Daily Tarot for August 28, 2013



Well, as there is balance in all things, so there is also in Tarot. Today is just going to be “one of those days”. Our card for today is the three of swords. This is definitely not one of your “feel good” cards.

The three of swords is one of those cards that you really need to examine what is going on in the rest of the cards surround it. It can mean anything from a simple separation from a loved one while they are on vacation, to telling the story of sadness and heartbreak, let downs or betrayals.  In any case, something in life is amiss and the three of swords is a head up that even though try as you might the situation can’t be ignored. Letting hurtful situations go on and just hoping they will go away doesn’t work and often it just leads to more pain in the long run.

In the Mythic Tarot, the three of swords pictures Clytemnestra, and her lover, and they are finally taking revenge on Agamemnon for his sacrificing his daughter to the gods to ensure safe and swift passage to Troy.  So when I use this deck, I take it as a sign that we are talking some serious situation. Not just “my husband on a business trip and I miss him”.

In a relationship reading this card often signifies betrayal and heartbreak. In a career reading I’d be advising you to “watch your back”. If you tend to sympathize more with Clytemnestra’s point of view, we need to keep in mind that even though we get angry and upset that there are more constructive ways to handle a situation than with revenge. We are only human however, and if our emotions have clouded our judgment to this extent and acted in a way we are not proud of we need to ask for forgiveness, forgive ourselves, forgive others and move on. In the matter of forgiving others, just keep in mind who that forgiveness is really for. It’s not actually for the other person… sometimes the one who has done the hurting really couldn’t give a damn. The forgiveness is for the one doing the forgiving. Forgiveness releases you from the toxicity of anger, resentment. Holding a grudge is as they say “like taking poison and waiting for your enemy to die”. Whatever the situation is, you must deal with it openly, get it all out then trust in the goodness of life to let it heal.



6 thoughts on “Daily Tarot for August 28, 2013

  1. Dramatic illustration, particularly compared with the Waite-Rider deck. Most curious to me is that the 3rd sword is just suspended there. Perhaps there is some suggestion that it is waiting for your hand to grasp it?

    This card played a big part in the final reading in Return from Avalon (and Points West), particularly paired with the two of cups. Lola interpreted it as Arnie being doomed in three new relationships, which unfortunately corresponds to three women he’d met along the way and which were possibilities for new love. It haunted him for the entire end of the book; fortunately, he may have wiggled his way out of it.

    • geekyg1rl says:

      Yes, it is much more dramatic than the Waite-Rider deck. Different decks do have different spins on the basic meanings. This deck, I think takes the three of swords much more seriously. If I was using my Guilded Tarot deck I wouldn’t get the same intensity. In a spread I’d be looking around at the cards surrounding it to determine the seriousness of the situation. In the Mythic though, it’s just serious.

      I agree about the suspended sword. I think it indicates the choice we have to take it in hand or not. Act on anger or not, take revenge or not. To quote one of my favorite people,… Mr Spock… “There are always alternatives”. 🙂

    • geekyg1rl says:

      Oh ya, by the way. I reached the part about the king of swords appearing over and over. Good stuff!

  2. That scene creeped me out, one of many.

  3. Wouldn’t it be great to have something paranormal that could simply not be explained any other way happen to you? I’m in, if you can figure out how to make it happen. But don’t start stacking a Tarot deck for me.

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