Six of Swords


Key words

Upright: transition, leaving behind, journey, baggage

Reversed: feeling trapped, unresolved issues, stagnation


A person shrouded in yellow and a young child wearing gray are being rowed across a body of water toward a hilly, tree-lined landscape under a gray sky. The child nestles close to the adult as if looking for safety and comfort. Six swords stand upright at the front of the boat, blocking the view of the adult and child. The person rowing the boat stands up to see over the swords. While the water on the right of the boat is turbulent, the water on the path ahead is tranquil.


6: Compassion, harmony, mutual aid, healing


There has been turmoil and sorrow in the past, but you are moving toward smoother waters. Perhaps you are letting go of a relationship, habit, or belief system that no longer serves you— you can’t change the past, but you can learn from it and heal around it. You are not alone in this journey— take stock of who can support you as you move toward better times and don’t be afraid to ask for help.


The Six of Swords in reverse can refer to unresolved trauma that is affecting present circumstances. Perhaps you are feeling trapped, like you will never escape this emotional baggage. Or, you may know you need to make a change but are feeling resistant. Remember that your past is part of you, but it is not all of you. It’s okay if you’re not ready to make a change yet; knowing you want to move on is a positive step in itself.