3 of swords


The 3 of swords has turned up unexpectedly an I need some help to understand its meaning.

I have a "play" pack of cards which escaped from their box and are now floating around the boot of my car.

As I took my bag out of the car a card must have got stuck to the bottom of the bag and it fell off as I walked into work so the 3 of swords "appeared" at my feet as I entered the office.

My initial reaction is that it is a warning that today I should be careful what I say to loved ones as my words will have increased capacity to wound.

As the message is for me I am pretty sure that this is the meaning but I would appreciate any other views on this card.

(I have posted this once in the readings discussion group but as I need help on this today I have reposted it here as well)


From Joan Bunning www.learntarot.com:

"(...) ...your back.You find out your business partner has been cheating you for years ( :D ). All of a sudden your world is turned upside-down. You're stunned, disbelieving and finally heartbroken.
The image on the 3 of Swords clearly describes this sudden pain. You literally feel as if someone has taken a sharp object and jabbed it through your heart. Even something as minor as a snippy remark can feel this way. Notice how this contains just a heart and three swords. When your heart is breaking, you feel as if that is all you are - an open wound.
In readings, the Three of Swords often represents the nasty little curve balls that life can throw sometimes.Betrayal, abandonment, rejection, separation, a reversal of fortune. These hurts are painful because they hit you when you least expect them. If you have drawn this card, you may know what it refers to, but if not, the Three of Swords is a valuable warning. It is likely there is something amiss in your life that you are unaware of or unwilling to acknowledge. Curve balls hit us when we're looking the other way. Examine your situation carefully. Talk to the people in your life. Don't take anything for granted. Listen to your inner voice; it will help you locate the problem.
It is also possible that you are contemplating hurting someone else. With this card I think it is important to remember that each of us is capable of cruelty. We're all human, and we all make mistakes, sometimes serious ones. (...)"

I especially liked it... otherwise I'd have written something myself *LOL*