This card is not just about heart break in a romantic sense, it can also apply to crossed words in any situation. The suit of Swords are of the element ‘Air’ and relate to the intellect, spoken word, reasoning, thinking and conflict. If the 3 of Swords comes up in a relationship reading, it speaks of being stuck and wounded unable to move out of the situation.
You may be stuck in a relationship that is too much to bear, for example if the card of the 6 of Swords also appears in the reading. Or it could signify a rift that needs healing before you can move on, depending on the cards around it – such as the 8 of Cups, in this case.
Tarot Insiders Tip: This card is also about separating out your ideas and trying to think clearly.