Swords – Keywords

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.


  • 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

Please note: each week, for the next 78 weeks, I will draw a card and write a post, diving deeper into each card and its full meaning. I will then add a link to the card name below, highlighting it in gold.

Card Meanings – Keywords/Phrases:


Ace of Swords – New thoughts, challenges, communication, mental clarity, logic, reason, truth, knowledge, justice, intellect, possible conflict.

Two of Swords – Needing to make a decision; a crossroads; an impasse; stalemate, head and heart opposing each other, feeling conflicted.

Three of Swords – Mending a broken heart, forgiveness, acceptance needed, grief, rejection, disloyalty, unfaithfulness, painful truths.

Four of Swords – Rest, retreat, respite, relaxation, recuperation –  all after struggles, meditation, recovery, contemplation.

Five of Swords – Winning ungracefully, gloating; humiliation, win at all costs, defeat, poor sportsmanship.

Six of Swords – Rowing to calmer shores, is the grass greener…, a fresh start, rite of passage, journey, escape, travel, admitting defeat, shelter.

Seven of Swords – Sneakiness, cheating, stealing, deceit, betrayal, strategy, sabotage, traitor, trickery, escape.

Eight of Swords – Limitations, feeling trapped, restrictions, complex problems, helplessness, fear of the unknown, lacking confidence, confusion.

Nine of Swords – Anxiety, worries, sleeplessness, insomnia, nightmares, obsessive thoughts, guilt.

Ten of Swords – Ruin, endings, being stabbed in the back literally, betrayal, disaster, giving in, giving up, surrender.

Page of Swords – News of conflict, challenges. Learning to get through them. Learning words matter. Their mind is all over the place, talkative, chatty.

Knight of Swords – Intelligent, curious, explorer, discoverer, full of ideas/thoughts, expansion, impatience, impetuous, rushing in, seems to seek conflict/strife, hasty, opinionated, speaking one’s mind, aggressive, a need to clear the air.

Queen of Swords – Advisor, can harmonize, great communicator, quick thinker, witty, intellectual, self-reliant, strong, perceptive, great instincts, fair, sharp-tongued, cold, void of emotion, honest, sometimes too honest, judgemental, opinionated.*

King of Swords – Authority, power, intellectual, great communicator, analytical, logical, can be cold or devoid of emotion, defender of a cause, morality, great debater. Can be judgmental.*

*Both the Queen and King make great therapist, counselors.