Welcome back! Today is day 8 of 78 as we traverse the Tarot deck. The card I drew for today is the Three of Swords. It is a very powerful card to look at. We see a human heart in the center of the card being pierced by three swords. On the front of the heart is a large emblem of the sun. In the background we see stormy skies in the lower half of the card but we see the skies clearing in the top half of the card. So what does it all mean?
The number 3 in numerology is the most joyful number to me. It is a powerful number in many religions and is part of the ratio that makes up sacred geometry. The entire universe works around the number 3 and numbers evenly divisible by 3. The fact that it is a joyful number is important when we analyze this card.
By the time any human reaches adulthood, it is inevitable that his or her heart has been attacked, hurt or even broken – sometimes multiple times. This card indicates that there could be another such attack coming up or that has recently happened. It can also indicated a painful separation of some sort such as someone being called away for a length of time due to work or school. It can also indicate a divorce or death.
The positive side of this card comes through when we see that despite the swords going through the heart, the heart has the emblem of the sun on the front. This means that the sun will shine on the situation again – that the human heart is strong enough to get through the present difficulties. This is further shown by the clearing skies overhead. Whatever the storm was, is, or will be is below the heart. The heart will rise above it and the skies above will clear once again.
Let’s face it, life on planet earth is hard! So many times we are left crushed and sobbing on the ground. Believe it or not, going through the hard times is part of the purpose of our lives here on Earth. It’s when we are knocked to our lowest that God can raise us to our highest. We are reminded of this truth in the Bible in Ecclesiastes 3-1:8. This is such a widely known verse telling us there is a time for everything under Heaven. This just shows us that there is a time for all the painful situations, but there is also a time for renewal and healing. We have all gone through things that make our hearts physically hurt. We feel like there is no way to recover from the pain, that life will never be the same again. Part of that is sometimes true. Often when something exceptionally painful happens such as the death of a spouse, we may get to a point in the future when we will feel joy again, but our lives will never return to the way they were in the past.
Sometimes never being the same again is a good thing! If life gets stagnant or too comfortable, we can rest assured we will be shocked out of our comfort zones. Sometimes these shocks are swords through our hearts. Sometimes it takes something extremely powerful and painful to get us to move to the next level. If we are able to grow from our heartbreaks and learn lessons, we can look back at the pain as a blessing in disguise. If we allow the pain to drag us down to a place we never rise up from, we fail to grow and progress in our spiritual walk.
The path forward is never a straight line. There are ups and downs all along the way. If we are going to reach our ultimate destination which, to me, is raising to higher spiritual levels, we have to go through the good and the bad. Without the bad, how can we be grateful for the good? We can’t. We can’t understand darkness without understanding light. We can’t understand happy if we don’t understand sad. In this life of duality, it is the opposites that give each other meaning. The same is true of heartbreak. When we can contrast how horrible the heartache felt to how exhilarating the joy felt, the joy feels so much more delicious. When we finally get to the higher ground and can look back at the hole we were in, we can feel so proud of the progress we made! Yes, it sucked being in the hole, but how amazing is the joy that came from rising above the hole – from being IN the hole to becoming WHOLE. What a journey!
No matter how many swords your heart has endured, don’t ever give up! “This too shall pass” is one of the most valuable pieces of wisdom we can ever learn. If you are in a hole, you look up at that blue sky overhead and figure out a way to get back to the sunshine! You are strong enough to withstand the storm and God will always be there to pick you up when you ask him.
Thanks so much for being here! I look forward to being with you again tomorrow as we pick a new card to investigate.