the six of swords is a card for looking towards the future from a time of transition. it indicates a journey, literally or figuratively, away from a period of stress, anxiety, tension, and hardship. calm waters are ahead. although you are moving out of this period of hard times and leaving the past behind you as you make this journey, you must make sure to note the lessons you do bring along with you that you learned from the difficulties. in the Rider-Waite deck, a woman is on a boat with a ferryman about to take off from shore. although she journeys alone, she needed assistance through the transition. as Jason Gruhl from Fountain Tarot states, "Her willingness to ask for help has allowed assistance to appear, free of her drama, providing an opportunity for healing and comfort." six of swords asks you to not only to do what you need to do to get out of the hardship, but to ask for help as needed. transition can be confusing and difficult, but the six of swords reminds you that you are headed in the right direction. even when wavering, stay confident because the six of swords shows that you have acted in integrity and with self-respect to venture towards a place of harmony and peace after a possible hard decision or upheaval in your emotional realm. the choices you have made, ways in which you have acted, and qualities that you have brought forth to move through this transition are where the lessons lie that give purpose to the hardship. this strength through growth is what will carry you into your healing and happiness. the six of swords asks us to appreciate the journey, but to leave the past behind and look towards a bright future.
changing our perspective can be one of the most important components of growth. sometimes when it is hard to change our perspective in our mind, heart, and soul, we must change our perspective literally to get away from it all. seeing new sights and experiencing new places and people can help shift our perspective by stimulating us to think in a new way or see the world differently. removing ourselves from a hard situation can be difficult, but when we know we are stuck, even if we do not know exactly where we are headed, we must move. stagnation only leaves us more stuck. the transition may not always look pretty or feel easy and it may definitely be messy. but we must integrate magic into the mess. sometimes losing ourselves is the best route to finding ourselves. when we let go, surrender, release, and trust ourselves, we open ourselves up to what life has to offer and allow for our true selves to come out into the light. i think of it as a shedding of layers. like collecting dust, we collect bad patterns, stress, and hardships that begin to build and create a layer on top of our true selves. when we shake things up within our life, such as changing perspective, moving into transition, or just 'losing ourselves,' we loosen those layers, so that they may fall off. as we let go of what we were holding too tightly on to and release the struggles we have been choosing to live in, we shed those layers of build up. we get back to being closer to our inner core true selves. as we do this, we gain back trust in ourselves. what arises from our core is our strength, integrity, power, beauty, and self-respect. we have what we need within to move through the transition from hardship to harmony. and when we need support, we may reach out. one integral aspect of releasing is opening up. we open ourselves to the positive to come into our lives through others, through opportunities, through experience. and through this process, we expand, we learn, we heal, and we grow. we do not stay the same. we arise and become more fully alive.