The Three of Swords can often indicate problems in relationships and emotional struggles. Perhaps the energy from August’s theme card, the reversed Emperor, is causing some friction between you and a loved one this week. The need to control situations can definitely put a strain on relationships. Friends and partners do not exist solely to do our bidding, but when we feel threatened we might resort to such attitudes and behaviors, overcompensating for the lack of control we feel. If this is true for you, take a look at what you can do to make the situation better. Recognize that the other person has autonomy and treat their needs with respect. Be gentle and caring in your approach if you have previously been stern. If you have been rigid and unyielding, be flexible and try a collaborative approach, one that leads to compromise and benefits both you and your friend.
The Three of Swords has another piece of advice for you among its various interpretations: regain some mental control over your emotions. This doesn’t mean to approach others coldly this week. It just means to cool your temper and keep an eye out for spikes in your emotions — reactions that might quickly lead to avoidable conflict with others.