Suit of Swords

The 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.

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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.

Ace of Swords

Upright

Raw power, victory, break-throughs, mental clarity

Reversed

Confusion, chaos, lack of clarity

Ace of Swords

Two of Swords

Upright

Indecision, choices, truce, stalemate, blocked emotions

Reversed

Indecision, confusion, information overload

Two of Swords

Three of Swords

Upright

Painful separation, sorrow heartbreak, grief, rejection

Reversed

Releasing pain, optimism, forgiveness

Three of Swords

four of Swords

Upright

Contemplation, recuperation, passivity, relaxation, rest

Reversed

Restlessness, burn-out, lack of progress

Four of Swords

Five of Swords

Upright

Conflict, tension, loss, defeat, win at all costs, betraya

Reversed

Open to change, past resentment

Five of Swords

six of Swords

Upright

Regretful but necessary transition, rite of passage

Reversed

Cannot move on, carrying baggage

Six of Swords

Seven of Swords

Upright

Strategy, betrayal, deceit, sneaky behaviour

Reversed

Caught out, challenges, breaking habits

Seven of Swords

Eight of Swords

Upright

Trapped, limiting beliefs, blindspots

Reversed

Freedom, a way out, self-acceptance

Eight of Swords

Nine of Swords

Upright

Depression, worry, anxiety, nightmares

Reversed

Don’t sweat the small stuff, getting perspective

Nine of Swords

Ten of Swords

Upright

Endings, betrayal, back-stabbed

Reversed

Release from pain, light at the end of the tunnel, new beginnings

Ten of Swords

page of Swords

Upright

Talkative, curious, mentally restless, energetic

Reversed

All talk and no action, haste, undelivered promises

Page of Swords

Knight of Swords

Upright

Opinionated, hasty, action-oriented, communicative

Reversed

Scattered thought, disregard for consequences

Knight of Swords

Queen of Swords

Upright

Quick thinker, organised, perceptive, independent

Reversed

Overly-emotional, bitchy, cold-hearted

Queen of Swords

king of Swords

Upright

Clear thinking, intellectual power, authority, truth

Reversed

Manipulative, tyrannical, abusive

King of Swords

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