The Knight of Swords

The Knight of Swords

The Intelligent, Assertive Fast Mover & Thinker 

Knight of Swords Upright

Air SignsGemini, Libra, Aquarius

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Together with The King of Wands and The Emperor of the Major Arcana The Knight of Swords can represent Aries (fiery energetic and determined) and Gemini (quick thinking/talking, mentally alert, changeable) if found with The Lovers.

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Now explore the personality of The Knight of Swords below. If he has turned up in your Reading it means his energies have special meaning for you at this time.

You must ask yourself:  Who is he?  Who does he remind me of?  Is he having a positive or negative influence in my life?  How can I embrace or avoid his energy?  What is he trying to tell me?  Is this how I am behaving?  Is this how others perceive me?  Do I like him or not? Do I want to be more like him? How can I be more like him? If he is not a person then what is his energy trying to tell me? How would this Knight handle my situation? Which part of this Knight am I trying to deny? Do I feel Mentally Balanced? 

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Card Imagery Description and Personality Profile

Air and Fire

The Knight of Swords is of The Air Element, but just like his fellow Knights, is also influenced by Fire. Thus we have a combination of the Elemental Energies of Air and Fire within him.

Knights represent the Fiery Part of the Court Cards regardless of their Suit Element. Therefore The  Knight of Swords represents the Fiery part of Air.  In The  Knight of Swords we have Fire influencing Air; actions influencing mental activity, thought processes, attitudes, plans, ideas, communication.

Before we go any further we must look at what we already know about the above two Elements. We have already become familiar with them on an individual basis but when it comes to The Knights we must observe how they will react with each other when they unite and integrate.

Air and Fire have the potential to be explosive when combined. We have all learned from Fire Safety Manuals, Workshops and Talks that one should close all doors before going to bed at night, and in the event of a Fire it is extremely dangerous to suddenly open a door or window. Air or Oxygen when suddenly introduced to a contained Fire can often result in an explosion, and what was originally a small localised Fire, can within seconds or minutes, develop into an inferno as it engulfs everything in its path, travelling at the speed of light. We have seen the destruction and death caused by bush Fires that are fanned and spread by strong winds. Air will never be able to overcome Fire unless it is as small as a birthday cake, candle or match. Even then the Air must be delivered in a rapid blast before the Fire is allowed to increase in size. Sometimes we have to blow a little birthday candle or match several times before it will go out. Fire is extremely powerful on its own but becomes an unstoppable dominant and dangerous force when it joins forces with Air in large amounts.

However, we also know how to safely apply Air to a Fire in the hearth that has burnt low or is struggling to stay alight. We often blow into the smouldering embers to help it catch, or use a bellow which has been specially designed to direct a blast of Air into the struggling Fire so that it ignites and flames. We all have experience of finding it impossible to get, or keep, a Hearth Fire going. We often wonder how a Fire can get out of hand so fast when we cannot even get a silly little Hearth Fire to catch and take hold after working our way through a full box of Fire Lighters.

Fire is extremely clever and obviously can be uncooperative with us when it wants to be. And then there are the other times when just a tiny bit of Fire is all it takes to destroy and kill. We have seen documented evidence of how a discarded cigarette thrown onto the floor at a soccer stadium can make its way through a tiny gap to fall into rubbish just below the stand. There it takes just seconds for it to ignite the rubbish, and two or three minutes later, the whole Stand is on Fire with people panicking and collapsing as they are crushed in the rush to escape the Killer Flames. The Soccer Match turns into a National Disaster at the hands of one simple tiny bit of Fire. However, this simple bit of Fire would have more than likely fizzled out if it hadn’t joined forces with another Powerful Element, that Element being Air. Air introduced the Oxygen and the Force to both ignite and then fan the flames. The rest is history, but a history that is repeated on a daily basis all around the world.

So we can safely apply Air to Fire when we need to heat our bodies and homes, when we wish to cook or surprise someone with a birthday cake. We also combine Air and Fire when we want to create an ambient or romantic atmosphere by lighting candles. Before the dawn of electricity we relied on the light from candles and oil lamps so that we did not plunge into darkness each day.

The point of all the above becomes quite clear as we analyse what all this has to do with our  Knight of Swords.  The two words that come out of it all are Balance and ControlFire and Air must be kept in a controlled balance if they are to be of any benefit to us. By working hard to find the right balance and control, Fire and Air become Constructive instead of Destructive. Whenever a  Knight appears in a Reading we must always look to see how his energy is affecting the situation. If it is in balance and under control then all will be well and we can welcome the particular Knight, but if his energy is hurting instead of healing, disturbing instead of uplifting, counterproductive instead of productive, troublesome instead of helpful, this gives an indication of either an overactive Air or Fire Element depending on the type of behaviour that is being exhibited.

Of all The Knights, the two who are at most risk of losing control and being ultra-destructive are influenced by Double Fire and Fire and Air. So here we have The  Knight of Wands with Double Fire which is like a massive bonfire when compared to our simple Hearth Fire or Candle. And now we have The  Knight of Swords with his Air and Fire ready to create a massive explosion out of the bonfire when compared to the joyful act of blowing out a few birthday candles.  Here we have the potential for extremes. These two Knights must keep a tight balance if they are to effectively live their lives and move successfully forward on their path.

We have already looked at The  Knight of Wands and how he must strive to control and balance the Double Fire within. Now we turn our attention to The  Knight of Swords who must deal with his Governing Element of Air along with the Element of Fire that influences all The Knights regardless of Suit. We all know at this stage how difficult the Air Element can be to manage as we watched The Sword’s Suit struggle through the Minor Arcana, consumed with worry, stress, and sometimes wild imaginings or dysfunctional thought processes. So what can we expect with The  Knight of Swords when Air and Fire unite? They can fight one another for supremacy, join forces and become an incredible force for either good or bad, or they can just go with the flow and react to individual situations as they arise depending on how they feel at the time. The only one that offers anything constructive is the option that involves joining forces for the greater good.

When Air and Fire go into battle with each other the following can arise.

Air takes control – Thoughts, ideas, plans, mental processes, communication, analyses, reasoning, logic. Without Fire – Nothing happens, procrastination, all talk and no action, plans and ideas gather dust, talk yourself out of doing anything, fear.

Fire takes control – Action, movement, eagerness, heat, drive, enthusiasm, motivation, creativity, inspiration. Without Air – Acting without thinking, impulsive and hasty, action for the sake of action, no plan of action, aimless drifting and pointless movement/travel, enthusiasm and eagerness but no ability to verbally express it, recklessness, acting without thought of consequences.

When Air and Fire join Forces for the Good the following can arise:

Acting on well thought out plans, working on a plan of action, taking action, implementing plans, Having the energy to move swiftly, conviction, acting on strong beliefs, courage, bravery, heroic action, covering all areas, leaving nothing to chance, wanting to fight the good cause, operating within the boundaries of the law. Helping others, making a difference, not sitting around and waiting for someone else to do it, ready and willing to move, taking responsibility, brainstorming,  taking an interest, working things out, cooperating, combining skills, strength, listening to each other, understanding each other’s point of view.

When Air and Fire join forces for the greater bad, the following can arise:

Furious action, out of control action, explosive action/words, acting without thinking, acting on anger, heated arguments, hostility turning to aggression, Intimidation, threatening behaviour/communication, hurtful, unfriendly, Fired up with fury, aggressive thinking, seeking rows and battles, rushing in where angels fear to tread, behaving in a bloody-minded manner, thrill of danger, risk and speed, reckless driving, behaving without thought for others, behaving unlawfully, having no respect for others, troublemaking, violence, spurring on a mob, ringleaders and masterminds of gangs and criminal activity, a careless attitude to damage and vandalism, Indifferent to the feelings of others, self-centred/absorbed, obsessive and compulsive behaviour, fearless, believe end justifies the means, ruthless and mercenary, no principles, standards or morals, no conscience.

When Air and Fire just go with the flow the following can arise:

Unpredictable behaviour, debates or discussion can flare up into a row out of the blue, All enthusiastic one day but disinterested the next, being there for someone one minute but gone the next, loses interest in a battle they may have started, Flies off the deep end at a simple comment that would go unnoticed on another occasion, unsure as to how one will be received or reacted to from day to day, getting angry about unimportant things, having a careless attitude about important matters, wants to be friends one day but forgets to call when they say they will, all a load of hot Air, a storm in a teacup, no stamina or staying power, acts all tough and fearless upfront and then chickens out when called upon, running with the hare and hunting with the hound, starts the battle cry but forgets to turn up and lead the troops.

To be honest, the lists could go on and on but it is clear to see how important it is to maintain a healthy and safe balance between Air and Fire. These two Elements must be kept under control. If not, the personality of The  Knight of Swords is one you will not be too eager to meet. In fact you may very well go out of your way to avoid him altogether for he can carry a nasty venomous sting in his tail when control and balance are lost.

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The  Knight of Sword’s personality is formed in his early years, during his time as a baby Page and on into adolescence and young adulthood. If he has not been taught to control his impulsive instincts, behaviour, sharp tongue and machine gunfire thoughts (Fire and Air), his personality may have become fixed and it will take a lot of work to set him Upright once more. The courtrooms (criminal/divorce), prisons, rehabs, hospitals and cemeteries are filled with personalities who were not able to control their combined Fire and Air Elements. These personalities have the potential to become extreme, and in doing so, live life on the edge and teeter across a tightrope on a daily basis. They are thrill seekers to the extreme who generally do not know when to stop, when they have gone too far, when it is wiser to back down or off, and when danger is staring them straight in the eye. Those who try to help will find their advice falls on deaf ears for they can only hear the adrenaline rush of their own frantic thoughts and impulses. As the Fire takes hold, fanned by a strong current of Air, this personality is an accident waiting to happen. Accidents can involve innocent bystanders who just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time or those who have been under the influence or control of the extreme personality.

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Meeting The  Knight of Swords

Knight of Swords Upright

So let us now look at this smart, intelligent, dashing and daring  Knight so that we can better understand his personality both Upright and Reversed. Let us get to grips with both his Positive and Negative qualities so that we will know how to interact with him when we encounter him. Allow this  Knight to show us what he is made of and how we all need a dose of his energy from time to time. The  Knight of Swords carries a strong urgency when he appears, an urgency that cannot be ignored. This  Knight will shake you out of the doldrums and put you into a spin. Here he comes.

As we enter the scene in this Card, the first thing we lose is our hat. We had tried to grab hold of it but a strong wind caught it before we had a chance, and now we can see it far off in the distance. It catches on a branch of a tree and for a moment we think we can retrieve it, but a strong gust dislodges it and carries it high into the sky and out of sight. Our hat has gone and our hair whips in front of our eyes almost blinding us.  It is impossible to get it under control. Tears stream down our cheeks as the relentless wind makes them water and weep. We suddenly feel very thirsty as our mouth dries and cheeks burn. The wind is both chilly and hot all at the same time. It depends on which direction it is coming from as we notice it change from moment to moment. We struggle to take in our environment in the middle of all this rushing, roaring noise.

The sky is clear one moment and then out of nowhere clouds suddenly appear and rush by at a terrific speed. The clouds are very high in the sky and are quite light so there appears to be little danger of rain. In fact the atmosphere is quite arid. One can imagine the heat to be quite intense should the wind suddenly drop in its ferocity. The terrain is quite barren, with some small hills in the background and the odd tree or two dotted here and there. The poor trees, completely exposed to the Elements struggle to stay upright against the powerful force of the wind. It is a wild day for sure.

As we bend into the wind and travel in search of shelter, we become aware of a noise in the distance. We listen carefully but it is hard to work out what is noise and what is our imagination as the gales drown out everything. There, we hear it again and decide it is coming in the direction from our right. We scan the horizon but see nothing. The wind is now at our back and at times threatens to knock us off our feet and blow us away just like the tumbleweed that flies by us. Thud, thud, thud, yes, the noise is definitely getting stronger now. We scan the horizon again and just about make out a black dot in the far off distance. We stop and focus our attention on the black dot and now decide that it is moving. As each second passes the black dot gets bigger and bigger. It is travelling at a terrific speed and heading our way.

Now a voice. We distinctly hear a voice as the wind carries it towards us but cannot make out any definite words. So we wait. Whoever it is may be able to tell us where we are and how far it is to the nearest town. Thud, thud, thud, the noise gets louder. We begin to see the shape of a horse forming and the voice is obviously coming from whoever is on its back. We begin to get a little nervous and look around for an escape route should we need one but find there is nowhere to run to. We are at the mercy of the horse and rider and cross our fingers in the hope that they are friendly and mean us no harm.

