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Three of Swords
by mercenary30

Card Meaning
Artistic Media
Artist's Bio


You are looking into a cave entrance which happens to be the lair of a cockatrice; a mythological beast that can turn you to stone with a touch. According to legend, original cockatrice was the result of a chicken's egg that was hatched by dragon. She has returned to her nest to discover that someone has defiled her lair and destroyed her egg. Three swords were left, stuck through the hardened shell of the egg taking the life of the young cockatrice inside, ensuring the threat to the local communities didn't grow.


In this card, the egg with the three swords embedded symbolizes the heart found in many Rider-Waite-Smith decks and clones. I have added an additional layer (no pun intended) to this card by adding in a second victim in the form of the mother cockatrice. So depending on the angle one looks at this card they can see a different perspective. If one wanted to relate to the mother or the egg they can see the traditional meaning of heartache and loss that can be represented by the Three of Swords. If one were to look at this from the perspective of the locals that consider this cockatrice and her brood as a threat, than the pain inflicted was warranted and necessary.

Card Meaning

Heartache and loss can be inferred from seeing this card in a reading. Whether it be someone's feelings getting hurt by the actions or words of another, or the loss of a friend or loved one. Arguments can cause this type of feeling, maybe even the failure of an idea or project that was championed. In many cases this is the result of a confrontation at some level and whether justified or not, at least one party if not all, will feel a certain level of hurt.

Artistic Media

Graphite pencils were used in the creation of this card. The text was added with a photo editor the font was Persian.

Artist's Bio

Ron Soller has been studying tarot since the beginning of 2002. His discovery of tarot was brought on by a search for a tarot deck that one of his favorite fantasy artists, Richard Kane Ferguson, was working on. This led him to Aeclectic Tarot, and that site sparked his initial interests.

In his tarot explorations, Ron has rediscovered his love of writing, and has been exploring his spiritual side, investigating various Eastern philosophies. Go back to the project index, read the traditional card meaning, or get a free automated reading.

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