The meaning of the Six of Swords Tarot card is ‘progress.’ The Six of Swords is the card of movement. When this card makes an appearance, you can be guaranteed that you’re about to make a move in some area of your life. The Six of Swords can also predict travel away from or toward conflict.
Six of Swords General Tarot Meaning
The Six of Swords always predicts movement, and obviously this can be literal. You may get out of your hometown and go somewhere a bit different. Traditionally, it’s said that those who receive the Six of Swords will travel by or close to water, typically in boats. However, with the invention of airplanes, this card may simply mean a trip on a plane to a foreign country.
Sometimes, the Six of Swords can just predict movement toward a goal or desired outcome. You are making progress even if you don’t feel as though you are; keep the faith – things are happening, even if very slowly. For cards with a specific question, the symbolic interpretation of progress often applies.
However, in general predictive readings (readings without a question), the Six of Swords tends to represent real travel, not something symbolic like emotional movement. The Six of Swords mostly predicts travel, whether for business, pleasure, or with a loved one.
The Six of Swords is obviously a positive card. In fact, I would say that it’s probably the best card you can receive from the Swords suit. With that being said, there will be times when it appears as a negative.
The Six of Swords can appear as a negative when something is progressing in a way that you don’t like or expect. Once you get the things you want, you will realize that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Therefore, this Tarot card serves as a warning to keep your options open. The Six of Swords can also predict travel that you don’t enjoy.
Six of Swords Love Tarot Meaning
In a love Tarot reading, the Six of Swords can mean that you will travel with a partner. This could be something as major as a house move but could also just be a holiday. If the Six of Swords has landed in an outcome or future position, it could mean that one of these situations will give you and your partner a much-needed fresh start.
Wondering whether an ex will come back? If you pull a Six of Swords, it doesn’t look likely that they will. Your ex has moved on with someone else. On a lighter note, the Six of Swords is telling you that one day, you too will heal and move on. Your Tarot cards are trying to convince you that there are better things out there.
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Six of Swords Feelings Tarot Meaning
If you’re wondering what a potential partner’s feelings are toward you, don’t worry; the Six of Swords is a sign that they’re moving in the right direction. That’s not to say they’re head over heels in love with you just yet, but it looks like they’re heading that way. Their feelings are evolving.
Six of Swords Career & Business Tarot Meaning
If you’ve been working super hard on a project and are beginning to lose faith, don’t, because the Six of Swords is a sign that the end is near. Soon, you will be able to see the progress you’ve made, even if you don’t feel that way yet.
The Six of Swords can also mean that you will travel for business. You might even have more success in a different area, district, or country; this is another common interpretation. Expand your horizons and see where that leads you.
Six of Swords Future Tarot Meaning
If the Six of Swords has appeared in the future of your relationship reading, this can mean that you will get the opportunity to travel with your lover. In the future, the two of you will visit exotic places.
In Tarot, the Six of Swords can also stand as a metaphor for the future of your partnership. So, in the future, you and your lover will either move closer together or drift further apart. Time will tell more about the fate of your relationship.
Yes or No with the Six of Swords
General – If the question is about developing something or travel, the answer is a yes. For most other types of questions, the Six of Swords is pretty neutral.
Do they like me? – Their feelings are evolving.
Am I pregnant? – Traditionally, the Six of Swords is not read as a pregnancy card. However, I sometimes do read it as a card of conception due to the fact that it can often represent motion (or pregnancy) sickness.
Is this relationship going to last? – That depends. The relationship is still evolving. If it looks as though you’re moving in a positive direction, then yes. If you and your partner are currently drifting further apart, the answer is no.
Does the future of this look promising? – There will be developments that will turn out to be in your best interests.
Am I going to reconcile with my ex? – Not for the foreseeable future, but you will move on with someone new. Soon, you will stop hurting over your ex.
The Six of Swords as a Negative, Weakness, or Obstacle
In a more negative reading, the Six of Swords can predict progress that you did not welcome and changes you did not ask for. Not everyone likes it when a situation develops or evolves – if the Six of Swords has appeared as a negative, weakness, or blockage in a Tarot spread, this can indicate that you are this type of person.
Sometimes, the Six of Swords will pop up as a negative as a warning that the grass is not greener on the other side. You may achieve the things you want, but that’s not to say it will be as rosy as you imagine.
The Six of Swords as a Positive, Strength, or Advantage
In a positive reading, the Six of Swords can predict travel, trips abroad, and holidays, which is obviously good news for most people, especially if you’re the adventurous type.
Alternatively, when the Six of Swords appears in a positive, strength, or advantage spread position, it means that the matter at hand is moving in a more reassuring direction. More information in regard to this matter is also on the horizon.