Charge’ the voice now discernible as both horse and rider come into better view. They are closing in on us rapidly which gives us some appreciation of the speed they are travelling at. We notice a change in the atmosphere. The wind has increased in strength and the few sparse trees look close to being uprooted by its ferocity. Jagged clouds race across the sky at an outstanding rate as the horse and rider bear down upon us. Just another few seconds and they will have reached us. We fear being crushed beneath hooves and we fear the nature of the rider on its back. There is nothing calm and relaxed about this scene and we feel anxious and uptight. We are on full alert and on the brink of fight or flight. Which shall it be? Suddenly the horse and rider spring into full view. It doesn’t look as though they have seen us at all, or maybe they have decided to ignore us. They might be in too much of a hurry to get to where they are going. We need to stop this rider and hopefully we will discover it to be The  Knight of Swords. If I don’t act now, the horse and rider will be gone before we get a chance to get a closer look, so I am taking the liberty of putting their action on pause. I will freeze this last still until we are all ready to move on. It is the only way to get their attention.

Ah, that is better. We have caught the still of horse and rider in full flight. We are free to walk around them, under them even without fear of being trampled on. We can take a really close look at this horse and rider, and just before we release the pause button we shall ask questions of them. The rider will not remember a thing of our conversation so we shall free to ask what we will. Are you ready to take a look?

My, my, what a wonderful still we have captured and we can now see that it is indeed The  Knight of Swords himself caught in freeze frame. This still gives us a wonderful insight into his personality.  Also, there is a blessed release from the insufferable wind. Let us first start with his magnificent beast of a Horse.

His Horse

Knight of Swords Horse

As we move closer to inspect him, we can feel strong heat pouring from his sweating and steaming coat. This Horse has been ridden hard over a long distance, with very little let up. The Horse is a pale grey colour, the same colour as the clouds that rush by overhead. He is captured in this still in a full extended stride, which in layman’s terms is a flat out gallop. He we are looking at the thoroughbred, the racehorse.

The racehorse is born, bred and trained from an early stage to run as fast as it can. It must cover as much ground as possible in the shortest space of time if it is to ever rise in the ranks. Not for this horse the tank-like build of the Hunter The  Knight of Wands rides, nor the dainty, dance-like steps of the pretty mount of The Knight of Cups and definitely not the heavy-set plodding nature of The  Knight of Pentacles‘. This is the Ferrari of the Horse World and is certainly not for the faint hearted. The  Knight of Sword’s horse only has two speeds; stop and go. Indeed, it must run as fast as the wind, if not outrun it. When he does go, boy does he go and it will take a very highly trained rider to be able to stop him. Therefore The  Knight who chose or favoured this mount over the other three, knew exactly what he was looking for. What he was looking for was speed, something that would bring him from A to B in lightning quick time. This  Knight just wants to get there and not have to waste time dilly dallying or admiring the scenery. ‘What scenery?’ The  Knight may very well ask as it all goes by in a blur.

The Horse stretches out his front legs as far as they will go in front of him, and each stride he takes covers quite a distance. He also extends his neck in an alarming manner. Many a race has been won by just a head pipping the post in favour of one Horse over another. Therefore having a horse that can stretch as such is vitally important if you want to win and be champion. The Horse’s eyes look wild and focussed straight ahead. Not for him the need for blinkers. This Horse is not prone to being distracted, and this gives us some further insight into the character of its rider. The Horse is focussed on the road ahead, the destination, the finish post, nothing else matters. He must get there and get there fast. It is as if his life and future may very well depend on it. We must always remember when it comes to The Knights that their Horses are extensions of themselves. Therefore they embody the personality and characteristics of their masters. If you know the Horse you will know the Master and vice versa.

The Horse’s mane flows out behind him as he gallops forth and we can now see that it amazingly resembles the flames of a Fire. So even though this Horse belongs to The  Knight of Swords, a member of The Court Air Family, he carries within, a strong influence of Fire. We reach up to touch his flame-like mane and amazingly feel heat pouring from it. We dare not touch it now for fear of burning our hands. It is quite a phenomenon. As we step away from the Horse we notice the rushing clouds now frozen in their hurry. They seem to fall into line with the flow of the flame-like mane. They too resemble Fire. The combination of Air and Fire is quite alarming and we can hear the Air crackle and spit with electricity. This could certainly trigger a terrifying thunderstorm, and we begin to worry again about being so exposed to the Elements.

We begin to examine the Horse’s  tack; bridle, reins and breastplate. His reins are fashioned from very fine but high quality leather. They are coloured grey which is in keeping with the Swords Suit. A strip of leather hangs from the reins and is decorated with five blackbirds in flight, the birds being yet another symbol of The Air Element, The Swords SuitThe Knight of Swords, regardless of the influence of Fire is of the Element of Air which governs the mentality, thought processes and communication. Like these blackbirds can soar to great heights, this  Knight can use his powerful mind to rise above any situation, issue or problem where it can be viewed from a powerful vantage point. From this bird’s eye view, The Knight of Swords can see every aspect in stark clarity, every side and every angle. From this exalted position he can analyse, rationalise, calculate, compartmentalise, decode and decipher in order to find solutions to problems both simple and grave, and answers to important questions.  He can calculate formula, mathematical equations, and form strategies with complete clarity and conviction. The Knight of Swords, with his hawk-like eye and rapier sharp mind can pinpoint and zoom in on the minutiae of detail; detail so small, most of us either overlook it or do not realise its importance or significance. He can complete a complicated and intricate jigsaw in record time, solve cryptic puzzles and riddles simply because he can observe, absorb and assimilate information much faster than the average mere mortal.

A colourful breastplate of bright blue and decorated with little red birds and yellow butterflies is draped around the Horse’s chest. The butterflies are another symbol of The Air Element and The Suit of Swords. Butterflies go through a state of metamorphosis as they develop and change from their most basic state of egg to caterpillar or larva, caterpillar to pupa or chrysalis and from chrysalis to butterfly. During their chrysalis stage they wrap themselves in a silk cocoon and disappear from the world to allow the most wondrous transformation to occur. Behind the dull exterior of their cocoon, the most colourful, exotic creature that nature gifts us lies waiting for emergence into the world beyond so that it can dazzle us with its beauty and meticulous detail and crafting.  When it does emerge, it will be totally unrecognisable from it earlier or previous states.

This metamorphic development is also gifted to each and every one of us through the power of our mind. We may not be able to change the world around us, but by changing the way we think; our attitudes, outlook, beliefs and thought processes, we begin to perceive the world around us in a different light and the world in turn reacts and responds to us accordingly. During my study of hypnosis, there was a saying that appeared with great regularity and that is ‘what the mind dwells upon, it tends to adopt’. This is the same as ‘we draw to us, that which we think about’. In a nutshell, what we send out comes back to us, what we believe eventually becomes our reality. Therefore, if we think negatively all the time, we will draw negativity to us; negative experiences and negative people. What we live in constant fear of, has more a chance of occurring than when we refuse to let fear dominate our life (the spider that determinedly runs towards the person in the room who is most fearful of it). If we want positive things to happen to us and positive people to be drawn to us, then we must think positively.

This comes down to the law of attraction and is controlled very effectively by the mind. Make no mistake about this, you will only get back what you send out, so it is important to guard your thoughts. Coming back to metamorphosis and the butterfly, by using our mind wisely, and with care and attention, we can experience our own metamorphosis and totally recreate or re-invent ourselves, over and over again. For many this comes down to a make-over where an old look and wardrobe of attire is cast off in favour of a whole new look, style and image. Experienced on just this basic level, changing the way one looks can have a tremendous positive knock-on effect on the rest of one’s life. Experienced on a more advanced level, incorporating a make-over of the mind as well as the external body, can totally transform one to a state of re-birth. It is never too late to start over again, that is, once you put your mind to it.

The mind is what ultimately allows the transformation to take place, and as it does, one begins to experience a new reality, a new world, and a new life. So we can now see how the butterfly and its powers of metamorphosis and transformation are so strongly linked to The Element of Air. It is to The Suit of Swords that this wonderful gift was bestowed in The Ace. However, The Swords have to work hard to ensure that the mind only allows itself positive transformation and nothing else. Remember, what the mind dwells upon, it tends to adopt, so re-invention, transformation, metamorphosis and starting over can also be approached in a negative manner. A positive healthy mind can also be turned to a dour, depressed, nasty, negative and evil one should the thoughts be allowed to dwell too long in a negative mind-set or exposed to an equally undesirable environment. A healthy and grounded balance must be maintained. The Knight of Swords will certainly have his work cut out for himself with the constant threat of the combustion of Air and Fire when they get together, as Fire can inflame the mind and its thought processes. An inflamed and overly heated mind is hard to control and can swing one way or the other into extreme behaviour and attitudes which then unfortunately have a tendency to become a reality.

Knight of Swords Upright    Robin Wood Tarot-Knight

                                                                  Robin Wood Tarot-Knight of Swords

Let us look at this magnificent Horse once more. It is travelling so fast that it’s literally in danger of taking off and sailing high up into the sky with the birds. Come to think of it, he could easily be compared to a plane speeding down a runway at that moment when the nose lifts off the ground and points to the sky. Flying is closely related to the Swords Suit so this comparison fits them admirably. In The Robin Wood Deck, The Knight of Swords is depicted flying through the sky on a winged horse. If this horse is a representation of The Knight of Swords, then his mind must have the ability to move every bit as fast as it, if not faster. Is it possible that The Knight of Sword’s mind could possibly outrun his powerful machine of a Horse??? Should we take bets on which is faster? Quite likely for we are looking at incredible speed here. If the Horse is being driven forward by the rocket fuel of Fire, then we can only hazard a guess that it is also driving the mind of The Knight of Swords. Here we have the fighter pilot in the cockpit of his military aircraft built to break the sound barrier and fly even higher than the birds. Thrill and risk is involved and this young man in his Upright State is certainly flying high, and is being carried by the sheer momentum that is building second by second in his current situation. He is not only ready for action but actively going in search of it. It may be action that the average person would fear or try to put on the long finger, but he is The Questing Knight, aware of the challenge and potential dangers and pitfalls. He is well informed, has a plan and strategy in place which results in him being focussed and committed to the task ahead. There is nothing left for him but to charge ahead with his plan of action. The Knight of Swords has enough energy and fuel to sustain him for a long tough journey or adventure.

The Rider

Knight of Swords, The RIDER

Knight of Swords, The RIDER

And so let us turn our focus onto the great  Knight himself, the masterful rider of this formula one style thoroughbred. Let us stand back so that we can take in his handsome profile and physique. He is certainly very attractive with his dark intense looks. We paused the image just at the very second The  Knight had raised his powerful, gleaming Sword and held it outstretched in front of him. He has the Sword held in his right hand which suggests external and extroverted action. The right hand also suggests his focus on the future, so any actions taken are with a deliberate intention of implementing plans or moving towards goals. He is forward thinking, thinking ahead and in this case not too far ahead.  Because of the speed he travels at, we must presume that any action taken is connected with right now, the next second, day or week, at the very most, the immediate future, as there seems to be a high level of urgency about this  Knight and his Horse. We are talking about the here and now, the near future, and not sometime in the far off instance. This Knight is either rapidly approaching or rapidly departing. Regardless of which one it is, the fact is that it is happening now, this very minute or any minute now. So an arrival or departure is imminent and this could be related to any area of life.

The Knight and his Horse certainly look like they are in a terrible hurry to get somewhere, catch up with someone, chase or hunt down someone or something. Look closely at the Sword and you will notice that it is held so that the double edge of its blade can be exposed. What this means is that this  Knight for all his threatening and aggressive appearance does have the intelligence to understand that there are always two sides to every situation and that one must keep a balanced mind when presented with, or reviewing facts or information laid before one. This suggests fairness and the desire to correct injustice or discrimination. This Knight is interested in hearing both sides. He will want to hear all opinions of those involved and will decide without discrimination as to whether points and grievances are valid or not.  Therefore, if The Knight must use his Sword, better it be for a just cause, and for truth and righteousness, rather than for aggression or forcefulness. This allows us further insight into the nature of The Knight of Swords for it tells us that in his positive and Upright State, he is highly principled and moralistic. He is honest in his dealings, sets personal high standards, and expects the same of those around him and his environment.

Like the other Three Knights, The Knight of Swords is dressed in full battle armour, suggesting yet again that this Knight is ready and prepared to go into battle should the need arise, or should he be called upon to defend the honour of another, his people or his country. He is fearless and will put himself in the line of Fire in order to protect others. He will take on dangerous missions and never will he shirk his duties.  Of all The Knights, it is The Knight of Swords who is closely linked to the military or police force. Here we will find the Marine, the Bomb Disposal Expert or the member of a highly trained SWAT Team. We will also find the Government Secret Agent or Ground Operative in dangerous war-torn countries.  He is the natural born soldier with a rapier sharp mind and a steely mental and physical discipline. He understands that there is a job to be done regardless of how rough or unpleasant it all may become. That is what he is trained for and where he excels. He is not afraid, and will do what he has to do for King and for Country.

