Tarot Readings used over 70 cards that range in all sorts. The swords is a specific group.
Ace of swords: Upright – Power, victory, inspired thought, breakthrough, enlightenment, insight, the rising force of clear thought and communication, clarity, seeing the truth, precise thinking, one-pointed thinking, simplicity, innovative thinking, cutting through illusion, the beginning of a mental endeavor such as the studying of a new subject or the writing of a book – Reversed – Mental energy or communications going in the wrong direction, confusion, power used negatively, need to speak up for oneself, potential violence, verbal abuse, letting negativity and distraction take one off course
2 of Swords: Upright – Truce, choices, temporary peace, waiting for the right moment, temporary uncertainty, patience, balancing opposing forces, compromise, going with the flow, trust in a divine source for guidance – Reversed – Stalemate, blindness to the truth, knowing what to do but afraid to act, stuck in uncertainty, can’t see the forest for the trees, too much information causing indecision, feeling pulled in two directions, overanalyzing, ignorance
3 of Swords: Upright – Heartbreak, painful breakup, triangular relationships causing strife, abandonment, betrayal, loneliness, despair, loss, grief, rejection – Reversed – Strong need for forgiveness, reconciliation or redemption, process of healing, healing old wounds, learning the lesson in a painful experience, healing brings freedom and optimism
4 of Swords: Upright – Respite for the weary, healing, reflection, relaxation, meditation brings answers, cocooning for transformation, gestation period for manifesting solutions, stillness, introspection, temporary solitude, rest brings rejuvenation – Reversed – Hospital stay, stagnation, recovering from illness, strong need for meditation, healing, relaxation and rejuvenation, exhaustion, warning that too much work or strife could create illness, need to retreat from the chaos of life, strong need for more peace and quiet
5 of Swords: Upright – Victory or defeat (usually by unfair means), conflict, gossip, betrayal, manipulating or being manipulated, unhealthy environment, gloating, someone acting without integrity, vengeful motives – Reversed – Awakening to a more ethical way of succeeding, need to move on from past failures and betrayals, need for collaboration, need for pure intentions
6 of Swords: Upright – Movement away from problems and strife, necessary transition, moving in the right direction towards brighter horizons, hope for the future, higher guidance, safe voyage, opportune time to make positive changes, focus and follow-through – Reversed – Running away from problems causes more problems, going in the wrong direction, need to dump emotional baggage before journey or transition, needs to flee a bad situation towards greener pastures
7 of Swords: Upright – Deception, illusions, betrayal, stealth, secrets, duplicity, theft, impure motives, underhanded behavior, plans require revision, situation needs to be examined for flaws, selfish motives, more than meets the eye – Reversed – Mental challenges, breaking free from deception and illusion, taking control of one’s circumstances, moving away from deceptive people/ situations
8 of Swords: Upright – Feeling imprisoned by circumstances, illusion of being trapped, stuck in a rut, isolation, mental/ emotional restrictions, immobilized by fears, self-created oppression, literal imprisonment – Reversed – Need to realize that imprisonment is only in the mind, need to release self-imposed restrictions and fears, freeing the creative self, awakening to freedom and clear perception
9 of Swords: Upright – Excessive worry, obsessive, negative thinking, fear, insomnia, nightmares, depression, anxiety, despair, haunted by the past – Reversed – Extreme hopelessness, despair, anxiety and/ or obsession, waking up from a nightmare (literally or figuratively), need to realize that fears are creating negative reality, haunted by the past, need to harness positive thinking and relaxation techniques, need for meditation, post-traumatic stress, need for professional counseling
10 Of Swords: Upright – Lowest point or end of a situation, stabbed in the back, trauma, need to let go of an old situation, job, relationship or phase of life, surrender – Reversed: Courage to rise again, the courage to move on, rock bottom is a good place to because the only place to go is up, good opportunities and times ahead, dawning of a new day
Tarot Readings then have more then just numbered cards.
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