Below you will find an overview of the Suit of the Swords Tarot cards. Under each card are keywords to give you a quick overview of the meaning of the upright or reversed position.
If you click directly on a Suit of Swords Tarot card, you will get to the detailed description, including General Interpretation, Love and much more. Further down, you will find the strengths and weaknesses of the Swords Tarot cards.
The Meaning Of The Suit Of Swords
The Suit of Swords Tarot cards symbolize the human mind in all its facets and our consciousness. Man as a rational being can use his mind to make the right decisions in life.
The Swords Tarot cards often describe a decision-making process we are currently facing. Instead of letting your first impulse guide you, you should make your choice based on rational considerations. Your own feelings can get in the way.
You should rather use your head to make the best decision for you in the long run. Often, there is no clear right or wrong judgment in such a consideration. Rather, look at the short- and long-term consequences of our possible actions to choose the best alternative for us.
The Suit of Swords symbolizes incoming messages or news that directly affect us. At the same time, they can be expressions of conflicts that we must face. That may involve a constructive conversation at eye level or an argument that is conducted with sharp blades.
As Minor Arcana cards, the Suit Swords relates to our everyday lives and give us clues on how best to deal with them. The swords are associated with the zodiac signs of the air, Libra, Aquarius and Gemini.
People born under these signs are especially receptive to the messages of the swords. For them, the Swords Tarot cards have a greater impact on their daily lives than other zodiac signs.
Ace of Swords
Upright: Power, Truth, Justice, Mental Strength
Reversed: Hesitant, Doubtful, Partisan, Wavering
Two of Swords
Upright: Avoidance, Consideration, Stagnation, Blockage
Reversed: Clear-sighted, Open, Active, Positive
Three of Swords
Upright: Pain, Sadness, Heartache, Grief
Reversed: Relief, Forgiveness, Love, Optimism
Four of Swords
Upright: Meditation, Calmness, Replenishment, Distance
Reversed: Restless, Active, Celebration, Frustration
Five of Swords
Upright: Discord, Egoist, Malice, Conflict
Reversed: Forgiveness, Integer, Harmony, Dialogue
Six of Swords
Upright: Journey, Recovery, Grief, Change
Reversed: Rigidity, Restlessness, Hope, Excitement
Seven of Swords
Upright: Escape, Strategy, Stealing, Deception
Reversed: Secret, Loyalty, Lonely, Responsibility
Eight of Swords
Upright: Powerless, Confused, Confined, Self-doubt
Reversed: Open, Freedom, New Vision, Strength
Nine of Swords
Upright: Worry, Guilt, Agony, Fear
Reversed: Secret, Balance, Solve Fear, Brave
Ten of Swords
Upright: Sacrifice, Martyrdom, Crisis, Betrayal
Reversed: Resilience, Recovery, Opportunity, Satisfaction
Page of Swords
Upright: New ideas, Truth, Curiosity, Knowledge
Reversed: Deception, Arbitrariness, Pomposity, Haste
Knight of Swords
Upright: Ambitious, Clever, Authority, Success-oriented
Reversed: Impulsive, Arrogant, Burnout, Restless
Queen of Swords
Upright: Intelligent, Experienced, Independent, Communicative
Reversed: Cold, Arrogant, Influential, Impulsive
King of Swords
Upright: Ethical, Analytical, Leader, Just
Reversed: Pedantic, Abusive of Power, Ruthless, Arrogant
Strengths Of The Suit Of Swords
The Suit of Swords is strongly associated with rational and reasonable thinking. The search for truth and problem-solving are at the forefront of their minds.
Justicia, the goddess of justice, also carries a sword to cut the curtain of illusion with its blade and bring justice to light. People who are associated with swords often have razor-sharp minds. That enables them to distinguish deception from truth.
Their approach is analytical and carefully thought out. The Swords Tarot cards stand for a planned and deliberate approach to achieving your goals.
Good preparation removes many obstacles in advance on your way to happiness. At the same time, in contact with others, the Suit of Swords stands for willingness to communicate and discourse.
Many conflicts can be settled peacefully if we treat each other with respect and try to understand the other person’s point of view.
The Suit of Swords Tarot cards encourage us to do justice in disputes. That includes listening to all parties without prejudice and coming to a decision based on the facts.
If conflicts escalate into insults or abuse of your person, you should defend yourself. The Swords Tarot cards stand for fending off such attacks on your person and defending your boundaries.
Weaknesses Of The Suit Of Swords
The Suit Swords can also announce impending disasters, which will have drastic consequences for your everyday life. The danger hovers over your head like a sword of Damocles.
To escape it in time, you must act quickly. Keep a cool head despite the present danger and look for a way out.
The Swords Tarot cards indicate that you are too intellectual in approaching everyday problems. You overanalyze even minor challenges and cause yourself more stress than necessary.
Sometimes it is just as important to let your mind rest a bit and just listen to your heart. In a tarot reading, the Suit of Swords often shows aggression and conflict with other people. Some arguments are fought to the knife, just to make one side right.
The sacrifices (time, energy, relationship) on both sides hardly justify the original reason for the dispute. The Suit of Swords Tarot cards indicate bullying, where cold logic is used to play off the victim’s weaknesses.
The Swords Tarot cards also symbolize heartless and emotionally cold people. You cannot change such people yourself, but they can influence your behavior.
Therefore, make sure that you always stay with yourself even in conflicts and do not let them take away your warmth of heart and joy of life.