The King of Swords is the authoritarian of the tarot court cards. He would consider himself to be the senior partner in the coalition of kings. His supreme confidence in his abilities will reduce you to a quivering wreck if you are ever called to account before him. His ruling elements are Fire (Kings) of Air (Swords). He is not explosive in nature like the Knight of Wands (Air of Fire), but he has a burning power that will cause you to take a step back.
The King of Wands sits upon his carved throne directly facing the viewer. He wears a pale blue tunic that reflects exactly the color of the sky. Over this, he wears a long, orange robe and a purple cloak. His hood is orange, and his crown is embossed with the same winged cherub head that appears on the Queen of Sword’s throne. The sword in his right hand is held at an angle, pointing slightly right. This may be a sign that he is prepared to take a flexible view if he is convinced it is the right one. The back of his throne is carved with butterflies. There are some cumulus clouds in the sky. The trees in the background stand straight and tall as if mimicking the King’s stiff posture.
The King of Swords is aloof, stern and an impartial judge. He is usually in a position of power. It’s unlikely that a King of Swords would ever be a down-and-out. His moral values are his guides for life and, knowing their truth, he will never deviate from them. This can cause anguish at times when he is faced with doing what is right versus showing compassion. He is honest and expects the same from others.
Although intimidating, you will find this king much more approachable once you get to know him. He is not quite as strict with others as he is with himself.
Should the King of Swords show up in a general reading, then is is very likely that you will have to assume this persona to navigate your way through your current situation. Adopt the King’s clear logic, impartiality and authority to make your decisions. Otherwise, this card may represent a real person who can help or hinder you in your quest. Get to know his personality, and then you will be able to find a way to approach him.
Should this card be reversed, then take the King of Sword’s positive traits and turn them inside out. You will have a devious, manipulative, self-aggrandizing character who is very capable of hiding his motives and intentions. Beware of placing too much trust in someone as they could turn it against you.
Interpretations in Various Areas of Life
The King of Swords is generally found in professions that stretch his intellect. He has a lifelong joy in learning and keeping his brain active. He might choose a career in law, banking, communications or as a writer of high caliber. This character would also be drawn to the medical profession, where he would be a specialist consultant or surgeon.
If this card appears in a work reading, then consider any career along these lines. It’s also possible you may encounter the King of Swords as a prospective boss. If so, don’t try to flatter him or convince him of your marvelous qualities; instead be businesslike and straightforward with him. He will appreciate your candor.
If you are a King of Swords personality, then money should not be a problem as you are in a high-paying job. If money is short, then ask yourself what advice the King of Swords would give you. His first words would be, “Stop spending more than you are earning.”
When thinking about investing funds, seek out a King of Swords to advise you. He knows exactly how to guide you to maximize your returns.
The King of Swords is an interesting character when in love. He marries for life and, despite outward appearances, becomes dependent upon his partner’s support. She understands his fussiness is because his mind is wrestling with a point of law or a plot twist. She is his right hand; without her, he is nothing. Often, other people will wonder why she puts up with him, but they are not privy to the tenderness this couple shares.
Should this King appear in a reading when you are looking for love, then it is possible that you will meet someone with this character. If he is young, then know that the tarot is showing you he will become good solid King material later on.
The King of Swords finds spiritual satisfaction in physical exercise: running, for example. He also relaxes to music, often operatic, and is happy to lose himself in a well-crafted novel. He sees spirituality as well-earned downtime, as taking a break from his strict routine. He has no particular spiritual leanings; he is usually an atheist. He cannot see the logic in religion, though he believes everyone should follow their path.