The Six of Swords reversed is the tarot card representing the journey ahead and our ever-changing transition from place to place.
You already have had a great experience from childhood and this card reminds you of the ebbs and flows that you’ll experience.
The Six of Swords reversed
We can experience the very best that life has to offer, if we only recognized what is happening before our eyes. Too often we fight the tide and aren’t going with the flow.
Returning to a safe haven isn’t retreating. It’s finding your way back home to savor the delights that you have been working ever-so-hard to acquire. This pausing and breathing can help us relax and recharge for the next round in our personal quest through life.
Change is something we sometimes fear, but it happens often. New jobs, past relationships and the evolution of self. If you’re struggling with the lack of progress, you may see that everything is unfolding as you had actually planned.
Our card analysis
To analyze The Six of Swords reversed, we have chosen to use the Rider Waite tarot deck in standard format. We highly recommend these cards though you may choose to use any deck to conduct a reading. Essentially, find the one that resonates with you well.
Here on the card we see a ferryman. On that same raft are two refugees – a mother and her child. They seek a new life where they can begin to proper while leaving the damages of their past behind.
It isn’t smooth waters here. The mother has to protect her child while placing such responsibility of navigation and endurance upon the ferryman. She has faith! She’s also gone through much worse.
So many of us fight to stay in the old lands. We won’t risk our lives to see the greener grass. For this woman and her child, what choice does she have? Actually – she had a choice, but she took the risk.
The journey requires distance and the transitional phase of life. Will she make it? Only if she can instruct the ferryman to flow with the waves, as opposed to against them.
You should ride the waves of opportunity as you should also ride the challenges that come your way. She’s choosing on this tarot card to go with the ride. What does that mean? She will ease the burden and reduce the effort needed for the ferryman.
Too often we will instead focus on the bad. We humans are trained to look for the danger and focus upon it. Nowadays, there aren’t any lions to fight or dangers lurking. Instead, we should look for opportunities to begin wave riding.
Progress requires moving up and down on the water. They might get very rough sometimes, but the trust you place and the atunement you feel will get you through when others would otherwise turn back for the safety of the shores.
Momentum is key
While the woman navigates, the ferryman needs to keep up the momentum. Even if this is first time carrying such a precious load in turbulent waters, he cannot stop!
This discomfort will stack in his body and mind. Being so exposed to the elements will not be enjoyable, but his determination will keep him powered through, much as the woman is determinded to reach the new shores of hope.
The promised land lays ahead. Until then, propulsion is constantly needed. This “in between” space tests us and reminds us of what the soul is truly capable of.
New horizons require an open mind and a willingness to progress. Most importantly – the willingness to take the leap. It won’t be easy – but we’re here to say it will be worth it!
The journey is the hardest just as it’s beginning. From momentum, you evidently become closer to arriving home in every moment.
Continue moving, as it’s the only way there.
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