What Does the King of Swords Mean?
The intellectual in the room, the King of Swords is the man with all the answers & a man of great conversation. In your life, it signifies a time to make balanced judgements. This decision is especially important & needs all of your mental faculties to make it.
Tarot Card Meanings for the King of Swords
King of Swords General Keywords & Reversed Meanings
- Just and fair; intellectual but enigmatic; a great thinker or philosopher; authoritative; commanding; logical; moral and ethical; trustworthy and reliable.
- Dictatorial; domineering; suspicious; untrustworthy; a liar; spineless; cowardly; cynical; arrogant; intimidating; uncouth; impatient.
King of Swords as People
- Senior judge; barrister; senior civil servant; surgeon, doctor; intelligence/police; scientist; professor; military officer.
- As People:
- A decision-maker, a judge or mediator; has a sharp mind and high intellect; found in many of the professional careers; lives by clear logic and fact; diplomatic and a great communicator; an orator, writer and critical thinker; feels deeply but shows little emotion; ambitious but flexible in his approach; lives by justice and fairness; in modern society he lives by the pen instead of the sword.
King of Swords as Events & Inner Processes
- As Events
- Making plans and organising events; dealing with the authorities; facing big decisions; setting boundaries and rules; taking control and man-managing a situation; meeting with a legal expert or facing a legal case; completing university studies; success and/or completion of a literary project; signing of contracts; acting as a mediator; acting swiftly and decisively.
- As Inner Processes
- Putting aside your emotions to make an informed decision; learning to see all sides of a dispute; thinking for yourself; applying mind over matter; expanding on inner wisdom; filtering thoughts and imagination into cohesive ideas and projects; goal-setting and having commitment to those goals.
Kings, Knights & Fathers
The King is but one way to represent the mature men that grace each suit. The main three decks follow this way but some decks break with this tradition. The Quest Tarot is one such deck where the court family is replaced with an actual family: father, mother, son & daughter. Changing the title of the card does shift the meaning a little and humanises the court card in a more familiar way, as I explore in How to Finally Conquer the Court Cards. For a little more information about this group in general, see my post Kings, Knights and Fathers.
King of Swords Correspondences
|Elemental||Fire of Air. Kings are fire, the suit is air|
|Timing||May 11 – June 10|
|20° Taurus – 20° Gemini|
|Rules 7 of Pentacles; 8 of Swords; 9 of Swords|
|Qabalah||Chokmah in Tiphareth|
|Numerical Values||4 – card counting value / letters of the Tetragrammaton|
|2 – Tree of Life sephira – Chokmah|
|14 – sequential, following the Queen of Swords|
|Yes or No||Maybe|