Ace of Swords – Tarot Card Meaning
Upright: Triumph, the excessive degree in everything, conquest, triumph of force. It is a card of great force, in love as well as in hatred. The crown may carry a much higher significance than comes usually within the sphere of fortune-telling. Additional: Great prosperity or great misery.
Reversed: Triumph, the excessive degree in everything, conquest, triumph of force. It is a card of great force, in love as well as in hatred. But the results are disastrous; another account says–conception, childbirth, augmentation, multiplicity. Additional: Marriage broken off, for a woman, through her own imprudence.
Ace of Swords – Tarot Card Description
The Ace of Swords.
A hand issues from a cloud, grasping a sword, the point of which is encircled by a crown.
Two of Swords – Tarot Card Meaning
Upright: Conformity and the equipoise which it suggests, courage, friendship, concord in a state of arms; another reading gives tenderness, affection, intimacy. The suggestion of harmony and other favourable readings must be considered in a qualified manner, as Swords generally are not symbolical of beneficent forces in human affairs. Additional: Gifts for a lady, influential protection for a man in search of help.
Reversed: Imposture, falsehood, duplicity, disloyalty. Additional: Dealings with rogues.
Two of Swords – Tarot Card Description
A hoodwinked female figure balances two swords upon her shoulders. Two of Swords.
Three of Swords – Tarot Card Meaning
Upright: Removal, absence, delay, division, rupture, dispersion, and all that the design signifies naturally, being too simple and obvious to call for specific enumeration. Additional: For a woman, the flight of her lover.
Reversed: Mental alienation, error, loss, distraction, disorder, confusion. Additional: A meeting with one whom the Querent has compromised; also a nun.
Three of Swords – Tarot Card Description
Three swords piercing a heart; cloud and rain behind.
Four of Swords – Tarot Card Meaning
Upright: Vigilance, retreat, solitude, hermit’s repose, exile, tomb and coffin. It is these last that have suggested the design. Additional: A bad card, but if reversed a qualified success may be expected by wise administration of affairs.
Reversed: Wise administration, circumspection, economy, avarice, precaution, testament. Additional: A certain success following wise administration.
Four of Swords – Tarot Card Description
The effigy of a knight in the attitude of prayer, at full length upon his tomb.
Five of Swords – Tarot Card Meaning
Upright: Degradation, destruction, revocation, infamy, dishonour, loss, with the variants and analogues of these. Additional: An attack on the fortune of the Querent.
Reversed: Burial and obsequies. degradation, destruction, revocation, infamy, dishonour, loss, with the variants and analogues of these. Additional: A sign of sorrow and mourning.
Five of Swords – Tarot Card Description
A disdainful man looks after two retreating and dejected figures. Their swords lie upon the ground. He carries two others on his left shoulder, and a third sword is in his right hand, point to earth. He is the master in possession of the field.
Six of Swords – Tarot Card Meaning
Upright: Journey by water, route, way, envoy, commissionary, expedient. Additional: The voyage will be pleasant.
Reversed: Declaration, confession, publicity; one account says that it is a proposal of love. Additional: Unfavourable issue of lawsuit.
Six of Swords – Tarot Card Description
A ferryman carrying passengers in his punt to the further shore. The course is smooth, and seeing that the freight is light, it may be noted that the work is not beyond his strength.
Seven of Swords – Tarot Card Meaning
Upright: Design, attempt, wish, hope, confidence; also quarrelling, a plan that may fail, annoyance. The design is uncertain in its import, because the significations are widely at variance with each other. Additional: Dark girl; a good card; it promises a country life after a competence has been secured.
Reversed: Good advice, counsel, instruction, slander, babbling. Additional: Good advice, probably neglected.
Seven of Swords – Tarot Card Description
A man in the act of carrying away five swords rapidly; the two others of the card remain stuck in the ground. A camp is close at hand.
Eight of Swords – Tarot Card Meaning
Upright: Bad news, violent chagrin, crisis, censure, power in trammels, conflict, calumny; also sickness. Additional: For a woman, scandal spread in her respect.
Reversed: Disquiet, difficulty, opposition, accident, treachery; what is unforeseen; fatality. Additional: Departure of a relative.
Eight of Swords – Tarot Card Description
A woman, bound and hoodwinked, with the swords of the card about her. Yet it is rather a card of temporary durance than of irretrievable bondage.
Nine of Swords – Tarot Card Meaning
Upright: Death, failure, miscarriage, delay, deception, disappointment, despair. Additional: An ecclesiastic, a priest; generally, a card of bad omen.
Reversed: Imprisonment, suspicion, doubt, reasonable fear, shame. Additional: Good ground for suspicion against a doubtful person.
Nine of Swords – Tarot Card Description
One seated on her couch in lamentation, with the swords over her. She is as one who knows no sorrow which is like unto hers. It is a card of utter desolation.
Ten of Swords – Tarot Card Meaning
Upright: Whatsoever is intimated by the design; also pain, affliction, tears, sadness, desolation. It is not especially a card of violent death. Additional: Followed by Ace and King, imprisonment; for girl or wife, treason on the part of friends.
Reversed: Advantage, profit, success, favour, but none of these are permanent; also power and authority. Additional: Victory and consequent fortune for a soldier in war.
Ten of Swords – Tarot Card Description
A prostrate figure, pierced by all the swords belonging to the card.