Rider Waite (Pamela Colman Smith 1909): Six of Swords
Swords were typically depicted with curved blades in ancient tarot decks to distinguish them from staves. They correspond to the playing card suit of Spades, (in Italian, spada means sword). This suit represents the element Air, and the social classes of Nobility and Military. Swords are considered a Masculine suit. Swords typically represent intellect, reason, mental clarity, and the sciences. They may also represent conflicts surrounding the questioner.
The Sixes typically concern choice, gratification, completion, good news, success in struggle or conflict, reward, recognition, triumph, innocence, nostalgia, solutions, movement away from danger, and passage from pain. Sixes may also represent desire and envy.
Regretful but necessary transition. Rite of passage.
Gradual change, movement, or travel away from difficulty or imminent danger. The solution to current problems. Long journeys and passage from pain. Obstacles that are overcome.
Reversed Meaning: Cannot move on. Carrying baggage.
This card can represent an inability to move on from hurtful or traumatic experiences in the past. The advice to the questioner is to acknowledge their pain and work on finding ways to make peace with their past in order to look to the future.