Six of Swords: general, standing and reversed meaning

Six of Swords, general description

Six of Swords¬†is the first card of the Major Arcana. It is part of Fatecaster’s Tarot card list that summarizes the Rider Waite Tarot cards’ meaning.

Six of Swords denotes a change that leads to a new start. As the card of taking the road, the joyful departure of the hero, Six of Swords is between the Chariot and the card of the painful farewell, the Eight of Cups. With Six of Swords it’s only up to us if the expected change makes us curious or if we find it appealing or rather fearful. No matter what, it’s all about winding up on new shores: we have to leave behind the old one without knowing what’s waiting for us. Accordingly, this card not only denotes the sorrow of saying goodbye, insecurity, fears and problems but also stands for curiosity with which we look forward to the future.

It’s important to know that the unknown land we are steering our ship to doesn’t necessarily mean that we have to leave our relationships behind. It can also mean stepping into the world of novelty: going to a new place, mastering new rules for life, learning a new lifestyle or encounters with new cultures and religions. In I Ching and in myths crossing water always symbolizes the journey from leaving the mass behind and stepping into the realm of unity.

Six of Swords (science), standing

A journey to the unknown, trust in knowledge and intuition. Leaving a doubtful situation for a new initiative. Going over obstacles and difficulties to find solutions. The way to recovery. It can mean a journey or a discovery.


Six of Swords (science), reversed

Hubris and spiritual pride. Being lost in a problem without any solution. Unsolved frustration and anxiety. It can mean a canceled journey or a discovery.