Miniature carved tarot card; the 3 of Swords
“Three” represents the result of a pairing. The phrase, “The sum is more than the whole of its parts” comes to mind, a couple bringing forth a child is another example. As a general rule the Three of Swords card represents stress, pain, disappointment, emotional hurt. Mary Greer, noted tarot author and teacher, notes that the three of hearts represents the failure of the two of hearts. The conventional Three of Hearts appeared in the 15th centure in the Sola Busca deck.
This miniature card measures 1.75 inches high and is carved in Aspen Wood in what we carvers call “deep relief” — not quite three dimensional as the image arises out of the background. This depiction, for me, represents three primary disappointments in life; the loss of your first love, the loss of a child when it grows and leaves the family, and the final loss —- your last love. This card depicts that process of going through life’s experiences of loss, presently at the “mid-point.”
I would appreciate hearing any comments about the depiction of this card. I use these cards to make up 3-card readings-bracelets for my friends, linking the three cards together with gold loops and using a short joining chain. Dave