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King of Swords tarot card meaning and image from Rider-Waite.

King of Swords

King of Swords tarot card meaning

The King of Swords sits upon his throne holding his sword upright, his left-hand rests on his lap.

On his left finger is a ring which represents the King of Swords power and position. He wears a blue tunic, combined with red clothing, both symbolising the yin and yang energies. The duality in this life, and the importance of balancing the masculine and feminine energies. The purple cloak draped over him is symbolic of the colours of the brow chakra.  This correlates to the higher faculties of the mind. The frontal cortex and the ability within all of us to make rational decisions.

Above his head on the throne there is a butterfly, this represents the mind and the transformation of an individual. If we look closely to the left of the King on his shoulders, we see a figure. This is a divine being. The being is positioned by his ear and denotes that the King of Swords is receiving guidance from angels. He can access higher dimensions which make him analytical, intelligent and more reasoned when making decisions. The butterfly at the top of his head is also wrapped in between two crescent moons. This relates to all that is hidden, the inner worlds and the influences of the invisible world.

What does the King of Swords represent?

The King of Swords is an intellectual man. He is full of ideas and he is at his fullest potential when he is making judgments and decisions. This is a man who can grasp concepts quickly. With his analytical ability he can apply reason and logic in any given situation. He is adept at argument and debating.

The King of Swords has the acute ability to be discriminating and decisive, even during a crisis. He has an ability to not be swayed by his emotions. He would succeed in the profession of a surgeon, accountant or a scientist. Due to his verbal communication skills, he would make an exceptional lawyer because he can articulate himself successfully.

Although he is very intelligent, this is not a man that abuses his power or position. Unless the card is in reversed order. Brought upright in a tarot card reading the King of Swords is a moral and ethical leader. He will do his best to uncover and work against corruption and dishonesty.

When not relating to a person, this card may indicate a need for legal or financial advice. This will be positive advice. It could also indicate a need to make a decision based on facts alone. Rather than being swayed by personal bias. It might be necessary to decide for the greater good even if that results in making a sacrifice.

All images in this article are courtesy of The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck

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