Six of Swords
My self-study of Tarot continues with the Six of Swords. Or, as I just heard, “Come Sail Away.” (Earworm alert.)
“Fly Away” (another earworm alert); passages; change of scenery; geographical therapy; stealing away; leaving the past behind; on a journey to a destination of healing.
Swords, water, boat, land and trees (blue and gray).
That island or shoreline is what seems important here, for me. And what’s most important about it, is its near-monotone coloration of blue and gray. It feels dismal and uncertain. Trajectory of the boat aside (going toward or by?), it feels like it’s more an indication of what’s being left behind and/or journeyed through rather than the intended destination.
Gray, blue, green, white, tan, gold, purple, mustard, olive, brown, black, silver.
It’s the low-key blue of the shore and the gray of the sky that seem most indicative of the tone of this card. And it feels important to point out the juxtaposition of the next-prominent colors, which are the gold-mustard-ish tones. I’m pointed to the solar plexus chakra with its gold tone and its harboring of our personal power. Perhaps the figures in the boat are taking a journey toward reclaiming their power.
What the Guide Says About the Six of Swords
“A ferryman carrying passengers in his punt to the further shore.
“Divinatory Meanings: Journey by water, route, way, envoy, commissionary, expedient. Reversed: Declaration, confession, publicity. One account says that it is a proposal of love.”
Umm… There’s a tiny bit of obvious and the rest feels like someone just tossed a number of keywords into the air, caught a handful, and said, “Sure. That works for me.” I mean, “…a proposal of love”?
Then again, this seems an opportune time to point out the importance of not relying on the “little white book” that comes with Tarot (and oracle) decks. Depending on who’s being read for and what their situation is, the meaning that comes forward for them could easily have nothing whatsoever to do with the keywords and suggestions in those books. In fact, more often than not I find that to be true.
What We Say About the Six of Swords
Continuation of a journey of healing, or perhaps a journey necessary to open for healing.
Reverence for the inner child and its need for acknowledgement upon a changing way.
Leaving an abusive relationship, whether that be with another person or the self.
Internal journey through a close relationship with the inner child.
I feel there could be a means of healing mental wounds through the action of dropping the swords into the water, one by one, as what each represents is “firmly” addressed.
I Might Ask a Client…
“How are you moving forward from a painful – possibly abusive – relationship?”
“What could you do to help your inner child work through her pain as you’re working through your own pain?”
What comes up for you around this card?