Welcome back to Tarot Notes by Symbolic Living.
We are pleased to rekindle your relationship with the symbolism of the Tarot each week. This week we’re continuing to share the three’s with the Three of Swords.
Three of Swords
Astrological Association: Saturn in Libra
What is your initial reaction when viewing this card?
The rain clouds here draw up images of air and water, the mind and emotions respectively. Although this card is interpreted as distress, and it does look like this upon initial viewing there’s also a lot of opportunity here.
The swords are generally viewed as a more negative suit. That’s because swords relate to the mind, and the mind, as we all well know can be quite troublesome for many. A lot of what we think and believe with our minds is attached to a lot of conditioned ideas. The mind afflicted can lead one down a spiral of despair. It doesn’t have to be that way though. With our minds we have the power to choose how we think and react to situations.
What does the heart represent to you? How is the mind and the heart connected? How are your thoughts and beliefs connected?
We can think with our mind, or with our heart. As this card indicates the mind can pierce our emotional selves.
Circumstances in our life from marital problems, to loneliness, mourning, among many others, can lead to a gloomy outlook when our mind becomes entrenched in despairing thoughts. However once we go there, and do the work, the clouds clear and we are stronger than ever. Our brave hearts overcome the circumstance and we rise to the challenge if we pull out the daggers from our heart and let the light shine in our thoughts. The silver lining becomes visible once again.
In Zen and meditation clouds are used as a metaphor to describe the the way our minds work. Our thoughts come and go, arise and disappear, and are constantly moving, changing and affecting us. Stilling the mind is an important part of meditation to go beyond the illusions our minds can impose on our perception of reality.
Notice which way the clouds are moving. They are not stagnant, there is movement here and change is inevitable. It will not rain forever.
The rain is a symbol of fertility and life as well, we have the opportunity to bring new awareness into our lives that allow us to grow. Rain is as much necessary for growth as is the shining sun.
The clouds and rain can also represent a time needing cleansing.
The sacred heart also refers to our spiritual selves. How does your mind conflict with your spiritual center?
Questions for Personal Consideration:
- Have you had a loss in life that required courage and strength?
- Have you grown and matured immensely due to a struggle in life?
- Do you worry, or are afraid of competition?
- Have you been in a conflict where words dug deep into your heart? Have you done this to another?
- Does your mind conflict with your heart?
- Where in life do you have work to do, where an obstacle has been encountered and needs to be overcome?
We hope you enjoy learning about Tarot at Symbolic Living with an easy to understand approach for beginners. We also hope you can find personal relations to the card symbolism and think about the imagery in new and expansive ways.
Some weeks we may talk about the cards, history and more. As we go along things will change and develop, we’ll keep it interesting for you.
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