The Thoth Deck Six of Swords is called Science while the Six of Swords of the Old Path seems to imply balance.
The Tarot of the Old Path card, depicts a young man balancing himself as he uses stepping stone to cross a flowing river. His wind blown clothing is the color of Air, the element of this card and he is holding two swords aloft for balance.
His destination is a lush island amidst calm waters, in the background.
His path is guided by feminine hands holding swords above the water. This is reminiscent of the legends of King Aurthur
The primary meaning of the Tarot of the Old Path Six of Swords, seems to be about an eminent move to a calm and peaceful place or travel by water to a better place.
Thoth Deck Six of Swords-Science and the 6th Sephira-Tiphareth-Beauty.
n reiteration of past blogs, the adept will find the initiation of Tiphareth the first of the Greater Initiations into the meaning of Self. This Tiphareth initiation is literally a scarifying of all that we know to be self, and life as we have lived it. Here the sacrifice is not relinquishing the much desired something, but rather a transition of Force, from that of the will of lesser consciousness to the Pure Will of the Greater Self. "Thy will be done" rather than, "my will be done'.
The Four Sixes of the Thoth Deck are about definite accomplishment and carrying out of a matter.
THE SIX OF SWORDS- Science:
Here, we have Mercury in Aquarius. Thus, this card is also called: Lord of Earned Success
The Angels of the Decan are: Rehaayal and Yeyezeil . The Six of Swords is influenced by Tiphareth in the Astral World [ Yetzirah].
The air sign of Aquarius, is ruled by Saturn, which tends to stabilize the fleeting qualities of Mercury. The positioning of Mercury in Aquarius, a mental sign, leads naturally to science and humanitarianism, so success is the result of Saturn's work in this aspect.
Now the cutting power of Swords is turned toward the positive, and the Rose is resurrected after being war-torn in the Fives of Swords which is related to the Severity of Geburah.
In the Six of Swords, the swords all come together at a point in the restored Rose Cross of Six squares, which Crowley calls, " The Rose Cross at the central secret of Scientific Truth." Thus, we have the definitive meaning of "success after anxiety and trouble", for the Way of the Cross is suffering before ascension.
Here, Tiphareth shows the perfect balance and idea of the card, as all moral and mental faculties are perfectly balanced, won by great effort, but hard to hold in a ever-changing world of political propaganda and commercialized morality.
When thrown during a reading, the six of swords implies:
The negative of this card, would be confusion because of extreme mental activity producing conflicting thoughts, ambiguity and indecision. Again, depending on the accompanying cards.
Thank you for your interest and understanding. May you live long and prosper!