KING OF SWORDS

KING OF SWORDS TAROT CARD MEANINGS KEYWORDS
Upright: Clear thinking, intellectual power, authority, truth
Reversed: Manipulative, tyrannical, abusive

KING OF SWORDS TAROT CARD MEANINGS AND DESCRIPTION
The King of Swords sits upon his throne of command, holding a large upward-pointing, double-edged sword in his right hand, while his left hand rests gently upon his lap. On his left Saturn finger is a ring, symbolic of power and taking his responsibilities seriously. The King wears a blue tunic, symbolic of a desire for spiritual understanding, and a purple cape, symbolic of compassion combined with intellect. The back of his throne is decorated with butterflies (transformation), crescent moons and an angel just near his left ear, positioned as if to give him subtle guidance. The sky is relatively clear with a few clouds, representing general mental clarity. The trees in the background appear motionless and reflect the stern judgement of the King.

UPRIGHT KING OF SWORDS TAROT CARD MEANINGS
The King of Swords is a symbol of intellectual power and authority, and has the courage and intellect to accomplish all that he desires. He represents judgement, command, and rulership. His character indicates the stern leadership of a judge, lawyer, or military commander whose emotions must be kept in check under the pressure of battle. Therefore, the King of Swords asks you to remain detached and objective in a specific situation, in order to ascertain the truth and seek out only the facts. You need to use your intellect to prove your point and succeed. Your education and experience are important but so are your day-to-day observations and thoughts. You can also solve problems by using history, rules, laws and diplomacy.
The King of Swords suggests that you need to adopt a very stern but fair role. You have clarity of mind and can perceive the truth right now, so you must take the lead with providing an objective point of view. You are well-positioned to judge your situation appropriately and identify the limiting behaviours that are getting the way. This is a time when you need to leave emotions out of it, and remain as objective and rational as possible. You may need to reason with others and be quite direct about what you are observing. You may be concerned that you are not being particularly caring or sympathetic but at this point in time, this detachment is what is needed most.
Similarly, the King of Swords encourages you to use your logic and intellect to navigate your path ahead. You will need to get to the heart of the matter, make firm and well-researched decisions, and ensure that you are firm but fair in your dealings with others. You need to be able to take any situation, look at it with total impartiality, and then come to a decision that is both fair and insightful.
Oftentimes, the King of Swords represents a professional advisor, such as a solicitor or attorney, financial adviser or taxation consultant. This advisor has a solid reputation and a vast amount of knowledge in his particular field, and will provide you with objective, well-researched advice about your own situation. He is completely impartial, and will draw upon his experience and his innate knowledge of the rules, systems and structures that are in place. He may come across as detached or disinterested in your personal circumstances, unless it relates specifically to the type of advice he is giving you. This is so that he can provide only the most relevant and objective advice to you. He prides himself in his expertise and qualifications, and is likely to charge a high fee for his services. Nonetheless, he offers the rigour and specialist knowledge that you need right now.
If you have not engaged the help of an expert, the appearance of the King of Swords suggests that it may be worthwhile getting some legal or financial advice. If you are expecting changes or particular circumstances to arise that will require expert advice, you can be on the front foot by seeking advice before they happen. That way, when they do roll through, you are ready to demand your rights and seek an outcome that benefits you. You may also benefit by finding an advocate or mentor who will look out for your needs and who can provide you with objective and smart advice about what to do.
This King is also a man of the highest ethical standards. It is impossible to corrupt him and as such he acts as a pillar of strength who gives sound advice to everyone, no matter who they are. What is more, he firmly expects others to operate by the rules of the law and will not tolerate others who break the law. As a father, for example, he will become very angry if his children do not follow the ‘house rules’.

