The Thoth Three of Swords-Sorrow
, of the Hermetic Qabalah, represents the state of universal sorrow.
It is a prevalent state of melancholy that we find when it deep
meditation. It is based on both the lurking passion to create but its
children have become monsters in their own minds and the fact that the
beauty created must be destroyed. Therefore, behind the three swords, is an artistic rendition of chaos, i.e. The Abyss.
In an individual context
this card can represent thoughts of sorrow, where brooding over the
loss of the past is currently producing sorrow. Much like the universal
sorrow, we created something we thought or knew would be joyful but it ended up
as a heartbreak for it ends, making us release and grieve over the "dream" we so long
The 3 of Swords/Sorrow card also represents triangular relationships such
as, Father, Mother and Child, and could represent our first sorrow
experienced in this family context. Therefore it may imply brooding over
the past of 3wks, 3months or even when we were 3 years old. This sorrow
is a piercing of our core identity, as shown by the sword piercing the
lotus. How we handle the first triangle relationship is how we will
handle the next ones; be they friend-sibling-mate or
No matter the relationship triangle
we may experience, the tendency for the mind to hold grudges or
network the parts of past pain into present circumstances, leaving us in
the past as a "wanna-be" personality of stasis that resists transformation rather than a I AM Me
personality of action and transforming change.
there are many fruitful and constructive triangle relationships;
However, the two swords at the top being bent by the entry of the third
sword, can show us that something must be resolved between three people.
Also the central sword can be an transforming event that bent the receptive
and dynamic sides of our nature which can confuse our relationships with
male, female and ourselves.
Astrologically, the three of swords is Saturn in Libra.
reminds us to do things in a step by step method so that we can achieve
the mental, emotional and physical balance represented by Libra. Saturn, who is the mythological "Grandfather Time" also "eats its own children", which is to say, time ends all creations.
are reminded to see the whole of our past, rather than focus only on
the sorrowful moments. By doing so, we will often see the benefits that
the past sorrowful event bestowed on us, rather than just emotional
- This card reminds us that by limiting our view of
the past (Saturn) we can not achieve balance with past, present and
future as symbolized by Libra.
Since the Thoth Tarot of the Hermetic Qabalah, is inseparable from the Tree of Life, and
the minor arcana (small cards) are numbered according to the Serphiroth
that rules their action, the threes are all associated with the third
Sephira- Binah: Understanding. Thus, in each of the Threes the idea has
become fertilized, i.e. Understood and because of this
fertilization, the triangle has become formulated. In Qabalah we know
that the Triangle is the Strongest structure (Trinity), an empirically
stable plane and therefore, the idea of the card is now a strong
union and able to give birth to children, and thus evolve.
The Three of Swords-Sorrow: Although associated with the Great Mother Binah it is also known as The Lord of Sorrow. Again the paradox of "sexing" the Supernal Triangle is a often misinterpreted principle of the 3's, due to the mutable nature of mind, which is why it is compared to the element Air and the other mutable fact that Saturn rules time, therefore Saturn is in charge of the time/space medium of Form. Remembering that Binah, the Great Sea of Chaos, is known hermetically as "Will to Form", helps to clarify the reasoning behind the Lord of Sorrow.
The idea of division, separation, and mutability, the airy quality of things, is understood and manifest in the Three of Swords.
the darkness of Binah
, is the mourning of Isis for her lost love, the
dismembered Osiris...a "Dying God". This is not the common sorrow,
dependent on any given discontent or individual disappointment. Rather,
the German word, Weltschertz,
meaning The Universal Sorrow
best expresses this Conscious Energy state of Melancholy. In Physics,
(Thermodynamics) this is the realization of the 2nd law of Entropy,
where everything proceeds from order to disorder or as an ancient has
stated," The Mother watches her bright and loved children become
deformed monsters......" This sorrow is best known by Mothers who love
their children with all that they are, while watching their lovely
child's self identity degrade into becoming an addict, criminal or worse, death. Such sorrow is visceral and often beyond the understanding of
those who don't conceive; However, this Sorrow of Separation
darker for the Great Mother that has conceived us all, and watches us
destroy one another in the name of "ideas", without "understanding" that
ideas, are just servants of Creators. No life is to become a servant of
Separation, also brings great Grief to Lovers
long only for Union. In each of us, deep down in the inner depths of
ourselves, is that great hollowness, that great lonesomeness, we've
inherited from the Universal Sorrow....that's also what drives us to
"fill the whole", with stuff (greed),
religious seeking (spirituality),
and "finding that soul mate". When we understand
that this Universal Sorrow
is part of us, we'll stop trying to flee from it in our "pursuit of
happiness", because, to have Sorrow, is to already know happiness. Hence as light, we produce shadows! I AM
Truly, what is even more sorrowful, if we understood the
difference between "man-made" self and "God Made Self Image", we would
understand the deep sorrow of the "childhood self" that underlies our emotion; locked away in a
dungeon of contradictory Ruler-made-definitions that shaped us
into the adults who ignore higher consciousness, in their pursuit of
happiness; a pursuit which is ironically just trying to find the "lost
original bright-self", that we "sold" so cheaply to slavery just to "fit in". The hole we feel is the "lost Joy" that is the
"Child within"; the Original Identity-definition- that made us manifest.
We dug a hole for it in our-selves, hiding it like some "lost treasure", so we could please others. Hence avoiding pain as they might hurt us by not liking us. Such foolishness is ignorance of the creation of I AM Me. For the "me" is the manifestly approved child of the I AM: the name of the Divine Creative! The Fool Card attempts to inform us of this "Lost
innocence", is a hole dug by sharp-denial in our self image...holes don't allow completeness (Holy Spirit)
and result in sorrow... We have become divided against ourselves and
thus conquered by the one we "fear the most": the mysterious predatory "other"!
The Jungian Tarot- 3 of Swords: Idealism,
focuses on idealistic and often unrealistic approach to society and personal relationships.
There seems to be proposed an unwillingness to go along with planned programs while also seeking new and untried paths. Practical instincts and emotions are not backing each other up therefore, a lack of personal focus, creating a difficulty in making decisions, especially in business or finances.
This can also cause a self deception in relationships, as one believes it to be what it is not. All of which also produces sorrow.
However, "idealism" can be positive in a friendly and loving relationship, making a good start.
When thrown the 3 of Swords
card often implies:
- The need to remove oneself from the triangle relationships
that produce sorrow and that are not constructive.
- Conscious Energy state of Melancholy.
- The Universal Sorrow is being deeply felt.
- The sorrow of separation.
- The sorrow felt after pursuing all that one thought would make them happy and finding out they still are not.
- In three weeks or three months the querent shall experience unhappiness, sorrow, tears.
of plans, interruption, separation, quarreling, sowing of discord and
strife, yet there will be mirth in evil pleasures, deceitful in words.
on the dignity of the cards around it, it could also mean honesty in
money transactions, selfish and dissipated, yet sometimes generous.
- Depicts the sorrow felt by someone who goes against their greed, which they generally relish as a win.
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