The Suit of Swords Meaning

The Suit of Swords relate to the element of Air, which in turn relates to intellectual drive and deals with decisions, analysis and communication in your day-to-day living.

Suit of Swords

Suit of Swords Tarot de Marseille Ace of Swords
Tarot de Marseille Ace of Swords

Here we find the intellectual force of Air. As we need air to breathe, so too do we need our thoughts and intellect to exist within society. You can imagine the suit of Swords as “cutting through the cloudiness of the mind.”

In the same nature that thoughts can either be our biggest driving force or bring about our own disasters, so too are swords the double-sided cards of the Tarot. However, as per the previous analogy of swords referring to our thought patterns as clouds, it is important to realize that clouds come and go. They, as per our thoughts, have diverse nature, formation and result.

We can therefore see the significance of the suit of Swords and how they can be wielded to action, ambition and our drive in general.


Swords relate to the element of Air and therefore to Knights (Princes in Thoth). Knights rule from Chesed to Yesod. Swords therefore rule weeks and Spring. Find out more about timing in the tarot.

The suit of Swords

Suit of SwordsThe Swords originally referred to the nobles of the Feudal Society.

Pertains to the intellectual action.


Suit of Swords relate to Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. Find out more about the elusive Tarot-Zodiac Combination. 


Thoughts, struggles, conflict, decisions, wit and cunning, analysis, discussion, communication, mental process, acuity, criticism, pessimism and writing.


When dealt a card from the suit of swords, direct your thoughts to communication, analysis and intellect. Are your thought patterns ontological? Are you constructively thinking things through? Perhaps your mindset needs be strengthened?

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Earl Nightingale”.

Blessed Be,

Serpents in Divination