Tarot Card meaning for the Knight of Swords



In the Knight of Swords, we see a young man riding very fast on his horse, with his Sword held in front of him. He is full of; action, force and speed, which may or may not help the situation - in the case of the later, we might need to redirect this Knight to focus on something more productive.

The Knight of Swords as a day card

Today, you or someone around you might be sharp, fast, and wanting to get straight to the point - possibly coming across aggressively. Who is this and why are they doing this? This behaviour is suitable in some situations but not in all. Is the behaviour helping or hindering in this case? If it is hindering, how can we deal with or change this behaviour?

Negative or reversed meaning for this card

This card is pretty full on so normally it is interpreted negatively. If we see it in a reversal however, maybe it shows us we need to get on with it and be a quick thinking decision maker otherwise things won’t get done.

How this card could present itself in real life

In other snippets of Tarot and real life examples I mention that I am a Sword person, impatient, everything needs to be done fast. However this is not always the right way to do something. Sometimes we need to smell the roses and be less focussed on getting things done. I get this card regularly as it is a continuous challenge as part of my personality which has its pro’s and con’s.

How this card is represented in other Tarot decks

Knights are just that bit more mature than the pages in the court cards. There is however still allot to learn at this stage and some of the knights might become overly confident. In other decks this card is represented by female Knights or a Princess. Modern decks change the genders of the court cards around to show that the role is not really based on gender, more on a developmental stage.


In the Celtic Dragon Tarot we see a fierce female knight. The Knight is a red head with a winged dragon to match the energy, focus and potential in this card. 

In the Crowley Tarot we see a sharped lined image with the Prince of Swords. The card does have a bit more focus on the more aggressive approach that this Prince has in dealing with the outside world and the things he wants to achieve.

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