Six of Swords Tarot Card Meaning Explained

six of swords thothKeywords

  • Moving On
  • Quiet Suffering
  • Secrets
  • Resolution
  • Calmer Waters
  • Release


Meaning of the Six of Swords in a Reading

When it comes to the number six in the Tarot Cards, we are talking about some sense of resolution after the chaos and change of the Fives. Many Sixes in a reading such as the Celtic Cross show that we are learning to manage recent changes.

Moving on is important with the Six. So, seeing as the Suit of Swords represents the element of air, and therefore communication, the idea here is that we are letting go of the argumentativeness and conflict we have recently experienced.

This can be a card that shows separation from a relationship, or alternatively, the resolution we decide to create. Although there will be some pain involved; pain which we may quietly carry rather than stir up.

This Card can also show moving on from one situation to the other, such as leaving home or a love relationship. There could be sadness involved, but also a great deal of personal growth if we truly leave the past behind us.

six of swordsSymbolism of the Six of Swords

This card gives off a quiet, sad energy. The Suit of Swords tells us a conversation has been had since it rules the mind. So, this conversation has moved us from choppy waters into calmer waters as we can see from the image on the card.

A woman and child sit in the boat, hunched over as if grieving, with their back to the card. Their forward-facing pose shows that even though they are sad as per their posture, there is a sense of looking ahead and leaving the past behind. The man rowing the boat can be a supportive friend, relationship or family member.

Six of Swords in the Past

When we receive the Six of Swords in the past position of a 3-card spread, it indicates that we have recently had an important transition. We have moved on into a calmer space even though it has been difficult for us. Changing home, leaving a relationship or embarking on a personal journey are all possibilities we have recently experienced.

Six of Swords in the Present

When we get the Six of Wands in the Present position, we are currently in a space of resolution and moving on from chaos. Although we are feeling sad, and perhaps carrying some baggage with us, there is a sense of leaving the past behind and moving into a calmer future. We could have supportive family members helping us with this transition, or our partners assisting us in moving on.

Six of Swords in the Future

The Six of Swords in the future position tells that very soon we will be moving on from a tough situation, no matter how hard it is now. A resolution will be reached and we will move from conflict into calm. We may move home or go through a divorce, and the sense is that although we will carry baggage and sadness, the chances are we will feel lighter and clearer.

six of swords reversedReversed Six of Swords

When we see the Six of Swords reversed, it could be very difficult for us to move on from a particular situation. No matter if it is a career issue, living situation or challenging family problem. We may be holding too hard onto our grievances, preventing us from going into a calmer space. It may be very important for us to let go and leave the past behind so that we can gain greater clarity and peace, even if there is pain involved. Although the upcoming transition may appear very hard, we will experience great growth if we are brave enough to take that first step.

Six of Swords Tarot One Card Meaning

When we get this card in a One Card Reading, you may need to take a journey now, mentally or physically. Leave the choppy waters behind for calmer seas. There might be a great deal of inner pain or suffering. Perhaps secrets you carry inside, but there may be some peace after a mental battle. It is a necessary, even if difficult transition you may have to make now.

Six of Swords Yes/No Meaning

The Six of Swords facing up in the Yes/No Tarot Reading indicates that our answer is “yes”. It is time to move on and to take your suffering along with you, no matter how hard that is. It is time to move from rough waters to a calmer sea and to take that which you love with you. You may have support in this, so don’t despair.

If you get the Six of swords facing down, then moving on is not an option right now. You have to stay and deal with the problem; not hide away from the situation. The current challenge may remain quite chaotic, so it could take time to find a peaceful resolution. Speak what is on your heart and mind and don’t keep any secrets.

Summary of the Six of Swords

Although it is never easy to move on, it is imperative that we do. Right now we are experiencing a rite of passage that will lead to our growth in the future. Whether it’s leaving the person who we once deemed a soulmate or changing our home, job or putting aside a toxic career issue, now is the time for calm after the storm.

Affirmations for the Six of Swords

“Moving on will give me greater clarity”

“I don’t need to hold onto the past”

“It is healthy to let go of the past”

“I am moving from chaos into peace”

“I embrace transition”

Six of Swords kasambaMore about the Six of Swords

Moving on is never easy, whether it’s a relationship we have to take space form, moving home or leaving a career. Guidance can be welcomed at these stages of life, and chatting to a Psychic Advisor at Kasamba or Psychic Source can be extremely helpful.

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Article Info

Date: Apr 16, 2019
Amelie Rose Estrela is an experienced psychic and recently published, esteemed lead author for the Psychic Guild since 2003. She has written hundreds of articles for the website on a range of topics covered within the psychic niche, including Psychics & Mediums, Tarot & Angel Cards, Astrology & Horoscopes (the topic of her newly-released e-book), Love & Relationships, and Spells & Magic. You can find out more about Amelie on
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