The Six of Swords tarot symbolizes transition and rites of passage.
It also signifies motion, escape, avoidance, and navigation.
It can also be about being adrift or being led.
The Six of Swords tarot can also represent temporary relief or a ‘band-aid’ action.
The Six of Swords tarot shows a woman and a child being rowed by a man on a boat to reach the other side of the river. Her head is bowed down and covered with a cloth, and her posture indicates extreme sadness and grief.
The water on the right side of the boat is strong and turbulent, while on the other side — the side heading towards land —- the water is calm and stable.
It is a sad and dreary sight, but as the boat is rowing away from the pain and sadness, it is also moving towards a happy and bright future.
The woman and the young child are leaving the emotional entanglements behind and heading towards peace and tranquility, just like the Eight of Cups.
The Six of Swords tarot also speaks of the need to make a transition, whether you like it or not.
You have to move on, but you have to let go of something that you’ve been holding on to for the longest time.
You will have to make hard decisions if you want to experience happiness and success, and getting tied to the past will not make that possible for you.
Don’t live in the past, because you’re not headed there. Look to the future and imagine your best possible life. Stop hiding and stop running away.
You can make it happen.
The Six of Swords tarot can also represent a time in your life when you feel the blues like the Five of Pentacles.
You may be experiencing a state of depression. You feel no joy and there are times when you want to give up altogether.
In a more literal sense, the Six of Swords tarot can also indicate a trip of some sort across water.
You may be sad to leave home and all the people you love, but you also know that this trip is a welcome change.
Six of Swords Tarot and Love
When it comes to love and relationships, the Six of Swords tarot signifies that you are heading to a new environment, unlike the monotonous environment you’re used to which is symbolized by the Four of Cups.
The Six of Swords tarot also represents new but slow improvements. Like when you feel the relationship is getting boring or predictable, and you’ll plan a weekend getaway near the ocean.
You’ll both enjoy the break, but you both know it will take a whole lot more than a beach trip to really make things exciting for good.
In the love setting, the Six of Swords tarot can indicate the need for a change of environment.
When you feel restless or listless about life or love, pack your bags and head to the nearby mountains for some moment of peace and quiet.
You don’t even have to go far. You can go out for a run. You can drive without a destination in mind. You can sit on the sand and watch the sun set.
If you’ve just come from a painful breakup, the Six of Swords tarot can be symbolic of your healing process.
In a relationship fraught with misunderstanding and arguments, the Six of Swords tarot can also indicate a sigh of relief.
Because now you can start working on the problems of the relationship and head to a more peaceful and loving coexistence.
When it comes to emotions, the Six of Swords tarot can indicate tentativeness or shyness.
The guy you like will not make a move unless he’s absolutely sure that you’re the perfect girl for him and that you will have a happy life together.
Oftentimes, this hesitation to act on his feelings leaves him high and dry, with the girl moving on to a new love interest.
In the reversed position, the Six of Swords tarot shows something that’s blocking new developments. There is no peace in the future of the relationship, and no significant changes in the present to improve it, either.
Six of Swords and Money
When it comes to money and finance, the Six of Swords tarot can signify that your financial situation is finally improving.
That is if you have been experiencing struggles and challenges with money.
The same cannot be said if you’ve been living the life of the rich and famous. Now, you can feel the loss of money and the financial strain. So stop spending and start earning.
You’ve waited a long time for this money to arrive, so treat yourself to something special and use this to inspire you to keep working hard.
Six of Swords Tarot’s Meaning for the Future
When the Six of Swords tarot appears in the future position, it just means that you will enjoy a calm and peaceful future.
Just like the smooth and steady waves that move the boat towards the shore, you can expect the same smooth and steady ride.
This can also indicate that the current situation that’s causing you distress or pain can cause you to move to a different city or country, or shift to a different career.
Is the Six of Swords a Sign of Bad Luck?
The Six of Swords is a minor arcana card and it is viewed as representing a much calmer period in your life where various issues that you have potentially been dealing with are now starting to settle down.
This is hardly the kind of thing that you would then associate with a card if it was connected to the concept of bad luck.
There is a feeling of you making progress when you draw this card and you have been able to gain some insight into different situations and are able to overcome some hardship that you may have previously encountered.
You may be feeling tired out by it all, but it will help you to find the energy that you need in order to then make a difference and turn things around for the better.
At the same time, this card can also indicate that you are trying to run away and escape from a situation rather than facing up to it.
It counters this by stressing that those calmer times are coming and that you have been able to work through the storm up to this point, so it would then be pointless trying to run away when the hard work has already been completed.
All of this applies when the Six of Swords is drawn in the upright position, but things do change when you draw it in the reverse position as that does indicate that some bad luck, or bad situations may be on the horizon for you.
This is because the card in reverse can indicate that you are moving into more troubled water rather than the upright where you are moving out of it.
This shows that there may very well be some trouble on the horizon and that you need to be aware of this in order to counteract it wherever possible.
You may feel stuck or smothered. You could believe that you have made the wrong decision when it comes to different aspects of your life and that this in itself is making you feel unwell.
There is some real instability coming your way, or you are currently experiencing it, and that this has to be dealt with before you are able to improve upon your life.
Overall, the Six of Swords does indeed have two faces to it, and if you want to avoid the bad luck aspect, as well as all of the negativity, then you better hope that you draw the card in the upright position.
Anything else is just going to be very stressful to you, which is something that could be so easily avoided.
So, there is indeed the idea of the card being linked to bad luck, but it is relatively mild compared to other cards that are out there.
See it as a warning shot to be on your guard or you could run into real difficulties, which is something that you do not want to happen.
My Final Thoughts on Six of Swords Tarot
The Six of Swords tarot signifies that your stress and your agony will be reduced. You may want to have it gone completely from your life, but a little change is better than no change at all. Agree?
Don’t worry. Things will be better in time. You just have to trust in the process. Don’t fight it. Just let it happen.
Use this period in your life to know your options and where you want to go. Take a break and go somewhere beautiful to clear your head.
With the Six of Swords tarot, it wants you to answer these questions: Are you running away from your problems?
Which ones do you consciously avoid? Are you ready to start over somewhere new and foreign? Are you ready to leave the past behind?