Air and Intellect
Swords are intellectual and communicative and like their element Air, are cool and free ranging. They cut through muddled ideas and bring clear cut reason to bear. Swords tend to lack emotion, rendering them insensitive to the feelings of others, in extreme cases, they can be bitter and cruel. Proficient communicators, conversation often has a 'cutting edge'. Swords work in the realm of ideas bringing into connection thoughts, people and places.

King of Swords
The King of Swords
The King of Swords He is a figure of power and authority. He is meticulous and scrupulous in his dealings.

Divinatory meaning
He is a brown haired man with brown eyes. Controlled and highly analytical. He is professonal. Law. Judgement.

Reverse meaning
Cruelty. Sadism. Dangerous person. Lawsuits.

Queen of Swords
Queen of Swords
Queen of Swords She is an intelligent, articulate woman. She is inventive. She is a widow or a woman who is withdrawn or sad.

Divinatory meaning
Privation. Widowhood. Beware of bitterness and withdrawal from others..

Reverse meaning
Vengefulness. Prejudice. Pettiness. Prudishness.

Knight of Swords
Knight of Swords
Knight of Swords He is an aggressive young man, prepared to fight with skill and courage.

Divinatory meaning
Brilliant intellect. Good business acumen. Bravery. Headstrong rush into the unknown.

Reverse meaning
Impulsive mistakes. Impatience. Extravagance.

Page of Swords
Page of Swords
Page of Swords Is a perceptive child or young person. An adept spy, indifferent to others.

Divinatory meaning
Disruptive situations due to gossip or rumour mongering. Agility.

Reverse meaning
Bad news. Untrustworthy. Unforseen events. An impostor.

Ace of Swords or 1
Ace of Swords
Ace of Swords Progress and promise

Divinatory meaning
Strength in adversity. A force for good against evil. New vigour to mental powers. New Ideas. Progressive thought.

Reverse meaning
Disaster. Self destruction. Strife. Difficulties.

2 of Swords
2 of Swords
2 of Swords Courage to make decisions

Divinatory meaning
Stalemate. Balance. Compromise. Truce. Impasse.

Reverse meaning
Treachery. Falsehood. Dishonor. Disharmony.

3 of Swords
3 of Swords
3 of Swords Rifts in partnerships

Divinatory meaning
Quarrels. Separations. Absence. Faithlessness. Broken promises.

Reverse meaning
Confusion. Change of mind causes arguments. Partnerships dissolved.

4 of Swords
4 of Swords
4 of Swords Productive solitude

Divinatory meaning
Relief from anxiety. Respite. Recuperation. Solitude. Rebirth of ideas.

Reverse meaning
Activity. Thrift. Economy. Regaining that which is lost.

5 of Swords
5 of Swords
5 of Swords Knowing when to admit defeat

Divinatory meaning
Destruction. Turmoil. Defeat. Dishonor. Limitations acknowledged.

Reverse meaning
Uncertainty. Misfortune befalling someone. Weakness.

6 of Swords
6 of Swords
6 of Swords Difficulties give way to peaceful times.

Divinatory meaning
A journey, perhaps across water. Tension and strain followed by harmonious conditions..

Reverse meaning
No solutions to troubles. No progress. Stalemate.

7 of Swords
7 of Swords
7 of Swords Intellect triumphs over aggression

Divinatory meaning
Objective gained by evasion and quick thinking. Logic and reason win the day.

Reverse meaning
Flight from unlawful act. Uncertain counsel. Unwise advice.

8 of Swords
8 of Swords
8 of Swords Mental confusion

Divinatory meaning
Bound by personal fears. Inability to escape problems. Blindness. Confusion. Indecision.

Reverse meaning
Treachery in the past. Regeneration. Victory over fears.

9 of Swords
9 of Swords
9 of Swords Time to clear the mind

Divinatory meaning
Fear of disaster is greater then the outcome. Mental anguish. Anxiety. concern for a loved one.

Reverse meaning
Doubt. Suspicion. Conflict with partner.

10 of Swords
10 of Swords
10 of Swords Metaphorical death and subsequent rebirth.

Divinatory meaning
End of a relationship or phase. Loss. Desolation. Ground cleared for something new.

Reverse meaning
Temporary gain. Profit. New ideas.

The Major Arcana

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