Key Meanings: Moving on.
The Six of Swords represents traveling away from your problems and difficulties, shows you moving on from a situation or relationship and enjoying a period of peace and harmony.
This may manifest mentally rather than physically as you take a detached approached, distancing yourself from drama, conflict, and complication.
Your mind is cluttered with sadness and needs to heal and recover. The only way to succeed is to avoid stagnation by changing your environment along with its problems.
You feel a need to change the scenery and your surroundings to heal your mind and see things differently.
The Six of Swords card suggests that there has been depression, listlessness, and difficulties just getting through the day. You have lost hope in the face of trauma and need to regain the health of your mind, body, and spirit.
You feel by traveling away from your difficulties, your mind will change positively. You feel at a turning point in your life, confronting better times that will provide necessary healing as you tackle your problems the only way you know how.
Retreat is the only way to find mental peace because your current environment makes thought impossible.
The future is unknown at this time, and there are problems to resolve. Nevertheless, you will weather this storm and find mental clarity again, because you are changing your environment and leaving the difficulties behind you.
The Six of Swords is numerated six and represents the return of harmony when we resolve our issues.
The sky is cloudy, representing an uneasy feeling and something amiss. There are grey mountains in the distance, surrounded by a body of water, the colour blue representing the throat chakra and a goal that seems far away.
The Six of Swords depicts a dark-haired man, symbolic of the Swords, ferrying a rusty-orange raft that has weathered many storms; the rusty-colour orange represents the need of healing.
He is guiding the raft in a new direction, moving away from hard times, which is shown by the rough, turbulent current on the starboard (right) side of the boat.
He is sailing away to calmer waters, which is depicted by the serene waters on the port side (left) of the boat. He is moving away from the conflict of the past, seeking mental peace. His release from the past requires a move in search of peace, depicted by his rafting.
A new direction will bring a positive change and heal his cluttered thoughts, bringing him to a safe and comfortable harbour in his mind. There are six swords that seem to pierce the boat, and they are the plugs that keep the water from sinking the raft.
The Swords are silver-blue (representing thought and purification, the need to understand). The man is running away from his problems, and the Swords that are plugging the raft from sinking represent only a temporary fix, not the answer. It will take time to resolve the problems that he is going through.
Air signs have a tendency to judge themselves and others harshly because they have high standards and will carry a grudge and express their opinion. They are known to change their temperament as fast as the wind changes and will not hesitate to express their anger verbally.
Their decisions are not swayed by others. They will take a step back and come to terms with their issues, but it will take time, and they cannot be rushed. Their decision comes only when they are ready.
When the Six of Swords appears with major arcana cards The Chariot, for progress and Death, for transition, a more permanent move is suggested, so the combination can be interpreted as emigration or a long period of travel.