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what does the Six of Swords reversed mean ?

Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 30 Jul 2002, and now archived in the Forum Library.



lupo138  30 Jul 2002 
in my reading appears the 6 of swords REVERSED in the position for the near future. the reading is about a growing relationship of me to a woman. please tell me what you think about it. i already have received one interpretation, saying it is an offer for marriage. i am not really satisfied with that. thanks to all of the future posters ! 


Minderwiz  30 Jul 2002 
There is a traditional meaning that the six of swords reversed may indicate an unwanted proposal - though I don't think that this has to be a proposal of marriage!

Upright the six of Swords is often interpreted to mean some form of travel - traditionally by Water - and by extension a need to distance yourself from something.

Reversed meaning would therefore suggest that you might find it difficult to either travel, or to leave a difficult situation or you resist new perspectives. This might mean that the relationship is reaching a point where it requires some changes on your part and you are likely to resist them, or possibly a physical move which you will resist.

Mary K Greer (from whom I have drawn much of the above) also gives some traditional meanings of the reversed card as; a discovery that changes plans. some form of declaration or disclosure, a revelation or surprise.

Best wishes

Minderwiz 


lupo138  30 Jul 2002 
the resisting against some new developments was clearly pointed out by three other cards ( reversed ace of wands for me, cups - I think the 8, you know the one with the meaning of illusions or choices with the several dreams in the cups on a cloud - for her and the dangling man for both of us. the sum of the whole reading was 13 - so it is more than obvoius that something has to be changed if the situation is in any way possible to be solved.) I do not think that this card means the same, too. It is something different and I am quite close to get the meaning - but did not manage until now. 


Umbrae  30 Jul 2002 
Fear of commitment, fear of leaving security, a need for healing. 


Thirteen  30 Jul 2002 
Quote:
Originally posted by lupo138
in my reading appears the 6 of swords REVERSED in the position for the near future. the reading is about a growing relationship of me to a woman. please tell me what you think about it. i already have received one interpretation, saying it is an offer for marriage. i am not really satisfied with that. thanks to all of the future posters !


Actually, this one's pretty clear. 6s is the "AH-HA!" card. The answer to a difficult math problem comes to light--the connection is made. Also connections of mind, soothing of arguements, common ground...in otherwords, finally reaching that other, mental shore. Someone you couldn't get to understand you finally understands--or you finally understand them.

Alas, this means that a reversed 6s would be the opposite. The connection that should be made isn't--I'd read it almost as a deliberate resistance to that connection. Perhaps they do understand, but they've decided that they're going to continue to play dumb. The argument is maintained, sustained. The shore can't be reached.

Think of yourself in a boat trying to get to that other shore--across rough waters-- but the person maintaing the dock on the other side won't let you dock--you try to toss them a rope and they won't take it. You try to manuver you boat in and they block you. This would be my interpetation of the 6s reversed.

Remember that this is on a verbal/mental level--not emotional, physical or spiritual. It will be what is said, not necessarily what is felt. 


lili  30 Jul 2002 
Six of swords reversal mean that you are postponing dealing with problems in your relationship hopping that they will go away but this is unlikely, this will only lead to recurring difficulties, a frank approach and honest discussion with your partner may be painful or embarrassing, but may be the best way to deal with recurring problems either emotional or sexual. 


Val  30 Jul 2002 
The interpretation I have for the Six of Swords reversed usually indicates there is no immediate way out of a current situation, being stuck, a stillness, staying where you are, to stay put. It can also indicate that although the surface appears to be very calm, there is turbulance underneath.

In Rachel Pollack's book, Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom, this reversed card can be seen, in one way, as balance and peace becoming disturbed. The serene passage indicated in the upright becomes stirred up, suggesting a stormy journey, physically or spiritually. It can also refer to the idea that when we try to attack a longstanding problem, especially one accepted by everyone else, we agitate the situation.

In another way, it can show communication, which can be painful. 


lupo138  31 Jul 2002 
just wanted to say thanks for your contributions, each of them was quite helpful.

Lupo 


The what does the Six of Swords reversed mean ? thread was originally posted on 30 Jul 2002 in the Using Tarot Cards board, and is now archived in the Forum Library. Read the active threads in Using Tarot Cards, or read more archived threads.

 


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