Last week we covered the suit of cups, which might be one of my favorites now! Whenever I pull a cup card I feel a little flutter in my heart. ❤ Today I am going to go over the suit of swords. I chose a suit at random, but the swords are almost the polar opposite as the cups.
The swords represent the element of air and are associated with action. Sometimes this action can be dangerous or volatile and this suit is the most dangerous and powerful in the minor arcana, although that doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t positives to the suit. The suit of swords also focuses on your mental level of consciousness and a balance between good and evil.
ACE OF SWORDS
Upright: Power, mental clarity. Signifies a break through of some sort. A new way of thinking and creative break through. Could signify an “aha” moment.
Reversed: Confusion, no clarity. A situation in chaos.Clouded judgement.
TWO OF SWORDS
Upright: Blocked emotions. Difficulty making a decision. A greater need for balance. Stalemate (no winner or loser).
Reversed: Caught between a rock and a hard place. Stuck in the middle of something. Difficulty in decision making just as when its upright.
THREE OF SWORDS
Upright: Heartbreak, rejection, betrayal, loneliness and grief. Sometimes represents separation that has occurred or may. Can signify loss and difficulty. Also needs to be seen as a symbol of release. Let go of sorrow and grief.
Reversed: Reversed this card shows that you recently experienced loss or a broken heart but are on the path to recovery. If you are experiencing issues in a relationship and get the reversed three of swords, you should act as the peacemaker.
FOUR OF SWORDS
Upright: a period of rest and recovery. The sword lying under the knight represents a singular thought or something that is dominating your life. This can also signify its time to stop worrying, put down your troubles and relax. You may need some alone time or to step back from chaos in your life.
Reversed: Restless feeling. Stagnation or lack of action. Frustration with lack of progress.
FIVE OF SWORDS
Upright: Conflict, tension or loss. Defeat. Can also signify conquest however. If you have not been aggressive in your struggles you will not succeed. Stop being passive and take the bull by the horns to succeed. Callousness in victory or boasting.
Reversed: You want a period of tension and fighting to be over. Conflict you have tried to escape but it follows you. An old wound re-opened. Resentment.
SIX OF SWORDS
Upright: Signifies that you will need to make a regretful transition. In order to move forward you must let go of something. Realize you are headed towards something much better. Depression or in a funk.
Reversed: Trouble moving forward despite best efforts or you may be resisting change or transition. Carrying around baggage. Doubt in making decisions.
SEVEN OF SWORDS
Upright: Deception and betrayal. As you can see the soldier is sneaking away from a military camp carrying stolen swords. This card may represent sneaking away from something you don’t want to deal with or you may have gotten away with something. This could also represent you taking care to not be deceived by others. This whole card is about deception.
Reversed: Break free from old habits. Accept what is happening and go with it. Broaden your horizons.
EIGHT OF SWORDS
Upright: Feeling trapped by your own thoughts. Feeling like there is no way out. Your thinking is limited at this point in life so you shouldn’t make any important decisions. Powerless.
Reversed: Made it through a period of trouble. A change of perspective. Free yourself from something in the past. Let go of old behaviors and patterns.
NINE OF SWORDS
Upright: Depression, anxiety, nightmares and psychological troubles. Fear of the future. This card signifies excessive worry. You also might be being too hard on yourself.
Reversed: Your worry may be causing you harm. You need to calm your mind. Reversed can also show that you have worked your way through the depression and come out stronger.
TEN OF SWORDS
Upright: Falling victim to something. Betrayal, being stabbed in the back. Unexpected failure. Although this has mostly negative connotations, the sea is calm and the sun is rising and this signifies if you are going through a difficult period you should pick yourself up because it can get better. Avoid playing victim when this card shows up.
Reversed: Growth from a painful situation. Resisting an inevitable ending. Thinking of worst case scenarios. Release yourself from past pains.
PAGE OF SWORDS
Upright: Abundance of energy. Lots of passion in this card and enthusiasm. New projects or ventures. Can be seen as a “go for it” card if you have been thinking of going for something new. Communication and new ideas. Young at heart adult.
Reversed: Acting too hastily. Finish things one at a time, don’t rush through everything at one time. All talk and no action.
KNIGHT OF SWORDS
Upright: Taking charge with little regard to the outcome. Sudden burst of energy. Great ambition and stamina. Just be sure to have a balance, do not rush so much you cut corners.
Reversed: Impatient, impulsive, and little direction. Can reflect a rebellious teenager. Getting involved in too many activities at once.
QUEEN OF SWORDS
Upright: Mature intellect with no emotion. Stern and composed. She likes to know who, what, where, when, why when she is assessing a situation. Less emotional than most Queens. Signifies you need to be independent. Think with your head not your heart.
Reversed: Too emotionally involved in something. You need to use your head more than your heart. Cold-hearted or resentful.
KING OF SWORDS
Upright: Judgement and command. Intellectual. Stern leadership. Detached and objective. A time to leave emotions out of decision making. Use logic to navigate you. If you have been having troubles (like legal) and have not gotten professional advice, the king of swords may indicate that its time to do so. A pillar of strength.
Reversed: Misuse of one’s mental power. Manipulation. Selfish. Abusive. Tyrannical. Lack of decisiveness about your decisions. Feeling lost and uncertain.