Card Profile: Six of Swords

Six of Swords represent a re-balancing, getting back on track stage of mental processes, in the form of a necessary transition.


In the Six of Swords, a woman and her child are illustrated on a rowboat, with the ferryman leading them to the shore in the distance. The woman’s head is covered, and six swords are pointing downwards on the boat. The water to the right of the boat is turbulent, whereas to the left of the boat, it seems to be calm and steady.
The boat represents a transition phase from the troubled past to a promising, peaceful future. Although this change is necessary and smooth, it is still sad; symbolized by the woman’s clothing and posture. This transition from turmoil to tranquility is made possible through the prioritization of mental processes over emotional processes, implied by the downward swords.

I know this transformation is painful, but you’re not falling apart; you’re just falling into something different, with a new capacity to be beautiful.

-William C. Hannan


Six of Swords imply a painful yet necessary transition, which would be pushed by the mind. Implying that the transition is for the better, this card calls for enduring the pain of “leaving behind”. More generally, this card might signify that sometimes the solution of the problems is starting over. A person represented by this card would be undergoing a phase of transition and might be regretful, sad or depressed because of the things he has left behind. Career-wise, this card indicates that there is a change in the work atmosphere which might both be a logistic transition or a career change; albeit for the better this change is to be initiated reluctantly. In the relationship context, this card calls for leaving the scars of the past relationships behind before starting a new relationship. In an already established relationship, the Six of Swords might imply a need to take a break for the pursuit of personal development.
Summing up, Six of Swords is a card for mentally initiated, emotionally wrecking but still necessary transitions.