Card meanings: six of swords


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Journey by water. This could be a move or a vacation, but given the nature of the suit of Swords, this would more often point to an escape, or separation (from an abusive spouse for example), or a relocation from a poor economy or other harsh environments to safer locales. This card is similar to the 8 of Cups, except that (aside from a journey over water versus land) this image implies leaving in something of a hurry, and things left behind. In the 8 of Cups the man has set his affairs in order before skipping town. For complete information on this card including how to use it to manifest your desires please try out a copy of The Easiest Way to Learn the Tarot—EVER!!

 

Six of Swords — Rider Deck Blue Box

Six of Swords : Description: A ferryman poles his skiff across a short distance of water. His cargo today is a woman and her child, leaving for the distant shore. The water on his right is choppy and agitated, but the waters on his left are placid all the way to his destination. The swords in the boat coupled with the woman’s hunched over, hooded countenance in contrast to the ferryman’s light clothing indicate her taking flight from oppression. Vaguely reminiscent of Charon of Greek mythology who ferried the recently dead (who could pay) safely to the lands of Hades, where all rest eventually, thus leaving discord and entering harmony.

Prime elements at work in this card

  • Number: Six. Creating order from chaos. Even
  • Suit: Swords. Retreat, seeking allies, regrouping
  • Direction: North-Northeast. Short trips, sudden travel. Late morning
  • Element: Air. Change in plans, disappearing, taking flight

Traditional meaning: Journey by water. This could be a move or a vacation, but given the nature of the suit of Swords, this would more often point to an escape, or separation (from an abusive spouse for example), or a relocation from a poor economy or other harsh environments to safer locales. This card is similar to the 8 of Cups, except that (aside from a journey over water versus land) this image implies leaving in something of a hurry, and things left behind. In the 8 of Cups the man has set his affairs in order before skipping town. Here the woman did not even have time to pack. The symbolism of the mother and child alone also suggests leaving without a spouse.

Special note: One half of the Laws of Attraction and Repulsion paradigm is “the Law of Repulsion.” This card exemplifies this energy in action as the ferryman (Captain of the ship—e.g., the brain, will, magical efforts and workings, and so forth. For vastly extended information on this please consult your local mystery school or apply to ours when we are accepting students.) pushes away from the experienced* turbulence toward the calmer waters of distant shores. Motivationally speaking this is “moving away from,” whereas the other half of the law (most commonly known as “attraction” or seduction of) is “moving towards.” (Here see the hidden meaning of the 7 of Cups.)

Traditional reversed meaning: Journey or escape is delayed. No way out of the present situation. Being forced to endure current circumstances or make changes from within the system rather than running away. Possibly returning to the location of previous despair for whatever reasons.

*(experienced) When you are working your Laws of Attraction and Repulsion exercises you will find your ability to manifest your desires quickly and easily strengthened by the act of experiencing versus a simple visualization. Anything “experienced” fully will resonate a much greater force to pull or push away from, but does not need to be “physically” a reality. By carefully developing your imaginative capacity and your skill with “visualization aids,” you will often gain the benefits of “experience” without the burden of direct active physical stimulus. Ask your teacher for help with this if you need to.

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