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How can I interpret the Suit of Swords?

Hello folks! I am back from my travels and ready to return to my video series “Answers to your Questions about Tarot.”

I have a few questions waiting, but please don’t hesitate to submit your questions too. I promise I will get to them all.

This week’s question comes from Colleen. Colleen has been studying tarot for many years and still has trouble with the suit of Swords.

Colleen, you are not alone. There is probably some irony in the fact that the suit of Swords is the “mental” suit, and it is the one we most often have a hard time wrapping our brains around.

I think the reason for this is that the most devastating images in the deck occur within the suit of Swords. The Three, Nine and Ten of Swords are tough images, and tough cards.

It is important not to define the suit solely by these images.

Many tarot readers and teachers see this suit as the suit of pain, or the suit of fighting. It may be better for us to make the elemental association with this suit.

The suit of Swords is generally associated with the element of Air. Air is related to the power of mind. This includes intelligence, integrity, curiosity, logic and communication. The difficult images and energies come when we are unable to communicate effectively, when integrity is lacking, when our beliefs don’t serve us and when we torture ourselves by thinking too much.

Enjoy the video, and email me with your questions about tarot!

Video of Christiana Answers a Question about the Suit of Swords