~ “There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.” ~
The Suit of Swords is associated with the element of Air. Swords represent the qualities necessary to survive the constant struggles we face in life. It also is a suit of mental energies, reason, logic, and judgment – all things that stand separate and distinct from our emotions. A desire for truth and a need for discrimination and intellectual analysis are often indicated by this suit. Within a reading, an excess of Swords could represent things like detachment, emotional-coldness, anxiety, restlessness; as well as, insomnia, hyper-metabolism, and insensitivity. A lack or absence of Swords could represent listlessness, fatigue, dullness, stagnation, blocked communication, as well as, an inability to express oneself.
The following are a list of keywords for the suit of Swords. These keywords are not to be relied on as crutches, but as creative springboards for us to develop our own interpretation and understanding of not just each card, but the suit of Cups on its whole.
- Alternative Titles: Blades, Spades, Knives, Scimitars, Arrows, Feathers.
- Element: Air
- Signs: Libra, Aquarius, Gemini.
- Planets: Mercury, Uranus.
- Style: Storming, Freezing, Striving, Communicating, Cutting, Confronting
- Jungian Function: Thinking
- Colors: Sky-Blue, Grey, White.
- Season: Spring (some sources say autumn as it represents the sign of Libra)
- Direction: East
- Time of Day: Dawn
- Feudal Class: Nobility, Warrior, and Political class.
- Keywords: Strife. Tension. Conflict. Struggle. Communication. Travel. Powerful. Intelligence. Foresight. Boldness. Reason. Logic. Sarcasm. Threats. Legal Actions. Surgery. Cutting. Accidents. Justice. Truth. Detachments. Separations. Moving On. Mental Activity.
- ACE OF SWORDS
The Root of the Powers of Air
- Astrology: The Capricorn/Aquarius/Pisces Quadrant of the Zodiac.
- Chart Position: 0 Capricorn to 30 Pisces
- Dates: December 22nd to March 21st
- Qabalah: Kether (Crown) in Yetzirah (Mind)
- Positive Keywords: Power. Courage. Fresh Ideas. Authority
- Negative Keywords: Threats. Sarcasm. Pessimism. Cynicism.
- Affirmation: I am a channel of Divine Expression. It is my birthright to live life fully and communicate freely. I now take charge of my life.
- TWO OF SWORDS
Lord of Peace Restored
- Astrology: Moon in Libra
- Chart Position: 0 Libra to 10 Libra
- Dates: September 23rd to October 2nd
- Qabalah: Chokmah (Wisdom) in Yetzirah (Mind)
- Positive Keywords: Making Peace. Compromise. Equilibrium. Self-Protective.
- Negative Keywords: Blocked Emotions. Uncertainty. Procrastination. Delays.
- Affirmation: I am in perfect harmony and balance with myself and the world around me. I am safe and secure within my skin.
- THREE OF SWORDS
Lord of Sorrow
- Astrology: Saturn in Libra
- Chart Position: 10 Libra to 20 Libra
- Dates: October 2nd to October 12th
- Qabalah: Binah (Understanding) in Yetzirah (Mind)
- Positive Keywords: Recovery. Karmic Lessons. Wisdom from Pain. Coming to Terms.
- Negative Keywords: Heartbreak. Disharmony. Rejection. Mourning.
- Affirmation: I dissolve all past problems with ease. Only love is real.
- FOUR OF SWORDS
Lord of Rest from Strife
- Astrology: Jupiter in Libra
- Chart Position: 20 Libra to 30 Libra
- Dates: October 13th to October 22nd
- Qabalah: Chesed (Mercy) in Yetzirah (Mind)
- Positive Keywords: Recuperation. Introspection. Healing. Meditation.
- Negative Keywords: Isolation. Discontent. Banishments. Detention.
- Affirmation: This moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today.
- FIVE OF SWORDS
Lord of Defeat
- Astrology: Venus in Aquarius
- Chart Position: 0 Aquarius to 10 Aquarius
- Dates: January 20th to January 29th
- Qabalah: Geburah (Severity) in Yetzirah (Mind)
- Positive Keywords: Letting Go. End of Attacks. Treachery Revealed. Detachment from Negativity.
- Negative Keywords: Malice. Ridicule. False Pride. Negativity.
- Affirmation: It is safe for me to experience joy in every area of my life. I love life.
- SIX OF SWORDS
Lord of Earned Success
- Astrology: Mercury in Aquarius
- Chart Position: 10 Aquarius to 20 Aquarius
- Dates: January 30th to February 8th
- Qabalah: Tiphareth (Beauty) in Yetzirah (Mind)
- Positive Keywords: Moving on. Smooth Sailing. Beneficial Changes. Travel.
- Negative Keywords: Tentative. Fearful. Standstill. Postponements.
- Affirmation: I open my heart and create only loving communication. I am safe. I am well.
- SEVEN OF SWORDS
Lord of Unstable Effort
- Astrology: Moon in Aquarius
- Chart Position: 20 Aquarius to 30 Aquarius
- Dates: February 9th to February 18th
- Qabalah: Netzach (Victory) in Yetzirah (Mind)
- Positive Keywords: Apology. Constructive Criticism. Wit. ‘Coming Out’.
- Negative Keywords: Guile. Thievery. Futility. Deception.
- Affirmation: I am true to others. I am true to myself. I now lead a life of truth and authenticity. The truth sets me free.
- EIGHT OF SWORDS
Lord of Shortened Force
- Astrology: Jupiter in Gemini
- Chart Position: 0 Gemini to 10 Gemini
- Dates: May 21st to May 31st
- Qabalah: Hod (Splendor) in Yetzirah (Mind)
- Positive Keywords: Transcending Destiny. Overcoming Obstacles through hard work. Release.
- Negative Keywords: Interference. Entrapment. Blockage. Viscous Circle.
- Affirmation: I have the capacity to take in the fullness of Life. I lovingly live life to the fullest.
- NINE OF SWORDS
Lord of Despair and Cruelty
- Astrology: Mars in Gemini
- Chart Position: 10 Gemini to 20 Gemini
- Dates: June 1st to June 10th
- Qabalah: Yesod (Foundation) in Yetzirah (Mind)
- Positive Keywords: Soul-Searching. Shadow-Work. Prayer. Mind-Healing.
- Negative Keywords: Nightmares. Guilt. Suffering. Depression.
- Affirmation: I declare peace and harmony within me and around me. All is well.
- TEN OF SWORDS
Lord of Ruin
- Astrology: Sun in Gemini
- Chart Position: 20 Gemini to 30 Gemini
- Dates: June 11th to June 20th
- Qabalah: Malkuth (Kingdom) in Yetzirah (Mind)
- Positive Keywords: New Beginnings. Rebirth. Liberation. Silver-Lining.
- Negative Keywords: Failure. Hitting Rock-Bottom. Affliction. Back-Stabbing
- Affirmation: As I love and approve of myself, I create a joyful, peaceful world to live in.
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