Dream Raven Tarot (Schiffer, 2013) is still a beautiful card, with plenty of splashes of colour.
A raven raises its beak to caw in pain, it's heart breast pierced by three swords. Its wings flutter, curling up around itself, their colours those of life blood, while it's breast seems leached of colour in comparison. Those wings swoop up, seeming to form another heart shape around the bird's head. The ground beneath it is almost grey, and there are a few hills rising in the distance.
This card makes me think of the classic tale by Oscar Wilde of the Nightingale and the Rose. A nightingale sang and bled her heart out pressed against a rose thorn to create a beautiful red rose for a student who fancied himself in love. The student and his love both proved fickle, and the nightingale died for naught! It's a good story for the Three of Swords in many ways. Each person in the story has their own thoughts and ideas about love, and all those who feel it suffer. Yet, it is because of their thoughts, rather than their emotions, that they hurt.
I'm not one for grand romantic gestures, like the Nightingale giving her life for love. What I do see in this card, though, is the importance of exploring the thoughts around our sorrows, staying with them even though they hurt, so we can come to understand them better. Today should give me a chance to do that, I think, as I'm meeting with a good friend. Hopefully, for both of us, the old adage of "a problem shared is a problem halved" will hold true.
I am grateful for good friends to talk with.