The King of Swords is an excellent manifestation of authority, discipline and boldness. It is an epitome of a strong and wise old man who is adept about life and the challenges that accompany it.
Due to his extensive knowledge and experience in this world, he shows brilliance and integrity in handling any problem that may come along his way. The card is exemplified through a figure of a king sitting on a colossal and elegant throne.
He is seen holding a long sword in his right hand which is pointing towards the direction of the sky. It symbolizes authority, insistence and truth— all of which are necessary traits in making him a great ruler.
His regal stance strongly exudes intellectual and physical power while the blue cape that covers his back is a representation of his spiritual understanding and fulfillment. Images of butterflies can also be seen behind him and this is an illustration of metamorphosis or transformation.
It signifies the need to maintain your stern and authoritarian figure but without compromising right judgment and rational thinking. It urges you to use your intellectual power in executing plans and goals and in making the right decisions in life.
This means that your judgment must not be greatly influenced by your emotions and what your intuition tells you. You will need to consider your intellect and reason when confronted with the necessity to make a choice.
Other than logic and critical thinking, it would also be helpful if you would stay observant and attentive with the things around you. This will enable you to rightfully assess the things to be avoided and the potential consequences of your actions.
The King of Swords in an upright position also means impartiality and objectivity in formulating a verdict and the embodiment of a high standard of ethics and morality.
The King of Swords represents in its positive sense purity, justice and strength, which also reflects itself in romantic relationships. This confirms that the relationship you have and your intentions for one another are without malice or any degree of perversion.
The both of you make decisions which are ultimately fair and balanced for both parties, to the point where you can trust each other to make the right call in more dire situations. Lastly, it is strong and robust, capable of withstanding any misunderstanding as well as infinite growth.
Yours is about as perfect as any relationship can get.
In tarot readings about wealth, the King of Swords in the upright position represents a rare personal maturity and a capacity for leadership. You are the sort of employee managers are after; able to take initiative, calculating in their decisions, and wise enough to reconcile both the company’s philosophy and your team’s various idiosyncracies.
Consequently, you are extremely organized in your spending and constantly aiming to improve your prospects by taking on tasks of increasing difficulty. For this card, your attitude is the basis of your prosperity, and because you are so positive, you will excel.
While the King of Swords portrays an authoritarian and dignified figure, the reversed position of this card implies grave abuse of discretion and power. There is a tendency for you to be too controlling and manipulative because you want things to be done according to your way.
You are too consumed by your selfish thoughts and you easily burst into anger when you are not able to get what you want. It may also imply illogical financial decisions and unreasonable work ethics.
The negative of the King of Swords signifies perverse intentions, wickedness and even weakness. With this result, it is possible that your partner may only want you for the satisfaction you can provide, not for the way you are.
This can result in an extremely toxic setting where emotional abuse and even outright violence can run rampant and making things worse. There are many reasons for why this is, but it can be best summarized as having a weak foundation where the two of you end up depending on each other rather than genuinely loving and caring for one another.
The reversed King of Swords represents the complete opposite of an upright, outstanding King: you have a propensity for immaturity, and you may not even care enough about your team. In many ways, this constitutes a problem because immaturity directly increases your tendency to bicker as you and your team endlessly nitpick each other’s mistakes.
This also means you are a reckless spender, constantly emptying your bank account for pointless things. To grow financially, you have to grow as an individual, and this cannot be done if you’re only thinking about yourself without controlling your urges.