The Three of Swords is about an intellectual response to Death: anxiety over being remembered. The composition is inspired by the card of the same number in the Sola Busca deck (see Selected References). The garland at the bottom indicates commemoration, the proverbial fruits of one’s labor on display. The blue blades bend to enclose the pink, showing attachment to one’s own life. But the motif on the blades is the double-helix thread of XIX. Sprout and the Bean, showing the interconnection that this song also explores (see X. Sapokanikan, which shares the same song).
This card links to the Eight of Swords, which seeks to climb higher than these attachments.