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, attainable resolutions.

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.

Ace of Swords

Ace of Swords Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
The card of DESTINY. There will be great success regarding clever intellectual ideas and projects.

Reversed meaning:
Frustration and anxiety over project changes and/or delays.

Two of Swords

Two of Swords Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
Negotiations will have a fair and just outcome or at the very least a neutral stalemate.

Reversed meaning:
Refusal to face or work on a problem. Deception and clouded thinking may also be an issue.

Three of Swords

Three of Swords Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
Relationship failure and separation. Conflict and heart ache will ensue.

Reversed meaning:
Emotional pain from loss and enforced separation. Be ready for the inevitable tears.

Four of Swords

Four of Swords Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
You've been burning the candle at both ends for far too long. It's now time to rest.

Reversed meaning:
Time is needed to recoup from an illness.

Five of Swords

Five of Swords Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
Unnecessary arguments and inconsiderate actions will eventually lead to a loss of friendship. A change in attitude is seriously needed.

Reversed meaning:
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.

Six of Swords

Six of Swords Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
A short trip is indicated. There is a desire to escape and get away from it all.

Reversed meaning:
Don't give up! Things may seem difficult right now but will improve over time.

Seven of Swords

Seven of Swords Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
Be cautious for deception surrounds you. Fight for what is rightfully yours.

Reversed meaning:
Gossip and everyday worries are weighing you down. Don't let it get to you.

Eight of Swords

Eight of Swords Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
You need help finding a way out of an unsafe or unhealthy situation.

Reversed meaning:
Regret is a complete waste of time and energy. Learn from your mistakes and move forward.

Nine of Swords

Nine of Swords Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
A dark period filled with mental anguish.

Reversed meaning:
A crisis has you feeling emotionally overwhelmed. Seek professional help.

Ten of Swords

Ten of Swords Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
Someone you know will betray your confidence. Watch your back.

Reversed meaning:
You are your own worst enemy. Negative thinking has created negative events. It's time to change your thought patterns.

Introduction to the Court Cards

For the Most part Court Cards refer to actual people but may also refer to character traits within us.

Page of Swords

Page of Swords Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
An intelligent youth brimming with innovative ideas.

Reversed meaning:
Your reputation is in jeopardy. Someone wants to deliberately destroy your good name through gossip and lies.

Knight of Swords

Knight of Swords Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
A young person involved with the Military or Emergency Services.

Reversed meaning:
A young person connected with criminal activity.

Queen of Swords

Queen of Swords Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
A widow or a very strong and independent woman.

Reversed meaning:
A cold, manipulative woman. She makes a dangerous rival.

King of Swords

King of Swords Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
An intelligent, competitive man. It's very possible he has a professional career in medicine, law or business.

Reversed meaning:
A destructive and possibly dangerous man. His devious nature will only cause you problems.

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