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The Suit of Swords in the Rider Waite Smith Deck of Tarot Cards

The Rider Waite Smith deck of Tarot Cards is made up of the Major Arcana, consisting of 22 cards and Four Suits.  These can be compared to the four suits in playing cards.

The Suits are Cups, Wands, Swords and Pentacles and represent the four elements of Water, Fire, Air and Earth. Tarot Cards have a lot of cross-over with Astrology.

In this article we will look at the Suit of Swords.

The Suit of Swords in the Rider Waite Smith deck of Tarot cards is made up of 14 cards. These consist of an Ace, which usually denotes the number ONE, a further nine cards which represent the numbers TWO to TEN and then four COURT CARDS. These are PAGE, KNIGHT, QUEEN and KING.

The suit of swords is about things going on in our heads and minds. It often represents the analytical, logical, reasoning part of us. It is the “head stuff” part of us.

The swords often indicate our response to stress and how we cope with stress. Where there are a lot of sword cards present in a reading, there is likely to be a lot of challenge and this can be made worse by the negative thoughts that people are having about themselves or their situation.

In the Suit of Swords we often find the worries and fears that people have. Some may be day-to-day worries and some may be deep- rooted fears and strongly held beliefs and convictions.

The Swords can also indicate the “might be” or “what if” fears, some of which may be valid and some of which may be unfounded.  The Suit of Swords can appear very challenging because they not only indicate the events of our lives, but they also indicate our reactions to them.

Astrologically it represents the element of Air and can point to the signs of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius, although the character traits are more important than the actual sign.

The element of air represents thoughts, ideas, intellect and communication.

On the Positive side, people displaying Air tendencies can be great visionaries with fantastic ideas and they can be amazing communicators. They are often quick witted and have razor-sharp brains. They can be people who seem to live on their nerves. Some of the other qualities can be analytical, inventive, original, versatile and curious.  The element of air can also be associated with space, computers, scientific and technological matters.

On the negative side, their heads can be full of a lot of ideas and very little action. They may be fickle and whimsical and find it hard to complete things. They can be nit-picky and critical and can tie people up in knots with their words. They can be argumentative, lacking empathy, cynical, inflexible and eccentric.

Amanda Goldston
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