Six of Swords

Holistic Tarot card meanings and correspondences for the 6 of Swords

“People who lack the clarity, courage, or determination to follow their own dreams will often find ways to discourage yours. Live your truth and don’t EVER stop!”
~ Steve Maraboli

The 6 of Swords can be a card of travel and especially journeys across water (as per the card image) on a more mundane level. But, as we know, water is symbolic of emotions… To safely traverse a vast expanse of intense emotions and navigate any upsets takes the ability to detach mentally enough to perceive what is actually going on. Passion tends to make us myopic and prone to believe whatever the ego tells us.

With this card comes the possibility of clarity and new insight. We can learn and move on. Or we can learn and return. But now the informed choice is ours – we are no longer victims to whim or fancy… We are moving in harmony with our truth.

Other possible meanings for this cards, aptly named ‘science’ in the Thoth Tarot, is scientific break-through, innovation and intellectual accord.


Affirmation: “I clear my mind and open it up to perceive the bigger picture.”


6 of Swords Prayer

Dear Mother-Father God (or whichever higher power you acknowledge), thank you for new insights which allow me to leave behind the things, thoughts or people that hold me down. Help me trust in my mind’s ability to receive and give clear divine guidance. So mote it be!


Correspondences for the 6 of Swords

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

Planet: Mercury

Archangel: Uriel (Angel of Aquarius) and Raphael (Ruler of Mercury)

Gemstone: Kyanite

Scent: Fresh snow, the North wind


The 6 of Swords in Love and Relationships

For a couple, this card is usually an indication that you give each other a lot of intellectual freedom and that you are able to tolerate the other person’s views even if you don’t agree with them. You find the company of your partner intellectually stimulating and you value bonding through the mind.

Reversed or ill-dignified, this card could indicate intolerance and narrow-mindedness which is likely to cause a relationship break-down. Respect is quickly eroded without tolerance and there can be no love without respect.

To a single person, this card could indicate that they could meet someone on an online forum where they bond over a hobby or area of interest. It could also indicate that they need to be mindful of intellectual compatibility in a future partner – this is extra important to people with a lot of Air in their birth charts. The Air signs are Aquarius, Gemini and Libra.

Sexually, the 6 of Swords is daring you to broaden your horizons and try something new. Dare to experiment! It’s OK to explore different techniques if you feel safe to do so and remember that in the end, the love you share is more important than physical satisfaction.