The King of Swords, like all of the court cards, can indicate an actual person, a role you play, or a message. The King of Swords tarot card represents a thoughtful leader who is a master of intentional behavior and analytical thought.
Traditionally, this card shows a man sitting proudly on a throne, holding a sword in his right hand. He’s wearing a crown and a fancy robe.
If this card is representing an actual person in your life, look for a person (male or female) who is forceful, decisive, and blunt. They will be a powerful leader in their professional life and might wear a uniform.
The King of Swords is as good with words as he is with thought and action. This is the type of person who will carefully think through a decision and be intentional in their actions. They clearly visualize what they want, need, and desire, and then take immediate and decisive action to get it.
If this card represents a role you play in your life, you must get your head, heart, and actions in alignment. You have the power to make great choices, but don’t rush.
Do your homework, examine your choices from all sides, and then take decisive action to see them through.
Keywords for the King of Swords Tarot Card
- An analytical person who communicates well
- Someone in uniform
- Ruled by the head, not the emotions
- Fairness and truth
Keywords for the King of Swords Reversed
- Mental exhaustion
- Logic that turns to cruelty
- Corrupt politician, con man, or a cynic
Patterns and Correspondences of the King of Swords Card
- The Swords = rules the mental and intellectual world
- Suit of cards = spades
- Timeline = hours to days
- The King = expanding and sharing wisdom
- Element = Air
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King of Swords Tarot Card Meanings for Love
The King of Swords tarot card is about clarity of thought and clear, honest communication. While this card doesn’t indicate a lusty and passionate romance, it points to a relationship that will last if both parties are committed to compromise, honesty, and compassion.
If you desire a new relationship, be on the lookout for someone in uniform or a decisive leader to cross your path. This will be a person who is ruled more by their head than their heart (at least outwardly), so be prepared to eloquently state your case why the two of you should be together.
You may need to be the instigator of the relationship. If you don’t feel comfortable making the first move, be clear on your attraction and interest. Flirting is fun, but it is better to build trust and respect between the two of you.
The King of Swords is attracted to a partner who can understand their need for fair, logical, and direct communication. This is someone who will appreciate your honesty and be compassionate toward your vulnerability.
If you are in a relationship, use the King of Swords as a role model for your own behavior. The King visualizes exactly what he wants to happen in any situation before taking action. Do the same when dealing with any difficult situation or conversation you need to have. You can’t let problems sit and stew. You must immediately address them and create a plan together to move on.
King of Swords Tarot Card Meanings for Work
The King of Swords may represent your boss at work or some other professional authority figure. If you have a King in your life, go to them for career advice. Present a carefully designed plan and ask for feedback. Be prepared with clear questions. And when they give you advice, be sure to take it! Follow up with them later with your results. You’ll win a fan for life.
If you don’t have a King of Swords in your professional life, take on the qualities of this King. Be analytical and thoughtful in your decisions and take quick and decisive action once your choice is made. Be completely fair and just in all you do. Always take the high road and never compromise your honesty, integrity, or values.
King of Swords Tarot Card Meanings for Health
This king is extremely intentional about how he (or she) approaches all aspects of life. This is the type of person who wakes at 5am every morning for a swim before work and rigidly drinks only one glass of wine at dinner, never more.
The King of Swords spends time thinking through every decision, carefully considering all the alternatives and consequences. Once he makes a decision, he sticks with it. Can you say the same?
Take an honest review of your daily habits and routines. If you are avoiding daily exercise, eating junk food, living off caffeine and sugar and adrenaline, or otherwise treating yourself poorly, you have to make changes. The changes will be easier than you think, but you have to get started today.
King of Swords Tarot Card Meanings for Money and Finances
If you are struggling with your finances, turn to someone in your life who can act as a mentor. The King of Swords is extremely good with money and financial decisions. He (or she) will help you think through and take action on your decisions.
You have complete control over your life, even if it doesn’t feel that way. The King of Swords can guide you to analyze the pros and cons of your choices and point you toward the logical and rational next step. With this King’s help, you have the power to change your own life.
King of Swords Tarot Card Meanings for Spiritual Guidance
This card is not usually seen as a spiritual card, however the King of Swords is often very spiritual and will credit his success to outside forces. This is both humility and truth.
The King of Swords listens to his intuition, but always runs his ideas through his rational mind as well. Using intuition, your gut, or your inner wisdom is vitally important, but not at the expense of logic or analytical thought. You need both to be whole.
Don’t neglect your intellectual mind. Learn new ideas from ancient philosophy, classic novels, and deep conversations with people who intimidate you. Your spiritual life will grow when you allow these unconventional outside ideas into your life.