55-Six of Swords – Upright Rider Waite Deck

Your Chosen Card – Six of Swords Upright Rider Waite Deck

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.

Keywords Upright: Moving away from troubles, the removal of obstacles, a journey, change of scene, travel over water, safe passage, kind attention, patience, a helpful attendant, a guardian angel, moving toward less turbulent times, carrying a message afar, difficulties surmounted, resolution of legal difficulties, better times ahead; a declaration, revelation, proposal, publicity, surprise, winning intelligence, a verbal accomplishment.

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.

Rider Waite: A ferryman carrying passengers in his punt to the further shore. The course is smooth, and seeing that the freight is light, it may be noted that the work is not beyond his strength. Divinatory Meanings: A journey by water, route, way, envoy, commissionairy [a messenger or attendant charged with the protection of people, property or information], expedient, a pleasant voyage; (R) declaration, confession, publicity; one account says that it is a proposal of love.

When Six of Swords is upright 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 upright 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: The pip cards of the Marseille deck do not contain scenes like the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. Instead the symbols of each suit are simply repeated on the pip cards the requisite number of times. For example, the Five of Cups displays five cups, the Six of Swords shows six swords, and so on. The court cards consist of a king, queen, knight, and page (roy, reine, chevalier, valet).

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Creative Tarot: It’s easy to see why artists in particular connect to the deck. Tarot readers tell stories—stories that might not always have a logical sense but have instead an intuitive meaning. The story is guided by a feeling, or perhaps the mood a color suggests to the reader, or strange coincidences in the pictures. (For instance, on one card, three figures are hunched over their work, so that might be relevant because . . .) That is a creative act. And so artists, used to working in that way, often take to the decks like ducks to water.

Complete Book of Tarot: The Italian artists who painted the first tarot decks added a fifth, or trump, suit to the four standard suits to create a deck for playing a game similar to modern bridge. The early tarot decks varied in the total number of cards contained. As the tarot deck continued to evolve, the total number of cards eventually settled at seventy-eight.

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Tarot Triumphs: This kind of process may be mirrored to some degree in your own use of Tarot, in that it will evolve and be shaped by your own life experiences. Your personal relationship with the cards may be modified over the years. My first encounter, as I’ve described, was with the Rider-Waite pack, a vividly-colored and fully pictorial set of suits and Trumps all heavily imbued with esoteric symbolism. I marveled at it, was transported by it even. However, after a period of research and decades of using Tarot cards, this has evolved into a quieter sense of affection and respect for that particular pack, while on the other hand my interest in the symbolism of the Major Arcana of the Marseilles pack has grown and proved to be a more lasting flame. This is my Tarot of choice, and it is the version I feature in this book. It is the closest representation we have of the core of the Tarot tradition, and for this reason it remains a classic and, to my mind, offers the best way to try to understand the essence of Tarot.