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.
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 4 Of Pentacles card and 3 Of Swords card together in particular.
The 4 Of Pentacles card and 3 Of Swords have unique qualities and will interact with each other in different ways depending on what kind of reading you are doing.
What does 4 Of Pentacles and 3 Of Swords mean together?
The 4 Of Pentacles and The 3 Of Swords tarot card reveal a complex and difficult combination to interpret, but they point towards a lot of insecurity and fear. The 4 Of Pentacles points to an underlying need for a sense of long-term security, but this can manifest itself in being overly possessive and greedy. The 3 Of Swords suggests a painful heartbreak, or loss, and is a reminder that desire for security can result in shutting oneself off from relationships and intimacy. Together, these two cards urge to find balance between staying safe and secure, and allowing yourself to take risks in life and open yourself up to love.
The meaning may differ depending on what you are asking. Here are some common questions and their possible meanings
What does 4 Of Pentacles and 3 Of Swords mean together for your love life?
The 4 Of Pentacles tarot card and The 3 Of Swords tarot card together can be a sign of a difficult and painful breakup. When these two cards appear together, it could mean that you are having a hard time letting go of someone you love. You may be clinging onto the past and refusing to accept that the relationship is over, no matter how much it has already hurt you. The 4 Of Pentacles is a sign of clinging onto material possessions and the 3 Of Swords is a sign of mental and emotional pain, so together these cards could be indicating that you are clinging onto the past and not allowing yourself to move forward.
It could also be a sign of fear in the present relationship. The 4 Of Pentacles tarot card is a sign of fear of commitment and the 3 Of Swords tarot card is a sign of emotional pain, so together, this could indicate that you are afraid of being hurt or betrayed again in your current relationship. You may be hesitant to make a long-term commitment and you may be hanging onto grudges or resentments from the past.
The 4 Of Pentacles and The 3 Of Swords together can also point to a need to let go of material possessions and emotional pain and to make long-term security a priority. You may have to make a difficult decision between holding onto material possessions or the past and making a commitment to the present relationship. This could be a difficult and painful process, but ultimately necessary to create the security and stability you desire.
What does 4 Of Pentacles and 3 Of Swords mean together for your finances?
The 4 Of Pentacles tarot card and The 3 Of Swords tarot card together can offer insight into your finances and job prospects. This combination of cards is associated with both greed and heartbreak, and suggests a need for caution when it comes to financial matters.
The 4 Of Pentacles suggests a desire for long-term security and stability. It indicates an itch to hold on to what you have, and an unwillingness to take risks or try something new. It can be a sign that you’re holding on too tightly to what you already have, creating a barrier between yourself and potential success.
The 3 Of Swords indicates heartbreak, divorce, loss, depression, and possibly surgery. It suggests that something has gone wrong, and that you need to take a step back and assess the situation before you make any decisions. When paired with the 4 Of Pentacles, it suggests that you may be too focused on clinging to a comfortable status quo and are ignoring the potential of something new.
This combination of cards should be a warning to seek balance when it comes to your finances and your job. Don’t be so greedy that you miss out on opportunities, but don’t be so quick to discard a source of security. You should strive to maintain a balance between taking chances and playing it safe.
What does 4 Of Pentacles and 3 Of Swords mean together for your health?
When the 4 Of Pentacles and the 3 Of Swords tarot cards come up together in a reading, it can be a signal that you are preoccupied with your long-term security and the desire to protect what you have accumulated. This can show up as an unwillingness to take risks in your life, a fear of change, and an excessive focus on the “what if’s”. In the area of health, this combination can signal physical stagnation, where you become overly focused on preventive measures and are afraid to try anything new. In a more serious reading, it can signify a fear of medical procedures, such as surgery.
On the other hand, when it comes to health, the 3 Of Swords tarot card can indicate heartbreak, divorce, loss, depression, and surgery. It speaks of a deep emotional pain that can come from a trauma that you’ve experienced in your life, especially when it comes to physical health. This card can also signal the need for a major shift in your attitude and outlook towards health.
When these two cards are combined, it speaks of a cycle of fear and stagnation, where the fear of change is preventing you from taking the necessary steps to ensure your future health. It’s a warning that you need to recognize the emotional pain that can come with physical health issues and take steps to shift your thoughts towards the healing process. The 4 Of Pentacles is a reminder that material possessions and security can be important, but it shouldn’t be your sole focus. The 3 Of Swords is a reminder that you should take time to address your emotional health, even if it’s difficult, in order to truly be healthy in the long term.
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 4 Of Pentacles and 3 Of Swords 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 4 Of Pentacles mean?
The 4 of Pentacles Tarot card can be interpreted to highlight issues relating to health, finances, and relationships. This card can indicate a tendency towards hoarding, which often has both positive and negative consequences.
When it comes to health, the 4 of Pentacles suggests a desire for long-term wellbeing. This card can denote a focus on nutrition, exercise, and prevention, and could also signal a fixation on health, leading to excessive worry and stress.
The 4 of Pentacles card in the realm of finances can indicate a desire for financial stability and security. This card can denote a focus on saving and investing, and an unwillingness to take risks. It could also signal an extreme need for money, leading to compulsive shopping and debt.
Finally, the 4 of Pentacles Tarot card can represent a need for constancy and stability in relationships. This card can denote a fear of commitment, and an unwillingness to open up or change. It could also suggest a focus on material possessions or power structures, and an unwillingness to let go of control or trust others.
Regardless of the domain, the 4 of Pentacles Tarot card can signify a focus on long-term security, though it can also indicate a tendency towards excess and a lack of flexibility. As such, it is important to take the time to cultivate the balance between strength and flexibility, and be thankful for the security it can bring.
What does 3 Of Swords mean?
The 3 of Swords Tarot card carries a heavy energy, representing the pain of loss and heartache. When it appears in a reading, it can be a sign of a difficult time ahead in all aspects of life, including physical and emotional health, financial stability, and relationships.
In terms of health, the 3 of Swords indicates that something difficult is coming. It could be a major shift in your physical health, such as a major surgery, or a long-term illness or condition that you have to manage. It can also represent a mental or emotional difficulty, such as depression or anxiety, or a traumatic event that had an impact on your well-being. Whatever it is, it can be a difficult challenge to face, but it is also an opportunity for personal growth.
Financially, the 3 of Swords can indicate a difficult period, where existing resources may be stretched, or unexpected expenses may come up. It’s important to take a step back and assess the situation, try to make the best decisions you can with the information you have. It’s possible that with careful planning, you can work your way through this difficult period and come out the other side in a healthier financial situation.
In terms of relationships, the 3 of Swords can represent heartbreak and the end of a relationship. It can be difficult to move on, but it also is an opportunity to reflect and learn from past experiences. It can also bring new opportunities for connection and growth. Whatever the situation, it is important to look for the silver lining and be honest about your needs and feelings.
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 4 Of Pentacles and 3 Of Swords has helped you.