Book of Thoth Swords

Book of Thoth Swords Minor Arcana

Descriptions of the Swords Minor Arcana of Aleister Crowley’s Book of Thoth tarot. The Sword is the symbol of Air.

Titles of the Swords

The Titles originate from the Golden Dawn

Swords and Tree of Life

Swords represent the spiritual level of Yetsirah

The sephiroth are from 2 to 10 or Chokmah to Malkuth.

Swords and Astrology

The Swords are associated with the Air signs of the zodiac:

2, 3 and 4 – Libra

5, 6 and 7 – Aquarius

8, 9 and 10 – Gemini


The divinatory meanings have their origin in Picatrix

Two of Swords – Peace

Peace means the normal state  of harmony between countries or people. Freedom to do whatever one wants, a state of tranquility or serenity. The Two of Swords show attempts to reconcile difference. This can be a desire to return to a...

Three of Swords – Sorrow

Sorrow means distress caused by loss, grief, disappointment or misfortune. The Three of Swords show irreconcilable differences manifest as time goes on. You are unable to maintain the new sense of identity with the old situation -...

Four of Swords – Truce

Truce means a suspension of hostilities, a ceasefire. Temporary respite from pain. The Four of Swords is a time of rest and recuperation so that you can assimilate those potential hurts and loss experienced in the Three of Swords. Time spent away from your situation...

Five of Swords – Defeat

Defeat means to overcome in a conquest or battle. To frustrate or thwart, to eliminate. To render null and void, to annul. The Five of Swords asks if you ever find love again? Is it possible at your age? Why bother? Nothing really interests you, and those that do...

Six of Swords – Science

Six of Swords - Science: Divinatory Meanings Science means systematic knowledge, facts or principles on any subject. Skill or proficiency. The Six of Swords is a time of outreach, travel, study and learning. You are empowered by your own knowledge and the accumulation...

Seven of Swords – Futility

Futility means quality of being ineffective, useless. Lack of purpose or meaning. The Seven of Swords wonders if all that inspiration, all those new ideas and experiences, were they worth it? Is there any point to them? It is time to come...

Eight of Swords – Interference

Interference means to interfere. Electromagnetic waves that cancel each other out. Overlapping of languages. The Eight of Swords shows continued thinking and analysis to the detriment of your emotional and physical needs results in 'analysis paralysis'. Thoughts and...

Nine of Swords – Cruelty

Nine of Swords - Cruelty: Divinatory Meanings Cruelty means the state of being cruel. In law, the conduct of a spouse that causes mental harm or physical suffering. The Nine of Swords shows that the continued dissociated thinking from the...

Ten of Swords – Ruin

Ruin means a destroyed or decayed building. Loss of hope or health.  The downfall or ruin of a person or thing. An antonym of ruin is construction or creation. The Ten of Swords shows the ultimate breakdown of the thinking process....