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    Six of Swords

    THE BLUES, RECOVERY, TRAVEL


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    feeling the blues

    • experiencing a low-level sadness
    • just keeping your head above water
    • working to get through the day
    • feeling somewhat depressed
    • avoiding the lows, but also the highs
    • feeling listless
    • functioning, but not much more

    recovering

    • dealing with the effects of trauma
    • getting over a tough time
    • picking up the pieces
    • starting to cope
    • beginning to get your health back
    • heading toward a more positive place
    • feeling hope again

    traveling

    • changing location
    • moving from one place to another
    • taking a trip
    • experiencing a change of scene
    • being uprooted
    • going on a journey
    • entering into a new frame of mind

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    Description

    At one point in The Pilgrim's Progress, the hero Christian (who is also on a Fool's Journey) becomes mired in the Slough of Despond. He struggles for a time until drawn out by Help. Help tells him that "...many fears, and doubts, and discouraging apprehensions...settle in this place."

    The Slough of Despond is a good name for the Six of Swords. Sometimes this card represents a dull, listless state. Nothing is seriously wrong, but nothing is really right either. You're getting by, but not thriving. In the picture the figures in the boat seem sad and disengaged. Life is indeed uninteresting when we feel the blues.

    The Slough of Despond is a good name for the Six of Swords. Sometimes this card represents a dull, listless state. Nothing is seriously wrong, but nothing is really right either. You're getting by, but not thriving. In the picture the figures in the boat seem sad and disengaged. Life is indeed uninteresting when we feel the blues.

    In fact, the Six of Swords can indicate travel and moves of all kinds. This could mean an actual change of scene, relocation or trip, but not necessarily. A journey can also take place on the inner planes as we move from one frame of mind to another.

    Although the Six of Swords does not promise great joy, it also avoids the depths of despair. A slough is not a bottomless pit, but simply a hollow or depression. When you see this card, know that even though the situation is not ideal, you are moving toward a more positive place. Change is in the air, and new, more hopeful conditions lie ahead.