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What I See:

What a great card for writers. Maybe it’s because I’ve been working on Morning Pages myself but that’s exactly what I imagine he’s doing here. Purging the mind of all the superfluous stuff. Yet that looks like a tarot card there under the book. So maybe he’s journaling to a daily tarot card draw. It even looks like he’s using a calligraphy pen, talk about a dying art form. I get a sense of the Air element in the books — ideas, inspiration, and wisdom — and the feather standing in the jar. I even see the sky in the colors used.

General Air element/Sword suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Air.

Light (upright) Reading:

You’re in a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions.

  • Keywords: Recovery, Karmic Lessons, Wisdom from Pain, and Coming to Terms.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

You’re finding it hard to break from a negative pattern of thinking.

  • Keywords: Heartbreak, Disharmony, Rejection, and Mourning.


Perhaps a story based on journal or diary entries. I love coming across old letters and journals, maybe a genealogy story? Perhaps a journalist with a newspaper or TV news program. A librarian? A school or university? Maybe, your protagonist is a writer.

Typically, this card shows a heart stabbed by three swords. It’s a card of heartbreak. I picture love triangles. Perhaps your story is about divorce, or surviving divorce? Three can symbolize mother, father, and child, perhaps a miscarriage.

It’s also said the Three of Swords is the Sacred Heart of Christ, the bleeding wounds inflicted by the crown of thorns. How about a story of injustice? Perhaps a story of putting life back together after the death of a loved one. Or the afterlife?

  • Three Themes: Harmony, Abundance, Ease, Manifestation, Productivity, or Expression.

Threes are the finale of the first mini-drama, perhaps this means you’re writing a tragedy.


Self-exploration through journaling.

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Nobility, Warrior, and Political class.

Additionally, look up one of the Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) for personality traits.

For more information on the Threes in general, please refer back to the Three of Water.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide