What does the six of swords tarot card mean?

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The six of swords is part of the Minor Arcana deck of tarot cards and is part of the Swords suit.

Keywords: Resolution, calm waters, travel


The Six of Swords is a card of transition, and more often than not, it’s a difficult one to make. You have had to make some tough decisions, and a consequence of those choices is a change in your life which means you need to move on and leave something behind. Though it may be hard to let go sometimes, in this case it is better in the long run.

You have been through a rough patch and now it’s time to move forward to a more positive period of your life, and leave your problems behind you. It can be emotional to say goodbye to people or places you’re attached to, but sometimes you have to let your head rule your heart and trust that logic will lead you on the right path.

The Six of Swords often also indicates travel, usually over water. This could be a holiday, or a longer trip or even a relocation.

Reverse Keywords: surprise, revelation, baggage, stuck

Reverse Meaning

In reverse, the Six of Swords suggests that you are trying to move on from a difficult period in your life, but there is something or somebody standing in your way. You know that you need to leave the past behind and move forward with your life, but there is something stopping you. Often, this obstacle is a person such as a past-lover who cannot accept that the relationship is over, and is still trying to persuade you to rekindle the flame. If it was a marriage or somebody with whom you shared a home, they could be making things difficult in a legal sense. If not an external source, the things that is making it difficult for you is your own subconscious. You may be being forced to make a change that you don’t want to make, or it could have been sprung on you unexpectedly. Though it’s natural to resist change, it’s time to let go and embrace what is coming.

Other Minor Arcana Cards (in the Swords suit)