Six of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Six of Swords Tarot Card Meaning | California Psychics

Six of Swords Keywords

Leaving, moving on, relocation, and escape, regretful retreat, regrouping, and transition.

Sword Suit Meaning

The suit of Swords is associated with intellect, communication, logic, and cunning. Some cards in this suit deal with aspects of emotional distress. Swords represent the element of Air, and the Air signs, Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. Both the Suit of Swords and the element of Air are concerned with truth and wisdom. Just as Air signs are nonjudgmental and constantly in pursuit of knowledge, the Swords are the cards that tell hardest truths. Depending on the deck, this suit could be called Knives, Blades, or Spades, to name a few.

General meaning for the Six of Swords

The Six of Swords represents having to let go of something, often a regretful but necessary transition. Letting go of the past, although never easy, will enable clarity, and the ability to find greater happiness in the future. If you have emotional baggage you’ve been holding onto, now is the time to let it go. Often, this release involves a loss, and so the Six of Swords is asking you to sacrifice something, in order to open the door for new things to take its places. Sometimes making room in your heart can be painful, but it’s only because it’s easy to see what you’re losing now and hard to see what you will gain in the future. Trust that it will be better than whatever you’re leaving behind.

Six of Swords in the Past/Yesterday Meaning

When you see the Six of Swords in the past, it is a reminder of a time when a loss helped you grow into you are how now. Look at your past and your own resilience, at what you thought you couldn’t live without that turned out to be what was holding you back.

Six of Swords in the Present/Today Meaning

The Six of Swords in the present position indicates a choice you are being forced to make, or perhaps more accurately, a sacrifice. It isn’t easy to let go, especially when it feels like it isn’t your choice, or within your control. Trust the Universe, have faith, and let go.

Six of Swords in the Future/Tomorrow Meaning

The Six of Swords in the future position is letting you know that the path you’re on right now is not the most sustainable. There are tough choices in your future, and in order to really grow and reach enlightenment, big changes will have to occur.

Love and Relationships Meaning for the Six of Swords


If you want love in your life, you must first concentrate on letting go of a past relationship, or the hurt that you’re carrying over from a past relationship. Scars are a part of being human, but it’s hard to move on when wounds are fresh, and even harder when you keep picking at them. Ask yourself if you’re standing in your own way, and whether or not it’s time to let healing begin, even if it’s uncomfortable at first. Alternatively, stepping outside of your normal routine will help introduce you to a whole new world. It’s easy to get caught up in the same routine, and this is an opportunity to ask yourself what is no longer serving you, and how to let it go.


The Six of Swords may represent time spent apart from your partner for a time. It can be easy to get caught up in another person and your sense of togetherness, but the Six of Swords asks you to make the best of taking some time for yourself, even if you feel resistant to it. It may come about as a result of forces beyond your control, such as work or family duties. Whatever the reason, this time apart will either help to strengthen your connection, or let you know that it’s time to move on. Like looking at art in a museum, sometimes you have to step back to see the whole picture.

Career Meaning for the Six of Swords

In order to make advancements in your career you may have to leave a job or a place. The Six of Swords is all about letting go, so ask yourself what it is in your job or career that’s holding you back from moving forward? If there is no further to go on the path you’re currently walking, it’s time to find a new path. This is a good time to consider a career change, if there is something that you’ve always wanted to do for work, look into it now.

Financial Meaning for the Six of Swords

Choices and sacrifices made now will pay off later. Again, the Six of Swords asks us for sacrifice. Whatever you’re doing now may be difficult. It may cost you something— time, money, energy. This is the time to make hard decisions and power through, the time to trim away what is no longer necessary. It will pay off in the long run.

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