The Three of Swords-Sorrow, represents Binah in the realm of Air and with the attribution of Saturn in Libra, Saturn throws the scales of Libra off of balance in order that to rebalanced them in a "better way". Here Mother, is represented as the Darkness of the Great Sea of Binah.
Thus, the card is dark and heavy illustrating the "Womb of Chaos" . Here the Great Mother's passion to create, is disturbed by the fact that her beautiful children see themselves as monsters, causing great sorrow in the Heart of Binah; a sorrow that a mother of a murdering child can understand.
Thus, the sorrow card is more about the Melancholy of the Abyss than a personal human sorrow, although the position in the reading may state personal sorrow, held secretly and causing a perversion.
In the Three of Swords, we see the Sword of the Magician, cutting the junction of two short swords, destroying the Rose with its impact. In the background, storms are brewing in the implacable night. The Sword of the Magician is Will, and here the Will-to-be is perverted by Will-not-to be...the will of a "wanna-be".
The Three of Swords, is also Binah in Yetzirah, placing the influence of Binah in the Astral World. Astrologers know that Saturn is a very influential planet, sometimes called "The Great Destroyer" and sometimes the "Great Initiator". Thus, though the presence of Saturn usually means pain and hardship, it isn't evil, as through suffering we may encounter the Dark Sterile Mother (Crone). From her we learn life's most important lessons.
When the Three of Swords is thrown, the querent is experiencing or will be experiencing, unhappiness, sorrow, tears, disruption, interruption, separation and quarreling, that have lasted or shall last for 3 weeks or 3 months. There will be or has been the sowing of discord, strife, mischief making, and yet , mirth in evil pleasures. Because of the influence of Saturn being both "destroyer and initiator", the can also be faithfulness in promises, honesty in money, the motivation being both selfish and dissipated , yet sometimes generous.
Now if the card is accompanied by the more Spiritually inclined Major Arcana, the Three of Swords, empathizes the deep Spiritual Melancholy of the Crone, that the querent is experiencing. It becomes known to the " Mediums" in us, that humankind.s persistent self-destructive behavior, as a choice over Love, greatly Saddens the Great Mother. Because of this behavior, She cannot see us, as Her perspective is Love, not fear, we become lost children to Her, and she grieves deeply. Only through the perspective of Love of Self and Those Selves around us, can we approach Her...but then the celebration of being "Seen" by Her, dissipates any sorrow! When the prodigal comes home, She will indeed "kill the fated calf".
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