The Six of Swords is tied very closely with Pluto, the planet of death and rebirth. This card also has strong ties to the Scorpio astrological sign, symbolizing transformation and renewal. The Swords suit would point towards a mental journey.
The Six of Swords shows a woman and her child travelling across the ocean in a boat, that’s been pierced by six swords. They are huddled together showing that something tragic likely brought them to this point. The water reflects that they are leaving stormy waters and headed into calmer water, symbolic of their journey into better times.
Upright- Transition, change, departure
The Six of Swords shows that you’re at a transitional point in your life where you’re turning from a stressful situation forward into something better. It is time to start addressing your baggage from the past before it rears its ugly head in the future. Now is a time for personal growth that will propel you forward in life. You may currently still be in the boat heading to better waters, but rest assured the horizons you see are indeed better. It just may take a journey and some self growth to get there.
Reverse- Trapped, Stuck in the past, slow healing
The Six of Swords reversed may show that the time for the aforementioned transition has come and go. However, you’re still struggling. Therapy and meditation would be prudent advice in this time. The Six of Swords is here to tell you that whether it’s moving on from a toxic ex or leaving a hostile job environment, you may have trouble letting go completely. There is a better job and relationship out there for you so be sure not to turn back and undo all of your growth.
**In a yes/no reading, the Six of Swords is a yes.