Card Meaning: King Of Swords

King of Swords

Element: Air.
Astrology: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.
Age: older man.
Appearance: black/dark hair, dark eyes.


  The airy combination of the Swords suit with logical disposition of the King card combine in intellectual, objective and authoritative person with sound reason and active mind. He is leader and judge that people trust. As the other Kings in other suits, he is not to be taken ligthly, his authority is unquestioned and if not respected he will show his other, not so tolerant side. His upright pose with sword held as a symbol of authority suggest his righteousness and openess for help, he is untained by any scandal or rumour, his reputation is flawless. Sometimes he might be boring, but he is not here to inspire you but to give you command or advice, depending on the situation, and to punish all those who act agains the law. Pay attention how there is no wind on this card, unlike on the other court cards in Swords suit, obviously here reason and other traits of the air element are calm and focused; air dominates but acknowledges others elements.


Positive: active, analytical, commanding and authorative, fair decision, law, order, excellent counselor, just.

Negative: ego, bullying, impersonal, cruel, harsh, judgmental, uncompromising, lacking compassion, calculating.

  He sits in judgment, holding the unsheathed sign of his suit. He recalls, of course, the conventional Symbol of justice in the Trumps Major, and he may represent this virtue, but he is rather the power of life and death, in virtue of his office. Divinatory Meanings: Whatsoever arises out of the idea of judgment and all its connexions-power, command, authority, militant intelligence, law, offices of the crown, and so forth. Reversed: Cruelty, perversity, barbarity, perfidy, evil intention.

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, by A.E. Waite

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