Six of Swords
Sometimes, the only way to solve a problem is to realize you need to leave it behind you and move on. This is the Six of Swords, the card of cutting ties and making a retreat. It’s not a card of cowardice – it’s a card of recognizing you can’t solve anything by remaining where you are. It’s all well and good to say that everything can be fixed if you just stick with it, but sometimes the only way to improve a situation is to remove yourself from it. You can’t fix that horrible career and horrible employer by sticking with it; you can’t fix an abusive relationship, nor should you try; you can’t stick around with that group of delinquent friends that are dragging you down. You might one day return with reinforcements, but right now, there is only gain in leaving this problem behind. So this is a card of retreat, and in some ways, a restful retreat. You’ve moved on from the situation that was pulling you down, and charting a course to a better future. It’s a card of transition, but a smooth transition.
Sometimes, the boatman is taken literally – this could be the sign of a messenger.
You’ve cut your ties and set sail… but the seas are rough, or the place you headed no better than the place you left! You’ve left something behind, but you’re headed only for trouble, and there isn’t any help to be had wherever you’re going. When the Six of Swords is inversed, the situation has gone out of control. All your efforts are essentially wasted – nothing is going to get better, despite your journey.
Also, don’t schedule any cruises.