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 The Fool card and 3 Of Swords card together in particular.
The The Fool 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 The Fool and 3 Of Swords mean together?
The Fool tarot card means fresh hope, take chances, new paths and adventures, beginnings. For me, this card represents a new start in life. I am embarking on a new journey, and I am hopeful that it will be a successful one. I am taking risks, and I am willing to try new things. I believe that this new beginning will be a positive one, and that it will bring me happiness and success.
The 3 Of Swords tarot card means heartbreak, divorce, loss, depression, surgery. This card represents a difficult time in my life. I may be going through a divorce, or experiencing a loss. I may be feeling depressed, and may even need surgery. However, I am hopeful that I will eventually get through this tough time. I know that it will take time and effort, but I am willing to put in the work.
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 The Fool 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 The Fool mean?
The Fool Tarot card encourages us to take chances and explore new paths, both in our personal lives and in our relationships. It reminds us that we always have the potential for growth and new beginnings, no matter what our current circumstances may be. This is an auspicious card for financial matters, indicating that now is a good time to take risks and invest in new ventures. When it comes to health, The Fool suggests that we take care of our bodies and minds, and pay attention to our intuition. It is also a reminder to stay positive and optimistic, even when faced with difficulties. In relationships, The Fool urges us to be open to new experiences and to take advantage of opportunities for growth and transformation.
What does 3 Of Swords mean?
Health: This card can represent some sort of health setback or surgery that may be required. However, it can also indicate a period of recuperation and healing following an illness or injury.
Finances: The 3 of Swords can indicate financial difficulties, such as debt, job loss, or unexpected expenses. However, it can also suggest that these difficulties are temporary and can be overcome with perseverance.
Relationships: The 3 of Swords is often associated with heartbreak, divorce, or loss. However, it can also indicate a time of healing and moving on from a past relationship.
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 The Fool and 3 Of Swords has helped you.
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