However, there is a worrying aspect about this  Knight because of his strong adherence to discipline, for this can at times result in him blindly following orders as he takes his position too seriously, places a god-like attachment to his superior’s word and exalted position of authority or misplaces his allegiance. His respect for authority and unquestioning attitude to following orders given from the top down, although admirable in the right circumstances, can find him acting in a ruthless, clinical and sterile manner if those orders do not come from a source that wishes to act for the good of all. As he races across the terrain on his supercharged racehorse while brandishing his Sword, he will strike down without hesitation, and without so much as a backward or sideward glance, those he has been ordered to annihilate.

In his positive Upright State, The Knight of Swords is all for justice and fairness, and demands ownership of his own mind and beliefs. He would never, under any circumstances, attach himself to anything that had the merest scent of dishonesty, criminality and disregard for human life.

However, when in his Reversed State, his mind can be taken over by others who will systematically brainwash and reprogram it to suit their own ends and needs. In this Negative State, The Knight of Swords just follows orders without question. He becomes the unapproachable and fixated fanatic or extremist, fighting for an unjust cause, or an evil cause that has been concocted, bred and twisted in power hungry minds, and then sold as the ultimate belief system, the one and only true and anointed way.

The Reversed Knight of Swords then becomes robotic in his nature. With his mind sold out to the control of others, who then order him to pluck his own heart out of his chest as he will have no further need for it, he can become a killing machine. He will show no mercy, for he no longer has a good side or decent nature. The Reversed Knight of Swords in his darkest depths epitomises the young fanatic who readily attaches himself to extreme terrorists groups who are prepared to carry out the most horrific atrocities in the name of a religion, dictatorial leadership or belief system that sucks the spark of life from their eyes. As we stare into the face of such a Reversed Knight of Swords we are met only with cold, hard, black pupils and an expression of intense, wild hatred and seething anger. A Fire of ice cold flame burns deep within. Such a Reversed Knight of Swords is to be strongly feared for he has lost touch with reality and his higher-self which is his conscience. He has adopted a new reality far removed from what is familiar to him.

Luke Skywalker Darth Vadar and Luke Darth Vadar and Luke

This reminds us of the battle Luke Skywalker fought in the Star War Movies. Luke was a Jedi  Knight and a champion for fighting against the dark forces of Darth Vader. Luke had a scrupulous character and was highly principled. He was prepared to heroically give his life to save others (The Upright Knight of Swords). However, the Dark Side constantly tried to lure him over to their side by offering him powers greater than he could ever imagine. They tried to paint the Dark Side as the most attractive place to be. However, Luke was very strong minded, conscientious and mentally disciplined. He stood his ground and refused to be swayed by their sometimes overwhelming influence. At times in the movies those of the Dark Side infiltrate Luke’s mind and try to control it. Luke almost succumbs, but the light wins out over the dark and he stays with the pure Force. His father before him did not fare as well. Anakin Skywalker had been the greatest Jedi Knight of all and had fought long and hard against the Dark Side but his mind and self-control was not a strong as Luke’s. The Dark Forces saw the chink in his armour and wasted no time in turning him to their side. He was too fiery and quick to anger (too much Fire) and often acted without thinking of the consequences (Fire and Air out of balance). We watched Anakin’s features and expressions change as he became ugly, dark and twisted (The Knight of Swords Reversed). He barely resembled the lovely young man he had once been. It is Anakin who eventually develops into the character of Darth Vader, a truth Luke does not discover until close to the end. Darth Vader recognised the strength of the Force in his son and was determined to bring him to the Dark Side. Even when Luke realised that Darth Vader was in fact his father, he still refused to be swayed and held out at against terrible odds. He stuck to his principles and high morals and refused to be turned. He would not be a party to evil regardless of who was offering it.

(When we examine closely and in-depth The Knight of Swords Reversed, we shall see the consequences of choosing to cross over to the dark side as this lovely honest and upfront Knight takes a turn for the worse.)

 A young Anakin Skywalker Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Knight Anakin turned to The Dark Side

Mental Musings

Unlike the body that is dense, heavy, and controlled by the laws of gravity, the mental mind is abstract and can travel to anywhere it so wishes to go, by merely conjuring up that thought. Therefore, it can do things for us that the body cannot. The human body has limits, but the mind does not and can take us to places both high and low, both good and bad, both negative and positive, both cheerful and terrifying, and both welcoming and hostile. Judy Garland sings in The Wizard of Oz in her lovely song ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ that ‘birds fly over the rainbow, why then oh why can’t I?’ In this movie Judy Garland, or rather Dorothy does fly over the rainbow, but that rainbow is her imagination. While knocked unconscious during the Twister, Dorothy mentally travels to the imaginary Land of Oz where she embarks on an amazing adventure, encountering both evil and good. The movie changes from black and white to colour in order to indicate her transition from one reality to another, her colourful imagination.  When she comes to and regains consciousness, she is confused for a while as to what is real and what is imagined. She tries to recount her adventure to those who have gathered and insists that they were all with her, but they reassure her that she has not left the bed. Her memory of where she went is so strong and vivid she finds it hard to believe that it did not happen. Dorothy did Fly Over The Rainbow, just like the happy little bluebirds before her but it was a mental flight and not a physical one. When we think of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, we do not think of her as calculating and controlling for she is but an innocent young girl. Her mental travels, her unconscious imaginings, are something that just happened to her, strongly influenced by the nasty woman on her bike who wanted to take Toto her dog away. Throughout the early part of the movie, she is often powerless and unprepared for what she encounters and experiences. She cannot believe what she is seeing at first, but slowly she begins to accept it and becomes part of it. However, as the movie progresses, she begins to take back her power over this new reality and starts using her mind to find imaginative and creative solutions as to how to successfully vanquish the Wicked Witch of The West, secure all the wishes of her comrades, and also find a way home to Kansas. She becomes homesick for her own reality. She resists and fights against the dark forces of The Wicked Witch of The West and herein lies her salvation, for her pure, just and conscientious mind cannot be tainted. For all her youth and innocence she is stronger than the evil forces that surround her.

 Dorothy and Toto,  dorothy flying over the rainbow dorothy and wicked witch of west

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The Knight of Swords is several steps ahead of Dorothy for he knows how to work the mind from start to finish. This however, will only continue to work for him as long as he remains grounded and determined not to lose sight of what is real and what is imagined. He must stay on the straight and narrow. Dorothy’s desire was to return home to Kansas as she knew that was her reality and not Oz. As much as she loved her time in Oz, an altered reality, it was not home, her normal state of mind, and she missed home. If she had not been consistently determined to remain grounded, Dorothy may never have found her way back. Therein lies the dangers of the mind when one loses touch with reality, loses control of it. A healthy balance must be strived for. The Knight of Swords must ride his Horse only as fast as it can go. He must stay within reasonable limits and not let it take off every time it so wishes. If he flies too high, he may forget to come back down to earth. He may go so far, that he is unable to return. He may fly over the rainbow, but it may not be a nice colourful one. It could be dark and threatening. In these extremely high altitude levels far removed from reality, there resides powerful forces that lie in wait for those minds that have strayed into their territory. They are very welcoming of this new visitor and aim to make the mind feel very comfortable, far more comfortable then it would be at home. In fact, home is slowly but surely turned into an undesirable place to return to. The mind gradually begins to accept the continuous and consistent thought processes that are been fed to it. Eventually, the mind forgets it ever had another home, its true reality. This new reality may appear to have no doors or locks and little restriction, that is until the mind desires to venture outside it, or is stirred and haunted by deep memories. When it does, it will discover there is no way out.

The mind is very powerful and can be both helpful and hurtful to us. The mind can create any reality it so chooses once the person is willing to go there, and what it creates can appear to be so real and lifelike that it is incredible to think it was actually a trick of the mind.   Like the birds on the Horse’s reins, the mind too can fly away with itself, fly too high, fly out of its healthy zone and forget its way back. The mind can also plummet too fast and crash into dark pits or the abyss. If the mind, like the bird’s, forgets to come down to earth once in a while it can begin to exist on another level. This level is usually not where the rest of us reside. This level is often called unreality or an altered state. In this space the mind can create another form of reality which then becomes the norm, and to the mind is as real as anything else. Depending on the reality formed, it can carry titles such as paranoia, depression, delusion, phobic, neurosis, psychosis, sociopathic, multiple personalities etc. On a much lighter scale, this new reality formed may simply be titled Unrealistic, fanciful, daydreaming or ‘away with the Faeries’. Attaining a healthy balanced mind involves hard consistent work. Retaining it requires daily maintenance. The Swords Suit often finds this to be very challenging, and when we add Fire to the mix, the struggle is all the greater. The Knights often represent extremes in personalities and The Knight of Swords must stay Upright and not lose sight of reality. If not, his unchecked and undisciplined mind can become the breeding ground for trouble on many levels.

(When we examine closely and in-depth The Knight of Swords Reversed, we shall see what can happen to our lovely healthy-minded Knight of Swords when he decides to take leave of his reality and fly away over the rainbow to a land of make-believe, monsters, demons and dragons)

However, we must remember that there are many, many aspects to a Reversed Knight of Swords, and he would certainly have to sink very, very low indeed to reach the deepest pit levels I have been describing above. Make no mistake however, for when you next see photographic images or YouTube video footage of masked young men responsible for the brutal slaughter and mutilation of innocent men, women and children, and if you have the courage to stare deep into the eyes that glare back at you from their mask or balaclava, there you will see the most twisted, brainwashed, sociopathic version of The Knight of Swords Reversed who has checked out of reality. Remember, we are dealing with the mind in The Knight of Swords and we have already discussed how it can work both ways for us. With Fire also influencing this Knight of The Air Element, all control can be lost if it is not kept in tight check, balance and control.

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Knight of Swords Upright

Over his suit of armour, The Knight of Swords wears a tunic of deep red which is decorated with more birds of his Air Element. The red colouring suggests his ardour and passion which is supplied in great force by The Element of Fire. This Fire drives his passion, his conviction, his beliefs and his determination so that he becomes relentless in his pursuit or his quarry or goal. He is certainly made of strong stuff and is not one to be tarried with. His double edged Sword leaves little room for anything in between such as a third edge, a grey area. The Fire driving his Air could very easily have him see things in just black and white, even though he would like to think that he sees all the other colours in between too. After all, he is a product of The Air Court Family and as he matures into The King, he will find little in common with anything other than Black and White.  As a result, he could easily become fixated on one to the detriment of the other. This could leave The Knight of Swords extremely single or bloody-minded.

We can see the signs of this trait in his face which is seen in side profile. He has a strong angular jawline, dark piercing eyes, a slightly beak-like nose and dark hair. There is not a sign of frivolity or casualness in his expression. He is as alert and focussed as any bird of prey intent on closing in and capturing its quarry. We get the sense of an unwavering eye in this image, and just like his horse who wears no blinkers, The Knight of Swords is able to maintain a steady, deliberate and focussed study of the direction in which he heads without fear of distraction or interference. Nothing is as important to him now as that of which he is chasing after. He may have other things going on in his life, but at present, in this moment of time, he has his eye on a particular target and will not let it out of his sight for a second, nor let it get away. We are in awe of his single-minded, determined and committed pursuit of what we can only just imagine. We know we could rely on this Knight to rescue us, come to our aid or defend our honour should the need arise. He sends out a clear message that he means business and will not let anything or anybody stand in his way.

If he was our friend we would indeed have little to worry about and he would be a powerful ally, but as yet we do not know which version of The Knight of Swords we are dealing with. It is easy to see that he is the Master Hunter and Tracker. He epitomises the Canadian Mounties who ‘always get their man’. However, what if he was not our friend but our enemy instead, or worse still, an attacker who meant us harm? In his Reversed Knight of Swords State he would obsessively hunt us down and we may forget any ideas about hiding or outsmarting him for he is leagues ahead of us. His mind, although dysfunctional in this Reversed State, is still brilliant. There would be nowhere to hide and we could expect no mercy. He gets a thrill out of the fear he instills in his relentless pursuit and hunt of his quarry. Metaphorically speaking, he is like a cat playing with a mouse. It is a fascinating blood sport for him. He is arrogant and superior, a dangerous control freak and malicious bully.

As we take in this Knight of Swords with the red plume flaming from his helmet he looks fired up for action, and to the onlooker we really don’t know at this stage what sort of action he is ready for. We also don’t know if it is positive or negative. Neither do we know if he has been sent by another or whether he is acting alone. He does look potentially angry and we must wonder if there has been some argument and has now lost his temper, or whether he is hunting down someone so that he can stick his Sword into them. It is hard to tell whether his presence is welcome or not, whether it is healing or hurting. The rule of thumb however is that he does not pose a threat to our safety when he is Upright. This does not mean that he is totally benign either as his energy may be having a strong impact in your life when he appears in a Reading. Having such a force charging through your life or your sitting room is bound to leave your head in a spin and slightly windswept. This could be experienced as exhilarating or mentally and physically draining depending on the circumstances. It is for certain that he could not pass through your life without being noticed, and there is bound to be a lot of din and clatter that accompanies him unlike The Knight of Cups who casually drifts by or saunters across our path.