REVERSED KING OF SWORDS TAROT CARD MEANINGS
The King of Swords reversed can suggest the misuse of one’s mental power, authority, and drive. The reversed King of Swords represents manipulation and persuasion in order to fulfil selfish needs. He is a very intelligent older male (or sometimes female) who likes to show off to others about how smart he is by using big words or talking about topics about which no-one else knows. He may also be very cutting in his words, critical of others, and stern in his manner. This card may represent a person in your life or even yourself. You need to be wary of this type of person because, although he/she may be charming and intelligent, they can do only harm. They have only their personal interests in mind and will do whatever they can to achieve these interests, even if it means stepping on others.
Similarly, the King of Swords reversed can be quite a tyrant and a ‘loose cannon’. He is prone to aggression and angry outbursts, particularly if you make him look bad or challenge his authority. He is not pleasant to be around and is likely to leave you feeling demoralised and put down.
The reversed King of Swords can also reflect a lack of decisiveness about where your best opportunities lie or in what direction you want to head. You are still making up your mind about what you really want to do and what is going to inspire you. This lack of decision means a lack of direction at this time, so it is essential that you drive energy towards making a decision and then acting upon it. The longer you wait around until everything is 100% clear, the longer you delay your fulfilment. You may also be lacking the mental clarity to work out what it is that you need to do in your situation. Your thoughts are scattered and may be starting to feel quite panicky and out of control when it comes to knowing exactly what to do and what choices to make. Upright, the King is typically a very rational man who uses his intelligence and clear understanding of a situation to make critical decisions but reversed, this card indicates that you are feeling very lost and uncertain about your options, let alone the decisions you need to make. As a result, you are delaying necessary decisions and generally not achieving anything because you are getting so worried.

KING OF SWORDS

King of Swords Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Structure, routine, intelligent, rational, logical, power, authority, strength, manners, conversation, discerning, detached, cool, honesty, integrity, ethics, morals, clinical, stern, methodical, self-discipline, head over heart, use your head, military, law enforcement, legal matters, judge, father

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the King of Swords represents structure, routine, self-discipline, power authority. It is a Minor Arcana card of being methodical, using your head, mind over matter and the head over the heart. This card signifies logic and reason, integrity, ethics and morals. The King of Swords can represent legal matters, law enforcement, military, police and judges. As a person, the King of Swords is a mature male who is cool, self-disciplined, intelligent, honest and strong. He is rational, logical and a deep thinker. He may be an air sign such as Aquarius, Gemini or Libra. He does not like to publicly display his emotions and prefers to use his intellect over his emotions to deal with situations. He is a great conversationalist and fiercely loyal and protective of his loved ones. He does well in structured environments and needs to have a routine to operate at his best. He can be clinical and stern. In the extreme negative, he can be a bully or a tyrant and he can be cold or distant if someone is too irrational for his liking. But generally he is analytical and fair-minded. He takes his responsibilities seriously, is dependable and plays by the rules.

Health
In a health Tarot spread, the King of Swords indicates that putting more structure into your routine is the key to maintaining or improving your health or fitness right now and in the future. This may take the form of going to bed at a set time, eating set meals, working out in a more structured way such as taking an exercise class or getting a personal trainer. If you have been suffering from an illness or injury, the King of Swords can also indicate surgeons or consultants being involved in your care.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot reading, if you are in a relationship the King of Swords can indicate that you are in a relationship with someone who embodies the qualities outlined in the above section or you are displaying some of those characteristics yourself in your love life. It can also indicate that you and your partner are connected on an intellectual level as well as a physical and emotional level. It also signifies that your relationship or partner challenges you to excel and maintain high standards. This card can also represent fatherhood so it is a good omen if you are planning a family. If you are single, the King of Swords can indicate that you will meet someone who embodies the qualities outlined in the above section or you are displaying some of those characteristics yourself in your love life. It can also indicate that you need a partner who you can connect with on an intellectual level. It can also represent a man who is happy with his life as a bachelor. If you want a relationship with this man, be aware that he will not settle for a partner who cannot hold his interest or meet his high standards.

Money & Career
In a career Tarot reading, the King of Swords can represent a mature older man in your work environment who will challenge you and hold you to high standards. He may be stern with you but don’t be overly sensitive. If you behave with honesty and integrity and act in an intelligent manner you will gain his respect, he will give you sound guidance and you will learn a lot from him. This Minor Arcana card can represent someone who is authoritative, methodical, clinical and rational. It tells you to keep a cool head in business and make sure you are in possession of all the facts before making decisions. This card can also indicate that having more structure and routine will help bring you success. In a financial Tarot spread, the King of Swords indicates that you need to take a realistic, logical and rational approach to your finances. It tells you to use your head and educate yourself before investing.

