King of Swords – Meanings & Interpretation – Minor Arcana

King of Swords Meaning In A Tarot Reading

 The King of Swords sits upon his throne, the absolute authority within the Minor Arcana. He sees clearly, and wields his authority with absolute conviction.

You cannot hide from him, he always discerns the truth without question. His mind is keen, able to puzzle out the most difficult of problems, and is always aware of the weight of his responsibilities.

King of Swords Tarot Card Meanings – Upright


king of swordsThe King of Swords is the seat of intellectual power, wielding authority with a fair but stern hand. His clarity allows him to take all aspects of a situation into consideration, using his judgment to command fairly, and to rule his subjects well.

He knows the ways of legal machinations, and is a master of the ways of the diplomat. He is wise enough to use the great minds of history as his guide to solving the problems of the present.

Past Events:

The past few months have called on you to have to be the fair and even-handed judge. You have had to keep the situation surrounding you in check, and have done so successfully, guiding those around you to a fair and equitable resolution.

Present Events:

The time has come for you to take the throne, your majesty. There is no one so well suited as the King of Swords tarot card to best handle the situation that has come up.

In this situation you are the one best suited to make a fair and just decision, and to guide others to see the best solution for everyone. The truth is clouded to the others, but evident to you, and you have the good grace to help others see it.

Future Events:

Fear not, the situation you are in at this moment may seem as if there is no solution. Everyone is wandering about sniping at each other, trying to get their way, but no one has the clarity of vision to see the best result for everyone. The person to help you out of this situation is coming, and they will set all right.

King of Swords Tarot Card Meanings – Reversed


king of swords reversedWhen the King of Swords is out of balance, his noble vision and judgment can turn to tyranny and abuse. His humility turns to vainglorious boasting about his intellect, and his charm becomes a trap.

His gentle nature has turned itself to aggression and anger, and if his authority is challenged he may throw a temper tantrum. Worse, when called upon to do his job, to be decisive, he will hem and haw about it, being ineffective.

Past Events:

You’ve been living underneath a tyrant for the last few months, and they’ve been making your life miserable. Strutting around like a vain peacock, but not actually getting anything done. They’ve been far more interested in getting the attention, than doing any work.

Present Events:

You must be cautious, your majesty. You’re currently being a vain peacock and letting your ego get away with you. Your rulership style has been dismissive, and you’re not truly doing any good for those that look to you for leadership. You need to get yourself in check, or admit you’re not fit for the job, and direct your subjects to a new leader.


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Future Events:

Beware, the dark king cometh. He will shine like the sun, his face will be fair as a spring meadow, but underneath will be foul rot.

His charisma will draw you in, and it won’t be until you’re close that you will be caught within his wretched stink. He is an angry, vainglorious beast, and will bring no good to you or your situation, avoid this tyrant at all costs!

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