No Pain, No Gain
by Bonnie Moss (c) 2003
When a Sword card is drawn,it incites anxiety and concern. Some decks are more graphic
in demonstrating this negative aspect of the suit.
Three is a number that represents synthesis,harmony and expression.In the Three of Swords,
this harmony is lacking, instead there is disharmony, disruption, at times heartbreak.
It indicates a difficult period, unhappiness, confusion and indecision. This card tends to
turn up under such circumstances. There are reasons why this card shows up - it may even
point to something that needs attention.
There could be a health issue, indicated by low energy,inability to cope and irritability.
Worry and anxiety add to the gloomy outlook.Choices and decisions are delayed, or not
made due to inability to make them. This extends the period of uncertainty. The pain
caused by someone else becomes too much to bear, the atmosphere is clouded with a sense
of insecurity and betrayal and a deep sense of sorrow and pain.
It would probably be beneficial to step back from all the tension and stress- give
yourself a break, sleep on the problem, build up some energy and regain the power to be
in control of the problem, not the problem in control of you. Reflect on how you handled
the same situation in the past.Have you done your best?
The suit of Swords brings with it the ability to use the intellect to sort out issues, to
think things over. Learn to let life flow, worrying does not solve the problem. For every
problem, there is a solution. This card offers the chance to find answers. While pain and
sorrow may come with this card, there is deliverance in the end.
You can sigh with relief that you've conquered another battle. Savor the end of a problem,
relish the period of recovery, gather enough positive energy and welcome the time when
the things turn to your favor.