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He sits in judgement, holding the unsheathed sign of his suit.

Divinatory meanings: whatsoever arises out of the idea of judgement and all its connections – power, command, authority, militant intelligence, law, offices of the crown, and so forth.

reversed: cruelty, evil intentions, perversity, barbarity, breach of faith.


Her right hand raises the weapon vertically and the hilt rests on an arm of her royal chair. the left hand is extended, the arm raised, her countenance is severe, chastened, and suggests familiarity with sorrow.

Divinatory meanings: widowhood, female sadness and embarrassment, absence, sterility, mourning, privation, separation.

reversed: Malice, bigotry, artifice, prudery, deceit.


In full course, as if scattering his enemies.

Divinatory meanings: skill, bravery, capacity, defense, address, enmity, wrath, war, destruction, opposition, resistance, ruin.

reversed: imprudence, incapacity, extravagance.


A lithe, active figure holds a sword upright in both hands, while in the act of swift walking.

Divinatory meanings: authority, overseeing, secret service, vigilance, spying, examination, and the qualities thereto belonging.

reversed: more evil side of these qualities, what is unforeseen, an unprepared state, sickness is also intimated.


A prostrate figure, pierced by all the swords belonging to the card.

Divinatory meanings: whatsoever is intimated by the design – also pain, affliction, tears, sadness, desolation.

reversed: advantage, profit, success, favor, but none of these are permanent. also power and authority.


One seated on her couch in lamentation with the swords over her.

Divinatory meanings: death, failure, miscarriage, delay, deception, disappointment, despair.

reversed: imprisonment, doubt, suspicion, reasonable fear, shame.


A woman, bound and hoodwinked, with the swords of the card about her.

Divinatory meanings: bad news, violent chagrin, crisis, censure, power in trammels, conflict, calumny – also sickness.

reversed: disquiet, difficulty, opposition, accident, treachery, the unforeseen, fatality.


A man in the act of carrying away five swords rapidly, the two others of the card remain stuck in the ground. a camp close at hand.

Divinatory meanings: design, attempt, wish, hope, confidence – also quarreling. a plan that may fail, annoyance.

reversed: good advice, counsel, instruction, slander, babbling.


A ferryman carrying passengers in his punt to the future shore.

Divinatory meanings: journey by water, route, way, envoy, expedient.

reversed: declaration, confession, publicity. one account says that it is a proposal of love.


A disdainful man looks after two retreating and dejected figures. their two 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 possession of the field.

Divinatory meanings: degradation, destruction, reversal, infamy, dishonor, loss.

reversed: the same – burial and obsequies.


The effigy of a knight in the attitude of prayer, at full length upon his tomb.

Divinatory meanings: vigilance, retreat, solitude, hermit’s repose, exile, tomb and coffin.

reversed: wise administration, circumspection, economy, avarice, precaution, testament.


Three swords piercing a heart, cloud and rain behind.

Divinatory meanings: removal, absence, delay, division, rupture, dispersion, and all that the design signifies naturally.

reversed: mental alienation, error, loss, distraction, disorder, confusion.


A hoodwinked figure balances two swords upon her shoulders.

Divinatory meanings: conformity and the equipoise which it suggests, courage, friendship, affection, concord in a sate of arms, intimacy.

Reversed: imposture, falsehood, duplicity, disloyalty.


A hand issues from a cloud, grasping a sword, the point of which is encircled by a crown.

Divinatory meanings: triumph, the excessive degree in everything, conquest, triumph of force. a card of great force, in love as well as in hatred.

Reversed: the same meanings, but the results are disastrous; another account says – conception, childbirth, augmentation, multiplicity.

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