Drawing 3 Of Swords Card And 6 Of Cups Tarot Cards Together | What Do They Mean When Together? | A Complete Guide

  • By: Reece
  • Date: 15 December 2022
  • Time to read: 9 min.

A key aspect of reading your own tarot is interpreting cards. For a beginner interpreting a single card can be fine, as there are plenty of resources to help you out, however interpreting two or more can be very tricky.

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However, if you have been practising single card readings for a while a 2 card spread will be a great introduction into reading multiple cards.

As you’ve found this page, you’re probably wondering how to interpret the 3 Of Swords card and 6 Of Cups card together in particular.

The 3 Of Swords card and 6 Of Cups have unique qualities and will interact with each other in different ways depending on what kind of reading you are doing.

What does 3 Of Swords and 6 Of Cups mean together?

The 3 of Swords and 6 of Cups tarot cards together signify a difficult emotional period, a time of heartache and loss. It can be related to a difficult time of recovery after a divorce, or a deep sadness that comes with the loss of a past relationship. This can also mean a time of physical pain, such as post-surgery recovery, or depression that requires a lot of emotional healing. However, this time of sorrow can also be a source of nostalgia and a reminder to focus on the sweet memories of the past. The 6 of Cups suggests a gift of serenity that can come from the pain of a broken heart, in the form of innocent reunions and appreciation for what once was.

The meaning may differ depending on what you are asking. Here are some common questions and their possible meanings

What does 3 Of Swords and 6 Of Cups mean together for your love life?

The combination of the 3 of Swords and the 6 of Cups in your love life speaks of a time of healing, starting anew, and reconnecting with your inner child. The 3 of Swords signifies heartbreak, divorce, loss, depression, and surgery, all of which may sound intimidating and painful. However, the 6 of Cups provides a note of hope in this difficult time, suggesting nostalgia, gifts, innocence, and reunions.

The message here is that you have the opportunity to take something negative, such as a heartbreak or loss, and turn it into something positive. The nostalgia of the 6 of Cups reminds you that you have experienced love before, and you will experience love again. Perhaps you even have the chance to reconnect with an old flame in a new way. The gifts of this card can be presented to you in the form of lessons learned, fond memories, and perhaps even material gifts. Your innocence is also being reminded to you, allowing you to move forward with a fresh start and an open heart.

This combination also speaks to the importance of self-love and healing. It is important to take the time to grieve your losses and accept the pain that comes with them. You may even want to consider seeking out counseling or spiritual guidance to help you process it all. Once you have done that, you can then begin to work on reuniting with yourself and reconnecting with that inner child who loves the world and loves to love. With an open heart, you can trust that love will find you again, and that you can build a stronger bond than ever with someone special.

What does 3 Of Swords and 6 Of Cups mean together for your finances?

The union of The 3 Of Swords and The 6 Of Cups tarot cards indicate a financial period where you will experience a sad and difficult loss, whether it is through a job loss, a divorce, or surgery. You may also need to confront some hard decisions about your finances that can lead to a difficult and painful period in your life.

It is important to remember, however, that after the heartbreak and loss of the 3 Of Swords, the nostalgia and gifts of the 6 Of Cups will bring about a new beginning. It may be difficult to accept the loss you have experienced, but it can also grant you the opportunity to see things from a different perspective. With the help of the 6 Of Cups, you can strive to create a new and more secure financial future.

The 6 Of Cups may symbolize a reunion of sorts with a more stable job or a reunion with a more reliable financial partner. This could also mean a reunion of sorts with yourself if you take the time to take a step back and reassess your goals and ambitions. The 6 Of Cups symbolizes a renewed commitment to your financial journey, a greater investment in your career, and a clean slate to make better decisions moving forward.

The 3 Of Swords and The 6 Of Cups tarot cards together signify a difficult but hopeful transition. Your period of financial hardship will eventually give way to the gifts, nostalgia, renewal, and reunion that are represented by The 6 Of Cups. With patience, courage, and perseverance, you can create a bright and secure financial future.

What does 3 Of Swords and 6 Of Cups mean together for your health?

The 3 Of Swords and the 6 Of Cups tarot cards indicate the importance of both looking back and moving forward when it comes to health. The 3 Of Swords tarot card indicates that there may be a period of great distress, heartbreak, and loss in the present, and this tarot card can signify the need to face something emotionally difficult and painful. It speaks to the idea of divorce, depression, surgery, and other experiences that can leave us feeling isolated, broken, and uncertain.

At the same time, the 6 Of Cups tarot card speaks to the power of moving forward and reclaiming your inner strength by taking nostalgia and understanding from the past and bringing it into the present. This tarot card speaks to the idea of gifts, innocence and reunions, which can provide a sense of solace, comfort and hope for the future and remind us that, despite difficulty, hope is possible.

