The Suit of swords Explained: Your mental state of consciousness

The suit of swords is one of the four suits in the minor arcana and represents our logic and capacity for thinking.

The suit of air associates with change, knowledge, power, and action.

The negative qualities of the Suit of Swords include anger, guilt, harsh judgment, lack of sympathy, and verbal and emotional abuse.

The Suit of Swords’ strengths are communication, intelligence, and thought.

They also help us structure, organize, and analyze our lives.

But, its weaknesses include violence, aggression, and a tendency towards conflict.

In its worst form, the Suit of Swords can represent intimidation and bullying through words.

The Suit of Swords is complex, as it can be used for good and evil purposes.

he Suit of Swords is associated with the element of air and signs like Aquarius, Libra, and Gemini. It represents logic, communication, and thought. It guides us in organizing and analyzing our lives. However, it cautions against its darker aspects, such as aggression, conflict, and intimidation. In Tarot readings, Swords reflect mental challenges. They call for vigilance and thoughtful decision-making. They highlight both the constructive and destructive power of words and thoughts.

Hanna Burgess

Swords Tarot Card Meanings Explained

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Ace of swords

This card symbolizes that you are beginning a new journey or endeavour.

The ace of swords appears when you are about to start a project, you may have left behind.

It can also appear when you need clarity or fortitude to move ahead.

In reverse, this card may mean that your ideas are not working.

Or, you may not want to share your ideas with others yet. 

Two of Swords

When the Two of Swords card appears in your reading, it may symbolize that you are dealing with misunderstanding or mixed signals.

Two of Swords

In reverse, this card means you are caught in a tough position where your decision may lead to a negative consequence. 

Three of Swords

The Three of Swords shows when you deal with sorrow, separation, and heartache.

If it appears in your reading, it may be a warning that something sad may happen soon, so you should brace yourself to heal and grow.

In reverse, it encourages you to find strength in your inner self and to believe in yourself. 

Four of Swords

The Four of Swords shows when you are in a state of physical burnout or total emotional breakdown.

When it comes up in your reading, it’s a call for you to take a break.

And if it shows in reverse, it tells the same message: you need to rest and recharge yourself. 

Five of Swords

The Five of Swords card symbolizes losing, conflict, winning, and tension.

Five of Swords

When it appears in your reading, it reminds you to examine if the battle you’re participating in is worth it.

In reverse, it represents that you have to walk away from whatever conflict you are in, not minding if you are the winner or loser. 

Six of Swords

When the Six of Swords appears in your reading, it’s a reminder that walking away might be painful.

Still, it’s the right thing to do to ensure you don’t regret your actions in the future.

In reverse, it means you have identified how to bring about a new you and are on a path to fruition. 

Seven of Swords

The Seven of Swords symbolizes deception. When it appears in your reading, it reminds you to look for a way to get ahead.

In reverse, it may mean you are experiencing imposter syndrome and doubt your abilities. 

Eight of Swords

Sometimes, there’s no way out; this card reminds you there’s always a way out.

Eight of Swords 

That whatever may be holding you from taking the right step is self-imposed.

In reverse, the eight of swords means that your self-beliefs are holding you back. 

Nine of Swords

The Nine of Swords appear when you are experiencing fear and anxiety.

When it appears in your reading, it reminds you not to worry. In reverse, it reminds you that you are hard on yourself. 

Ten of Swords

Ten of Swords reminds you that the final line has been crossed, and there’s no turning back.

There is no hope for revival, and you should move on.

10 of swords

In reverse, it reminds you that the more you resist, the more the issue will continue. 

Page of Swords

When the Page of Swords appears in your reading, it tells you to get things in motion.

You should start your research, get the facts, plan the process, and start working.

In reverse, it shows when you are holding back from expressing your truth, especially to the public. 

Knight of Swords

The Knight of Swords is always ready, not considering roadblocks or returning from a challenge.

knight of swords

He is a sharp man who acts first and asks questions later.

When this card appears in your reading, it’s time to re-examine yourself before you move forward.

In reverse, it suggests that you should slow down; otherwise, you may burn out. 

Queen of Swords

She sits on a throne decorated with a cherub, an honest, smart, independent, and self-sufficient Queen.

Queen of Swords

When this card shows in your reading, it symbolizes that you must fight for yourself and act independently.

In reverse, this card tells you to let your emotions get the best of you. 

King of Swords

The King of Swords is a force of wisdom that gained his knowledge through his approach to life and experience.

When this card appears in your reading, you may be able to guide others.

King of Swords

In reverse, it means you may be misusing your influence and authority.

The Swords Suit in a Tarot Reading

Most of the cards in your Tarot reading are Swords.

This means you seek solutions to mental challenges, disputes, and important decisions.

This may also point to current squabbles or potential violence.

Swords often bring negative or forceful messages.

They also serve as a warning to be vigilant about your surroundings.

Suit of Swords Summary

The suit of Swords in Tarot often represents the air signs Aquarius, Libra, and Gemini.

In a Tarot reading, a Swords Court Card signifies a person born under Aquarius, Libra, or Gemini.

People represented by Swords are usually intelligent, logical, and effective communicators.

They prefer to understand and analyze their surroundings to experience the world.

But Swords people can also be harsh, dominating, aggressive, and inflexible.