knowledge through interaction

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Tarot Alley uses the Rider Waite type of deck for our meanings, symbols, interpretations, etc.

When determining the Six of Swords tarot card meaning, you should consider that it’s a Swords card and a Six. The Suit of Swords represents knowledge and intellect. Sixes represent collaboration, cooperation, and interaction.

In this way, we can determine that the Six of Swords represents knowledge through interaction. It’s time to grow who you are by learning from and helping others.

Take a look at the Rider-Waite Six of Swords displayed to the left (or above).

What is your first impression?

Where are they going and why? Are they all together? Where are they coming from?

What do the swords represent? a defensive barrier? a method of attack? items for sale?

There’s no right or wrong answer here, just your interpretation.

Astrology: Mercury in Aquarius
Element: Air
Numerology: 6 (collaboration, cooperation, interaction)

Common Symbols

  • the Boatman: represents lending aid to others in need.

Keywords & Concepts

  • Adaptation
  • Adjustments
  • Science
  • Travel

The Six of Swords for Personal Growth

Affirmation: I keep an open mind.

Not everyone wants what you want so don’t assume. Ask people what they want and need, and find a way to give to them without expecting anything in return.

Helping others in need will improve your growth and maturity, so no other “payment” should be necessary.

Ask Yourself:

  • How might thoughtful collaboration impact your situation today?
  • How prepared are you to deal with change? With unexpected outcomes?

Interpreting the Six of Swords

Generally, the Six of Swords represents knowledge through interaction. Things aren’t really looking up right now so you’ll need to make the best of a bad situation. You could be going through it or recovering from some kind of defeat. Don’t ignore the struggles of others, instead find ways to help them.

Reset your expectations to allow for unexpected circumstances. You might need to change the way you see the world or broaden your perspective. Travel and additional studies are great ways to do this.

The Reversed Six of Swords

How you read reversals is a personal choice. You can ignore reversals and read them as if the card is upright (this is what I often choose to do) or you can interpret reversals as variations of what they would mean upright. There are 3 common ways to read reversals: as a negative interpretation, as an opposite interpretation, or as a block on the upright interpretation. Check out How to Read Reversals for more information.

Typically, a reversed Six of Swords represents small-mindedness. Examples include:

  • Refusing to accept change
  • Playing the victim
  • Pretending that your actions don’t have consequences
  • Confusing faith and science
  • Expecting everyone to conform to your beliefs
  • Thinking the world is the same everywhere

Examples of the Six of Swords

Specific Interpretations

Specific situations are the general interpretation (from above) used for a specific situation (love, career, etc). There is no need to memorize these (or even look them up) if you understand the general interpretation. However, here are some basic interpretations for some specific situations:


Healthy relationships are a balance of give and take which means sometimes compromises have to be made. Someone’s going to have to adjust their expectations. This is a good time for a deep and honest discussion about what’s working and what’s not.


Times are changing and you need to change with them. Seek inspiration so you can reinvent yourself and your approach to work. Now is a great time to attend a business trip, seminar, or training session.


It’s okay to walk away from a spiritual path if you feel like it isn’t helping you. There isn’t one path for everyone and it might take some time and effort to find the path that’s right for you.

Before you end this spiritual journey, make sure you understand what worked, what didn’t, and why.

This is a good time to attend a spiritual seminar, workshop, or trip.

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The Six of Swords tarot card meaning is all about knowledge through interaction. Keep an open mind to change and try to aid others where possible.

Once you feel comfortable with the Six of Swords tarot card meaning, check out the next card in the tarot deck: the Seven of Swords Tarot Card Meaning.


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