Three of Swords Tarot Card Meaning and Art Waite Smith Tarot Deck
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"
Designed by A.E. Waite and Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. England, 1911.
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DescriptionThree swords piercing a heart; cloud and rain behind.
Meaning of Three of Swords from the Waite Smith Tarot Deck
Removal, absence, delay, division, rupture, dispersion, and all that the design signifies naturally, being too simple and obvious to call for specific enumeration.
Mental alienation, error, loss, distraction, disorder, confusion.
According to Many Schools of Thought
Papus's Divinatory Meanings
A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings
For a woman, the flight of her lover.
A meeting with one whom the Querent has compromised; also a nun.
S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings
A Nun, Separation, Removal, Rupture, Quarrel
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.