Six of Swords

Interpretation

Six of SwordsThe image on this card clearly indicates travel. This might be physical travel, especially by air, or it could represent mentally planning for a trip. The swords in this image are also aligned. This travel is necessary to get your thoughts in order.

Sixes are naturally collaborative cards. They stress the need to discern relationships and patterns. Since the Swords relate to the mental and intellectual, this card may represent aid in moving from the turmoil of the Five of Swords, to a safe shore or harbor. If you received this “getaway” card, you probably need a little distance from your everyday life. Everyone needs a breather now and then. Some sort of vacation is in order. This change of scenery can shift your perspective. Follow your intuition. Do you need a long lunch with a friend? Do you need to plan a trip to a resort? Do you need to take a sabbatical in a remote location? Whatever you do, enjoy the journey.

Interactions

The Six of Swords adds motion to the following cards.

Major Arcana

Fool: When the Fool and Six of Swords come together in a spread, it indicates travel.
Lovers: If any cards from the suit of Swords come after the Lovers, it indicates the end of a relationship.
Chariot: When the Chariot and Six of Swords come together in a spread, it indicates the need for quick action.
World: When the World and Six of Swords come together in a spread, it indicates long distance travel.

Minor Arcana

Eight of Cups: When the Eight of Cups (hearts in other decks) and Six of Swords come together in a spread, it emphasizes the need to leave a situation.
Knights: When any of the Knights and Six of Swords come together in a spread, it indicates the need for quick action.

The Suit — Swords or Spades

The sword cuts and dissects. Swords represents the element of air. They are intellect. They are double-sided, which allows them to both damage and heal. The images in the suit might be alarming to some, but they are not simply aggressive. Yes, we can use blades to inflict pain, but we also use them to carve, shave, and trim.

The Number — 6

Sixes represent support, communication, and perfection.

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