Artist: Ash Evans
Sorrow, heartbreak, loss, betrayal
“It was really important to me to make sure the appropriate emotion and symbolism was conveyed in my card. The Three of Swords is a powerful card. The original iconography depicts three swords piercing a heart in a stormy background. It conveys heartbreak, betrayal and deep sadness. There is a lonely air to it so I wanted to do something that was sunken deep into the bottom of the ocean. The background is murky and swirling to symbolize the turbulent time. Deep in the sea bathed in salt much like tears; the seahorses reflect silently, heads bowed. I wanted to make the heart a glittering jewel, like a long lost sunken treasure.”
The heart is a fragile thing, illustrated as a precious gem to be treasured. But, this gem has been cast aside, has sunk to the bottom of a murky sea. Three swords hang behind it, threatening to pierce the heart, representing the power of cold logic to hurt us if not tempered by other emotions. Three seahorses, heads bowed, add to the mournful feel of this card. But, they are together, and faint glimmers of light can just be seen in the turbulent, grey sea, reminding us that pain is a part of life, but we move past it.
This card warns of loss, not a physical, material loss – but emotional or intellectual – heartbreak or betrayal. Tears will flow, but you will not break. You can use this pain as a catharsis, and speed up the healing process.
Astrological Element & Association
Air / Gemini, Libra, Sagittarius
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