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Upright: Ambitious, action-oriented, driven to succeed, fast-thinking.
Reversed: Restless, unfocused, impulsive, burn-out.
The Knight of Swords shows a knight dressed in armour, charging ahead with great energy on his powerful white horse. The knight’s sword is held high, a symbol of his dedication to his purpose and mission. The white horse symbolises the purity of the intellectual energy that motivates the knight. In the background, storm clouds are beginning to form and the trees bend in the strong winds. The wind doesn’t stop the knight, however, as he heads directly into it, eager to complete his mission.
NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards.
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As with all Knights of the Tarot deck, the Knight of Swords is a man (or woman) on a mission – once he has his mind set on something, there is nothing stopping him. And as the Knight of Swords, he actively uses the power of his mind and intellect to achieve his goals.
When the Knight of Swords appears in a Tarot reading, it is a sign that you are highly driven, ambitious and action-oriented. You are so highly motivated to succeed that you will stop at nothing to pursue your dreams. Even if there are challenges, difficulties and obstacles on the path ahead, you do not care. You know what you where you want to go and you move forward with sheer strength and determination to make things happen.
The Knight of Swords suggests that you are quick to take action. You tend not to plan ahead, instead preferring to get straight into action so that you can move forward quickly and efficiently. You thrive on high levels of energy that propel you forward and inspire you to take action to manifest your goals.
The Knight of Swords reminds you to be assertive in getting what you want. This Knight doesn’t hang back and wait for something to happen. He is always making the first move and actively pursuing his goals. You can harness this energy in your life too by being proactive and forward-thinking. See yourself as the creator of your future and be ready to take the necessary steps to make it happen.
The downside of the fast-thinking, quick-acting Knight of Swords is that sometimes you act too quickly and haven’t completely thought things through. You may be unaware of potential challenges and issues that will stand in your way, or the unintended consequences of your actions. You may be prone to rushing things or cutting corners to get a job done. Or, you may pursue a certain goal, thinking it is what you want, but later realizing that it’s out of alignment or a dead-end. Sometimes a little planning and preparation can go along way.
The Knight of Swords also represents your need to understand the world from an intellectual point of view. You have well-developed communication skills and can easily form solid arguments and opinions on current affairs and important matters. You love to engage with others who have similar skills so that you can share your ideas and develop new points of view. You may be best suited to discussion groups with like-minded individuals where you can fire each other up and motivate one another.
The Knight of Swords reversed can appear in a Tarot reading when you are full of energy and motivation, but you are unable to effectively channel and release this energy. You are growing in restlessness and frustration because you want to take action, but for whatever reason, you are being held back. Perhaps the timing isn’t right, you don’t have enough resources, or you’re relying on someone else who isn’t ready. You need to find alternative ways to release this build-up of energy, otherwise you are going to burst.
Similarly, the Knight of Swords reversed suggests that you have so much energy but so little direction, and you are rash and impulsive decisions, pulling others down with you. Your thoughts are scattered and you are constantly changing direction. If you are leading others, this can be very confusing and frustrating for all involved. Even if working alone, you may find that your ‘monkey mind’ is distracting you from completing the task at hand and is getting in the way of your overall success. You may need to apply a single focus, making a decision about which idea you will follow through on, and then stick with it until it is complete. It will take mental discipline and intense focus to see it through.
The reversed Knight of Swords can also suggest that you need to slow down; otherwise, you are at risk of serious burn-out and exhaustion. You want to be involved in everything, but you are not succeeding at anything due to this scattered thought and energy. As such, you are spinning your wheels and accomplishing very little but growing more and more tired by the day. Take some time out so that you can first ground yourself, gather your thoughts and focus on only the top priorities.
Finally, the Knight of Swords reversed indicates that you need to go it alone to build up valuable life experience and maturity. As you search for freedom and independence, it is likely you will make mistakes on your way due to your reckless and impatient nature, but this is all a part of the journey.