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The Divinatory Meanings of the Suit of Swords

The tarot swords are the main representation of the mental state of consciousness which is focused on the intellect and mind. This tarot suit reflects the beliefs, attitudes and thoughts and oftentimes associated with power, oppression, conflict, courage, ambition, force, power, action and change.

Here are some of the different suit of swords in tarot reading with their corresponding meaning and symbolism.

Tarot swords characterise people who are rational, intelligent, thoughtful, and logical and have excellent communications skills. However, there are negative indications of the suit of sword which may also represent people who are domineering, bossy, manipulative, ruthless, rigid and confrontational. In a tarot card reading, lots of sword cards could mean the client is struggling with mental conflicts and confrontations, arguments, violence and tough decision making.

Ace of Swords

Ace of Swords:

The Ace means victory, mental clarity, raw power and breakthroughs. When reversed, it means chaos, confusion and lack of clarity.

Two of Swords

Two of Swords:

The Two means choices, indecision, blocked emotions, stalemate and truce when upright and information overload, chaos and indecision when reversed.

Three of Swords

Three of Swords:

The Three means rejection, sorrow, grief, heartbreak and painful separation when upright. The reverse position means forgiveness, release from pain and optimism.

Four of Swords

Four of Swords:

The Four means passivity, rest, relaxation, contemplation and recuperation. When reversed, it means lack of progress, restlessness and being burned out.

Five of Swords

Five of Swords:

The Five means loss or defeat, betrayal, conflict and tension when upright and open to change, resentment of the past when reversed.

Six of Swords

Six of Swords:

The Six means necessary transition yet at times with consequences of regrets and rite of passage. When reversed, it means carrying excess baggage and not being able to move on.

Seven of Swords

Seven of Swords:

The Seven means deception, stealth, betrayal or trying to get away with something done. The reversed meaning is breaking free or challenges on the mental prowess.

Eight of Swords

Eight of Swords:

The Eight means restriction, isolation and imprisonment and self-imposition. The reversed position symbolises release and openness to new perspectives.

Nine of Swords

Nine of Swords:

The Nine means despair, nightmares, depression and intense anxiety. When reversed, it means torment, loss of hope and severe depression.

Ten of Swords

Ten of Swords:

The Ten usually implies ending, betrayal, loss, crisis, back-stab and defeat. The reversed meaning is fear of ruin, inevitable end, recovery and regeneration.

Page of Swords

Page of Swords:

The Page signifies curiosity, mental restlessness, energetic and talkative. Undelivered promises, haste and all-talk-no-action represents its reversed side.

Knight of Swords

Knight of Swords:

The Knight card shows that someone is opinionated about a lot of things. The upright card position may also be indicative that someone represented by the card is action and goal oriented. They may have hasty decision making skills yet with satisfactory communicative abilities. The reversed position of the card however shows that someone is scattered and disorganised when it comes to thinking and planning. He may also have total disregard for the outcome or consequences of his plans or actions.

Queen of Swords

Queen of Swords:

The Queen card when positioned upright basically represents someone who is a quick thinker. It signifies a person who has initiative or could do things with organised and systematic outcome. Someone who is perceptive about things and different aspects of life with the sense of independence is also represented with this card. The reversed positioning is symbolic of being cold-hearted and apathetic. It also means someone is overly emotional or has a bitchy type of attitude.

King of Swords

King of Swords:

The King card is the representation of something with clear thinking and planning abilities. It also symbolises authority and intellectual power. The upright position of the card also means revelation of the truth. When the card is positioned in reverse, it means the tendency or presence of abuse in authority as well as other people or relationships. It also means someone is extremely manipulative, controlling, domineering and tyrannical in nature.


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