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Knight of Swords Meaning - Tarot Card Meanings

By Tina Gong


Knight of Swords Keywords

Upright Keywords Reversed Keywords
assertive, direct, impatient, intellectual, daring, focused, perfectionist, ambitious rude, tactless, forceful, bully, aggressive, vicious, ruthless, arrogant
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Knight of Swords Meaning - Original Rider Waite Tarot Depiction

Knight of Swords Tarot Card Description

What a rush we see this Knight in! The Knight of Swords card depicts a young man who is dressed in his armor and rides a strong white horse into the midst of a battle. The white color of his horse is a reference to the overall purity and intellectual energy which motivates this young rider. The sky behind him holds stormy clouds as well as trees which are tossed wildly around by the strong winds. The horse’s harness is also decorated with images of birds and butterflies. The cape of the knight is also decorated with those same birds.

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Upright Knight of Swords Meaning

When we are thoroughly obsessed by a certain idea and strongly wish to manifest it, we are oftentimes so blinded by the actual desire for its fulfillment that we fail to note the difficulties which we may come across, or the actions and consequences that it could bring. The Knight of Swords is a very powerful figure that is full of life as well as energy. This needs to be balanced with a proper and actual realization of compassion and responsibility.

Once the knight sets forth towards his goals, there is absolutely no stopping him. He doesn’t see - and he doesn’t care - about any upcoming challenges. 

Once the knight sets forth towards his goals, there is absolutely no stopping him. He doesn’t see - and he doesn’t care - about any upcoming challenges. He is filled with sheer ambition, strength and determination to succeed with his quest no matter what. However, this determination could also blind him to see the potential consequences of his actions on others as he makes his way to success. He may charge forth into a very dangerous territory without preparation or actual foresight, and this could lead him to great danger.

Upright Love Meaning Upright Career Meaning Upright Finances Meaning
fears about intimacy, easily bored partner, decisive action getting things done, focus on career, efficiency, making big moves focus on financial goals, taking action on financial goals

Tarot Love Meaning - Upright Knight of Swords 

The Knight of Swords finds it particularly difficult to commit to a partnership. This person requires a lot of intellectual stimulation, and without it, can quickly become bored. This person can also be someone that finds it difficult to become too emotionally intimate with another person. If this doesn’t represent a person in your love life, the Knight of Swords tarot love meaning can point to a situation in which you’ll need to muster your courage, and quickly make decisions and take action. This can come in the form of making a commitment or a romantic proposal to a suitor, or even winning a lover back should they be on their way out of the relationship.

Career Meaning - Upright Knight of Swords

When you combine your lofty ambitions with your determination, and almost singular focus, you’re sure to get what you want. Nothing quite scares you off, when it comes to your job. You’re likely to be excellent at what you do, going after your projects and completing them with almost ruthless efficiency. This may intimidate others sometimes, but this may not be a very big concern to you. If this doesn’t represent you right now, you may be called to use this Knight’s energy to go after something you want in your career. If you’ve had your sights on a promotion, a new job, or a particularly exciting project, go for it! Make a big move, and get someone’s attention. Be as determined and daring as the Knight of Swords, and you can find success.

Finances Meaning - Upright Knight of Swords

You may be very focused on your finances right now. Perhaps you are concerned with saving up for something big, or you just want to optimize what you’re saving. You are likely putting a lot of energy into doing this. With enough focus and determination, you’ll be able to meet your goal.

Knight of Swords Reversal Meaning

The reversed Knight of Swords suggests incredible impatience, impulsiveness alongside his bursting with energy. This Knight of Swords has a lot of energy but lacks any kind of direction, and this oftentimes results in them making rather rash decisions as well as pulling down other people with them.

Their thoughts are oftentimes scattered throughout without any actual organization or logic. They are most likely disorganized and unprepared for the things that they actually want to achieve. The Knight of Swords reversal meaning indicates that you still have a lot of miles to walk in order to get the valuable life experience that you need in order to overcome adversities along the way. This is something to consider.

Reversed Love Meaning Reversed Career Meaning Reversed Finances Meaning
aggressive partner, bullying, abuse, intense arguments ruthless or vicious at work, arrogance, intimidation fraud, scams, coercion, shady financial deals

Tarot Love Meaning - Reversed Knight of Swords 

Be wary of the reversed Knight of Swords in a tarot love reading, as this person may be aggressive, controlling and perhaps even a bully. Convinced that they are right, they strong-arm others to do things their way regardless of how much it hurts the other person. They may have very little sympathy or understanding, and can delight in getting themselves into arguments, sometimes not just to have a debate, but to intimidate and pressure others. If this doesn’t represent a person, the reversed Knight of Swords love tarot meaning can simply suggest intense arguments, conflict and disagreement. Should these fights become commonplace, it may be better for the two of you to part ways.

Career Meaning - Reversed Knight of Swords

While upright, the Knight of Swords’ ambition and drive left people in awe, in reverse, the Knight may instead come off as ruthless or vicious. Beware of hurting others as you complete your career goals; you may instead get a reputation for being a cutthroat, not caring who else gets hurt as long as you get what you want. Sometimes, others may also find you arrogant, and pushy when it comes to your ideas. Do you always need things to go your way? Do you ignore or dismiss the ideas of others without giving reasons? Sure, your methods may yield the results you want, but in the long term, consider what happens when nobody is there to support you. Try and be a bit more careful with your language and how you communicate.

Finances Meaning - Reversed Knight of Swords

Are you so focused on money that you sometimes cross the line when it comes to acceptable behavior? The Knight of Swords reversed is someone whose determination is so strong, that they stop at nothing to earn a buck. This can sometimes point to behavior that can be illegal. If this doesn’t represent you, someone in your life may be playing the part of this reversed Knight of Swords, so be wary with who you allow in your circle.

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