The Swords Minor Arcana of The Rider-Waite Deck

The divinatory meanings, keywords, attributes and descriptions for the ten Swords Minor Arcana of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck

2 of Swords – Rider-Waite

2 of Swords – Rider-Waite

Rider-Waite Two of Swords Description A hoodwinked female figure balances two swords upon her shoulders. 2 of Swords keywords Conformity, and the equipoise which it suggests, courage, friendship, concord in a state of arms; another reading gives tenderness, affection,...

3 of Swords – Rider-Waite

3 of Swords – Rider-Waite

Rider-Waite - Three of Swords description     Three swords piercing a heart; cloud and rain behind. 3 of Swords Keywords Removal, absence, delay, division, rupture, dispersion, and all that the design signifies naturally, being too simple and obvious to call...

4 of Swords – Rider-Waite

4 of Swords – Rider-Waite

Rider-Waite Four of Swords description   The effigy of a knight in the attitude of prayer, at full length upon his tomb.  4 of Swords Keywords Vigilance, retreat, solitude, hermit’s repose, exile, tomb and coffin. It is these last that have suggested the design....

5 of Swords – Rider-Waite

5 of Swords – Rider-Waite

Rider-Waite - Five of Swords description A disdainful man looks after two retreating and dejected figures. Their swords lie upon the ground. He carries two others on his left shoulder, and a third sword is in his right hand, point to earth. He is the master in...

6 of Swords – Rider-Waite

6 of Swords – Rider-Waite

Rider-Waite - Six of Swords description       A ferryman carrying passengers in his punt to the further shore. The course is smooth, and seeing that the freight is light, it may be noted that the work is not beyond his strength. 6 of Swords Keywords...

7 of Swords – Rider-Waite

7 of Swords – Rider-Waite

Rider-Waite - Seven of Swords description A young man carries swords, leaving two behind. Looks backwards.  7 of Swords Keywords Design, attempt, wish, hope, confidence; also quarrelling, a plan that may fail, annoyance. The design is uncertain in its import, because...

8 of Swords – Rider-Waite

8 of Swords – Rider-Waite

Rider-Waite - Eight of Swords Description A woman, bound and hoodwinked, with the swords of the card about her. Yet it is rather a card of temporary durance than of irretrievable bondage.  8 of Swords Keywords Bad news, violent chagrin, crisis, censure, power in...

9 of Swords – Rider-Waite

9 of Swords – Rider-Waite

Rider-Waite - Nine of Swords description One seated on her couch in lamentation, with the swords over her. She is as one who knows no sorrow which is like unto hers. It is a card of utter desolation.  9 of Swords Keywords Death, failure, miscarriage, delay,...

10 of Swords – Rider-Waite

10 of Swords – Rider-Waite

Rider-Waite - Ten of Swords description A prostrate figure, pierced by all the swords belonging to the card.  10 of Swords Keywords Whatsoever is intimated by the design; also pain, affliction, tears, sadness, desolation. It is not especially a card of violent...