Six of Swords

Written by Jacob. Published on November 3rd, 2011 at 01:00.

Six of Swords Rider Waite Tarot

Six of Swords Artwork Description

“A ferryman carrying passengers in his punt to the further shore.” 1

Six of Swords Associations

  • Six: Balance; restoration, equilibrium, harmony; equality, unity.
  • Element: Air.
  • Timing: Spring; instant; speed/swiftness.
  • Direction: East/flowing; unexpected.
  • Keywords: Intellect, the mind; communication, sharing of thought; insight, wisdom; philosophy, enlightenment; movement, creativity, origin of conflict.

Six of Swords Basic Meaning

The Six of Swords is about arriving at answers or coming up with solutions to troubles. This is not really the action of concluding these troubles, but simply the ideals behind the actions. This is also about escape and traveling away from troubling issues.

Additional Interpretations

Moving away from illness, pain, or sorrow; recovery; taking action to overcome one’s problems; better times ahead so keep going; a journey often planned due to unhappy circumstances; the need to ‘get away’.” 2

“A boat of swords being ferried across a river with a woman as passenger. The classic Rider-Waite meaning is that one is leaving difficulties behind. A trip or change of scene may be the answer to restoring balance here. But there is more to it than this. In relation to the mind, ideas and words of the sword suit, this is also about finding a solutions to math problems and brain twisters, not just troubles.

The ferryman is part of the give/take here. He has a fare thanks to this passenger, and his passenger has a way across the river. What he symbolizes is help in finding answers or solutions to problems. He might be a reference book or website, or perhaps just someone who will listen while you talk and work things out in your head. He rows you in the right direction, away from confusion and mental turmoil to smooth, thoughtful waters. Waters clear and clam that you can, in fact, see the other shore, the answer, in sight!

There it is, a way to make your idea, your argument, your formula work smoothly, perfectly, beautifully. I sometimes call this the ‘Eureka’ card in that it has that feeling of a scientist catching sight of a solution.

The reader should warn the querent that they haven’t arrived at that other shore yet. There may be a good deal to work out, but this is a break-through moment where the mind is working once again. And whoever, or whatever helped you get there also feels mentally rewarded.

Note that this card can also be about trips by boat.” 3

“Meaning: Journey by water, route, way envoy, comissionary, expedient.

Reversed: Declaration, confession, publicity; one account says that it is a proposal of love. Unfavourable issue of a lawsuit. ” 1

Axank’s Dream Recollection

October 1-2, 2011
I had I dream about gaining powers. I believe I had more than one, and to get a different one you’d have to exchange it out for the other. The last one I had made me interact with plants—almost take on their abilities. I had gotten this disease and it was freaking me out. My hair was falling out and my head was turning red and scaly <troubling issue>. I thought I was taking on an plant’s unhealthy state. I tested it with the ‘garden statues’ in my backyard, they give yes or no answers. You stand in front of the statues, and they respond: The dragon/gargoyle guy breathed fire if you were bad, if it breathed smoke you were clear. The weird set of red eyes would shoot laser beams at you (his irises would get really wide, eyes got intense) you were bad, if he didn’t you were good. At the end of the dream I had pulled a bulb out from under the ground and peeled away the skin. My forearm took on the state of the bulb (my arm looked plant-like). I knew then that to cure myself I would have to find a very healthy plant and I could draw it’s health into mine <coming to solutions>.