Notice how his left leg juts out in front in the same manner of his HorseThe Knight of Swords is fully extending himself into whatever his situation involves for better or worse. His extended leg gives the impression that he is driving the Horse on even more, and forcing it to go beyond its limit. When he is Reversed, he will treat his Horse like a machine that needs no rest. His long pointed spurs give us further insight into how determined this Knight is in pushing his Horse as fast as it can go. His pointed spurs and sharp pointed Sword also suggest that he has a reputation for forcefully driving his point home when he gets on his high horses about a particular subject or issue. He may also be trying to force his body to run faster than his mind, or would like to think he can. One would wonder should he dismount and run, whether he may very well be able to outrun his steed. His body is certainly trying to do so, for we now look up to the birds soaring high in the sky.

These birds are a symbol of his great mind and the heights it can go to achieve its aims. However, we notice that the birds are slightly lagging behind The Knight and his Horse. This could easily be telling us that as intelligent and logical as this Knight might appear, the Fire within, influencing his Air, could gain the upper hand at times causing him to act without thinking things through properly.  The Knight of Swords outrunning the birds in the sky may suggest that he is running with a plan that has not been fully worked out, thought through, or tested. The Fire could make him too eager for action and a rapid result. He may set off too fast and too soon into unchartered or enemy territory without back-up or a B plan at his disposal. He may be making it up as he goes, but then again, this Knight can certainly think on his feet so it is possible that he is able to take it all in his stride, and is totally on top of the situation. He may also believe that time is a luxury he cannot afford in this situation. There may be no time to think as he is forced to act, or he may have decided that he has spent too much time in thinking, and therefore act he should without wasting any more time. Time is of the essence for this Knight of Swords and he looks determined to make every second count.

Notice how The Knight of Swords rides into the force of the wind. This is demonstrated by the trees being blown and bent in the opposite direction he rides. This confirms that this Knight is not afraid to ride into the face of confrontation, opposition or open hostilities. He is not afraid to stand apart from the masses. He actually doesn’t give a damn whether you like him or not, or whose nose he might be putting out of joint if he feels righteous in a given situation. With his Sword aloft, he seems eager to engage in battle. He is definitely on the attack, rather than being attacked. He rides out to meet it rather than sit and wait for it to come to him.  He is not afraid to get stuck in, not afraid to come forward and make his presence or opinions known. He does not skulk behind another, preferring to meet his opponent face to face, eye to eye.  He likes the element of surprise and who would not respect, if not fear, one who was brave and bold enough to show their face and state their case regardless of the reaction of all around.

His opponent/s may live to regret antagonising this Knight or drawing his attention when they get a taste of his Sword. They may be punching above their weight and out of their depth. It would be wise not to provoke and engage this Knight unless there is a very good cause. Once he gets involved, he can be like a dog with a bone. You may decide to pull out, or grow tired of fighting, but The Knight of Swords whether Upright or Reversed, will be hard to shake off as he will keep coming back at you. So think before you get involved in what might blow up into a full scale drama or battle. Sometimes it is better to let sleeping dogs lie if you do not have the stomach to deal with their wakeful state.

Riding into the wind instead of with it, also suggests this Knight is not afraid to stand up to powerful forces or people even if makes him unpopular or a target. Therefore he will challenge the corrupt, the unjust, the gangs and thugs of the underworld, terrorist organisations, and dictatorial or tyrannical leadership. He will take on the most feared in the world because his principles, standards, morals and strong sense of justice will not have him do otherwise. He is not the type to stand by and do nothing. Neither is he the type who believes that it is someone else’s job. His desire is to hunt down and root out such potentially dangerous forces before they have a chance to gain further power. To do so, he must have an impeccable plan and strategy. He must also be prepared to strike hard and fast when the time is right, to get in, do the job and then get out as quickly as possible. In such situations, plans can go awry so he must be able to think quickly, move swiftly, adapt, adjust and regroup in double quick time. It will not do to have to sit and think about it for too long.  The Knight of Swords is The Professional Soldier and is perfect for the job. His reputation carries far and wide, even into the enemy camp where he is equally respected and reviled.

Of course all this is very admirable once he remains Upright. Should he Reverse, we may not be so confident about which side he chooses to take. The Professional Soldier can become the Mercenary, the Assassin, the Henchman, who cares less about the cause in favour of the financial rewards he will gain for the work he does. Instead of being the Hunter, he can become the Hunted or Most Wanted. He can also play on both teams, preferring to hedge his bets by ‘running with the hare and hunting with the hound’.  His brilliant, quick mind can easily adapt to such an existence as he plays or trades one off against the other. Of course we must view all the above information on a metaphorical basis, for this personality trait can be applied to any area of life. Indeed this applies to all that I have written about The Knight of Swords both Upright and Reversed. When we speak of soldiers, battles and enemies, do not think just of the uniformed, gun toting military. The information given should be played with to see how it fits with the situation you are dealing with. There are many ways one can interpret a battle or war when it comes to applying it to the current issues. Hopefully, as a Reader you will not have too much occasion to be Reading Cards for mercenaries, terrorists, spies and battle eager soldiers. You must read between the lines and not take everything literally.

The Knight of Swords at times is considered by those around him too hot-headed and too eager for battle. He seems to have quite a strong stomach for it. He may even deliberately stir things up wherever he goes so that a discussion turns first into a heated debate, before the volume is turned up to a full blown argument, which can then rapidly descend into all-out war. Those who witness this behaviour, wonder why he can never leave well alone, why he always has to drive his point home with such force, why he always believes himself to be in the right, why he can never back down even when all know that he is wrong, why he always has to have the last say, and why he always zooms in on the most likely candidate who will readily accommodate his thirst for battle?

At such times he has Reversed. In this state he turns from the well informed, intelligent, interesting and witty young Knight into a pain in the ass know it all who gets on everyone’s nerves. He is unpredictable and troublesome. He is known to be vindictive and downright rude and nasty in his speech. The more the argument continues the loser his tongue becomes. His mind is let run unchecked and what spills forth from his mouth is superbly and succinctly worded, but unfortunately extremely caustic, cynical, malicious and sarcastic. He delights in taking down his opponent in such a humiliating manner much to everyone’s open disgust and sometimes horror. He rarely sees anything wrong with his behaviour and would have people applaud him for his mental superiority and agility. It is not uncommon for his famous rows and arguments to become physical as tempers flare and emotions boil over. When Reversed in this manner, The Knight of Swords will find few who will warm to him, except of course, those who are like him. Although he struts around arrogant and conceited, he has lost balance and control of both his Air and Fire Element, He thinks he is in full control but really it is the other way around. His ego runs unchecked.

The Knight of Swords is a complex creature and faces many challenges if he is to fulfil his role and rank. He has to have a commanding, honest and authoritative presence. He must be direct and outspoken so that others may know where they stand. He needs to be fleet of mind and fleet of foot, a fast thinker and equally fast mover. He must be ready to act rapidly, be up and gone in a flash, to think on his feet and to constantly come up with fantastic plans and strategies. He also must know when to strike and when to hold back, and when and where action is required. He needs to remain in a constant state of alert and be ready for off at a moment’s notice. His bag must always be packed and ready to run. He needs to be logical and analytical. He must sum up a situation rather rapidly and decide which opportunity is worth seizing or chasing after and the appropriate action necessary. It is essential that he be incisive and able to make decisions on the spot or while on the run. He must be highly educated, an authority on many subjects, well informed on current affairs, politics, global unrest, science and the arts. He must also be an excellent communicator, linguistic, a military strategist, a mathematician, analyst and statistician. He must be expressive, articulate and eloquent in his speech, serious and intense, but also command a rapier sharp wit and sense of humour. So too must he be a brave, fearless, soldier or warrior, expert Swordsman and relentless forensic detective who can cut to the heart of any matter so that the full facts may be exposed. He must be both Rebel and Law Abiding Citizen. He needs to remain focussed, keep his eye on the ball and home in on his chosen target with ease and skill. He must know what he is talking about, never be stuck for a word or fail to amply express himself. He must be able to be the voice for those who have none, and to stand firm on his high principles, standards and morals. He must act in a conscientious, just and fair manner with all. He must strike a perfect balance and keep a tight control of both his Air and Fire Elements at all times.

The Knight of Sword’s job spec or role in Tarot is certainly not for the faint hearted. He has a lot to strive towards and it can all appear to be very serious with little room for fun and games. When does he get time to just sit back and relax, or is he always on the run? How we envy his ability and nerve to make a decision and just go for it.  Perhaps if we could just talk with this Knight for a brief moment of his time, we may be able to find answers to some questions. We can all hold our hands up and honestly admit the times when we were afraid to act on something and then ended up losing out on a wonderful chance or opportunity. We know the times when we should have spoken up for our self or come to the defence of another but then decided it best not to get involved. At times we could talk the talk and at other times we were able to walk the walk, but how often were we able to combine the two, talk the talk and walk the walk at the same time. The Knight of Swords appears to be able to do so. He shows no signs of procrastination or fence sitting. He is so sure of himself and believes so strongly in what he does that he just gets on with things while the rest of us get left behind.  He is known for his hunger to embark on a noble cause and a worthy quest. What was he thinking as he jumped aboard his Horse or did it take him days to work up the courage to mount it at all? Judging by the image before us, he hardly looks like someone who had to be forced or coaxed up into the saddle. Let us see if we can find a way to converse with this Knight. We all know that he is in a hurry but if we have pressed the Pause Button on this image, it might just be possible to adjust the settings so that the Knight can hear and respond to us, even though he is frozen in time. He may be angry with us for halting him on his journey but we will be quick to reassure him that we have paused time in his dimension and therefore he will be able to pick up where he left off when we press play once more. It is certainly worth a try. Here goes.

A Few Words with The Knight of Swords

At first, we believe nothing has actually occurred and we experience a wave of disappointment for it is unlikely we will get a chance to talk to this chap again. A creaking noise of metal alerts us to something happening and quickly we are drawn to The Knight of Sword’s helmet encased head. It is moving slightly and we can see his eyes begin to blink. He grinds his chiselled jaw and licks his dry lips. Wisps of dark brown hair escape from his helmet as he slowly begins to rotate his head in our direction. Now we are filled with fear for we do not know what to expect. We have awoken this Medieval Knight into our world and worry how he will now respond to us. We have no idea yet whether he is riding out in his Upright or Reversed Aspect today.

His dark penetrating eyes scan our faces as we see him quickly take in the situation before him. We watch his eyes dart back and forth through our group with a speed and intensity that is quite alarming. He is summing us up, each and every one of us without even speaking a word. I sense he is determining who the leader in the group is, who may be a threat, who is the strongest and who is the weakest. He then turns his head very deliberately and his eyes come to rest on mine. I feel my legs turn to jelly as another metallic crunching and grinding sound pierces the silence. His right hand which holds his Sword aloft is slowly drawn close to his body and as he regains control of it he suddenly twirls the hilt rapidly in his hand, and before I know it, its razor sharp point is just centimetres from my face. Now I think I will swoon for sure. I will be struck down with one blow and all because I stopped this Knight on his important mission or crusade. I wait for the kiss of steel but it does not come. Instead he addresses me in a crystal clear and razor sharp voice.

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Knight of Sword's Head

‘Identify yourself,’ I am ordered. In a low trembling voice I give my name but he seems dissatisfied with my response.

Speak up, for I cannot hear you. I repeat, Identify yourself’, his eyes do not blink as he stares right into mine. I clear my throat and raise my voice so that he can clearly hear. I fear not getting it right a second time. His patience with me may run out.

‘Explain your reasons for being here. You are on the King’s Land and are trespassing. You are breaking the law by your very presence. Your explanation better be valid and truthful or by my Lord and Liege you will be punished’. His steely gaze is severe and worrying. Oh dear, now I have got us all into trouble. I will have to try to explain to him what I have done.

Yes, of course Sir Knight of Swords. Let me explain. The thing is that we are not actually on the King’s Land in reality. We have merely reached out from our dimension into yours so that we could become better acquainted with the life you live and your personality. We have observed you from a distance for many long years and we decided to try out an experiment and see if for just a short moment in time we could step into your world so that we could experience it first-hand ourselves. However, in saying that, we are not really here, not in the physical at least. We have mentally travelled to your time in space. Our encounter with you is being controlled by our mind, both consciously and unconsciously. I know it all sounds bizarre and absurd and I am sure you think me quite insane, but I thought that you of all people would understand and be fascinated with what we have achieved. ‘ There, I do hope I have given enough and that he accepts my explanation of events. Otherwise we may all end up thrown in a dungeon for the night. I can see him studying my face while he analyses the information. I am drawn to a new level of fear as he moves the Sword even closer to my face.

