Storm clouds, pelting rain, three swords stuck through a plump, red heart. This is not a good harbinger for the upcoming Valentine’s Day! In Tarot, swords represent the element of air, thus thoughts, words, communication in general. If you’ve been hurt by someone’s words or if you’ve been the one to lash out, now is the time to come to terms and reconcile. Swords are double-edged–they can vanquish and save the day or they can wreak havoc and destruction. Consider the effect of your words. What kind of communication do you think fosters best results? If you’ve been hurt, try to forgive and move on (it’s best for you to let it go). Maybe try not to take things so personally–we all have our moments. And if you are hurling invective into your universe, check your attitude. There may be better ways for you to communicate your needs. The good news is that storms don’t last forever. The sun will come out and even perhaps a rainbow.
The time for war is over. In case you didn’t get it before it’s pretty clear now that no one truly wins in a battle. There are always consequences for both sides–the victor and the defeated. The defeated have lain down their swords and turn away. The victor looks over to them, holding two swords upright in one hand and one sword for support as a kind of staff in the other. The sky is dark and foreboding with sharp clouds zig-zagging in an uneasy motion. In its upright position this card points to the hollow nature of victories when won by the harsh violence of actual swords or words (swords being the suit of thoughts and communication). We feel that the reversal here enhances the message, as in a strong directive to turn away from battles and come around towards forgiveness and peaceful conflict resolution.