The King of Swords is the logical character of the Court cards. He is overly intelligent and uses his brains to get one over on his enemies. Known for being quick witted and sharp, he can hold a position of considerable responsibility (although not necessarily).
Court cards can appear as you or another individual in your life and the King of Swords is no acceptation. If he appears in an outcome position, it can mean that you will meet a King of Swords character in the future who will help or hinder the situation.
If the King of Swords represents another person, it can be a warning that you are being harshly judged and assessed by a King of Swords type of character. This man is watching what you are doing with great interest. The King may be a person of official authority, like a teacher or professor but he can also be a lover, father or close family member.
The King has a tendency for being highly manipulative. He knows how people work, what makes them tick and how he can bring them over onto his side. You may or may not be fooled but the King, but that doesn’t mean that other people aren’t.
However, the King has his good traits. Sometimes the appearance of this card in a Tarot spread can mean that you have to separate yourself from your feelings. You must use your mind not your heart to navigate the situation and turn it to your advantage.
The King of Sword's Historical Meaning
Prior to modern times, the King of Swords represented a man who held considerable responsibility. Usually, he was someone in power who was connected to the law and government. The King of Swords could symbolize a military officer, policeman, judge, lawyer etc.
The King of Swords in a Love Reading
In a love reading, the King of Swords can represent your partner. While I would not say that it is desirable to have this King as your lover, some people are attracted to his personality.
In the feelings department, The King is cold and detached. His love life is not his priority. At times, he can appear inconsiderate and aloof. He is the type of man who cares more about other things (social standing, career) than he does his romantic relationships. Even if The King of Swords likes the thought of having a family, he cannot give the emotional energy it takes to sustain a happy one.
However, for whatever reasons, some people like having a partner who is emotionally detached and reserved. If this is you then you’ll be well suited to the King of Swords. If not, then he is not your guy.
If the King of Swords appears in the outcome position of a love or relationship Tarot reading, it can mean that you will discover your partner has many of the same traits as the King. Alternatively, it can also predict that the King will enter your life and cause problems in your relationship. For more information on your partner's feelings and intentions, be sure to check out my Love Tarot Meanings e-book.
The King of Swords in a Business Reading
The King of Swords is not as negative in a business or career reading as he would be for a love reading. The card advises that you think through your business with logic and not emotions. Run some tests and make your moves based on the data. Use your reasoning skills to get better deals on stock.
It is extraordinary common for the King of Swords to represent someone the seeker turns to for advice. He could symbolize a business advisor or coach you turn to who can help you in your business. While this help can be expensive and time consuming your Tarot cards are telling you that it is the only way to up your game and achieve the results you want.
The King of Swords as a Yes or No
Unless it is a question about exams or if you'll increase your authority, The King of Swords is a no.
The King of Swords in a Positive Reading
In a positive reading, the King of Swords can indicate someone who:
- Is highly intellectual
- Has good reasoning skills
- Is very intelligent
- Is wise and just
- Always weighs things up objectively
The King of Swords in a Negative Reading
In a negative reading, the King of Swords can indicate someone who:
- Uses their brains for evil
- Is manipulative
- Thinks they are above other people
- Is judgemental
- Takes advantage of their power
If you’re curious what your lover (or potential lover’s) feelings and intentions are towards you, below I have a free Intentions Tarot Guide. The Intentions Tarot Guide includes tips, spreads and meanings which will reveal what your partner is feeling about you and your relationship. This guide is 100% free and downloadable on mobile, tablet and computer!