‘What you have just spoken of, do you swear on your mortal soul that you speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Be careful how you answer for I will not suffer a liar?’ He is reading my face for any sign of deceit or doubt before I answer.

‘I swear on my mortal life that all I have spoken of is true.  We wish you no harm, nor do we intend any harm to your Lord and King. We are here purely because of our fascination with you and our great desire to converse with you. That is all. I swear on my mortal life’. I slowly sink into a bow before the Knight. I wait, the Sword only millimetres from my face now. Suddenly I see his frozen features begin to thaw and a smile replaces the severe frown. His Sword is withdrawn and he bids me to stand.

‘But this is amazing, fascinating, incredible, but certainly not unbelievable. I have always believed the mind to be a very powerful force and have friends who think likewise. My own is very powerful indeed.  Certainly we have had some strange experiences that could not be easily and logically explained regardless of how hard I have tried. I like to think that I am open-minded to the idea of other worlds and other dimensions but my father takes a very dim view of such outlandish thinking. He believes that we are either here or there, and can only be one place at time. What if I were to tell him that it is possible to be both here and there all at the one time. What a fantastic idea and one that would confound him indeed. He would throw it out the window and dismiss it as pure nonsense. When I tell him that I believe the world may indeed be round and not flat he runs me from his room and then chases after me with all his scientific proof of maps and books written by ancient academics confirming that the world is flat and that is that. He threatens me with disinheritance but I have my own opinions and beliefs and will not be dictated to, even by my father, The King, as to what I should and shouldn’t believe.  Whereas my father the King, is of the old school of belief, a product of the Crusades of his youth, I have a very curious mind and always eager to hear different opinions and beliefs. My father tells me that I would have been put to the Sword for such blasphemy if I had been born some years earlier.  I think it is very refreshing, yet my mother, The Queen just nods and tells me that regardless of what I think or say, I will one day end up like my father. I think not I tell her.’ He suddenly appears restless and begins to look around.

‘I am on a very important mission and cannot delay in my progress. As interesting as it would be to talk to you all day, I am in a terrible hurry and can waste no time. I have orders to carry out, orders from my superiors and my father. I may question him and challenge him on a personal level, but today I am on business and I am an obedient son who my father entrusts with his most delicate and dangerous missions. I haven’t failed him yet and I do not intend to anytime soon. However, should my father’s personality turn, should his requests go against the law of the land and that of humanity, I would not hesitate to challenge and condemn his ways. I don’t believe I could follow orders that defied common sense, logic and were not issued for the common good. But there, my father The King is a just and fair man with powerful scruples. He has ruled me with a firm hand and certainly I have felt the rod of steel when he disciplined me for my unruly behaviour or young boy cheek. I daresay it did not do me any harm. It has taught me to respect authority, law and order. My father only punished me when I did wrong, and in doing so, has set me a good example for the young man I am today. I could easily have run you through with my sword without asking questions first, but it is only fair that I should give you an opportunity to explain yourself. It does not mean that I will be lenient, it is purely a more just way to go about things. Who knows, you may have been on your way to warn the King of impending danger. It would have been a poor outcome for us all should I have cut you down without learning of your information. I pride myself on my ability to discriminate.  To be honest, I can see through most people for I am able to read their minds, just by looking at their face and observing their body language. I have been doing so since a child and I know how to elicit any reaction from any individual as a result. All it takes is a few carefully chosen words and their mind does the rest for them. I could easily have bid you a fair day when we met and immediately you would have been relaxed and think me an easy target. I already had sorted in my mind that you were of no danger but I wanted to toy with you first.

The order to identify and explain yourself, coupled with my sword pushed into your face, drew the reaction I intended. I could read you, but you could not me. You did not know whether I was your saviour or your executor.  Is that not fascinating? I was able to make a split second decision about you, but you were very unsure of me. You see I immediately disarmed you and left you defenceless. I am pretty good at that and it happens so fast it leaves people stunned. My mother is forever reproaching me for such behaviour which is bizarre because not only have I learned a lot from my father, I do carry much of my mother’s traits. She is no stranger to playing mind games herself when she wants to.  If the way of the world was different, then I am sure my mother would make an excellent warrior Queen as she is quite courageous and brave.  She bemoans being of the feminine gender for she likes to sit in on discussions regarding battle strategies and the politics of the land. I daresay, if she could find a blacksmith who would defy my father, and fashion her a suit of armour, she would ride out by my side right into the thick of the battle field, and she would be as fierce as any. But that will not happen and she must content herself with the piecemeal version of events that are carefully fed to her. A woman has too much heart (Water) and not enough Fire for battle regardless of how much she protests otherwise. She would not last the day I fear. I on the other hand set my heart aside and do what must be done. I don’t dwell on it for long, as in doing so, I could easily think or talk myself out of going ahead with my plan of action. Instead I just do and don’t look back. The key to such decisiveness is to have strong convictions and beliefs. When I act or strike out, I have no doubt of the success that I will achieve. It is as if it is already done before I have even started, the action complete before the outset. One must move rapidly if one is to be successful. Look to the skies and observe the birds of prey, the hawk, the eagle, the falcon. Do they dither and worry about their quarry below and wonder whether they will hit their target as they plummet at speed from the sky? Not at all, for as they descend they are already digesting the flesh and sucking on the carcass of their strike. It is a fait accomplice before it even begins. That is what you must do. Doubt and fear will stop you in your tracks and put a stop to any action.’ he stops suddenly to draw breath as we listen to his speech with great interest. However, I am curious about something.

So, Sir Knight of Swords, are we then to believe that every action you take is swift and sudden, with great speed and on the spot thinking? Is it possible to behave in such a manner at all time and get it right, have a successful outcome each time? Some would think it too hasty, impulsive and bound to fail.’ I can see he has been eager to speak with his comeback response before I have even finished my sentence. I am surprised I was allowed such time to voice for he certainly was waxing eloquently.

‘Ah, but there it is, that is the challenge at the end of the day. When to act and when to wait? Most people are good at only one or the other. There are people who run around acting all the time, constantly moving and doing with very little thought given to what they are about. They are busy fools. Then there are the even worse fools who do nothing but wait. They spend their whole life waiting for the time to be right, things to be in place and guarantees to be in place, they think too much. They find alas that the time is never right and so they continue to wait. I on the other hand instinctively know when to act and when I do, you won’t see me for dust for I will be up and gone. You will have to be up very early in the morning if you want to catch a ride with me. Saying that, I prefer to ride alone. Any company can get tedious or boring after some time, yet I never bore of myself. I may appear to you and others who observe me, to be constantly on the move, constantly racing here and there, throwing myself into and upon every situation that presents itself. I may look like I am going too fast, too impulsive and too hasty. I often seem hot-headed or bloody-minded but I do not act or speak without thinking. I am the expert planner, the professional strategist, and analyst. I have been born with the ability to change plans, come up with new ones and amend strategies as I move rapidly. I do not have to halt all progress and action so that I can regroup my thoughts, for I do it on the move, on the hoof so to speak. If I thought any situation or task a non-runner or a waste of time, then you would not see me at all. My Horse would still be in the stable and I spending my time efficiently elsewhere. You might even find me with my head stuck in a book if I am not needed urgently elsewhere.  So I will only ever turn up or appear in your line of vision in my Upright State when urgent action is required, or a just battle is to be fought.  Sometimes I have to show my face and my Horse before anyone else will act. It is as if I am the catalyst. I stir up the energy and jab the sharp point of my Sword into the backsides of all involved so that they wake up and get going.  The point of my Sword always works and I often laugh when I see the speed they take off at. I then give chase so that none of their forward momentum begins to wane. Sometimes it’s the only way to move a situation forward. I do get a secret pleasure out of seeing their startled reactions when I ride into town, although it is all in a good cause. I have though heard tales of a Dark Knight of Swords who is guilty of being nasty just for the sake of it. He is the one you think of when you speak of impulsive decisions and moving too fast. Now there is a Knight who always seems to be on the wrong side of a battle. Whereas I am known as the Rebel with for a Just CauseThe Dark Knight of Swords is The Rebel without a cause, or worse still, an unjust cause. He is the fanatic, the extremist and very hard to handle. I do not fear him for I have met his type on many bloody battle fields in the past. I watch him like a hawk for he does not play by the rules of engagement. He is a nasty piece of work and lucky for you, it was me you encountered today and not him for he would likely have put you to the Sword or taken you hostage.

But here you have me delayed once more and drawn me into conversation about myself when I need to be off and on my way. Not that I am not fond of talking about myself for there is a lot I could tell you. I have done much, and my knowledge, skill and ability is wide and varied. I am quite the expert in many fields, just as my father, the King is too. I am running late now and must be off in a great hurry. You see, you stopped me in the middle of a chase and god speed, I will catch up with my quarry in a thrice once you release me from this bond. I on the other hand rarely get caught for you will always find me riding far ahead of the posse. Now I must be off’.

I suddenly feel like Alice in Wonderland talking to Mr Rabbit who was always late for an important date. Moving rapidly with no time to waste, I speak quickly before he has a chance to be gone. I have to reassure him that time has stood still in this instance and he is not wasting any time at all.

Please Sir Knight of Swords, tarry with us for a while longer and I can assure you that when we are gone you will instantly be returned to the exact moment in time, and will have lost none. You will seamlessly continue on your journey as if nothing ever happened.’ I smile back at him but his face has adopted a rapidly serious appearance’.

There better be no witchery involved in this for I will not tolerate such wickedness.’ I reassure him of our pure intentions and tell him that we have but a few more questions to ask of him. He agrees and immediately his facial expression changes to one of engaged interest and alertness.

You are a very interesting personality indeed Sir Knight of Swords, and I can see you are very eloquent in your speech, very articulate and extremely knowledgeable. You certainly can talk, but can you listen also? I could see you were eager to speak your response before I had quite completed my question. Is that another of your traits?’ I worry I may have pushed the questioning too far as I see his face darken before quickly brightening again.

Ah, you compare me to the vast majority of others, but I am different. I don’t have to wait for you to finish what you are going to say in order for me to know the question. It is easy for me to predict or pre-empt your question, or even your response. My mind is filtering and analysing all the time.  In fact I could probably complete your sentences for you if I was rude enough to do so. Instead my mind works fast, and even though you are still speaking, I am ready and waiting with my full response. It is a skill that I was born with and comes naturally to me, even though I know it annoys some, especially my fellow Knights who grow tedious with me always jumping in when we converse. My words come out just as fast as the rest of me moves when stimulated.’ I can see he is observing me closely now as his eyes dart back and forth across my face. He is reading me for sure.

‘One last question and we shall let you on your way good Knight. You appear to live a very action packed life, but of a very serious nature. Do you ever have time for any fun, any romance? Do you ever relax?’ I can see he is eager to respond.

‘That is more than one question, is it not?’ he laughs but does not wait for my response. ‘But am I not enjoying this lively encounter? Forgive me for I am being facetious. However, I like nothing better than good conversation with friends who are not afraid to verbally spar with me or challenge me on my views or opinions. Debate and skilful wordplay enthral me and I could spend many hours joyfully occupied in this manner. I am a very worthy opponent and it is not often that anyone can get the better of me in this arena.  The faster the conversation the better but it has to be intellectually stimulating, and when with friends, a sharp wittiness brings much amusement and laughter to the occasion. I have a great passion for the politics of the land and see so many areas where improvement is long overdue. I know the solution to many governing issues but also am deeply aware of the corruption that diseases this land. I am constantly speaking out about it and bringing it to the attention of those in high positions, including my father. I want to be the champion of the people, the voice of the ordinary man and woman in the street, those who because of their lowly position in life, would otherwise not be heard. I have a reputation for stirring the crowd with my rally speeches when I implore them to stand up and be counted. They flock in hundreds from neighbouring towns and villages to hear me speak and believe that I may be the one to implement change. I am not afraid to speak out and know where to point the finger of blame. As a result, I am not in everyone’s favour and am well aware I have made some enemies because of my open and honest way of approaching life. There are those who would rather I left well alone and said nothing, but I will not be silenced, I will not be a partner to corruption or the abuse of the disadvantaged. I often look forward into the future, I am forever thinking ahead, and when my time comes to rule this land, I will step up to the job and then you will see how I will use my Sword to sweep away all that are not worthy of the positions they hold. Titles and wealth will mean nothing. Only those of the highest morals and scrupulous character will be worthy to hold any office in my court.’ He stares off into the distance and I can see he is already visualising the time when he ascends the throne. He now refocuses on the present and continues.

‘When not with my friends or stirring up the discontent and restless, I like to read. I have a great thirst for knowledge and further education. Knowledge is power and I do not view it as a chore. I positively devour books but do have a tendency to favour academic works and literature. Maths and science are also favourite subjects of mine. I was my tutor’s delight and still consult with him over such matters. There is so much to explore in these areas, I could spend my whole life at it and never get bored.’ 

