Oh dear. What can I say? I was probably as disappointed as you to have this be our first card of the new year. I am rarely tempted to “cheat,” but I admit that I was today. Still, I am honor-bound to tell the truth, as Cassandra-like as it may be.
So, yes, challenges lie ahead this week. We have another three this week. But this time, we receive one of the simplest, obviously unhappy cards in the Tarot. As one of the very few cards with no human figure depicted, there is not a lot to describe. Even a child can see that this is a card of tears, strife, and hurt. Three swords pierce a heart. Against the background of a storm, tears and rain fall.
This card sometimes relates to love triangles; but remember this is an Air card, meaning that its energy focuses on words, thoughts, ideas, communication, and intellect. So there may be sorrow and pain because of misunderstanding, gossip, false beliefs, or making a wrong choice. There could be a betrayal, or grievous words exchanged.
I also think of this card as how heartbreak can often be a message from our Higher Self that we need to open our hearts more. The Wisdom within us breaks our hearts, in order to widen our perception, cultivate compassion, and discover the importance of forgiveness.
You might begin by considering, then, from the detached perspective of the Swords, if there are emotionally volatile memories that are in need of examination. What relationships (current or past) need healing? In what ways might your emotional pain be in danger of taking over, resulting in the temptation to hurt or control those around you? What wounds need to be understood? What is the core cause of your deepest heart suffering right now? Who else in your life might be grieving, and can you help? What healing rains might bring cleansing, compassion and forgiveness?
Sometimes, the only way we will let go of that which needs to be released is if we are hurt by it. Unhappily, it sometimes comes to pass that our hearts have to break, in order to grow and move forward.
But acceptance and taking these lessons to heart brings an opportunity to learn, change and become receptive to something that, ultimately, will be far better for us.