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What does the Six of Swords mean?

March 10, 2015

Six of Swords -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Six of Swords:
Once you get to the other shore, get off the boat.

When we’re in a dire situation, finding support is very important. This can be anything from a trained professional to a casual support group. But once we’ve overcome the problem, we need to let go of that support lest it become a crutch. Sometimes we have a hard time doing that, perhaps because that support system has become so familiar and comfortable, or perhaps because we haven’t realized yet that we have, indeed, reached the far shore.

If this card comes up in such circumstances, it may be an indication that you need support to get you through some tough times, but it might say instead that now is the time to “get off the boat.” The trick, of course, is to know the difference.


I recently came across an article that provides a similar message using a Buddhist parable. Here it is:

Imagine a beautiful, whole, and sacred place. And imagine that you could really know God when you are in that place. But let’s say that there is a river between you and that place and you’d like to get to that place but you’ve got to get over this river to do it. So you get a raft, and this raft is a real handy tool to get you over the river. Once you’re across the river you can walk the rest of the several miles to this beautiful place. But the Buddhist parable ends by saying that, “One is a fool who continues on to the sacred place carrying the raft on their back.”

By the way, the whole article, which is not very long, is worth a read.

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  1. I have always called it the “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” Card.

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