Relaxing slightly on his horse he leans back and smiles ruefully at me. ‘Now when it comes to those of the fair sex, I am no different than my fellow Knights. I too am hot-blooded and passionate. Who can dispute or disregard the thrill and excitement of the chase, the thrill of the hunt, and finally running to ground the object of my desire. I need to be challenged where women are concerned and am not too impressed by those maidens who are too easily persuaded by me or who fall for my advances too soon. I prefer a maiden who plays hard to get, who dances around my attempts at wooing, ducking and diving in the pretence that she is indifferent to me. I find this game in love to be extremely exhilarating. Now, a pretty face is always a bonus but truthfully it is the mind I am drawn to. I need to be both romantically and mentally stimulated if I am to bother wasting my time at all. I do have a penchant for a lovely voice or accent though. Nothing sweet or soft, but a voice that is textured and enticing, a voice I could listen to all night and never tire of.  Monotonous tones do nothing for me at all except put me to sleep. Plenty of expression in the voice and face intrigues me. Intelligence goes without saying and I like a maiden who is well read and educated. Not for me the admiration of her fine needlework and tapestries. No, some of the other Knights may be suitably impressed by such femininity but I have different priorities. Give me a maiden who cannot thread a needle but has read all the classics, knows her geography and can voice her opinion where politics are concerned. Now that is my type of woman. 

However, and there is always a but to follow such waxing praise of the fair sex, I have no plans in settling down anytime too soon. I am having too good a time of it all, racing here and there, charging out onto the battlefield, and coming and going as I please. I am a bit like the wind where love is concerned. I arrive like a whirlwind and sweep the subject of my desire right off her feet. It is all very heady and exciting, and I love to indulge in my wild imaginings of love and futures together while caught in this tempest of the heart. My lovely maiden’s feet do not touch ground until the whirlwind has tired itself out. Caught up in the intensity of it all, everything seems possible, and we can all live on love without food, drink or sleep. But there it is, the wind typically settles down to be but a mere breeze and all of a sudden, I grow restless and bored of the situation. Unlike my fellow Knight of Cups, but very like The Knight of Wands, I do not tarry for much longer after that. In fact, I normally sense in advance the calming of the storm within my heart and will mentally have moved on even before my body catches up with me. I do not like emotional farewells with tears and accusations, so I prefer to make a clean cut and sever ties as swiftly as possible. Once my mind has moved on, there really is no point discussing it any further for it is doubtful I will change it. Once it is over, it is over as far as I am concerned and this is the part that I find most tedious, for it is generally not well received by the lovely maiden who makes such a fuss of it all. I try not to get involved in all this silly behaviour, but if she cannot take the message straight off, then I have no problem becoming brutally honest with her, and unfortunately have to call a spade a spade. I do try not to be insulting but the truth often hurts just as much as a rude put down. I use my Sword to sever any romantic links and it is often hard for the maiden to accept or believe that I no longer feel anything. Like the whirlwind that blew in and swept her off her feet, I can blow out and away just as quickly. Sometimes I find a willing partner who thinks just like me and then we can enjoy our time together, regardless of how brief it may be, without trying to claim ownership of each other. My travels and the various battlefields I have fought in have always led to interesting encounters. I have enjoyed my fair share of young maids but still prefer my freedom at this moment in time. So there you have all I can spare about myself for the moment. There is so much more to tell but I have dallied long enough and my mind and body grows restless and anxious for movement.’

I suddenly realise I have forgotten one important question. ‘Please Sir Knight of Swords, have you any advice to give to our viewers regarding the message you carry when you make an appearance? I know you imply many things but today, just one parting piece of advice and we would be much appreciative’

‘Very well then but this is the last. I will take my leave of you with this piece of advice. In this instance I would err heavily in favour of acting and not waiting. My aim would be to strike now while the iron is hot. The time for wondering and deliberating is over and the best thing you can do is just go for it. It may also have gone past the stage of talking. Everything that can possibly be said about it may have already been said leaving you in a position where action is now the only option left open to you. If there is something you want badly then you must go after it and not waver.  Be prepared to fight for what you want. Keep your mind focussed on your target and don’t stop until you have reached it. Turn a deaf ear to those who call from the side-lines with their simpering and trivial concerns and warnings for they do not have the gumption to carry off what you are about to do. Should you let them influence your actions, they would have you stay put in the safe and predictably secure so that nothing changes in their life. It is up to you to strike out and have the courage and strength of conviction to travel your own path. Enough, now please release me so that I may be on my way.’  

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He withdraws his attention from my face and before our eyes his body and head move so that he is now looking straight ahead over the head of the horse. With a creak and crunch of metal, his right arm lifts high in the Air as he raises his Sword. We all begin to move several steps back from The Knight and his Horse. It would not be wise to release them without putting a safe distance between us. We do not want to get trampled on. We steady ourselves as I prepare to press play, hoping that our experiment will continue to work and let The Knight of Swords and his Horse go on their way. I click and instantly we are plunged back into the powerful wind and rushing noise all around us. A cloud of dust is thrown up in our faces and momentarily blinds us. The Horse’s hooves sound out loudly, thud, thud, thud as the dust begins to settle. We look up and already The Knight of Swords is just a dark blur in the distance. He is travelling at some speed and we are relieved to see that all is well and he has returned to his normal self.

We congratulate ourselves on the success of our mission and now must find a way out of the gale-force world of The Swords. We slowly make our way in the direction The Knight had come from. We have a lot to think about and much to discuss when we get home. I feel we now know more about The Knight of Swords after speaking to him and observing him up so closely. He really is a very interesting and somewhat complex chap, and I daresay we could have spent the whole day in conversation for he had much to say about himself. I do hope you agree. Now we must get home before it gets dark.

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The Knight of Swords represents the young adult male (or female) of The Swords Suit. His role is that of the rapid talking, quick thinking and fast moving extrovert. He must go out into the world and set about finding ways to make it a better place to be. He has quite a serious work load but must be able to take it all in his stride. He must be able to observe and assimilate all incoming stimuli so that he gains a deep understanding of the ways of human nature. His family will rely on him to protect and defend them and to make the world a safer place for all. People must be able to trust him and know that he will remain unbiased, objective and fair in his dealings. He cannot shirk his duty. The world needs heroes and The Knight of Swords is expected to be one. Therefore he must act heroically and for the good of all rather than for personal gain. He must step up to this role, fearless, courageous and unflinching if he is to mature into the highly respected and principled King of Swords. He is armed with a powerful weapon and must learn to use it wisely so that it helps instead of hurting. This will be his challenge for the Fire within can easily rouse his passions making him too eager to reach for the Sword to settle a situation rather than finding a peaceful solution. The Knight of Swords must guard against becoming the angry young man or woman hell bent on seeking revenge or making the world pay for their upset.

Traditionally The Knight of Swords was described as a young male adult from approximately 22 to 30 years of age.  In modern times, Knights also can represent women if their energies and personality descriptions fit. If the person depicted by The Knight of Swords is older than 30 years of age, he or she may be displaying signs of being psychologically or intellectually immature or challenged. They may also be and finding it hard to grow up.  Description wise, The Knight of Swords was tall dark and attractive with pale skin and dark eyes. He had a taut muscular body, dark hair, blue or grey eyes and a penetrating, intense stare.  His features were regarded as chiselled with strong cheekbones and a sharp angular jaw. He was a sharp dresser and favoured well-tailored clothes, that of course was when he was not in his military uniform. His manner was charming and eager to engage in conversation where he was frank and direct. His mind was curious and interested to know all. He was a great talker, eloquent and articulate in speech. Highly knowledgeable and intelligent he was an expert on many subjects and felt comfortable with public speaking. He championed many causes and could be relied upon to act heroically. He possessed a rapier sharp wit and a dark sense of humour. He also is traditionally known for having a more severe edge to his personality and could turn cynical and critical.

Remember, these are the old traditional descriptions and may bear no resemblance at all to the majority of people in the world when it comes to skin and hair colouring.  It is his personality description that should be concentrated on and not his looks when interpreting The Knight of Swords.

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The Knight of Swords

The Intelligent, Assertive Fast Mover & Thinker 

Knight of Swords Upright

Together with The King of Wands and The Emperor of the Major Arcana The Knight of Swords can represent Aries (fiery energetic and determined) and Gemini (quick thinking/talking, mentally alert, changeable) if found with The Lovers.

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Keywords

Sudden Arrivals/Departures, Blunt, Direct, Honest, Lawful, Assertive, Communicative, Chatty, Talkative, Public Speaking, Vocal, Literal, Cool, Swift, Action, Speed, Rush, Hasty, Rebellious, Going against The Flow, Problem Solver, Throwing yourself into the Heart of an Issue or Situation, Plans in Action, Strategies, Quick Thinking, Fast-Paced, Forward Thinking, Ahead of The Rest, Making a Get Away, Getting Out Quick, Single-Minded, Bloody-Minded, Fanatical, Obsessive, Perfectionist, Critical, Focused, Authoritative, Incisive, Decisive, Scientist, Educated, Knowledgeable, Expert, Ambitious, Risk Taker, Courageous, Intelligent, Intellectual, Debater, Analytical, Logical, Ideas, Clever, Sharp,  Witty, Tension, Anger, Waging War, Arguments, Battle, Dispute, Duel, Attack/Defence, Law Officials, , Living by One’s Wits, Flying by the Seat of Your Pants, Military, Soldier, War, Heroic Action, Warrior, Champion, Crusade, Rabble Rouser, Dashing, Daring,

 Messages

Prepare for Battle, Fight for What you Want, Stand Up for Your Rights, Stay ahead of The Posse, You will need to put your Fears Aside and be brave, Time to Jump in or Jump Out of this Situation, Stop Thinking about What you are going to Do and Just Do it, Go For it, Don’t be side-tracked by Others, Fly in the Face of Convention, Keep Focussed and do not Waver, Find a Logical Solution to your Problem, Overcome any Obstacle that Stands in your Way, Be sure of What you Want before you make your Move, Quick actions or Decisions Need to be Made, Strike While the Iron is Hot, Actions have Consequences,  Be aware of Making a Hasty or Impulsive Move, Get out and Away as Fast as You Can,  Put as Much Distance between You and this Situation, You may Have to Act Alone in this Instance, Speak Up, Express Your Opinions, Get Straight to the Point, Make Sure you Know what you are Talking About, If you have Something to Say, Say it but be Respectful of Other People’s Feelings, Cut to the Chase and Call a Spade a Spade, Don’t let your Mouth Run away on You, Think Before You Speak, Don’t engage in Idle Gossip,  At Dinner Parties or Social Gatherings don’t let a Casual Discussion turn into a Heated Debate. Listen to what Others’ have to Say, Respect the Opinions of Others, Don’t be so eager to get involved in Arguments,  Why are you Always Stirring Things Up, Stop Looking for Trouble, Come Down off Your High Horse, Don’t let Pride make you Do Something you will Regret, Don’t alienate those Around You, Analyse All the Facts, Seek The Truth, Seek Expert Help or Advice, Be Honest in all your Dealings, Stay on The Right Side of The Law, Maintain High Standards and Principles, Expose Corruption, Champion a Good Cause, Fight for the Rights of Others (especially those who cannot speak for themselves), Be a Hero, Education is Important, Pay attention and Look Where you are Going, Drive carefully and don’t be in such a Hurry all the time, You are Heading Into Trouble,  You are Courting Disaster, Get Out While you Still Can, Don’t leave Everything to the Last Moment, Slow Down, Is it  Time to Leave?

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Meaning

When The Knight of Swords appears in a Reading, he carries strong urgent messages with him and you need to determine whether you are The Hunter or The Hunted. His messages vary greatly and it is always advisable to consult surrounding Cards before deciding what he is trying to tell you.  So we will explore as many of these messages as possible.

Straight off This Knight can arrive to give you the thumbs up or the go ahead to put your plans into action. He tells you to look to the future now and go for it. However, even though thinking ahead is to be commended in this instance, try not to get too far ahead of yourself. The impetus is to act now but stay aware of what is going on around you at the same time. You may have to adjust plans as new developments present. All in all, it is time to make your move and put your ideas to the test. It is a case of now or never when he appears and you will have to rapidly jump in or out of a situation.

