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Six of Swords

A description and interpretation of the role of The Six of Swords in the Tarot

In a nutshell...


  • sadness

  • blockage
    unresolved trauma


General overview

As is always the case in the world of the divinatory tarot, the interpretation of the Six of Swords depends a lot on the other cards in the draw. This truth doesn't prevent this minor arcana from having its own characteristics, which I will set out as precisely as possible for you here.

Before looking at the specifics of the Six of Swords, you should remember that the suit of Swords is always associated with the world of ideas, intelligence and critical thinking. In numerology, the number 6 is considered as a mirror number. It is closely connected to the idea of beauty. The number 6 will show you your inner riches more clearly. It reveals what has been hidden for too long.

From a visual point of view, the Six of Swords represents two groups of three curves forming an oval. This is a symbolic representation of thought, of the inner world in which ideas take root and flourish. It is not by chance that there is a flower inside the oval, protected by its borders. Almost as if it wants us to wait, the flower seems to have its back turned to us. Although the ideas it represents seem to be gradually germinating, for the moment they are only encountering regret and solitude.

The worst weariness is when you no longer want to want.


  • from an emotional viewpoint

    The Six of Swords is full of pain and sadness. From a romantic perspective, the card most often reflects a willingness to change and a desire to reject the past for good. It reflects a period of transition, during which the seeker is consciously trying to get rid of some of the guides that have ruled their life until now. This step forward is not easy.

  • from a career viewpoint

    The same idea of change is conveyed by the Six of Swords when analyzed from the professional angle. In a society governed by money, it is obviously very easy to fall into the trap of routine. The rent has to be paid, meaning a lot of people make do with a job that doesn't really satisfy them. For their security definitely and sometimes also because they are afraid of change. With the Six of Swords, the seeker becomes aware of their situation. They are motivated to move forward, ready to face the short-term difficulties of such a decision.

  • from a life path viewpoint

    The teachings of the Six of Swords are likely to have a lasting influence on the destiny of anyone willing to learn them. Your ability to imagine yourself in your future is crucial to your development but flexibility is equally important. A human life can sometimes seem very chaotic. If your original plan doesn't really suit you then there's no point holding on to the same course against all the odds. By agreeing to change, you can make peace with your past and direct your gaze firmly to your future. This is where life is.

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    Its influence

    • short-term

      In the short term, the Six of Swords bears witness to the period of transition that you are currently experiencing. You have recently realized that your life no longer suits you perfectly. You are now determined to do everything possible to change and move forward in a new direction. This decision has not been reached without pain. By agreeing to change your habits, you have had to choose to abandon some of your guiding ideas. So, if you sometimes feel sad, just keep in mind the bright future that you have started building!

    • long-term

      In the long term, the Six of Swords teaches that it is sometimes essential to accept you need to detach yourself from your past. Although your experiences have actively helped to shape what you are today, holding onto your trauma is hindering your development.

    Full interpretation

    Interpretation of The Six of Swords upright

    Because it is closely linked to sadness and loneliness, the Six of Swords is not always very well understood by beginners in the divination tarot. Behind its gloomy appearance, the arcana hides a much happier reality.

    When the Six of Swords appears, it means that your weariness has reached record levels. Boredom and dissatisfaction have taken hold of your life to the extent that it's very difficult to ignore them any longer. It is high time to get out of your pit and look at the world from a different point of view!

    In the short term, this awareness of the flaws in your daily life is bound to be painful. It indicates failure, or at least the end of an adventure, the completion of a cycle. In order to develop further you will have to decide to move and detach yourself once and for all from a past that so often slows you down.

    Although you might find your landmarks disrupted for a time, this is essential if you really want to build a happier future. Before embarking body and soul on this new life path, you will need to take some time to reflect, so you can really understand the implications of your situation and define the direction you want to go in.

    Interpretation of The Six of Swords reversed

    When the Six of Swords appears upside down, the draw often reflects the difficulty the seeker is having in detaching themselves from their past experiences. Very aware of their trauma, they are desperately seeking a solution that will allow them to look calmly at their future. But for the moment they are unsuccessful.

    This inability to move forward causes the seeker sadness and despair. Although they want to explore new horizons, their memories are always drawing them back to the baseline. Like Sisyphus, as he climbs up the slope everyday only to have to start again at the bottom the next day.

    The seeker will need to try to take a step back from their difficulties and redouble their efforts. The desperation never lasts forever, the bright sun is always hiding somewhere behind the cloud.