Keywords for the Knight of Swords
In the image on this card, we catch sight of the Knight of Swords as he rushes into battle. With his sword held high above his head, he appears to us as an unstoppable force charging forward to fight for what he believes in.
This sense of frantic energy and movement is palpable here: the blurred and jagged clouds in the background leave us feeling jarred and uneasy. The trees on the lower left are depicted blurred, at an unnatural angle that shows us how we have been thrown off-kilter by the rash energy of the Knight of Swords.
Even the birds we see high up in the sky on our right seem to be strangely positioned at random. Each faces a different direction, each of them displaying a notable lack of internal cohesion or harmony.
This rash, hurried and incoherent energy is also visible in how the Knight and his white horse are only partially depicted in the frame, their bodies stretched out across the scene as they rush forward into action.
While the Knight has his eyes intently focused on what is in front of him, his horse instead looks with a backward gaze toward his rider. He appears worried, unsure of his destination and unwilling to trust the direction of his Knight, further indicating the sense of confusion and lack of cohesion expressed through this card.
Interpretation of the Knight of Swords in a Reading
Like all of the court cards, this can represent someone in our outer environment that shows the same qualities and characteristics of the Knight of Swords. Alternatively, in some instances it can also refer to how we ourselves are showing up in a given situation.
When the Knight of Swords comes up in a reading, it tends to describe someone who is bold, courageous and brave. He is passionate about his ideals and not afraid to do whatever is necessary in order to defend them.
This Knight can be quick to anger, and has a tendency to impulsively express his emotions before giving much thought to the consequences of his actions. He is often direct, and is said to often be “brutally honest.”
He is not known for being someone to mince words or “beat around the bush.” Instead, he has a habit of quite aggressively asserting himself with others. He can be clumsy and irresponsible as he demands his opinions be taken as facts.
At times, his absolute certainty and total conviction in his beliefs are what may be required of the situation. When confronted with malevolent forces of oppression and injustice, we must be willing to take a stand and act boldly in services of our highest principles.
Fortune favors the bold.”
When the Knight of Swords appears in a reading, he may be encouraging us to take the same type of courageous and decisive action that he himself is known for. He often asks us to follow his lead and take swift action in the battle which lies ahead.
However, it is wise to use this approach selectively and with great awareness and discrimination. Not all situations call for this aggressively bold way of engaging with the world.
We know that the Knight of Swords is someone who can be quite given to extremes. He possesses an unfortunate tendency to become unflinching and dogmatic, and utterly unwavering in his demand for ideological compliance. This can lead to behavior that is fanatical, authoritarian and even oppressive in its expression.
We should do our best to exercise proper discernment if we are to act in ways characteristic of the Knight of Swords. It is often said that we should look before we leap, and there is good reason for that. We may find ourselves experiencing unforeseen and unfortunate consequences if we act before thinking.
This Knight reminds us that we should take care to temper our desire for bold, swift action with appropriate clarity and purpose if we are to truly be effective in the world.