Six of Swords



A light-skinned person carries six swords on their back through the desert, looking ahead toward palm trees in the distance. The yellow sun shines bright against a pale blue sky.

Key words

Upright: transition, leaving behind, journey, baggage

Reversed: feeling trapped, unresolved issues, stagnation

Reflection questions

  • What aspects of my past do I need to let go of in order to move forward and grow?
  • How can I maintain a sense of optimisim for the future while going through difficult times?
  • What support systems do I have in place to help me navigate times of transition and change?

Six of Swords Upright

There has been turmoil and sorrow in the past, but you are moving toward smoother waters. Perhaps you are letting go of a relationship, habit, or belief system that no longer serves you— you can’t change the past, but you can learn from it and heal around it. You are not alone in this journey— take stock of who can support you as you move toward better times and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Six of Swords Reversed

The Six of Swords in reverse can refer to unresolved trauma that is affecting present circumstances. Perhaps you are feeling trapped, like you will never escape this emotional baggage. Or, you may know you need to make a change but are feeling resistant. Remember that your past is part of you, but it is not all of you. It’s okay if you’re not ready to make a change yet; knowing you want to move on is a positive step in itself.