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Upright: Mental clarity, intellectual power, authority, truth.
Reversed: Quiet power, inner truth, misuse of power, manipulation.
The King of Swords sits upon his throne, facing forward as if ready to confront any situation that life throws at him. He holds a sword in his right hand, the hand of the conscious, logical and rational mind, and points it upright and slightly to the left, the side of the subconscious, intuitive mind. This symbolises the King’s decisiveness, but also flexibility in all matters; while he makes decisions based largely on his intellectual understanding, he is also open to his intuition. The King wears a blue tunic, symbolic of a desire for spiritual understanding, and a purple cape, symbolic of his 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.
In the background, the trees stand still and the clouds are more settled. The wind from the previous Swords court cards has died down, giving the impression of stability and clarity rather than the confusion of sweeping change.
NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards.
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The King of Swords is a symbol of intellectual power and authority and has the courage and intellect to accomplish all that he desires. When this card appears in a Tarot reading, you are in your power, ruling from a place of authority and respect. You stand firm in your truth and you express yourself with deep conviction. As a result, others pay attention to what you have to say.
The King of Swords indicates that you have clarity of mind and can perceive the truth right now, so it is up to you to take the lead with providing an objective point of view and making decisions based on impartial judgement. You are well-positioned to judge your situation appropriately and identify any limiting behaviours that are getting in the way. You are also masterful at remaining detached in any situation, keeping your emotions in check, while you draw upon your intellectual power and mental clarity to ascertain the truth and seek out only the facts. You cut straight to the point and get to the heart of the matter for maximum efficiency and impact. You may be concerned that you are not being particularly caring or sympathetic with others, but at this point, this detachment is what is needed most.
The King of Swords encourages you to use your logic and intellect to navigate the 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.
Often, 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 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 on 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.
The King Swords reversed represents ‘quiet power’. You may not be the loudest person in the room or the most visible on public platforms, however you certainly have a lot to contribute and share in your own, magical way. Your power and authority comes from within; from your unwavering belief in yourself, your deep connection to your values, and your commitment to stand firm in your truth. You do not allow others to steer you off-course, instead preferring to draw your energy from within and connect with what truly matters to you.
That said, sometimes the King of Swords reversed can allude to a misuse of power. You may have accumulated significant power and authority, but it has gone to your head and your ego is now running the show. You may be using your power to manipulate or persuade others to fulfil your personal needs. You may be withdrawing love, sex, or support as a way to punish your partner. Or you may be using your advanced intellect to make others feel inferior or disadvantaged in some way.
At times, the King of Swords reversed can represent someone who is very intelligent and 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 may be charming and intelligent, he can do only harm. He has only his personal interests in mind and will do whatever he can to achieve these interests, even if it means taking advantage of you.
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 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 percent 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.