6 of Swords: The dangerous journey

Image – The Wheel of the Year Tarot

A man pushes a boat away from a riverbank, preparing to start a journey. He is dressed for travel in cool weather. He wears plain, practical clothing, and steps into the water to push off from shore without concern in his warm and waterproof boots. His face is lined and careworn, the day gray and cloudy. The dry, blowing leaves in the background signal the end of fall. He travels light, only a small bag slung over one shoulder. The way ahead may be perilous, but he steps out to meet it from a place of readiness. He is not visibly armed, so he does not expect violence in his travels.

Meaning: The 6 of Swords

When you draw the Six of Swords, consider it confirmation that something in your life is ending, and you are approaching readiness to move on to better things. It’s a time to mourn, to feel the sting of the things we leave behind – but it’s also a time to look to the future.

This card can indicate not only internal movement, but real-world travel as well. This is an encouraging card if you have travel plans in the near future. The Six of Swords almost always suggests that you’re traveling toward good tidings and enjoyable outcomes. When you see this Six, get out and explore the physical world around you. Take a journey – or at least, go for a walk. Engage with the world, and look for its bounty.

The Nine’s Advice for You

What you are leaving behind no longer serves you. It can be hard to let go, to say goodbye to those things that comfort and to step out into the world. But if you contemplate your situation carefully, really step back and look at it, you’ll find you’re ready to accept that it’s time to move on. You know in your heart that you’re moving toward a better future. Listen to that instinct, and trust yourself.

The Nine’s Questions for You

Have you been disconnected from the physical world around you? How can you reconnect to the people and places that are important to you?

What do you need to let go? Where are old patterns and habits no longer serving you? What concrete steps can you take to release them and move on toward you best Self?

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