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King of Swords

Meaning of the King of Swords Tarot Card

A man holding a sword sits on a throne. There is something decidedly martial in his posture. That sword isn’t decorative. Images of eagles or other winged creatures may have been worked into the pattern of his armor or throne.

King of Swords Upright Meaning

The King of Swords is a strategist first and foremost. This card usually indicates a man or someone with a masculine outlook with a keen mind. He uses his sharp wits to assess a situation, and once set on a course of action follows through methodically until it is done. He is very concerned with justice and can be zealous in its pursuit. He may appear chilly when you first meet him, but the King of Swords has a softer side reserved for his family and those who share his appreciation of intellect and noble causes.

King of Swords Upright Keywords: strategists, a just person, gruff but kind, civil servants.

King of Swords Reversed Meaning

The King of Swords reversed can be very controlling. They do not like yielding their authority to others, believing they know best. He may have a very elitist mentality and look down on people who do not have the same life experiences or even just the same opinions he does. He uses his ample brainpower to find loopholes in rules to benefit himself. There may be a tendency to be verbally abusive as well.

King of Swords Keywords: controlling, elitists, verbally abusive, finding loopholes