Swords – Full Meaning


The Swords Suit

Sswordwords are associated with Air:
The Mind- I Think/Intellect

Also known as: Blades, daggers, crystals, feathers, arrows, or spades.

Swords Keywords: Thoughts, words, double-edged swords, conflict, strife, challenge, communication, idea, plans, clarity.

Minor Arcana

The Minor cards represent day-to-day life and its ups and downs, challenges and opportunities.

Sword/Masculine/Active – Traits

“An arrow may fly through the air and leave no trace; but an ill thought leaves a trail like a serpent.”
– Charles Mackay

Air is ever moving and so is our minds. Swords people are intellectual beings. They are witty and have sharp minds. They analyze, rationalize, and can think with their head instead of their heart, giving them the ability to use logic and reason void of emotion thus, they make great problem-solvers.
Swords people are full of thoughts, ideas, concepts, and strategy and are good at planning and organizing. They are smart, rational, clear-thinkers and are great communicators. Like breath, they can communicate all these ideas and thoughts to inspire others or debate issues. They like to talk and chat as well as express themselves through words and prose. This is why thye make great writers, journalists, bloggers, inspiration speakers, solicitors, disk-jockeys, teachers, et cetera.

Swords are also connected to legal issues, law and order, and justice. Swords people are honest, open-minded, objective, and can see both sides of arguments. With these qualities, along with having logical and analytical minds, they can reach a fair and balanced judgment/decision. Therefore, they can be attorneys, judges, police officers, and private investigators.  Their blunt, frank, and serious personalities serve them well in these positions. In addition, they are drawn to professions in science and psychology.

As romantic partners, they like to plan their goals and dreams together, have endless conversations, and enjoy fantasizing about their future; they think together. Because of this, they would probably do better with intellectuals, who have similar interests. They may not do as well with a Wands type, because they’re interests are so different. Swords people also have high energy, but they act upon it mentally instead of physically. Regarding Cups, the Swords aren’t as sensitive, as social or emotional. In fact, they’re sometimes considered cold and aloof. Now Earth and Air could work.


Negative StateAir can become windy and destructive – much in the same way, our minds can be still in the moment or, our thoughts can cause worry and/or anxiety.

Just as air moves quickly, think of those sleepless nights when your mind is racing all over the place. Our thoughts or worries can overwhelm us, creating stress or anxiety and actually cause us to lose sleep or to have nightmares and as a result, cause insomnia. These are some of the challenges Swords people face.

Just like a Sword has a double edge, words can cut both ways. Swords people can be witty and well spoken but, their tongue can be just as sharp as a blade. They can yell, argue, insult you, be rude, be spiteful, or bully you. They can be mentally and verbally abusive and know just what to say to hurt you the most. They’ll stab you with a knife and then give it a twist. Because of this, Swords can also cause conflict.

Highly intelligent people can tend to be overly serious, less social, and keep to themselves. They can also be arrogant, thinking they know everything and that they are better than you; acting superior and belittling you. Some can be judgemental and opinionated, offering up “honesty” when others aren’t asking for their opinion.

Swords can be master manipulators. They have the ability to analyze you and the situation so well, they’ll know just how to manipulate the situation and all who are involved. In addition, they can plot, scheme, and scam. With these traits, they can make great charlatans.

Some may have such a great imagination they tend to daydream and/or live in their own world; fantasizing and having unrealistic ideas or thoughts. In their worst state, they can become mentally unbalanced experiencing delusions, paranoia, and wind up living in an alternate reality. On the other hand, Swords writers and poets, may find themselves experiencing writer’s block in this state.


  • Season: Winter
  • Astrological Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
  • Tree of Life: Yetzirah – formative world
  • Direction: East
  • Timing: Sunrise – Noon & Days
  • Symbol: Sylph
  • Color: Yellow
  • Qualities: Hot and Wet

Societal Expressions– s/he’s an airhead; has their head in the clouds; daydreamer; light as air; pie in the sky; she’s an ice queen.

Famous Swords Person: Neil deGrasse Tyson – astrophysicist, author, and science communicator.  He’s brilliant, he’s an author, and a great speaker.

Beginning March 19, 2017, I began drawing a new Tarot card each week to study and learn. Click here to see all the Weekly Tarot Cards in one place.

I dive deep into each card and this is what I cover in each post:

  • card description
  • RWS card for comparison (if it’s a different deck)
  • esoteric title
  • the suit meaning
  • astrological correspondences
  • numerical meaning
  • symbols, 2-3 important ones
  • the card’s meaning – general, career, & romance
  • questions to ask with this card
  • affirmation/quote

As a beginner, it is understandable that you have the urge to ‘memorize’ the card meanings – we all did. While I feel it’s fine to memorize a few keywords that resonate with you the most, it is crucial to learn and devise your own interpretation for each card. I suggest taking those keywords and use mind mapping to expand on each word. You’ll be amazed how this exercise can open and broaden your mind.

Swords cards I have since drawn:

  1. Weekly Tarot Card – Ten of Swords
  2. Weekly Tarot Card – Four of Swords
  3. Weekly Tarot Card – Eight of Swords

To see keywords for each card in the Swords suit click here.