Minor Arcana -
Interpreting the Suit of Swords
An introduction to the meaning of the Suit of Swords
The Suit of Swords is the basin of the mind, embodying all conscious thought and inner
mental workings. Practical, rational, logical, and analytical, the Suit of Swords cuts
through the fancy trimmings of the imagination and strips the world and all affairs
occurring there within it of all but the naked truth. Aligning with the astrological
air signs Libra, Gemini, and Aquarius, the Suit of Swords shares the same emphasis on
cognitive processes, as well as a type of problem-solving directed towards realistic,
The Suit of Swords exerts a masculine force which at times can
be overly-aggressive and domineering; however, since this energy stems from the calculative
mind, most often it is balanced and reasonable like the image of the scales associated with
the air sign, Libra. As the Suit of Pentacles deals with the material aspects of life, the
Suit of Swords manoeuvres entirely through the psychological realm in the way of thoughts,
ideas, conversations, and even arguments. Another meaning in the Suit of Swords relates to
other features in life which are void of real substance or tangibility. The Experience
and occurrence of intense crisis in the form of declining health, a violent encounter, or
death can all be represented under the Suit of Swords, for although they have a physical
consequence, the emotional component is subject to analysis and internalization under the mind.
The Suit of Swords is involved in communication and understanding, working to uncover the
bare facts to a situation which at times can be buried beneath illusions, emotions, and
unrealistic expectations. The cold reason of the Suit of Swords can be interpreted negatively
if the truth that is found is undesirable, but overall it is the act of viewing situations
objectively and with fair judgment which the Suit of Swords represents.
Each Card's meaning in a Tarot Card Spread
The meaning for each card is influenced by the position of the card
as it is drawn from the deck, the position it occupies in the card
layout, and by the cards that are positioned before and after it.
The card of DESTINY. There will be great success regarding clever intellectual ideas and projects.
Frustration and anxiety over project changes and/or delays.
Negotiations will have a fair and just outcome or at the very least a neutral stalemate.
Refusal to face or work on a problem. Deception and clouded thinking may also be an issue.
Relationship failure and separation. Conflict and heart ache will ensue.
Emotional pain from loss and enforced separation. Be ready for the inevitable tears.
You've been burning the candle at both ends for far too long. It's now time to rest.
Time is needed to recoup from an illness.
Unnecessary arguments and inconsiderate actions will eventually lead to a loss of friendship. A change in attitude is seriously needed.
It's a loosing battle and no matter what you say or do you won't win...so don't even try. It's simply not worth it.
A short trip is indicated. There is a desire to escape and get away from it all.
Don't give up! Things may seem difficult right now but will improve over time.
Be cautious for deception surrounds you. Fight for what is rightfully yours.
Gossip and everyday worries are weighing you down. Don't let it get to you.
You need help finding a way out of an unsafe or unhealthy situation.
Regret is a complete waste of time and energy. Learn from your mistakes and move forward.
A dark period filled with mental anguish.
A crisis has you feeling emotionally overwhelmed. Seek professional help.
Someone you know will betray your confidence. Watch your back.
You are your own worst enemy. Negative thinking has created negative events. It's time to change your thought patterns.
For the Most part Court Cards refer to actual people but may also refer to character traits within us.
An intelligent youth brimming with innovative ideas.
Your reputation is in jeopardy. Someone wants to deliberately destroy your good name through gossip and lies.
A young person involved with the Military or Emergency Services.
A young person connected with criminal activity.
A widow or a very strong and independent woman.
A cold, manipulative woman. She makes a dangerous rival.
An intelligent, competitive man. It's very possible he has a professional career in medicine, law or business.
A destructive and possibly dangerous man. His devious nature will only cause you problems.
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