“When you find yourself looking at a problem from an emotionless point of view, then you have a good idea about what the Six of Swords is all about. The Six of Swords is about escape from the current situation, usually in a manner that you’re less than happy about, but often seems like the only way out. This is not one of the happier cards, but at the same time, it can ften lead to better things, or at least respite from the worse scenarios.
While in some cases, it can be seen as running away, there are other circumstances where it can be looked at as a tactical retreat from a situation. It’s not always about trying to escape from something, but trying to make it to elsewhere, even though leaving what you know can be difficult and sometimes painful. This card can sometimes denote grief or the grieving process that will eventually lead to being able to move on from an emotionally painful place.
The Crowley Thoth Tarot refers to the Six of Swords as “Science.” This can be seen to mean that the card talks about objectivity and the need to be looking at things without getting emotionally involved with them. Removing yourself from the situation, whether permanently or just long enough to get some perspective can do people a world of good, especially when things are emotionally charged, which in many cases where the Six of Swords turn up, they are.
The journey talked about in the Six of Swords can sometimes be literal, but this will need to be verified by other cards.”