Comparing the Three of Swords from different decks

Posted May 3, 2015 by Hazellie Wong in Tarot / 2 Comments

One of the things I love most about collecting tarot decks is the subtle differences of how different decks interpret some of the cards. Artwork is one of the things I look at when deciding to buy a new deck, but the story of the deck is really important too.

If you look at the cards below, I have the Three of Swords from three different decks; Shadowscapes Tarot, Dark Fairytale Tarot, for comparison, the Rider-Waite-Smith, which the first two decks are derived from.

Now, the Shadowscapes Tarot is sometimes described as a whimsical deck, in that it’s quite gentle in a lot of its images, and it’s a deck that I won’t hesitate to use for many of my clients. The Dark Fairytale Tarot on the other hand, is pretty dark, like its name says, and I’ll only use it for clients if I know they can handle it.

3 of Swords


However, if you look at these particular cards, the Three of Swords from Dark Fairytale Tarot is much more hopeful in its depiction than the Three of Swords from the Shadowscapes Tarot.

The general meaning of the 3 of Swords is heartbreak and anguish, and a lot of people get scared by that, especially if the question asked is one about love.

The swan in the Shadowscapes deck is impaled by the 3 swords, and there’s blood everywhere. That’s pretty horrible, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be a disaster. The fact is, you won’t die from a heartbreak, even though you may feel like dying. In time, you will heal, and the hurt will be a thing of the past.

Now here’s what I like about the Dark Fairytale Tarot’s depiction of the Three of Swords; the girl playing the violin in the picture and the energy of the swords pulsing through the heart makes it seem like more of a furious melodramatic energy, like that of a teenage girl who storms and cries over a breakup, and then the next week finds a new boyfriend who becomes the new current love of her life. It’s like channeling your emotional turmoil into art, music, or poetry, rather than being devastated by a tragedy that leaves you paralyzed and unable to get out of bed.

The Three of Swords is about heartbreak, sure, but it doesn’t have to be paralyzing, and it doesn’t have to last long.

Every scenario and every reading is different, and this card’s meaning will be influenced by the other cards in the reading as well, but one thing to remember if you get this card in a reading, is that no matter how much it hurts, or how little for that matter, ultimately, it’s your life. You make the decisions on when and how you will move on.

And you will move on.

This too, shall pass, and you will find happiness again.

Hazellie Wong

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Hazellie Wong is a professional tarot diviner, numerologist, and spiritual coach. She is also the founder of and a certified Master Herbalist. She is a third-generation healer, and is passionate about helping people achieve optimum spiritual and emotional health through spiritual guidance.
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2 Responses to “Comparing the Three of Swords from different decks”

  1. Karen

    Hello and Shame your not doing classes here in Adelaide Australia wondering if you know any good people that are as good as you here in Adelaide that are wonderful teachers of the tarot been reading for a while but I just want to be the best thankyou hope you can help me Karen :))

  2. Hi Karen, my current available course is an in-person course, but I’m also working on an online course that will probably be available by the end of June if you’re interested. You said you’ve been reading for a while, but I’m not sure what level you’re at. My course will be a 6-8 week course and mostly for beginners, though I will be including a lot of info that could be beneficial for intermediate students as well.

    I do know someone in Australia who is teaching an in-depth 12-month tarot course, and that may be what you’re looking for. I haven’t taken her classes, but I’ve talked to many of her students and they only have great things to say about her. Her name is Lynda Pearson. I don’t know which part of Australia she’s at, but her students are all across Australia. If you would like to contact her, please email me hazellie(at), and I’ll connect the two of you. =)

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