Spirituality
In a spiritual context, the King of Swords tells you that you can learn about as many spiritual practices as you like, attend as many workshops as are available, read as many books as you can get your hands on but at some point you just need to start putting all your knowledge into practice and follow your heart instead of your head. Now is that time, stop thinking it and start doing it!
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King of Swords Reversed Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Lack of structure/routine, intelligence used in a bad way, irrational, illogical, power-crazed, dictator, oppressive, inhumane, aggressive, brutal, violent, intimidation, controlling, cynical, cold, ruthless, weak, powerless, rude, dishonest, lack of integrity/morals/discipline, losing your head, judgemental, absent father

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the King of Swords reversed can represent lack of structure, routine, self-discipline, power or authority. When reversed it is a Minor Arcana card of not using your head or losing your cool. Alternatively, it can represent being power hungry, inhumane or a tyrant. This card reversed signifies a lack of logic, reason, integrity, ethics or morals. The King of Swords reversed can also indicate legal matters not going in your favour. As a person, the King of Swords reversed is a mature male who can be cold, power hungry, controlling, cynical, sarcastic and ruthless. He may be an air sign such as Aquarius, Gemini or Libra. He can be oppressive, judgemental, aggressive, abusive, violent and brutal. This card reversed can represent someone who is intelligent and talkative but uses these qualities for negative means such as to manipulate or hurt others. Alternatively, he can be irrational, illogical, dim-witted, weak and a poor communicator.

Health
In a health Tarot spread, the King of Swords reversed can indicate that you feel powerless at the moment. If you are going through medical treatment, you may feel like the medical professionals you are dealing with are making all the calls or not listening to your thoughts on the best course of treatment. It’s your body and your health, don’t be a passenger in your recovery. Listen to your healthcare providers but make sure any concerns you have are listened to and addressed.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot reading, if you are in a relationship the King of Swords reversed can indicate that you are in a relationship with someone who embodies the qualities outlined in the above section or you are displaying some of those characteristics yourself in your love life. If this card represents your partner you need to be very cautious. This Minor Arcana card reversed can indicate a partner who is abusive, aggressive, violent, brutal and dangerous. It can also indicate that you are letting your heart overrule your head and may be losing your cool over silly things. This card can also represent infertility or an absent father so it is a not good omen if you are planning a child. If you are single, the King of Swords reversed can indicate that you will meet someone who embodies the qualities outlined in the above section or you are displaying some of those characteristics yourself in your love life. If you meet someone who embodies these qualities, steer well clear. He will not treat you well and may be violent or dangerous. It can also simply indicate a relationship with a man who is a bachelor or single father. It can also indicate that you should use your head more when it comes to weeding out unsuitable partners and not let your heart make all the decisions before someone has earned your trust.

Money & Career
In a career Tarot reading, the King of Swords reversed can represent a mature older man in your work environment who may be intimidating you or even bullying you. He may be power hungry, judgemental, cold and aggressive and may try to use his intelligence and authority to try and undermine you. This Minor Arcana card reversed can indicate that you may be prone to losing your cool or making irrational or illogical decision at this time, don’t lose your head! In business, this card reversed can also indicate that a lack of structure, routine or self-discipline may be hampering your success. This card can also signify legal matter not being resolved in your favour. In a financial Tarot spread, the King of Swords reversed can indicate that a lack of control or self-discipline in your financial management could lead to issues so make sure you are keeping control of them and acting with integrity in all financial matters.

Spirituality
In a spiritual context, the King of Swords reversed indicates that you need to keep your head engaged in your spiritual development. You need to use your head to filter out the useful bits from the huge volume of information that is coming your way. Don’t blindly believe everything you learn, be discerning, use your brain, find what works for you and throw the rest away.