Traditionally, the Three of Swords is seen as a melancholy card, frought with heartbreak and sorrow. The imagery in the card is certainly desolate….a tender heart pierced three times through with swords, cloudy skies, devoid of light…..this is the seeming archetype of emotional pain that is universal…..something we have all felt that effects us on a very visceral level.
In my ruminations around this card, I have begun to see where this interpretation is just the surface of what power this image holds. At the center, the heart remains the most vibrant image in the card. Despite its apparent wounds, it is red and juicy, and isn’t bleeding. At all. The heart has taken the stabbing and is now recovering and adapting to the wounds. The swords are actually supporting the heart in a solid tripod formation. The rain is washing away the trauma of having been stabbed.
This is the card of strength from adversity. You will never know how strong you are unless you are challenged. Past challenges become strengths as you move past them and learn from them. You are more healed than you think, stronger than you started.