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Three of Swords Art and Meaning Waite Smith Tarot Deck Deck

Designation

Three of Swords

About the Deck

Waite Smith Tarot Deck

Pivotal and canonical, this deck defined a new pattern that would be followed up to the present. I made a digitally retouched and painted version of this deck, which I call the "Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck". The cards from that deck, as well as a modern English translation of the romantic English descriptions by Arthur Edward Waite (as appear on the Waite Smith Tarot deck) appear in a cross-referenced format in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot: In Vivid Color"

Provenance

Designed by A.E. Waite and Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. England, 1911.

Tags

swords-3, three-of-swords, three, swords

Description

Three swords piercing a heart; cloud and rain behind.

Meaning of Three of Swords from the Waite Smith Tarot Deck

Upright

Removal, absence, delay, division, rupture, dispersion, and all that the design signifies naturally, being too simple and obvious to call for specific enumeration.

Reversed

Mental alienation, error, loss, distraction, disorder, confusion.

According to Many Schools of Thought

Papus's Divinatory Meanings

Hatred.

A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings

Upright

For a woman, the flight of her lover.

Reversed

A meeting with one whom the Querent has compromised; also a nun.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

A Nun, Separation, Removal, Rupture, Quarrel

Reversed

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.

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