6 of Swords

Meaning

The 6 of Swords is a card of journey and travel, either spiritually or physically. It could mean that something in your day has moved on from you, and won't bother you anymore. Or it could be you simply moving on from an issue. This is a card of forgiving and forgetting also. You've decided that no matter what pain has been caused in these situations, you are leaving it behind. You aren't forgetting it though, and are putting swords in front of you to protect yourself from future heart aches. Although there is not a lot of light in this card, and has a somber imagery, we are given peace through the hope that we are making the point to move past pain and stress, and forge forward through our own courage and intuition.

Symbolism

The suit of swords is considered the most painful one in Tarot, because the pain the swords can cause is a piercing one. But there is some relief found in the suit of swords, and the 6 of swords is just one of those examples. In this card we see a man on a boat, his back is to us but in front of him sits a woman and child. They are hooded and covered so we can not see their faces, but their heads are down to suggest they have traveled a long journey, emotionally or physically, to reach this point in the cycle. The upside to this card is the sun in the horizon. The ferryman, or boat man, is taking the woman and her child towards this place. The symbolism of this card has the swords in front of the woman and her child, suggesting they are being protected by higher thought and intuition, and, protected in general. There is peace in the valley for the time being, as the woman and her child leave the past behind them, and move forward, with the appropriate protection, to a better place.

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