Six of Swords – Tarot Love Relationship Outcome & Reversed


Six of Swords - Tarot Love Relationship Outcome & Reversed

Six of Swords – Love and Relationship Outcome

The Six of Swords in a Tarot reading indicates that relationship difficulties or circumstances have been overcome and you are going away for a while or perhaps for good as it indicates that something is passing away. However, it could be that you are going away for a good time after the end of a relationship.

In the reversed position it could mean a proposal while you are away, be prepared for a surprise.

Six of Swords – As a Person, Outcome and Feelings

Route, way, canal, conveyance, nervous system, arterial system; experiment, order of service, practical prescriptions for any service, rules and measures of internal service. It warns that care must be taken for health and the internal service of the body must be cleared, in order to avoid intestine troubles. There may be something of a course, a voyage to be made, a cure or even emigration, if other indications confirm it. If in connection with Venusian influences, sensuality and the expressions of it. If badly aspected: serious illness and probability of the passing away of the patient. A. E. Thierens, [1930]

Six of Swords

Pictorial Key to the Tarot – Rider-Waite-Smith
By A.E. Waite (1911), tarot card illustrations by Pamela Colman Smith (1911)


A ferryman carrying passengers in his punt to the further shore. The course is smooth, and seeing that the freight is light, it may be noted that the work is not beyond his strength.

Meanings Six of Swords in a Reading

journey by water, route, way, envoy, commissionary, expedient.

Six of Swords – Reversed

Declaration, confession, publicity; one account says that it is a proposal of love.

Additional Divinatory Meanings
The voyage will be pleasant.

Additional Meanings – Reversed
Unfavourable issue of lawsuit.

The Tarot

By S. L. MacGregor Mathers, c 1888

Six of Swords

Divinatory Meanings
Six of Swords – Envoy, Messenger, Voyage, Travel.

Divinatory Meanings – Reversed
Declaration, Love proposed, Revelation, Surprise.

General Book of the Tarot

By A. E. Thierens, [1930]

Six of Swords

Route, way, path, envoy, journey by water, emigration, manner, expedient. Reversed: Proclamation, declaration, publication, avowal, knowledge, charter, constitution, bill, ordinance, discovery, vision, revelation, apparition. A proposal of love, says another rendering.

This is the element of Earth on the Sixth house, and the Virgo-particulars expressed in ‘earth’ become the ‘ways’ that carry the message from the centre, the heart, to the parts of the system. So it is the nervous system and the arterial system in the animal and human body. Thus it must be the way or path leading out into the world from our house or living place. This explains what tradition says about envoy and emigration, though the latter is somewhat far-fetched, and not in every instance will the way lead so far as that, nor the path be trodden until we meet with a ‘proposal of love.’ But it is true, that the effect of that which this card represents may go far and in general signifies the message in the sphere of matter (Mercury is lord of this house), the message materialised. And this explains why tradition says it means ‘apparition’–‘publication’–‘constitution’ etc. It is quite correct therein. The message is conveyed by means of the way, path, canalisation, etc., and appears in some effect or other. So it may even be a vision or materialisation from the ‘other side.’ It may also, however, be the passing over to that side, the crossing of the Styx, which seems to be indicated by the picture of this card. The cusp of the seventh house in the horoscope is ‘the end,’ in the same way as the ascendant is ‘the beginning.’ Though tradition has not rendered it so, this card must in many instances have the significance of passing away.

The Oracle of the Tarot – Exoteric Tarot

By Paul Foster Case (1933)

Six of Swords
The two ankhs balanced suggest balanced force, as do the two triangles of swords.

Time period
Second decanate of Aquarius, under the rulership of Mercury, between January 30th and February 8th.

Success after a period of trouble or anxiety; difficulties overcome; change of scene, possibly a journey by water; something mysterious effects a change of circumstances for the better; success earned by the Querant’s laborious efforts.

Sudden changes; circumstances dominate the Querant; he is in danger of being over-confident or conceited; too much effort expended for small results.


Further reading

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