Animal Wisdom Tarot (CICO Books, 2013) has a lot more of tradition to it than many others in this deck.
this version of the Three of Feathers (Swords), we see three little
birds. They have black heads and backs, white bellies, and red hearts
upon their breasts. The hearts look very stylised, so I had to google
the Grosbeak to see if they really look like that, which they kind of do. They don't have the little white edging to highlight the heart shape, but otherwise the rose-breasted grosbeak does look like this.
of the birds stand on dark branches with little pink flowers, while the
third is on the floor between them. Tracing around the birds, then,
would create a heart shape. Above the three birds are three crossed
feathers, which seem strangely untouched by the rain pouring down from
the cloudy sky above.
All told, there is plenty of traditional
symbolism here: the heart shapes, the three crossed feathers/swords, the
rain and clouds. Interpretations of heartache, sorrow, and thoughts at
cross-purposes causing pain can all be read from this. However, as
with other cards in this deck, alternative intuitive readings are also
possible. Pain due to wearing your heart on your sleeve is one that
jumps out at me. So, too, is the possibility of arguments: dark words
and thoughts crossing like the feathers over the birds' heads.
myself, I see a message of potential painful thoughts and words, but
also the suggestion that, by being aware of this I can try to avoid
them. Today, I will make a conscious effort not to get caught up in
some difficult emotions I've been dealing with for a few weeks.
I am grateful for the awareness to recognise my triggers.