Note: Meaning behind the tarot combinations greatly differ based on the order of the cards you receive. These interpretations are written for when you receive the Death as the ‘’clarifying’’ or the ‘’outcome’’ card, or after the Swords.
The Ace of Swords and Death:
The Ace of Swords symbolizes truth- and with the Death card next to it, message is loud and clear: The truth will come out in the end.
Things are going to get better. You will have an opportunity to start a new chapter. But first, you need to close an old one.
The Ace of Swords and Death combination reminds you that it is time to use the sword in your hand. This can mean cutting toxic people off in your life, or perhaps cutting through your issues.
In any case, a clear-cut decision is necessary for you to move on. When things get tough, remind yourself that you have power over your mind.
This tarot combination can also represent end of a communication/connection.
The Two of Swords and Death:
Do you feel like it is impossible to move on, or make a decision? Are you asking yourself if you should stay or go? Are you stuck in a state of constant worrying and contemplating? These are the type of questions that pop up with the Two of Swords card.
The Two of Swords and Death together tells you that you can’t linger in this emotional/mental turmoil any longer. Making a choice will let you finally heal from the strain of uncertainty.
The Death is a gateway to transformation. You might be asked to make some tough decisions and let go of some things, but it is all for the better in the end. Ignoring problems won’t make them go away.
If you are asking about feelings of someone and you draw the Two of Swords and Death, this often shows stress and anxiety. They are stuck in their head and unable to make a clear decision at this time- there is something they need to finish first.
The Three of Swords and Death:
Three of Swords is a period of loss, heartbreak and grief. The Death card symbolizes the transition that comes afterwards- with it you can clear away the past and open way for the new.
Although this is a very difficult combination, The Three of Swords and Death has a positive twist. If you allow yourself to let go, difficult times that you go through will eventually make way for something better.
However unpleasant it may be, you need to keep moving forward. Leave the mistakes in the past but keep the lessons for the future. Accepting and understanding how you feel is the first step to your healing.
The Four of Swords and Death:
Both the Four of Swords and Death symbolize a period of rest after an upheaval.
You’ve been through a lot recently. In order to release all the loss, stress and pain you experienced, you need some time of calmness and stillness to rejuvenate yourself. Take this time to do whatever helps you to restore your inner peace and balance: whether is meditating, praying, getting in touch with nature of spending time with your loved ones. Gently and lovingly reflect on your life to change the things that made you unhappy. You will know when you feel ready to get back out in the world again.
As feelings of someone, the Four Swords and Death represents stress, grief and fatigue. Things are put to rest for now. They need take some time alone to contemplate and heal.
The Five of Swords and Death:
It is very likely there is an unhealthy situation in your life that you need to let go. Perhaps you are stuck in a cycle of conflict in your relationship. Perhaps you have a defeat/victim mindset when it comes to facing challenges. Or perhaps you are receiving an unfair treatment at work.
In any case, the Five of Sword is a no-win scenario. When this card shows up, especially next to Death- it is time to cut your losses and move on.
In love/relationship readings, the Five of Swords and Death combination can show dishonesty, conflict and spite. So if you feel defeated in a relationship with no way out, or if you are frustrated and emotionally drained, it is time for a change.
The Six of Swords and Death:
The Six of Swords and Death combination has a message for you: Every ending is a new beginning.
Accepting change, letting go of the past and moving on to a completely new direction: All this takes great courage. Perhaps you still feel the wounds of the past, still fresh. You probably just want to fast forward and get over with it already. But healing is a process. Be patient, have faith, let life unfold in its own time.
This is a process of rebirth in your life. You are putting this behind you- for good. You may be changing location, moving on from a break-up or accepting a new job after a loss; all filled with new, joyful opportunities. If you focus on that joy rather than the what you lost in the past, your transition will be much easier.
As feelings of someone, the Six of Swords and Death is all about moving on. They are choosing to let go of the things that hurt them deeply in the past and making a firm decision to embrace change as it comes.
The Seven of Swords and Death:
The Seven of Swords is a card of smoke and mirrors. It can represent any shady, hidden situation like manipulation, infidelity, lies, avoidance, secrets, etc.
The Death card on the other hand is inescapable. No one can cheat ‘’the Death’’, so to speak.
The Seven of Swords and Death tarot combination tells you that you cannot evade change. The truth always comes out in the end, no matter how hard anyone tries to hide it.
Consequences can be harsh if you choose to cut corners at this time.
Alternatively, you may be a dealing with a manipulative, cunning person in your life that you need to cut out of your life.
You may also be interested in: Tarot Cards Combinations: The Lovers and Seven of Swords
The Eight of Swords and Death:
With the Eight of Swords in your reading, you may feel trapped in an unsatisfying job, a tough decision, or a toxic relationship. If you feel defeated, hopeless, unable to move on in your life for any reason- it is time for a change. And the change starts with you.
Letting go is always hard with the Death card- but it is necessary and inevitable. During the Death situation, you may experience loss, betrayal or grief.
The Eight of Swords is a reminder that you are the writer, the actor and the director of your story. You can choose to erase resentment and bitterness and replace it with self-love and forgiveness.
If you can change your mindset, you won’t see the Eight of Swords and Death as a loss, you will rather see it as a process of claiming your power again. Just allow change to happen.
The Nine of Swords and Death:
When the Nine of Swords shows up, reliving the horrors of the past in your mind doesn’t let you move forward. Perhaps you replay a scenario in your head over and over again, thinking what you should have done and eventually stressing yourself to the point of losing sleep over it.
The Death in present/future position heralds a major change in your life, a difficult yet inevitable one.
Adapting to change comes with making peace with the past. Past has no control over your present moment if you don’t give in to doubt and fear. Otherwise, it will keep sucking you back by reminding you the hurt you experienced.
The Death is a necessary force of life. And life never stops moving forward, why should you? Sometimes you should just trust the wind to carry you for a while in order to find your direction.
So when you draw the Nine of Swords and Death in your tarot reading, allow things to change no matter how hard it seems. Trust the process.
When you ask about the feelings of someone and you draw the Nine of Swords, emotions attached to it can be resentment, bitterness, anger and guilt.
The Ten of Swords and Death:
The Ten of Swords, just like the Death card, symbolizes end of a cycle, the old giving birth to the new. Don’t worry- It is an extremely rare occasion where these cards represent a physical death.
This is a turning point in your life. Loss, betrayal, break up, and failure are often the themes here.
But, it is also a sign of completion and rebirth. With the Ten of Swords and Death, You are being cleared of the things that were no longer serving you or making you happy.
It is very likely that you will have to face your fears during this time. When you have no other choice but to leave what you know behind and move forward, the unknown horizons are always intimidating at first. But change is inevitable. No matter how difficult and painful the circumstances are, you always have the option to make the journey easier to yourself. Best way to do this is accepting, healing and growing.
You don’t have to navigate these turbulent waters alone- ask for help when you need it.