Destructive, Confident, Quick Moving, Self-Assured, Aggressive, Death
Note: As I read and teach predictive Tarot, I read cards which are traditionally negative as being so. Therefore, I read the Swords Courts as representing either something which is sinister or as someone with ill intentions.
The Knight of Swords represents the destructive energy of the Swords suit. This card in a Tarot reading can mean that someone will come into your life who has a dramatic and ruinous nature.
The Knight of Swords is aggressive. He does what he wants, takes what he wants and has a hard time listening to others. This Knight is usually at the front and centre of bar brawls. He is not the type of person to try to hide his temper; people who know him know that this is a core part of his personality. His appearance in a reading may serve as a warning to avoid him at all costs.
That being said, there will be times when the Knight appears in a spread position which is positive or encouraging. If this happens, it means that you should take on the nature of the Knight and be more confident. In order for you to get the best result, this area of your life requires you to be sure of yourself.
Quick movement is also a common interpretation for the Knight of Swords in a Tarot reading. Therefore, his appearance in a spread can mean that you have to move fast before opportunities pass you by.
The Knight of Sword's Historical Meaning
Prior to modern times, the Knight of Swords was the symbol of military men. Anytime he popped up in men who were involved in the military were relevant to the situation in some way (or it meant you were about to meet a man with a career in the army, navy, etc.)
In some situations, it is a card of skill and bravery. However, the Knight of Swords also symbolises war, ruin and the approach of death.
The Knight of Swords in a Love Reading
The Knight of Swords is not a good card to receive in a love reading. It’s presence means that either you or your partner has angry, possibly even violent tendencies. The Knight’s temper and aggressive tendencies make them not good to be around. I would also read the Knight of Swords as someone who has ill feelings towards you.
If the Knight of Swords appears in the future or outcome position of a love reading, it can mean that your partner will reveal personality traits of theirs which you will find shocking. It can represent the reality that you do not truly know the person you are dating. I would say that it is never a good sign to have this card appear as an outcome in a love reading.
There is a trend of the Court Swords representing people who like to meddle. If the other interpretations do not apply the Knight of Swords may be an individual who is outside of the relationship but who likes to stick their nose in and cause trouble. Usually, this individual will be the same or similar age to you or your partner and is most likely a friend, sibling or cousin.
The Knight of Swords in a Business Reading
In a business reading, the Knight of Swords can mean that you have to be more aggressive in the pursuit of what you want. There are other people in your industry who are willing to go that extra mile to achieve the milestones you have set out. This card is a warning that there can only be one winner, make sure that it is you.
Alternatively, if this card appears is a negative position it can symbolise the fact that you jump into things far too quickly. The Knight of Swords swoops in and does what he feels like. He loses momentum fast then gives up. You may have to slow down, come up with a long term plan and stick to it if you want a good result for your business.
The Knight of Swords as a Yes or No
I would read the Knight of Swords as a no.
The Knight of Swords in a Positive Reading
In a positive reading, the Knight of Swords can indicate someone who:
- Has a high level of confidence
- Is self-assured
- Goes for the things they want
- Is quick moving
- Is not afraid to shake things up
The Knight of Swords in a Negative Reading
In a negative reading, the Knight of Swords can indicate someone who:
- Has a destructive nature
- Can be a bit of a bully
- Is well known for their aggression
- Is not a stranger to conflict
- Handles arguments with their fists
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Cards in post are from Le Tarot Noir
Lisa Boswell is an award-winning psychic reading teacher who currently resides in Scotland. Through her website DivinationAndFortuneTelling.com she teaches both experienced and would be diviners how they can predict the future.
Born into a Romany Gypsy family of fortune tellers, Lisa has had an active interest in the occult from a young age. She specialises in teaching predictive divination, easy mediumship and fortune-telling. Learn more here.