Three of Swords
The image here is a simple and clear one. This is the card of sorrow, and it represents emotional suffering. Remember, however, that the suit of Swords is that of intellect and authority. So most of all, this represents sorrow inflicted upon the heart by the human mind. This isn’t simply grief, because grief can come from many sources – this pain was caused by another person. A callous word, a harsh gesture, a turned back or a deaf ear… rejection, sadness, loneliness, heartbreak, betrayal, separation, or the destruction of another person’s happiness to serve some manner of ideal. This is a card with many faces, and none of them are pleasant.
You’ve been hurt in the past, but pain doesn’t last forever. Inversed, the pain of the Three of Swords is still there, but you’re recovering from it. Perhaps, with the perspective of time, you realize things weren’t as bad as you’d thought they were before.