Today’s card is the Six of Swords, also known as Knives or Daggers. The Six of this suit has generally been associated with the objectivity of using scientific methods to make decisions and determinations. This principle has been employed through the generations to sift fact from superstition, to build facts into theories, and to form theories into laws which we can trust and use to improve our lives. One early title for this card was ‘The Navigator’; it represents one who has learned enough about the relation between the Earth and the Heavens to be able to set a course across trackless oceans and arrive at a chosen spot on distant shores.
At the time of the first Tarot decks, this skill was considered akin to magic, so few were the individuals who understood the principles involved. The person who draws this card is one with special knowledge, an insight into sophisticated techniques that may be powerful enough to effect a rescue in a dangerous time or situation. Other related titles that are common to this card are ‘The Path (out of danger, not into it) and ‘The Way Through’.
The Six of Swords is here to remind you that time is of the essence. You’ve seen the big picture now, and good ideas have occurred to you about what needs to be done. Now it is necessary to take action. There’s no more time for debate. If the game plan has become clear, your next step should be to commit yourself to pursuing the changes that will lead to improvement. Overcome the tendency to get distracted or to spend time on ‘approval seeking’. Once you initiate action, others will be grateful for your clear thinking and quick reflexes. It’s a special gift to be able to navigate in times of rapidly changing and unpredictable circumstances, when a cool head and right timing are most essential. Use this gift to your advantage at this time and others will benefit as well.
May you navigate life’s twists and turns today with speed and acumen.