Suit of Swords: Tarot Card Meanings

Suit of Swords tarot card meaningsThe Suit of Swords is representative of the element of Air. The Suit of Swords Tarot card meanings are associated with action, change, force, power, oppression, ambition, courage and conflict. Action can be both constructive and/or destructive, sometimes resulting in violence. This suit can also mean hatred, battle, and enemies, and of all the suits, this one is considered to be the most powerful and dangerous.

The Suit of Swords deals with the mental level of consciousness that is centred around the mind and the intellect. Swords mirror the quality of mind present in your thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs. Swords themselves are double-edged and in this way the Suit of Swords symbolises the fine balance between intellect and power and how these two elements can be used for good or evil. As such, the Swords must be balanced by spirit (Wands) and feeling (Cups).

The negative aspects of the Suit of Swords (i.e. when the Swords cards appear reversed) include anger, guilt, harsh judgement, a lack of compassion and verbal and mental abuse.

When referring to timing in a Tarot reading, the Suit of Swords traditionally represents Winter or Spring, or months. In a deck of playing cards, Swords corresponds to Spades.

Suit of Swords Personality Characteristics

Swords represent the Air signs of Aquarius, Libra and Gemini. Swords people (as typically seen in the Court Cards) are intelligent, thoughtful, rational, logical and excellent communicators. They are rational beings and like to experience the world by understanding and analysing what is occurring around them. On the flipside, Swords people can be ruthless, domineering, confrontational and rigid.

Swords Cards in a Tarot Reading

Should a Tarot reading be predominantly Swords cards, then you can be sure that the client is seeking solutions to what are primarily mental struggles, conflict and arguments, and decisions which must be made. Also, there could be many arguments or even violence at present. While Swords can carry with them many negative or very strong, forceful messages, Swords serve also as a warning to be more cautious of what is occurring around you.

Suit of Swords Tarot Card Meanings

Click on each Tarot card below to find out more about its Tarot card meaning, including the upright and reversed Tarot card meanings.

Tarot Card Keywords Tarot Card Keywords
Ace of Swords Tarot Card MeaningsAce of Swords Upright:Raw power, victory, break-throughs, mental clarityReversed: Confusion, chaos, lack of clarity Two of Swords Tarot Card MeaningsTwo of Swords Upright:Indecision, choices, truce, stalemate, blocked emotionsReversed: Indecision, confusion, information overload
Three of Swords Tarot Card MeaningsThree of Swords Upright:Painful separation, sorrow heartbreak, grief, rejectionReversed: Releasing pain, optimism, forgiveness Four of Swords Tarot Card MeaningsFour of Swords Upright:Contemplation, recuperation, passivity, relaxation, restReversed: Restlessness, burn-out, lack of progress
Five of Swords Tarot Card MeaningsFive of Swords Upright:Conflict, tension, loss, defeat, win at all costs, betrayalReversed: Open to change, past resentment Six of Swords Tarot Card MeaningsSix of Swords Upright:Regretful but necessary transition, rite of passageReversed: Cannot move on, carrying baggage
Seven of Swords Tarot Card MeaningsSeven of Swords Upright:Betrayal, deception, getting away with something, stealthReversed: Mental challenges, breaking free Eight of Swords Tarot Card MeaningsEight of Swords Upright:Isolation, self-imposed restriction, imprisonmentReversed: Open to new perspectives, release
Nine of Swords Tarot Card MeaningsNine of Swords Upright:Depression, nightmares, intense anxiety, despairReversed: Hopelessness, severe depression, torment Ten of Swords Tarot Card MeaningsTen of Swords Upright:Back-stabbed, defeat, crisis, betrayal, endings, lossReversed: Recovery, regeneration, fear of ruin, inevitable end
Page of Swords Tarot Card MeaningsPage of Swords Upright:Talkative, curious, mentally restless, energeticReversed: All talk and no action, haste, undelivered promises Knight of Swords Tarot Card MeaningsKnight of Swords Upright:Opinionated, hasty, action-oriented, communicativeReversed: Scattered thought, disregard for consequences
Queen of Swords Tarot Card MeaningsQueen of Swords Upright:Quick thinker, organised, perceptive, independentReversed: Overly-emotional, bitchy, cold-hearted King of Swords Tarot Card MeaningsKing of Swords Upright:Clear thinking, intellectual power, authority, truthReversed: Manipulative, tyrannical, abusive

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