The Coming and Going of Issues

One message that can be simply attached to this Card when it appears in a Reading is that it suggests the imminent arrival or departure of an intense, urgent or serious situation. The Knight in this Card can be perceived to be either coming or going, and it really depends on its position in the Reading, along with the surrounding Cards. However, if this Knight has passed through your life for one reason or another, it is not something you will have been unaware of. His energy is quite disruptive even if you are experiencing his presence as exciting and action packed, instead of stressful and full of conflict.  Having his energy around you for any prolonged period of time is bound to leave you feeling drained and exhausted. Your nerves could feel shattered and you are probably in need of a good night’s sleep. This could be the result of having visitors to stay, a situation or event you have managed to get entangled in, a dispute or argument, or perhaps a legal or medical issue that is leaving you feeling anxious and worried. There really is not much rest and relaxation to be had during the time This Knight is on the scene. Whether he is representing a person, situation or atmosphere, he will have much more energy than you. You will find it increasingly hard to keep up. His presence is often sudden and unexpected, so there may have been an element of being caught off guard or by surprise by whatever energy he has brought, or will bring into your life. If he is hurtling towards you at great speed then you will have little time to prepare for his arrival or organise yourself, which will leave you having to think and act fast. If he is just departing the scene, then you are close to surveying any damage he has left in his wake as he does have a tendency to upturn things in his rush. Close the door and heave a great sigh of relief. Then let the dust settle before you check the inventory of your life.

Under Pressure

The Knight of Swords can suggest rushing and being under the pressure of time and deadlines. You may have taken on too much and find that you can approach none of your tasks at a normal speed. The faster you are moving the more rushed your speech is too. You might find that you are shouting at people and barking orders and instructions. Words may be tumbling from your mouth as it struggles to keep up with your racing mind. There is just not enough time to do all you have to do. This may be out of your control to a certain extent as we all experience times when we do not have a second to think straight. However, you may have a tendency to leave everything to the eleventh hour and then have to go into overdrive to achieve it all. You may be running on empty and no doubt people are telling you that you are going to kill yourself if you don’t slow down. You may not fully realise how harried your life is for it may have been building for some time and your pace now seems normal. You could be in danger of crashing and burning. You will need to check to see if your life is out of balance. Check now to see if you can sit still for more than a few minutes.

Express Yourself

The Knight of Swords appearing in a Reading can suggest that now is a good time to communicate your ideas and plans to a wider audience. Don’t wait for others to hear about you, or for the word to eventually spread. Instead you must ride out to meet the people, knock on doors and express yourself in a voice that is loud enough for everyone to hear. You must break onto the scene in a wild flurry of activity, making heads turn and people sit up and pay attention to you. This is not the time to be shy and retiring, embarrassed or worried about what others might think of you. Draw yourself up and feel confident about your abilities. Act assertively and demonstrate how much you are in control and in charge. However, be sure to fully know what you are talking about. No dithering or vagueness. You must have done your research thoroughly and be able to effectively answer any questions that are thrown your way.

Act Now

The Knight of Swords brings a rush of fast moving energy into a Reading which often requires quick action on your behalf. He could be telling you the time for thinking is over and that you must now move. You have wasted enough time and have probably talked yourself dry in the process. Everything that needs to be said has been said and there is nothing left now but to go for it. You must face head on, any fears you may have for swift action is required. However, there is a difference between making a decided informed move and making a hasty impulsive one. You must know when to act and when to wait.  If you feel justified and righteous in this situation, and you must examine your heart and your intentions to determine this, then you should feel free to proceed with much haste. If you have done your homework and put in the necessary effort, this Card can be an indication that your ideas and plans are beginning to take shape, and that now would be a very good time to get moving on them for much can be achieved. Your goal could very easily be in sight and you are free to progress towards it now. However, this is really not a good time for tedious detail as a restless energy accompanies this card. Yes, you must be razor sharp in your observations but the idea is movement now and not standing around examining and fussing over every little thing. You have moved past that stage when this Card appears. You will now have to think and act at the same time which is something you will be eager to put to the test.

Quick Decisions

The Knight of Swords may suggest that a sudden window of opportunity has opened for you leaving you in a dilemma as to what to do about it. You may think the time is not right or that you are not fully prepared. You may be given very little time to decide whether you will take advantage of this opportunity or not which is bound to leave you in quite a tizzy. This is a spur of the moment thing and you will have to think fast. What are you to do? With the clock ticking in the background you may be concerned that you will be left behind if you do not jump on board. You must find balance in this situation and not let someone force your hand. Their argument may come across as very convincing, but you really need to have some clear grip of the facts before you commit yourself. However, there is no time to be in two minds about what you want to do.  This situation requires a rapid, if not instant decision on your part. It is best if you try to separate your emotions from the matter as they could cloud your judgement. A big part of you is fired up and madly excited about the proposal, but here you should exercise caution so that you do not get carried away. You are bound to feel impatient and frustrated under this energy. Analyse the facts laid out before you and think logically about the situation. Use your common sense, your powers of reason, and your natural critical eye to observe any inconsistencies or flaws in the plan. Look to the surrounding Cards to see if they support your own thoughts. Should you decide to go for it, full commitment is required of you. You better have a lot of energy to sustain you for you will have to give it your full attention. You must be fully behind your decision otherwise momentum will be lost and it may fall flat on its face. A lot of mental and physical energy is required of you right now.

Going Your Own Way

It could be time to strike out on your own, sail your own ship, make your own way and carve your own future. You could feel tired of being held back by everyone from doing what you want to do. This could result in you getting very hot headed and making a hasty decision. Be careful you do not slam shut any doors or burn any bridges behind you as you rapidly depart. There is also a tendency to say things you may later regret under this influence simply because life is not happening fast enough for you. You may grow extremely impatient with everyone, or with the slow movement of a situation and try to push or force it. You may take matters into your own hands and attempt to bend, control or use manipulation to get what you want. You risk alienating yourself from others in the process. You need to calm down and take a step back from the situation. This may help you to see other’s opinions or views. You appear to be thinking very much of your own concerns in this matter and must remember that it is not all about you.

Tackling Problems & Finding Solutions

The Knight of Swords often brings a battle cry with him or a call to arms. This does not necessarily mean physical battle or hostilities. It can simply reflect that problems or obstacles to your advancement have been thrown on the path in front of you. These may appear very challenging and daunting, leaving you stressed and worried as to how you will proceed from here. Under the influence of this Knight you must not let anything block your progress. Instead of panicking about the situation and tearing your hair out with stress, use your head to come up with a logical solution.  If there is a problem find a way to fix it. Now is the time to draw up strategies and plans to overcome any difficulties. You can and will find a way, but some of it will require having a steely nerve and guts. Under, over or through should be your battle cry for turning back or stopping is not an option. There is a way and you must find it. Action must be taken in a short space of time otherwise the energy will dissipate. So too will your nerve. You can achieve a lot once you remain fired up with enthusiasm and determination. Get yourself out of this mess as soon as you can.

Seeking The Truth & Rallying Support

When The Knight of Swords is drawn in your Reading, he may be reflecting your desire or determination to get to the truth of an issue or situation. You might be exercising your powers of perception and discrimination to find answers. It is for sure that you are fed up waiting for someone else, or the powers to be, to act in this instance. You have decided to do your own investigative work and have resolved to leave no stone unturned in your pursuit. You are demanding answers and explanations of all those involved. You will not stop until you get to the heart of the matter. You might be demanding that justice be done or endeavouring to expose corruption around you. Now is not the time for sitting by and doing nothing. You feel fired up with a desire to get fully involved now for you know that you can make a difference to the outcome. Enough time has been wasted as it is. There is a fearlessness about you at present and a total disinterest in the middle man. Instead you want to go straight to the top, or those directly involved. Hearsay and speculation is not enough anymore for you need to meet face to face and hear it from the horse’s mouth.  However, even though you feel you are on a worthy crusade, you must try and rein yourself in a little. Don’t go in with all guns blazing or throwing accusations at everyone concerned. Listen to what people have to say, their side of the story, before jumping to conclusions. You feel so incensed and angry at present that you may step on toes and make the matter worse. You could easily stir up further trouble with a gung ho attitude.

Following on from above, you could now be in a position where you need to gain the support or backing of others. You might need their help, or possibly see where those around you could help but are not. A job may not be getting done, a situation is being let get out of control or run down, a cause is being neglected or an incident overlooked. You have a keen eye and strong observational skills, but you also are a powerful communicator who is articulate and eloquent in speech. You may need to rally the people to action by presenting a very convincing and stirring speech or public talk.  It might come down to just lifting the phone and calling everyone on your contact list. You could also use your equally superior writing skills to launch a social media campaign. However, you are best at face to face interaction where you make an instant impression with your honest, direct and straightforward approach. You have a good speaking voice that draws and holds the attention of all so why not put it to good use.  Just avoid getting into other people’s faces. You may feel strongly about the situation but do not expect others to come up to your exacting standards. Everyone must find their own way. Also, you may want their backing, support or presence right now, but as willing as they are to help, they may be busy right now. You will have to be patient. Coming across as obsessional or fanatical will turn people off.

Acting Rebelliously

You might also feel that you have to fight a battle alone, that no one is on your side. This Card brings out your rebellious nature. It could be you against the world at large and you must ask why this is? Are you sure that the battle is worth it or are you just drawn by the chance for a good fight? Is it a justified battle? Why is no one on your side? You might be in the wrong. Be careful of letting an overly dominant ego get a foothold.  You may feel invincible and that you can take on the world right now, that no one is going to get the better of you, but this may simply be a dented pride getting in the way.  You could do something very stupid or challenge the wrong person. You might end up cutting off your own nose to spite your own face. Maybe it is time to come down off your high horse and apologise where necessary.  However, if you truly believe that you are in the right, it could be a case that no one else wants to get involved, or is afraid of the consequences of standing beside you. If this is so then there is nothing to do but stand up for yourself and demand justice.  Your battle may alienate you from others and make you unpopular. You will probably have to face a lot of opposition so you better prepare for much confrontation and disagreement. This could be a lonely path you walk but you may not be able to live with yourself if you fail to act.  You could be going into battle because of your strong principles, morals or ethics. You may be trying to right a wrong or highlight a serious issue. You have to act conscientiously and do the right thing.

Being Dramatic

The Knight of Swords often suggests drama and disruption. Everything seems very serious right now or maybe it is how you perceive it to be. You might be obsessing unnecessarily, thinking intensely or overly concerned about a certain issue. You could be making mountains out of molehills. There is also the tendency to exaggerate under this influence and will feel irritable and impatient. Paranoia might be involved making you touchy and extra sensitive. You are likely to overreact or over respond to the slightest stimuli or annoyance. You might see veiled threats everywhere and take all comments too personally. The world could be out to get you or against you.  This Card often reflects a personality who is constantly in the middle of a drama or chaos. They seem to attract or woo it, and no matter where they go, they always have a crazy story to tell about what happened to them. Nothing is ever straight forward, ordinary, or simple in their life as they walk from one wilder situation to another.

On a Rant and Forcefully Driving Your Point Home

The Knight of Swords may appear in your Reading when you are caught up in an on-going rant about something or someone. You certainly are riled up and quite sharp tongued at present. Something has really stirred you. No one around will be able to escape or pretend not to hear you as you vent your feelings about a particular subject or issue. You may feel very strongly, incensed or just passionate about the issue. You will definitely want to express your opinion and could easily think you have the most valid point to argue over.  There is a risk of becoming quite fixated or fanatical at this point. It may be all you have to talk about as you repeat yourself over and over again, or approach it from every possible angle. You may care little for listening to anyone else’s viewpoint or opinion, so convinced are you of your own righteousness. This could result in you acting dismissively with others as you irritatingly wave aside their argument, or fail to allow them the courtesy of communicating their views without constantly interrupting with interjections.   You can easily become quite condescending in your dealings, rigid in your stance, and constantly on your Soap Box. Under this influence you just barrel on, forcefully driving your point home whether they want to hear it or not. You might have little time or interest in stopping to listen to anyone else. Others will find it impossible to get you to budge on the issue or situation, as you are determined not to change your mind or give in. Highly opinionated and fired up with a bloody, single minded attitude, you might think you know it all. You may also think you know what you are doing, where you are going and certainly do not need the uncalled for input of others. Here you may be wrong. You are giving this issue a lot mental energy and could be too close to the situation to view it objectively. You might need to step back before you do or say anything you may regret further down the line.

A Warning & Applying The Brakes

Following on from the above, The Knight of Swords can sometimes act as an urgent warning when he appears for you in a Reading. If surrounding Cards support this interpretation it can suggest that you are not looking where you are going. You could easily be riding to your ruin, and because you are travelling at such speed, it may be quite difficult to halt you in your tracks. Like your horse, you too could have the bit between your teeth and might find it hard to apply the brakes. You have built up some momentum for good or bad, and those around you could see you as a runaway train. You could be riding out on a Fool’s errand or heading in the opposite direction of where you should be going as you seem to blatantly undermine your own interests. You might have it all wrong, accusing the wrong person or chasing a nightmare instead of a dream. Your quarry may have got away, your ship sailed, and now you are simply wasting good energy.  You could be chasing after something that doesn’t exist.  You might also be too eager to sign documents or contracts without scrutinising them thoroughly. You may not have stopped to think what you are about. There is a chance you are not in full control here or that someone else is pushing all your buttons. You have become single-mindedly focussed on a certain quest and can see nothing else. You may refuse to listen to advice or warnings from those around you as you saddle up your horse and prepare to ride it to hell. When this Card is Upright, all hope is not lost. Quick action can be taken to take the glide out of your stride and bring you to your senses. It will take a lot, but it is possible if the right person can talk you down. It is obviously more perilous when The Knight of Swords is Reversed. The Knight of Swords departs a situation very fast and may be advising you to do likewise. He may be telling you to get out fast while you still can and put as much distance between you and a situation or person. Someone may also be making a quick getaway after causing trouble.

