King of Swords

Number: 63/14

Element: Air of the suit of Air

Astrological Association: Capricorn and Aquarius

Key Meaning: An ambitious man

The King of Swords in Tarot stands for being intellectual, analytical, articulate, just, and ethical. He is quite eloquent and insightful. His personality is a combination of the positive air energy of the Swords suit and the outward focus of a King. He is an intellectual and can assimilate all kinds of information. He handles all situations fairly and honorably and renders impartial and just decisions. He is highly ethical and incorruptible, and he expects others to live by the same standards. He is quick to work out solutions and equally good at explaining them to others. The King of Swords has the ability to move forward by cutting through the confusion and providing clarity. In this manner, he takes care of any and all chaotic conditions.

Upright Meaning:

As a person: The King of Swords can be an intellectual or a man who relies on logic to help him win. He is also open to ideas, although he can be impatient if he has to wait for a consensus before taking action. However, he is outwardly calm and makes good judgments. He often has a dry sense of humor and is very charming. In readings, he can appear as a seductive man you meet at work or through other professional connections.

His ideal vocations include traditional professions, and you will often find him in powerful roles: doctor, judge, solicitor, or member of the armed forces or law enforcement; academic, IT, and research work may appeal, and in business, he is often a manager or director. Whatever profession he chooses, he must be able to make decisions that make a difference, and preferably, have hands-on involvement.

As an influence: When the King of Swords arrives in a reading, the focus is on the mind rather than the heart. You may be going through an intensive time of work or study. In relationships and domestic affairs, it’s time to take the initiative.

Reversed Meaning: When reversed, the influence of the usually balanced King of Swords can be destructive. You may be put under unreasonable pressure to produce results. Unfortunately, there’s no room for argument or personal interpretations, so you may feel oppressed. Thankfully, this is a temporary situation. As a person, you may be dealing with someone who plays mind games and who will do almost anything to win.

About the Deck: “Ciro Marchetti’s Tarot of Dreams” from