Card Meaning: Knight Of Swords

Knight of Swords

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


  This knight is literally storming on his horse, probably towards his enemies. We can see by the trees in the background that he is riding opposite of the wind, we can sense his idealistic and righteous, but also somewhat warlike and impetous nature. Also, the energy of this card is a bit violent, it seams that this knight is sometimes ready to fight solely because of fighting, not because of some real reason, maybe just not to be bored. This violent trait mixed with his opinionated nature is a fiery combination. Violence doesn't mean exclusively physical violence, but any kind of behaviour that insists  to force his opinion and attitude on others. This knight is a total representation of the air element. He doesn't have affinity to be led by his emotion, he is interested to be always right and to show to the people around him that he indeed was right.


Positive:, feeling victorious, active and authorative, brave, inventive, impetous, heroism, taking the challenge, persuasive, idealistic.

Negative: unrealistic, reckless, impulsive, foolish and hasty, domineering, overbearing, sarcastic, needs to always be right.

  He is riding in full course, as if scattering his enemies. In the design he is really a prototypical hero of romantic chivalry. He might almost be Galahad, whose sword is swift and sure because he is clean of heart. Divinatory Meanings: Skill, bravery, capacity, defence, address, enmity, wrath, war, destruction, opposition, resistance, ruin. There is therefore a sense in which the card signifies death, but it carries this meaning only in its proximity to other cards of fatality. Reversed: Imprudence, incapacity, extravagance.

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

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