the three of swords is a card of loss, release, and moving on. the image could not be clearer to express the feeling of betrayal and heart break, but the meaning carries a brighter note. with this emotional upheaval, we are provided the chance for relief, healing, and growth. when we experience this card, we are at the moment caught of up in the storm of our emotions and the emotions of others, which are causing conflict and separation. but with the storms comes the rain, which will wash away what is not stable or strong and also nourish the seeds we had planted before the storm so that they may now begin to sprout. this card is calling us to release what no longer serves us, relationships, jobs, projects, anything that is draining us of our energy, but to do so gracefully. whatever needs to leave us will indeed go, but we have the choice whether to let it go or to continue fight as it walks away. although the three of swords reminds us that this process is painful, it also assures us that once we go through it, we will most likely feel relieved to no longer carry the weight. we may have even known that this was coming, but were resisting it so that we could provide ourselves with the comfort of certainty. this is echoed by the writer, Jason Gruhl, of the Fountain Tarot in his description for the three of swords... "A piercing truth or occurrence is imminent, and your life will not be the same once it's happened. It will hurt, but in retrospect, you saw it coming, and if you are really being honest, it's accompanied by a sense of relief. Though it's little consolation in the moment, it's times like these that bring us our most profound growth." as you are called to not resist the falling away that occurs with the three of swords, you are also called to not resist the emotions that come along with this circumstance. allowing ourselves to go through the emotions is not only a way of showing ourselves love and gentleness during this difficult time, but is necessary to our healing and growth.
without the darkness we would not know the light. when one door closes another opens. when things fall apart it is creating space for something new to fall into place. all of these mindsets hold immense truth, but even when we know them in our minds, it can be incredibly difficult to know them as truth in our hearts. our emotions can cloud this clarity. but our emotions tap in to a deeper part of ourselves, a part that is asking to be healed. and we must let that healing occur before we really can access the benefits we are capable of gaining from letting go and moving on. we can take this stormy time of heartache to discover the depths of our heart. as the heart breaks, the cracks open us up and allow for not only more light to pour in, but more to pour out. we must allow for this process of opening to happen. we must not close ourselves off and shut down. the depths can be a dark place and are not sustainable to remain in. thus we must make the choice to move, to move forward, to move on, to move upwards. as we release, as we accept, as we open up, we come back to our authenticity.
as things that no longer serves us fall away, we fall back to ourselves. what we lost releases us, allowing us to serve ourselves, to be devoted to ourselves. being devoted to things outside of ourselves is only a distraction, a way to avoid our authentic self, which leads to living out of alignment. you must practice devotion to yourself and you alone first and foremost. when you are devoted to yourself, not only will you align with your authenticity, but the rest of your life will begin to align. when you are devoted to yourself you will naturally be devoted to those things that you love, that matter most to you, that fulfill you, that you wish to accomplish in the world. because when you are devoted to yourself, there is no other option but to practice devotion in all that you do. and that devotion will draw in all that you desire. when you give yourself what you need and desire, what you need and desire will be drawn to you. you must love yourself through the loss of love in order for love to return to you. when you are true to yourself, you will discover the truth you seek. when you are devoted to yourself, you will experience the devotion you crave. from this place, healing and growth are cultivated. with this cultivation comes freedom. freedom from all that held you back from the life that you desire. cultivate that freedom. create the life that you desire. embrace this opportunity to break wide wide open.