Miniature carved tarot card; 3 of swords

Miniature carved tarot card; the 3 of Swords

Dave's Three of Swords

Dave's Three 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


About dadsnook

Dave has been exploring cyclic astrology since the mid-1970's. CYCLIC astrology utilizes both Return charts and planetary-pair cycles for short-term prediction. These practices and four years of archived material are available for study or reading at A new book, Personal Prediction ISBN 978-9-615-63033-5, has been published and the MC-Solar Cycle technique is now supported through a recognized software provider so that all students and practicing astrologers can apply these techniques for their own use. Recently, Dave has been exploring a new charting format:, transiting Moon to natal Sun Return charts. These moon-sun returns show how see seek to maintain or deal with change in our lives. A book is expected to be released in 2015. Contact Dave for details at Dave is a retired business systems analyst and automation systems engineer, enjoys woodcarving and tarot in addition to astrology.
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2 Responses to Miniature carved tarot card; 3 of swords

  1. dadsnook says:

    Sharyn, thanks for the feedback. I hope all is going well for you. I visited your quirkies.blogspot,com site — not only has your web-mastering improved but your quiltwork and commentary is both amazing and enlightening. For others who read this, do yourselves a favor and visit Sharyn’s site.

    Thanks again, Dave


  2. Sharyn/AJ says:

    I like it, seems to give a lot more information than the typical stylized 3 in the heart card.


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