broken mirror, with another cloaked figure reflected in it. This complex image speaks to me of heartache coming from our own ideas about how things should be, and how the world doesn't always follow the path we have laid out for ourselves. Another thought that comes to mind is that while the person is unwilling to examine both the swords and her map, she cannot come to terms with what has happened, nor create a new map, a new understanding of where she is and where she wants to go from here. As for the cloaked figure, similar ideas arise about facing our own shadows, of being willing to see in what ways the image we desire is broken.
Under his book is the traditional 3 of Swords image. It feels to me as though he is journalling about his experiences of this card, and I certainly believe this is another very productive way of dealing with pain - externalising it, using it creatively, acknowledging it. In some ways this returns us to the very first post in this series, and to the creative potential in heartache.
These are certainly not easy things to do, but I feel these variations on the 3 of Swords give us some suggestions as to how to go about it, as well as the benefits of doing so. Being able to face up to ourselves and others, and to come out the other side stronger and more whole, seem to me to be worthwhile goals.
So, at the end of this journey through variations in the 3 of Swords, can you see any healing potential in this card? Will you feel differently about it next time it comes up in a reading?
Images are from the World Spirit Tarot, the Gaian Tarot and the Shining Tribe Tarot.