55-Six of Swords – Reversed Rider Waite Deck

Your Chosen Card – Six of Swords Reversed Rider Waite 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.

Six Of Swords: Like A Bridge Over Troubled Waters

When Six of Swords 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 Swords is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is Six of Swords 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 Swords using cards from the Rider Waite 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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Complete Book of Tarot
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Complete Book of Tarot: Astrology: The emotional and inconstant Moon (dignified) in the third decan of watery Cancer, realm of the Waite King/Thoth Prince of Wands (Air of Earth) and the Chariot (Cancer). The Moon is linked to the High Priestess.

Tarot Books

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.

Complete Book of Tarot: Fact 7: Nothing is infallible. The tarot can provide clarification and guidance, but what you do with your life is up to you. The noted occultist Dion Fortune viewed the tarot as an intuitive compass: ‘A divination should be regarded as a weather vane which shows which way the winds of the invisible forces are blowing, but it should be always remembered that a weather-vane was not meant to determine the course that a ship is to take; it merely indicates how best to trim the sails.’ 8

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Complete Book of Tarot: August 26, 1910 8 + 2 + 6 + 1 + 9 + 1 + 0 = 27, which reduces to 2 + 7 = 9, or the Hermit (IX). In this method, Mother Teresa’s personality and soul cards are both the Hermit (IX).