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The Six of Swords Upright: What Does It Mean?

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The Six of Swords upright represents our decision to move on to new phases in life and leave behind our old lives. New beginnings arise here.

If you have felt like sheding the past away and moving into the light then this tarot card is for you.

The Six of Swords upright

Our life is a continuous transition of phases. From one phase to the next, we accumulate new thoughts and process. As Steve Jobs famously said “You can only join the dots looking backwards.”

The Six of Swords upright meaning

Instead of fighting against this transition, we should instead embrace it. Learn to love these processes as the grass is often greener on the other side. Everything eventually comes together if we simply let go.

New phases bring new light and new opportunities. It’s a chance to start a new canvas. Instead of holding on to the past, we really have a fresh start in front of us. One that is whispering “The time is now.”

Card meaning

The Six of Swords upright is a ‘Yes’ tarot card representing new opportunities. We’ve used the Rider-Waite tarot deck though you may use any deck. For a love reading, it could represent new relationships on the horizon.

The Six of Swords upright psychic reading

We see depicted a man rowing with a mother and child. He is taking them to new lands which are yet unknown. The 6 swords infront are protecting them from any attacks so they are divinely guided to safety.

The water is warm on one side yet rough on the other. This means that our transition period won’t always be as smooth as we envisioned, but necessary if we are to grow authentically.

The man rowing is also wearing thick boots. This shows that he has been through such experiences before, much like our own lives. We already have transitioned multiple times and have gotten through alive.

Their boat is also very small and there is very little protecting them apart from the swords. Internally, they know and believe they’ll make it to the promised lands regardless. Everyone is deep in thought of gratitude, certainty and trust.

This too shall pass

You’ll inheritly feel discomfort and unease when things change. This is especially true in our older years. Our rational and conscious mind wants us to remain still and avoid progress, opting for a conservative route.

It fights for old times. In fact, we can see this commonly in society. There are people who actively talk about “the good old days when things were easy” somehow thinking that things are hard today. Things are actually easier today. We have so few wars and the world has found itself into love, unity and understanding that we are remarkably alike.

In these unsure times, remember that you are being guided. You aren’t in this alone. Things that are being left behind aren’t going to serve you any longer. That stress isn’t serving you one little bit.

New horizons

In new lands comes new opportunities. A chance to paint a new canvas in life. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to take up yoga, write a book or learn a new language. Such opportunities will soon be yours.

Don’t fear the new horizons. They are a gift of your progress. A chance to experience new progress and new heights of understanding. You’ll then be able to connect those dots looking backwards.

Patience is truly a virtue here. There will be some inherit discomfort and it’s time to pause in the moment. Reflect on how this is feeling and how you can better manage yourself. You may need to relax for a few hours and recharge the batteries.

Going forward

Grey skies are depicted on The Six of Swords upright. As you can imagine in a period of transition, things look bleak. We fear this uncertainty of a new adventure and the promised land.

Tarot card evaluation

Nothing is guaranteed. We struggle to bring ourselves together while this period unfolds. We don’t want to be swept away or lose ourselves. Quite the opposite really: We should aim to find ourselves.

Trust that things are going as they should. Soon this will all make sense. Just hold on!

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