The six of swords shows a boatman poling a craft carrying two passengers who look like a mother and child huddled in the seat in front of him. There are six swords that pierce the hull of the boat lined up in the bow, and the craft is being guided away from the rough waters toward the open expanse of smooth waters. We see only the backs of the participants. The two seated passengers cannot see ahead without looking through the swords, but the boatman is standing and able to look beyond the boundaries of the boat.
Whether you are male or female, if this card comes up in your reading, you are the boatman. You are attempting to be of service and healing in a conflict situation by guiding the boat to smoother waters. It is of the utmost importance that no one bears down on the points of conflict, or the boat will sink. Because a pole is being used, the waters are shallow enough to allow its effective use, and the progress is slow and steady.
The message of the card is to keep the situation as light and positive as possible while you move things forward. Yours is the energy making a difference here. Your perspective allows you to see the end of the journey. Do not feed the conflict by discussing it or taking sides. Just keep things moving gently in a positive direction. Once on dry land, having completed your service, you are free to remove the swords, repair the vessel, and be on your way.