Your Chosen Card – Six of Swords Reversed Thoth 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 Aquarius20 Aquarius. Tropical, 30 January8 February. Sidereal, 23 February3 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 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 Thoth 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: The accompanying table shows the Golden Dawns scheme of zodiac signs and planetary rulers for the pip cards. Some tarot readers use the range of dates assigned to each card as an aid to judging the timing of events in a spread. (In this table: W = Wands, P = Pentacles, S = Swords, and C = Cups.)
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: Four standard suits, usually called Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles, each consisting of ten pip cards in each suit. Occultists call the tarots non-trump suits the minor arcana (‘lesser secrets’).
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Complete Book of Tarot: Specific meanings such as those given in classical texts by Etteilla or A. E. Waite, for example. (In the discussion of the individual cards in this book I have quoted some classical meanings for easy reference.)