Three of Swords Tarot Card Meaning and Art Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
About the Deck
Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
These cards are featured in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot" by Loren Lundgren. I took the information for the meanings on these tarot cards from "The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition Under the Veil of Divination", by A. E. Waite, 1911, now in the public domain. I edited the tarot card descriptions and meanings for clarity and brevity, modernizing the text. I scanned in the original black and white illustrations of the cards drawn by Pamela Colman Smith, from the 1911 book. I digitally retouched and painted those illustrations in detailed color.
Loren Lundgren, © 2021
DescriptionThree swords pierce a heart; there are clouds and rain behind.
Meaning of Three of Swords from the Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
Removal, absence, delay, division, separation, dispersion, and all that the design naturally signifies.
Mental illness, error, loss, distraction, disorder, confusion.
According to Many Schools of Thought
Papus's Divinatory Meanings
A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings
For a woman, the flight of her lover.
A meeting with one whom the Querent has compromised; also a nun.
S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings
A Nun, Separation, Removal, Rupture, Quarrel
Error, Confusion, Misrule, Disorder.
Mme. Le Marchand's Divinatory Meanings
victory over an adversary; you will take a sea voyage, and on ship-board become acquainted with some one who will have great influence upon your happiness; when you reveal your secret to a certain person, the wish will be obtained which you cherish in the most secret corner of your heart.