The Six of Swords is a figurative picture on the Tarot card that symbolizes personal growth, progress, and overcoming life challenges. You will see a woman and a young child sailing on a boat on the card. They seem to be moving across a body of water which is turbulent on one side, while on the other side, it is calm. The turbulent and calm waters signify that the two people are moving from a difficult phase of their lives to a more fruitful one.
Upon careful examination of the Six of Swords card, you will see that the child is leaning on the woman’s body, perhaps as a sign of dependence and trust in the woman. You will also notice that six swords are standing upright on the boat. The imagery suggests that the woman and the child hold on to memories of tough phases of their lives as they move to another phase.
There are certain keywords for the Tarot card when either upright or reversed.
Upright: Change, a rite of passage, transition, and releasing baggage.
Reversed: Unfinished business, resistance to change, and personal transition.
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Six of Swords Tarot Card Meanings (Upright): The upright Six of Swords minor arcana card is an indication that you are undergoing a transformation in your life just like the Three of Wands but in this case, it is not as peaceful as you would like it to be. That may be because the transformation is filled with personal regret. This might be a clear indication that you are trying to move on as a result of certain actions in your past, but you have to forego certain things because of past decisions and actions.
Though the transition may not be smooth as you would love, you are determined to go on as the decision you take seems to be the correct one for the future. It is assumed that you have taken the decision based on logic and clear objectivity.
The meaning of the upright Six of Swords tarot card can be explained according to three facets of your life: love, career, and finances.
Every time Six of Swords appears in a love Tarot reading, it indicates that your relationship or love tribulations are finally over because of the decision or step that you decide to take. For instance, you may endure a relationship marred with bitterness, but you finally decide moving forward with your life is the next step.
You may also fight with your lover, but you decide to patch up things and reconcile. In essence, the reading is an indication that you are ready to let go of your past and focus on a brighter future.
The Six of Swords in a Career tarot reading suggests that you may have loads of work to finish up, and your job is stressing you. However, it reaches a point when all this struggle is finally over, and you are now more relaxed, and everything seems to be in place.
The card can also mean that if, for example, you had a project that you did not know where to begin, you will finally make progress and work on it. It can also mean that you may get a promotion or increase your salary at your place of work.
When the Six of Swords shows up in a finance tarot reading it could indicate that things will get better for you financially. If you’ve had financial struggles in the past, it is an indication that things will be much better for you.
However, as you become stable financially, you should always be wary of how you use your finances. There will always be bills to pay most of the time, so you need to be very cautious about how you spend your money.
Six of Swords Tarot Card Meanings (Reversed): The Six of Swords reversed minor arcana card can indicate that you have challenges in your transition from one phase of your life to another. As so, you may find yourself going back to your old habits, and this may be because you are not entirely sure of your actions, and your past issues may not be fully resolved.
The Six of Swords reversed can also mean that you resist the changes in your life. This might be because you think you are not ready for the change that is about to come, or you do not want a change altogether. However, it is important that you examine the benefits that might come with the change and the progress you will be making in your life.
The Tarot reading of love on the Six of Swords reversed is an indication that you are not ready to let go of your past despite many attempts to do so. In fact, you might be aware that moving on is the right choice for you, but you are not yet ready to make that move.
For instance, you may choose to stay in a toxic relationship while keeping hold of the merry moments that were there before things change. Your past securities could also be holding you from leaving an unhappy relationship. However, it would be best to consider the peace and harmony you might have once you decide to take that bold move.
In this case, you might do all you can, but you will still seem to have problems at work. This may be a result of unfinished tasks and conflicts with colleagues. Such actions could have an impact on your mental health to the extent that you might consider leaving your job, but you can’t make that decision. Sometimes you might find you are blaming yourself for your troubles at work.
For instance, you might have a conflict with your colleague, but you cannot make peace with them despite their interest in reconciling. In this case, it would be best if you pay close attention to your attitude to see if it’s the cause of your problems at work. That is because even if you try to resign from that job, the same problems might follow you to your next one.
Often, you may want to escape from your financial problems as they might sometimes take a toll on your mental well-being. Unluckily, there is no way to run away from your money problems. You have to brace yourself and deal with the real situation at hand. Sometimes you may find that the situation is too hard for you, but in order for you to manage it, you first have to accept your circumstance. It would then be best to seek professional help to find ways to solve your financial problems.