Knights represent the active element of their suit, and this one, the Knight of Swords, is the most active of them all. Knights are ruled by the element of air, and so is the suit of swords. Therefore, this character is ‘air of air’, meaning that he lives life faster, harder and more intensely than normal mortals.
The Knight of Swords rides his white horse at breakneck speed across the landscape. He wears armor topped by a deep orange cloak embroidered with perching birds. His horse’s breastplate is decorated with birds and butterflies. An interesting detail is a red heart on the horse’s bridle. The Knight holds a sword aloft in his right hand. His mouth is open as if screaming a battle cry. The wind is blowing with force, the clouds are ragged, and the trees are leaning.
This Knight is on a mission. He or she (Knights can be of either sex), knows exactly where he’s going and how he will get there. He is an unstoppable force. Don’t get in his way, or you will be mowed down by the sheer force of his determination. The Knight of Swords is restless, intelligent, witty, cutting and filled with a sense of purpose. He knows where his destiny lies and he will pursue it unflaggingly.
He relishes a challenge, particularly if he can help someone less fortunate. He doesn’t tolerate fools and will simply ignore anyone or anything that he perceives as an irrelevance. Obstacles and problems never faze him; he gallops right through them. He is definitely someone you want on your team.
Knight of Swords characters are usually going through a growing-up phase, They generally mature into sensitive and loving human beings given time and the space to find out who they are.
When the Knight of Swords appears in a general reading, he can represent a real person or aspects of the seeker’s character. He can also mean that events are moving fast and that a focused outlook is the best way to move forward. In other words, don’t take your eye off the ball or things will fall apart.
If you have a Knight of Swords in your life, then you have to learn how to deal with them. Often he might be a difficult, but well-meaning young person who has not yet learned that diplomacy will achieve more than brute force.
Reversed, this card can indicate someone going off the rails fast. He (or she) has difficulty dealing with change and the force of their emotions. They often have anger issues and are brutally critical of others – often with no justification. If this card turns up in your reading, work out how it is manifesting in your life and consider seeking professional advice.
Interpretations in Various Areas of Life
The Knight of Swords needs a constant challenge. He enjoys power, but care must be taken not to give him too much control too early. He is very able to manipulate people and events to achieve his goals. He is usually an asset to an organization, but don’t expect him to stay forever. He is well suited to any work that involves communication, such as politics, law, journalism or even police work.
The Knight of Swords realizes early on that money is power. He’s not interested in the things that money can buy; he is when it comes to buying influence. He is astute, adventurous and extremely confident when it comes to financial decisions.
If this card appears in a financial reading, then it’s time for you to be a little more aggressive when making investments. Ask tough questions and don’t be afraid to walk away if you aren’t a hundred percent convinced.
It may seem as though the Knight of Swords wouldn’t be a great candidate for a love relationship. However, he can be a big softie at times, as long as his partner knows that he is a very complex character. He is not big on romance, but he is loyal to a fault. Once he has made a commitment, then he will stick to it. If you can live with his somewhat critical nature, then there is a chance that your relationship will last.
The appearance of the Knight of Swords in a spiritual reading means that you are living life way too fast to be able to connect with your calm center. Either slow down, or accept that spiritual development is on the back burner for the time being.