These two cards together can help us to heal and move forward on our health journey. The 3 Of Swords tarot card tells us to feel our pain and to confront it rather than to deny it or avoid it. The 6 Of Cups tarot card, however, also tells us to look to the joys, gifts, innocence and reunions of the past as a reminder that the good times will come again. This can provide a sense of solace, comfort and hope that can help us to heal and move forward on our health journey.

The meaning of the cards will depend on what kind of reading you are doing and the question you asked the deck. This is a guide covering the general meanings of the cards and how they relate to each other.

Common 2-card spreads

Whilst it’s great to know who these two cards interact with each other, it’s important to note that the meaning will depend on the context of your spread

The most common 2 card spreads I recommend to newer readers are:

  • The 2 card cross (otherwise known as “The Fool’s Journey”)
  • The 2 card “Yes or No”

“The Fool’s Journey”

Setup: The two card cross is where you place two cards face up, one placed vertically and with one laying horizontally over

Interpretation: The 2 cards represent a “situation” and a “challenge”. The first card will describe the situation you are in with the second horizontal card being the “challenge” crossing you (literally crossing you in this case!)

Reading: Using the overviews in this guide is a great way to start. First, look at the meanings of the 2 cards, and see how they might relate either as your “situation” or “challenge”. Once you have that you can look at the general overview for how the two cards interact with each other.

The benefit of this spread is that it can give clarity when you’re feeling uncertain or anxious. Once you have clarity of thought, and a strong idea of what your challenge is you can find solutions to help your situation

The 2 card “Yes or No”

Setup: The 2 card “Yes or No” is where you place two cards face up side by side, whilst asking your deck a “yes or no” question.

Interpretation: Each card in a tarot deck has a “yes” or a “no” meaning. Look at the meanings of each card, and you will have your answer.

The benefit of this is you get a stronger yes or no compared to a single card draw. You may find you often get a mix of “yes or no”, and this is fine. It simply means there is doubt, or things are not yet clear.

Yes or No meaning

Things are a bit tricky for this combination, as 3 Of Swords and 6 Of Cups mean different things. The cards are unsure about your question, or the answer to the question has not yet been decided.

The “Yes” and “No” meanings can differ from reader to reader. The meanings here are based on what I believe are the generally accepted definitions.

What does 3 Of Swords mean?

The Three of Swords Tarot card symbolizes heartbreak, loss, pain, depression, and separation. This card can indicate any type of heartache or difficulty that one may be going through. In health, the Three of Swords Tarot card suggests feelings of physical pain, whether it’s the result of an illness or surgery. It can also indicate emotional pain, such as depression or anxiety. Physically, this card can signify the breakdown or loss of a bodily organ, or illness leading to a slow decline. Emotionally, this card may signify the need for healing from a painful experience, whether that experience was a death or a divorce.

For finances, the Three of Swords Tarot card can be an indication of financial difficulties and loss. This card can represent losing money or investments, going into debt, or financial hardships. It can also be an indication of unexpected expenses or financial hardship caused by illness or a divorce.

In relationships, the Three of Swords Tarot card is a warning that a relationship may be headed for a difficult time. This card can indicate a heartbreak, divorce, betrayal, or cheating. It can also signify that a relationship has reached its breaking point and it may be time to move on. Although this card can be difficult to face, it is important to remember that it can also signify a necessary transformation in order to move forward.

The Three of Swords Tarot card symbolizes deep sorrow, pain, and heartache but it is also a reminder that no matter how difficult something may seem, it is possible to find healing and hope. This card can signify the end of a painful chapter, and the need to look towards the future with increased optimism.

What does 6 Of Cups mean?

Health: The 6 of Cups tarot card is associated with nostalgia, innocence, and reunions. Health-wise, this card represents a need for self-care. It’s easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day grind and forget to take the time to nourish your body and mind. Taking the time to recall fond and happy memories can be a great way to help restore balance and relaxation in your life. Remembering what it feels like to be taken care of, and remembering to thank yourself for the care you give, can be a meaningful way to celebrate your health.

Finances: The 6 of Cups tarot card is associated with memories and gifts, which can be a good omen for finances. Being able to look back on past successes and the gifts that those successes have brought you can be a great way to inspire you to explore new possibilities and opportunities. Initially, the gifts may be monetary, or even in the form of knowledge or skills. It is important to remember to give ourselves permission to accept and recognize our wealth, both financially and emotionally.

Relationships: The 6 of Cups tarot card signifies a time of reuniting and reconnecting. This could mean both literal and metaphorical reunions. Taking the time to rekindle old relationships, whether it’s with a significant other, a family member, or a distant friend, can be a great way to re-invigorate your connections with the people you care about. The innocence of the card can also represent an opportunity to start anew, to forgive and forget past grievances, and to accept and receive the love and affection that is offered.


Understanding how the meaning of a reading changes once you start involving more than one card can be tricky. This will come with time and practice, however I hope this guide on what your cards might be telling you when you draw 3 Of Swords and 6 Of Cups has helped you.