If I could paint you a picture of the mood of this card, I would need a palette of mostly grays. With the 6 of Swords, the energy is kind of bleak, kind of despondent. It’s the feeling that you get after you’ve just been through some major upheaval and although the heart of the storm is a thing of the past, you're still just numb.
We have a tendency during times like these to try and fight our way out of the discomfort, we resist, we pretend it isn't happening, we try to do it differently or better so it won’t hurt so much, but ultimately, what it really takes is flat out time. Psychologists have identified 5 stages of grief including denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. The 6 of Swords is right about that point where you reach acceptance.
We see a huddled family on a boat headed away from something old and moving toward something new. They've accepted that it’s time to move on and so they are. The beauty of being in this stage (and also the message of this card) is that after acceptance comes recovery.
Remember that Swords cards are about mental activity and if we’re honest about it, the majority of our stresses and traumas truly begin and end with our minds. The severity and drama of any situation depends on the story you tell yourself about the meaning. This is why 2 people can experience the same devastating event, and one of them can potentially have a nervous breakdown and the other will come through it stronger than before.
What have you just been through? What have you had to accept? Are you ready to begin moving on? The time is ripe to examine with objectivity, “the story” you’ve attached to your trauma (the meaning, the reason it happened etc). Maybe it’s time to leave some of the baggage of that old story behind and look toward new shores with a sense of hope and excitement? Willing to try?
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