55-Six of Athames – Reversed Salem Deck

Your Chosen Card – Six of Athames Reversed Salem Deck

When reversed, the Six of Swords suggests that you are having difficulty leaving your troubles behind. Something or someone is blocking your effort to make it to more tranquil seas. Difficulties or delays with travel are also possible. Perhaps because of the association of this card with the planet Mercury (communication) in Aquarius, traditional meanings of the Six of Swords reversed included proclamations, declarations, proposals, revelations, and surprises.

Keywords Reversed: Difficulty leaving a troubling situation behind, feeling overwhelmed by circumstances, refusal to deal with problems, short-lived relief, travel difficulties, legal complications, unintelligent attempts to resolve a difficulty, an unhelpful attendant, poor service.

Timing: 10 Aquarius–20 Aquarius. Tropical, 30 January–8 February. Sidereal, 23 February–3 March.
Astrology: Quick and clever Mercury, messenger of the gods, in the second decan of airy Aquarius, realm of the Waite King/Thoth Prince of Swords (Air of Air) and the Star (Aquarius). Mercury is linked to the Magician.
Number Symbolism: 6 – harmony, communication, sharing, compassion.

Etteilla: Journey, voyage, road, path, lane, walk, passage, messenger, envoy, moving forward, thoughtfulness, kind attention; (R) proclamation, publicity, statement, knowledge, discovery, declaration, explanation, waiting, expectation.

When Six of Athames is reversed you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise.  If Six of Athames is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is Six of Athames is trying to tell you.  If you had a particular issue in  mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.

This chosen card is part of your reversed card reading for Six of Athames using cards from the Salem Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.

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Elements of the Psychic World
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Elements of the Psychic World: Crowley’s other published works include The Diary of a Drug Fiend (1922), The Equinox of the Gods (1937), and the Book of Thoth (1944), which is his interpretation of the Tarot. Two volumes of his autobiography were also published. In 1934 he tried to sue Nina Hammett for her biography of him, Laughing Torso, in which she stated that he practised black magic and human sacrifice, but the jury found in favour of Hammett.

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Complete Book of Tarot: When upright, the Six of Swords indicates that you are moving away from troubling waters toward less turbulent circumstances with the aid of a strong and skillful oarsman. You are not there yet, and some residual difficulties remain on your journey. Conversely, you may be playing the role of the protective oarsman, helping someone to leave a problematic situation behind, in search of a better life. Crowley named this card ‘Science’ because of its connection with the mental planet Mercury in the objective sign Aquarius. The clever use of words may play an important role in your current situation.

Tarot for Beginners: Reversed, the card indicates a downturn in luck due to negative external forces over which you have little or no control. Unfortunately, you may have little influence over events at this time, but the situation will not prevail. This card is gently reminding you that everything—the good and the bad—is temporary.

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Reversed Cards: One of the more interesting visual interpretations of this card is a man holding scales and dishing out coins. Yet who decides who gets the coins and how much? The shadow aspect of this card hints that you might be the one in a place of judgment here. Perhaps you think you know who deserves more time, energy, love, and focus and who doesn’t. In many respects, we see a very manipulative energy in the shadow aspect of this card. Keep in mind that we all get judged at some point, and as you sit and decide on what you give and to whom, someone else is doing the exact same thing to you.