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Minor Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

Minor Arcana tarot cards denote the things in your life you are in control over. These cards speak of the day to day living and choices we make.

The Suit of Swords:

The Suit of Swords represents the element of Air and it’s astrological signs Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra. The suit Swords covers your thoughts, belief systems, mental activity, struggles, conflict, logic, communication and your intellect. The Suit of Swords speaks of your ability to communicate and handle conflict/problem-solving.

Upright Card Meaning:

ace of swords Ace of swords is the card for a new thought and belief system. It is the potential of mental energy used to create clarity and often also justice.

two of swordsTwo of Swords is the card for compromise, passiveness, keeping the peace (as in not rocking the boat), stalemate, indecision and avoiding conflict.

three of swords Three of Swords denotes heartbreak. sorrow, pain and separation. Sometimes the separation is only temporary, other times it is final.

four of swordsFour of Swords is about rest and rejuvenation, getting enough sleep and taking time out to meditate.

five of swordsFive of Swords is the card for defeat and betrayal, conflict and unhealthy competition. Words will be hurtful, lies will be told and your weaknesses used against you.

six of swordsSix of Swords is about crossing the troubled sea and entering into calmer water. This is the card for finding solutions and implementing them, often bringing other people with you in the process, ie, your family, friends, and colleagues.

seven of swordsSeven of Swords denotes someone is moving forward in less than honourable ways. There is often dishonesty connected with this card, and trying to get away with something or trying to get out of something by lying.

eight of swordsEight of Swords is the card of being stuck and unable to move on due to confusion and not knowing what is going on. Often people draw this card when their own gut feeling is being overruled by other people.

nine of swordsNine of Swords denotes worry and anxiety, sleeplessness and being overwhelmed by negative emotions such as guilt and regrets.

ten of swordsTen of Swords is the card for endings and loss, backstabbing and lack of support. Sometimes this card denotes hitting rock bottom. It has the mentality of ‘when it rains it pours’, and the querent might be feeling there is no end of the suffering.

page of swords Page of Swords denotes a young and mentally very active and clever person. This is someone who can concentrate over long periods of time and who learns new skills easily, especially mental skills.

knight of swordsKnight of Swords denotes a communicative, strong-minded and at times an opinionated person who is very action oriented and thrive on change. This is someone with a competitive streak and doesn’t like to let go of his/hers position in an argument.

queen of swordsQueen of Swords denotes a woman who is cold, professional and smart. She is witty and funny in an intelligent way (no toilet humour). She often represents single women who have been hurt in love, and is bitter and hurt, but a master at covering it up.

imageKing of Swords denotes a professional man who is at the top of his game. This is someone who is an expert in his field and would have had to study to acquire this knowledge.

Reversed Card Meaning:

Ace of swords reversedAce of Swords reversed indicates that the stirring of the aces is blocked. Ideas and communication are blocked.

two of swords reversedTwo of Swords reversed indicates conflicts are unavoidable and compromises are not reached. The querent might be exhibiting too much personality and creates drama just to have something to do.

three of swords reversedThree of Swords reversed indicates there is blocked grief stored in the person’s heart. The querent might be afraid of grieving and is internalising. 

four of swords reversedFour of Swords reversed denotes restlessness and burn outs. Thoughts and beliefs interrupt the person from recuperating.

five of swords reversedFive of Swords reversed denotes conflict and arguments remaining unresolved, often dragging on indefinitely.

six of swords reversedSix of Swords reversed indicates travel plans being held up or delayed. It also means difficulty in problem-solving, especially mental tasks like maths and science.

seven of swords reversedSeven of Swords reversed indicates clumsiness and forgetfulness, especially when it comes to recollecting what lies have been told and to whom.

eight of swords reversedEight of Swords reversed indicates a person who is unable to move forward due to self-doubts, fear, and isolation. The person knows the way forward, yet chooses to stay put, escaping in their own heads.

nine of swords reversed Nine of Swords reversed indicates that issues and problems have been ignored rather than dealt with and when they resurface the querent might not know how to deal with them.

ten of swords reversedTen of Swords reversed indicates a person who is holding on to pain often inflicted by others. This querent might not be able to let go of what other people have inflicted and is feeling no support. Not just is there no support, there might even be deliberate sabotage.

page of swords reversedPage of Swords reversed indicates a person who lies, gossips and being a know it all. This is someone who says inappropriate things and wastes his time in chat rooms. They don’t keep secrets or promises.

knight of swords reversedKnight of Swords reversed indicates a person with a speech impediment or learning disabilities. This is someone who is intelligent but for some reason is unable to express themselves.

queen of swords reversedQueen of Swords reversed indicates a woman who has problems with problem solving and communication. This is the type of person who will make accusations without checking the facts.

king of swords reversedKing of Swords reversed indicates a man who will manipulate facts to get his own ways. There is a block when it comes to integrity and objectivity. This is someone opinionated and biased.

What do the Swords tarot cards tell us in a reading

Many swords in a reading indicate that the person is operating on the mental plane. There are plenty of mental stimulations and interesting brain candy. You might find that you want to study, read and learn more about topics you find interesting. The swords also denote stimulating conversations and you might even find yourself falling in love with someone’s mind. The way they talk and express themselves is stirring something up in you.

Healthwise the swords warn against becoming too angry with people. Conflict can lead to resentments which again turn to decrease in life energy flow within your body. Stay open to others ideas without hating and resenting. Avoid toxic arguments and conflicts. Sometimes conflicts are necessary, but more often they become a detriment to our peace of mind and to our health.

The Suit Of Swords In The Grand Tableau

The connections between the suit of Swords can be seen in the Grand Tableau. Click on text to learn more.