Three of Swords: Weekly Tarotcast™ – Free Tarot Reading
3-31-20 through 4-07-20
This week’s Tarotcast card is the Three of Swords. This is difficult and challenging energy in a difficult and challenging suit. The Three of Swords is often interpreted as worldly sorrows. Loss through separation or death, the end of a relationship, or a serious illness. These are the sources of human suffering. Often, we can’t begin to heal until we remove the source of the suffering or disease. The energy of this card reveals that all things come to an end, but also that all things pass, even profound grief.
Air, limitless imagination and freedom, suffocates under the physical weight of the world. Creation is not possible.
The Number 3
The Threes of the Minor Arcana represent form and structure. They are the first results or manifestations of energy. They show the effects of energy in action – in this case, for Swords and Air. They bring a perspective, a viewpoint and an understanding of events and situations. Threes show the process of resolution and unification. This is a natural progression following the polarization and duality of the twos.
On the Tree of Life, the Three of Swords represents the formula 3. Sephiroth or sphere 3, Binah (Understanding). Divine Feminine energy, or Yin. The sphere of Saturn. In the suit of Swords (Yetzirah) the formative world. The element of Air – our mental and intellectual processes. Plus, Saturn in Libra equaling Sorrow.
From a Kabbalistic perspective, the Three of Swords represents higher consciousness. It is beyond that which we can access in our day-to-day world. This is the consciousness of worldly suffering that transformed Siddhartha into the Buddha. The energy becomes transcendent, a higher perception illuminating the path to enlightenment.
The Three of Swords represents Saturn in Libra. It rules from 10 to 20 degrees Libra, or October 3rd to October 12th. If your birthday falls on or between these dates, you’ll be feeling this week’s energy even more than the rest of us. We may experience actual loss during this forecast period. More likely our sadness will be over something intangible and undefinable.
In real-time astrology, the Sun continues its transit of Fire-sign Aries. Aries is Libra’s polar opposite sign on the astrological wheel. Neither sign is comfortable under the heavy weight of Saturn. Aries’ martial strength and endurance can handle a lot more of the pressure.
Saturn is currently transiting Air-sign Aquarius, joined there by Mars on March 30th. Aquarius can detach and take an impersonal, intellectual perspective while maintaining compassion. This energy is a good match to that of the Three of Swords.
When Jupiter conjuncts Pluto on April 4th we’re ambitious. We’re determined to achieve our goals. Going big is easy, but this is not a time of limitless expansion.
The Super Full Moon in Libra April 7th highlights our need for balance and integration. This is especially true where opposing demands in our lives create tension. Balance and harmony are more than mere ideals. They are essential to our emotional wellbeing.
Under this Full Moon, we are sensitive to any lack of fairness. The Sun in Aries helps us to look out for our own best interests. Remember that you may not be the only one affected by your decisions. Keep a clear understanding of which concerns and preferences are your own. You can’t please everyone.
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes self-delusion. Self-pity. The belief that our pain, misery or loss is the “worst in the world”.
Let’s focus on the insights we gain. We realize that what we are “losing” are old or erroneous beliefs and perceptions. We may detach ourselves from situations and relationships we’ve long outgrown. Painful it may be. But it is more painful to remain in illusion, helplessness and blindness.
Power colors: dark brown, black and blue-black (for Saturn). Balance these with Libra colors: emerald green, deep blue-green and sky blue. It may be difficult to combine these energies. Harmony is possible with careful balance.
Power stones: onyx, garnet, opal and sapphire. Wear as jewelry or carry as power stones for grounding. They will give us the ability to look past our immediate circumstances to the near future.
Power metals: copper and lead – wear the copper. Let the lead remind you of what to “get out.” Once you lighten up, you’ll move through and past limiting circumstances.
Power fragrances: violet, rose, musk, patchouli and valerian. Combined, these will balance Saturn’s heavy energy with the ethereal spirit of Libra.
Power foods: foods prepared with thyme as well as tea brewed from comfrey. All provide the same beneficial effects already described.
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