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Tarot Swords

The Swords Tarot Suit.

The 14 Cards of the Tarot Swords Suit and Their Meanings


Swords Archetype:
Action - the force of intention.

Swords correspond to Spades in a regular deck of cards. Their Greek element is fire. They stand for forceful action, power, and firm decision. In the four classes of feudal society, this suit is linked to that of the aristocracy, the warriors and rulers.





       When a Swords card appears in a reading, its message is about action needed or already commenced, drastic change because of necessity or circumstance, ambition, competition, defense, and other things that demand resolve and bold activity.

       Here are the 14 cards of the Swords suit and what they mean in Tarot card divination (click the card image to see a larger version of it):



Tarot Minor Arcana card: Ace of Swords

Ace of Swords

This is an exclamation mark, here for the principle of stern action. There is imminent need of it. Do something.

Archetype

Drastic change of action.

A. E. Waite's description of the card




Tarot Minor Arcana card: Two of Swords

Two of Swords

Where to go when both directions are risky and still haste is called for? You must decide although you can't be sure.

Archetype

Crossroads.

A. E. Waite's description of the card




Tarot Minor Arcana card: Three of Swords

Three of Swords

Does everything work against you, is there no way to go without getting hurt? Take no step before heeding the warning.

Archetype

Separation.

A. E. Waite's description of the card




Tarot Minor Arcana card: Four of Swords

Four of Swords

Not every hero won the battle, but it's still heroic. Treasure how your action will be remembered.

Archetype

Commemoration.

A. E. Waite's description of the card




Tarot Minor Arcana card: Five of Swords

Five of Swords

Betrayal when the battle is over. Time to ask what the battle was really for.

Archetype

Desertion.

A. E. Waite's description of the card




Tarot Minor Arcana card: Six of Swords

Six of Swords

A most costly outcome of a big venture. Either bitter defeat or a Pyrrhic victory. Still, you will persevere.

Archetype

Loss.

A. E. Waite's description of the card




Tarot Minor Arcana card: Seven of Swords

Seven of Swords

Betrayal right before the decisive battle. It may not lead to defeat, but victory is suddenly more distant.

Archetype

Betrayal.

A. E. Waite's description of the card




Tarot Minor Arcana card: Eight of Swords

Eight of Swords

Helplessly in the hands of others, who seem to show little compassion. Cause for apprehension, but not panic.

Archetype

Victim.

A. E. Waite's description of the card




Tarot Minor Arcana card: Nine of Swords

Nine of Swords

Regret of choices made and anxiety of choices urgently needed to be made. There's no way out of responsibility.

Archetype

Anguish.

A. E. Waite's description of the card




Tarot Minor Arcana card: Ten of Swords

Ten of Swords

Utter defeat, probably because of betrayal. You may suffer, but you're not to blame.

Archetype

Defeat.

A. E. Waite's description of the card




Tarot Minor Arcana card: Page of Swords

Page of Swords

Bravery to the point of being foolhardy, but there's so much more to win than to lose.

Archetype

Allied friend.

A. E. Waite's description of the card




Tarot Minor Arcana card: Knight of Swords

Knight of Swords

Charging right ahead, whether that's wise or not. That's the spirit by which many battles are won - and lost.

Archetype

Advancement in action.

A. E. Waite's description of the card




Tarot Minor Arcana card: Queen of Swords

Queen of Swords

Mighty power and the knowledge of how to use it. Victorious even without going to battle.

Archetype

Settling calamity.

A. E. Waite's description of the card




Tarot Minor Arcana card: King of Swords

King of Swords

The power of what can't be changed, regardless the outcome of battles. Some things one must accept.

Archetype

Decisive action.

A. E. Waite's description of the card




The Tarot Minor Arcana






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