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In the Rider-Waite deck, The Knight of Swords card is depicted as a young knight on a pale steed charging into the battle. His sword is raised high in the sky, piercing the wind as he rides. His direction seems to be to the left, or according to tarot symbolism, the past. He is the fastest moving knight amongst all the four knights of tarot.

The Knight of Swords represents an individual or a situation with characteristic qualities of the card. He is fierce, assertive and sharp-witted. He has not reached the maturity of the King and Queen of Swords yet, but he wishes to prove his abilities. He inherits the same intellectual and communicative power that the Sword family has.

His vision is of a warrior: There is a war to take on, enemies to be slayed and lands to conquer. In divinatory terms, this can be interpreted as someone charging through various obstacles in life. He is so focused on a single goal, sometimes with a cost of neglecting everything else.

When interpreted as a specific person, it is likely to be a younger male that has one of the air element zodiac signs in his natal chart.


Knight of Swords Keywords

  • Determination
  • Swift judgement

  • Assertiveness

  • Action



  • Hastiness
  • Selfishness
  • Arrogance

Upright Knight of Swords

Guidance: You are determined to find resolve in past issues and move on to the future with confidence. The Knight of Swords indicates rapid progress. So, the card tells you to pursue your goals with confidence and go with the flow. Just make sure your assertiveness and ambition don’t turn into aggressiveness and impulsiveness. The card can also represent influence of a young, driven individual in your life.

Love: The Knight of Swords represents a ‘’knock your socks off’’ kind of relationship or partner, which can get explosive in the sight of trouble. You are ready to take things to the next level, sometimes too fast too soon. This rapid progress in your life is fun and exciting, but the Swords family always favor logical decisions. If you are single, you will possibly meet a youthful, confident person that will mesmerize you with his intellectual charisma.

Work/Finances: The Knight of Swords as events indicate fast progress, and as a person someone that is goal oriented and courageous. You feel exceptionally driven to reach success at this time. Your company or career may be rapidly developing, or perhaps you are finally ready to pursue big ideas you have been holding off for some time. It can also represent a competitive work environment which you will flourish in. Direct and confident approach will be beneficial for you, if you assess the situation logically before you take high risks.

Health: Good news is that if you are dealing with a health problem, the Knight of Swords suggests rapid recovery in the future. This knight is full of stamina and youth, so if you already aren’t, it is a good time to be more physically active for you. The only thing to be aware of is to not take risks or rushed decisions concerning your health.

Spirituality: You are moving forward in your life, starting with clearing out the past. The Knight of Swords suggests a growth period, where you can expect big changes and lessons. This is an exciting time so seize the moment! Remember, it is in your hands to manifest the future you want to live in. Go with the flow and enjoy every moment.

Guidance: You are either taking massive risks in arrogance, or a completely passive approach when the situation calls for your assertiveness. In both cases you need to use logic and careful strategy. You are understandably frustrated and confused about the whole thing. A change of mindset, perhaps a new direction is called for. Take some time to release negative thoughts and channel your ambition into action. If the card doesn’t represent you, be aware of an arrogant and aggressive person around you.

Love: Whether the Knight of Swords in reversed represents you or your partner, it suggests hurtful, quick-tempered and sometimes aggressive behavior. Possibly, all sorts of negative emotions are running wild right now, so it is best if you clear your mind before communicating again. As a couple, you can have healthy, productive arguments but if it turns into a spiteful fight, it is time to step back. If you are single, you may meet a person with traits mentioned above. This person probably will try to get close to you by using manipulative tricks, so keep that in mind.

Work/Finances: Think about two opposite ends of a stick: On one end, you may be unfocused and passive; on the other too aggressive and risky. You may even switch back and forth between the two extremes. What you need is to improve on your behavior, strategy, and communication. It is time for you to stop dwelling on mistakes and missed opportunities and figure out what you are doing wrong. Set your intentions and most importantly, start acting on them. This card can also represent an interaction with a forceful and self-absorbed person.

Health: When the Knight of Swords is reversed, something is not working out as you hoped for, or soon enough. Recovery or changing established habits is a long journey and you must be patient and positive all along the way. The Swords always point to mental and emotional health, so especially in this case, make sure you are not harboring any negative energy that impacts your wellbeing.

Spirituality: When reversed, the gallant Knight of Swords now hesitates or runs backward. A beautiful journey is awaiting you in the future, so why are you holding onto the past? Resentment, heartbreak, anger and hate will only stall you. Instead, own your inner strength to accept changes as they come. Set your course you want to follow, and don’t be afraid to follow it.

Reversed Knight of Swords

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