Knight of Swords

To gain a more complete understanding of the Knight of Swords, an overview of the suit and symbol is provided first.

Overview of the Swords

Aliases: In English, this is the most common.

Element: Air

Zodiac: Aquarius, Gemini, Libra

Playing Card Suit: Spades

Class:  Nobility/Militia

Rules: The Mind or Will

The Swords control the mind or will. When Miss L refer to these qualities, it means that the meaning of each Tarot card in this suit can focus on intellectual questions or issues related to power.

If you want to see all of the Tarot cards in the Swords suit, go to The Swords.

The Swords is the Tarot suit that most people are uncomfortable with. 

Often connected to negative meanings, the Swords have been given a bad rap. 

It's true when you're first learning the meaning of each Tarot card this suit, it seems more than an average number of Tarot cards are dark and brooding.

Just like a physical sword, the Swords have two edges. 

On the one hand, their energy can be destructive and hard to swallow - especially when it's your life that's being affected.

On the other side, they clear out the junk! 

Usually, they affect the clutter in your mental attics - the stuff you're not ready to get rid of but don't want to deal with either. 

When the Swords appear, they are using their strengths of courage, ideas and power to tell you it is time.

Deal with it and move on!

If you're just learning to read Tarot cards, remember that the position in the Tarot layout as well as the nearby Tarot cards should to guide you (in addition to the meanings for the Tarot cards).

Work from the heart, listen to your gut and develop your intuition. Don't fear the Swords. Like any medicine, working up the courage to open your mouth and swallow takes longer than it does for the bad taste to fade after.

Synopsis of the Knight

The Knight is an age-old archetype of the hero or heroine, a symbol of adventure, daring and skill.  With the Knight, we have built upon the learning experience of the Page and using these skills, have entered the world to seek our fortune.

The Knight brings bravery and daring, both internal and externally.  There is also the sense of haste, as if the Knight worries that if she doesn't get

going in a hurry, all the opportunities will be lost.

While the Knight has achieved a level of mastery, he still hasn't acquired the wisdom that time provides but also hasn't lost the sense of wonder

and excitement that often gets left behind.  In a sense, Knight occupies the best of all worlds, if she doesn't let her impulsiveness lead her into dangerous situations.

Upright Tarot Card Meaning:

No-one thinks more of the Knight of Swords than...the Knight of Swords.

He is charming, seductive, intelligent but his sense of egotism can spoil the package.

His courage is incredible and makes him take huge risks; it is rare that he is defeated in anything.

Sometimes though, his confidence is misplaced. In his rush to win at any cost, he can cause pain or problems for others.

He is bright with strong ideas that are worth pursuing. To better balance his need for glory with ethics, he would benefit from slowing down and considering others.

Reversed Tarot Card Meaning:

Still bright and competitive, the Knight of Swords reversed is even more destructive.

Rarely feeling remorse, he moves from challenge to challenge, taking whatever is needed for his own ends. 

Any semblance of ethics has disappeared and his motivation is self-oriented.

To manage himself, he can sometimes resort to abuse of drugs or alcohol; moderation of any kind can be a real challenge.

Still moving against the status quo, the Knight of Swords reversed drifts through life, always looking for the next opportunity.

Tarot Card Keywords:

brainy, egoist, competitive, seductive, damaging, energy, change, fearless, lack of ethics, drug or alcohol abuse, fighting fiercely to change a bad situation.

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