Minor Arcana – The Suit of Swords
In the Minor Arcana, Swords correspond with action, the physical, change, force, movement, oppression, ambition, courage, and often…strife. They deal with the mental level of consciousness, thinking and intellect, therefore, Swords mirror the quality of mind present in your thoughts, attitudes and beliefs.
The suit of Swords correspond symbolically to the alchemical element of air (Aquarius, Libra, Gemini), the most ethereal element of the four. In this sense the swords represent your presence of mind, intellect and rationality. In addition, swords represent power and therefore. their two-edged appearance; intellect and power can be used for either good or ill and must be balanced by spirit and feeling. (Emotion)
Challenge and Action
Many of the cards in this suit are fighting or in states of misfortune, because Swords do represent action, both constructive and destructive. Swords represent worldly power and sometimes extreme challenges. This is the suit of the warrior. Of all the suits, this one is considered to be the most powerful and whilst most of the Swords can look intimidating, some are excellent advisors and indicators of winning and of attainment of goals.
Should the incidence of Swords be high in a reading, you can assume that the Querent has decisions to be made. Don’t be alarmed though, even if a lot of swords appear in a reading. While swords represents some negative aspects in a tarot reading, swords also serve as a ‘warning’ to be careful and watch where you are going and to whom you deal with.
Forewarned is forearmed, as they say. If you look at things from this perspective, should you find a plethora of challenging sword tarot cards in your reading, you can use these swords to your advantage and change things for the better through positive and direct action.