Waging War

The Knight of Swords is obviously a Card for engaging in battle, rows, arguments and hostilities. When he appears under this energy, he suggests that the issue has already blown up and that you and others are already caught up in it. It may have gone past the stage of talking about it. Negotiation may have failed as those involved arm themselves to both defend and attack. The Knight of Swords is certainly on the attack and is probably provoking the situation. He may have been the catalyst for trouble, even though he would like to think others are to blame for the current state of affairs. You might have a reputation for being argumentative or easily riled. People may be wary of getting into a discussion or debate with you as they invariably end up escalating into rows with raised voices and heightened emotions. It can be a sign of hot headedness and being bloody minded. You will need to watch this tendency as it will taint your reputation.

This Card suggests an angry dispute which will bring much confrontation and fiery engagement with the opposition. There is a very tough personality at the heart of this issue, and one which will need careful handling to bring to heel. There may be a feeling that it has all gone too far or that the action is too excessive or extreme. If you are under attack from this Knight of Swords then only fight back if there is a serious issue at stake. Defend yourself by all means, but this Knight’s desire may be to antagonise you sufficiently to get a reaction that will only encourage more hostility. This is not a personality you want to have as an enemy, for this Knight, whether Upright or Reversed, is extremely clever and super intelligent. He has the capacity to outsmart and outthink you on every level and can make a dangerous adversary. Tread carefully. Even though he insists on prodding you with the point of his Sword, try not to give in to knee-jerk reactions for you will be playing right into his hands. This Knight excels in this arena, and regardless of whether he was once your friend, or that you know you are in the right, he does have the ability to swiftly and severely cut you off at the knees. If the battle does not have any true and just cause, step out and away from it.

Heroic Action

There is the chance however, that this Knight, whether representing you or another is highlighting your selfless behaviour. You could be racing to the rescue of another, acting heroically in a situation, putting yourself in harm’s way to protect others or volunteering for a perilous mission. This time you have heard the call and responded. The Knight of Swords can act as encouragement to surprise your enemy by bringing the battle to them instead of waiting for the first attack. He talks of firing the first shot, not being afraid of bringing matters to a head and being prepared to rock the boat. He speaks of psychological warfare and the need to know your enemy and how they are likely to respond to a given situation. Your enemy may appear to have better resources than you, more Fire power or money behind them but you can still prevail once you come up with a clever plan or strategy. You must remember that battles are fought, lost and won on many levels.  You must stay ahead of the posse at all times and assume success.

Travel

The Four Knights are often connected with weather and travel. In the case of The Knight of Swords expect travel to be rough or stormy so use extra caution when driving or cycling. Flights may be turbulent or cancelled due to high winds and storms. If sailing, consult relevant forecasts as sudden offshore storms could descend upon you with little warning, regardless of how calm it may appear as you head out.

The Personality

The Knight of Swords represents a restless and impatient personality who can appear to be a constant whirlwind of activity.  People might see him/her as hasty or impulsive. Here is the fast walker and fast talker. He/she has a tremendous amount of mental and physical energy to burn and is always on the move. He/she could seem to need to be everywhere at the same time, in and out of cars, constantly on the phone and never able to sit still for a second. This personality bores easily and needs constant mental or physical stimulation to hold their interest. The same cannot be said about them for boring is one thing they definitely are not. They can entertain their audience for hours with tales and anecdotes of their on-going adventures. They are a chat show host’s dream guest. However, their constant comings and goings can leave your head in a spin.

This person has a very fast mind that is constantly churning over facts; analysing and critically assessing. He or she has a mind that is teeming with ideas, plans, and strategies and is the best got to person for a rapid quick solution to a problem. With a razor sharp manner of assessing a situation he/she can compartmentalise all the relevant factors and come up with a perfect workable plan to address all key areas. This personality can bypass all trivial issues and zoom in to the heart of the matter which impresses all around. He/she have a logical way of looking at everything. This trait comes naturally as they can separate their heart from their head when making decisions, so rarely let emotions colour their thought processes. They make decisions or reach conclusions very fast and like to put their plans into action rather than deliberate over them indefinitely.

Here is a personality that is ready for action and eager to charge ahead. He or she work towards very fixed goals and can become quite zealous in their pursuit of same. Rarely do they let anything or anyone stand in the way of what they want to do which can make them very headstrong and single-minded. However, this personality has very high standards and principles which they will be quick to defend and protect should anyone dare challenge them. They seek the truth in all matters and will systematically root out corruption and dishonesty wherever they find it. This will find them involving themselves in matters whether invited or not for they cannot stand by while others are taken advantage of or abused. They might see everything as their problem and also the solver of all problems. Ready and willing to be the hero, they are the champion of those who cannot assert or defend themselves. He/she has a natural desire to right all the wrongs in the world and to find a better way of living for humanity. This personality will make a wonderful friend that anything can be asked of. They will come to your rescue at a moment’s notice, be there to offer you their expert advice and opinion, but should you get on the wrong side of them, cross them or disrespect them, they can make a fierce adversary who will not be prepared to walk away and let a situation or issue go. Neither will they forgive too easily, and a longstanding friendship can be severed quite abruptly with little chance of reconciliation.

Often overly eager to engage in battle or arguments, they are quite superior when it comes to verbally expressing him/herself.  This personality has a lot to say and is highly opinionated.  Whereas he/she respects the opinions of others, he/she will find it hard to defer to them for he/she likes to get his/her own way. Here is an intellectual with excellent communication skills and a keen interest in politics and current affairs. Strongly academically inclined, they may come across as an authority on many subjects. He/she possesses a naturally brilliant mind and a rapier sharp wit and retort. He/she is the quickest thinking of all the Knights and can be assertive and forceful when he/she wants his/her own way. This person has a habit of getting straight to the point and calling ‘a spade a spade’ and does not mince their words.  Although frank, outspoken and direct in dealings with others, immaturity may have them come across as a “know it all”. He/she can be cynical and sarcastic when they want to as their tongue is razor-sharp. It really depends on what mood he or she is in. They may come across as friendly and very approachable one day, only to snap your head off with an abrupt or curt comment the next. You may feel stung by their treatment of you but they do not see where they have caused the hurt. However, their own personality can be hypersensitive to criticism and will readily fall on a casual comment made by someone turning it into a big deal and drama.

Even though his/her mind is constantly on the move, it may appear that he/she is a better talker than a listener, but this would be an unfair conclusion. He/she can do both equally well and you may be quite surprised to discover they can recall everything you said in a given conversation even though he/she was tapping furiously on their computer at the time. They are bound to have the very latest in technology and will update their phone once it is replaced by a newer model. In fact the phone is one of his/her best friends. It can appear to be surgically attached to their ear as they are constantly on the phone and well able to keep track of several conversations at the one time.

This personality thrives on mental and physical stress.  He/she is fearless, bold and courageous which can make them quite daring or risk takers. Speed and potential danger attract and enthral them.  Flying, mountain climbing, hang gliding, horse racing and skiing excite them. He also like fast driving and will be a fan of Formula 1 sport, rallying and motorbikes.

Love and Relationships

When The Knight of Swords appears in a Relationship Reading it can be a positive sign that love is heading your way and that you should be on the lookout for when it appears in your life. Someone new is bound to be appearing just over the horizon that will certainly turn your head and set your heart all a flutter. It could all happen very fast and you must be prepared to seize the opportunity when it presents itself to you. As this Knight can represent the coming and goings of issues and situations, he can also suggest that a partner is getting ready to depart, has just departed, or is at the very least thinking about it. His or her thoughts will not be far behind their actions so you may have to prepare yourself for the inevitable. If this Card is representing a departure then there will be nothing to be done to stop it for the person has very definitely made up their mind. You will need to look to surrounding cards to determine which is which, but generally you will be in little doubt as to where you stand. You may be looking to the cards to have your suspicions confirmed.

In love this Knight can suggest that it is intelligence and personality that attracts you to someone and not necessarily their looks. This is not saying that appearances mean little to you. On the contrary, you like your partner, whether male or female, to be well groomed and a sharp dresser in well-cut tailored clothing. However you are also drawn to one with a quirky or eccentric style of dress and an equally quirky sense of humour to go with it. Actually, humour is very important to you even though you may come across as quite serious a lot of the time. Your type of humour is not the average slapstick version, but rather more sophisticated and intelligent.  Along with intelligence being a main attraction when seeking a partner, there is also a certain weakness for an interesting accent. A voice is very important to you. Much of your courtship will be spent in conversation so it is essential that you are happy to listen to your partner for hours on end. An expressive voice is favoured over a droll monotone and even though you enjoy talking about yourself non-stop, you will want to hear all about your partner, their likes, dislikes, opinions and views. Being a good communicator and conversationalist is vital to the success of your relationships.  If you are drawn to the person represented by this Knight then you must not think you can just sit there looking pretty or handsome for a lot more is expected of you.   What goes without saying for all the Swords Courts is that they must be kept mentally stimulated if the relationship is to last any significant length of time. Therefore an all-round knowledge is desirable along with keeping up with current affairs.

This Card can suggest that you bore easily in relationships and possibly lose interest once the initial intense stage has died down. There may be commitment issues. You can enjoy the thrill of the chase more than the capture. Therefore you often play hard to get and prefer a partner that presents a challenge during the initial stages of courtship.  When being wooed by this Knight you will be intrigued by the methods he or she uses to capture your attention or your heart. It is really full on, and once this Knight has set his or her sights on the one they desire, they will embark upon a relentless pursuit. He will find it hard to take no for an answer and will be persistent until he wears down the focus of his attention.

Following on from the above, this Knight’s presence in a Relationship or Love Reading can suggest that you act like him. If you feel attracted to someone then maybe you should make a bee line straight for him or her. Don’t sit around waiting to be noticed by them. If you dither and wait, all may be lost and someone else might move in instead. So get over there and introduce yourself before someone else does. Make your move now instead of later for there is nothing like just going for it.  Put your irresistible charm to good use but if you do not get a favourable response first time, do not be instantly put off. He or she might be playing hard to get. Then again, resist the urge to come on too strong. Find the right balance.

Generally speaking, the person represented by this Knight of Swords would not typically be romantic as he finds most displays of affection silly and embarrassing.  Holding hands, soppiness and tenderness do not readily fall into his territory.  He is more clinical and business like in his dealings with partners. Long chats and discussions over dinners or meals sustain and entertain this Knight. He will probably be the last to leave the restaurant after a night out. He is, on the other hand very passionate and has a high sex drive so there will be plenty of excitement and activity in the bedroom. His high energy will leave you quite exhausted, but happy.

The Knight of Swords is an incurable flirt and knows how to charm the opposite sex with his eloquent speech and penetrating eyes. He often goes on the hunt and one would need to be very perceptive to catch him out. However, one of his giveaways when out on the prowl is his inability to maintain eye contact with you when speaking. His eyes prefer to scan the crowd and check out if there is anyone more interesting than you. This is the complete opposite to him when he is genuinely interested in finding a partner. Then he only has eyes for you and no one else. You may also notice too that he zones out as you are talking to him. After all it is not your conversation he is interested in at this stage, so don’t fool yourself. Even on his best behaviour he has a habit of finishing your sentences for you, or interrupts before you have a chance to finish what you want to say. He is always ahead in the conversation and even though you may think he is not listening to you, he is well able to assimilate all you say. His mind works so fast that he is able to form a reply or response instantly and is impatient to vocalise it. He does find it hard to wait.

When it comes to waiting this Knight can be too impatient. He can suggest a tendency to act hastily or impulsively in relationships. He can be too eager for love and can become quite fixated on the subject of his desire. So much so that he can easily ignore warning signs or the sound advice of others. He will jump feet first into a relationship with little thought given to compatibility. In his rush and excitement he can promise the sun, moon and stars but will find it hard to deliver. He can suggest crazy schemes where love is concerned and can be found eloping or running off with someone totally unsuitable or inappropriate. However, if you have agreed to run off into the sunset with this Knight you may find yourself, and your packed suitcase, all on your own as he fails to turn up at the rendezvous. His mind and mouth can run away with him and he can easily forget what he said. He can act extremely immature and irresponsibly even when he is Upright.

The Knight of Swords can often represent a love rival or competition. He does not take too well to others moving in on his territory and will be quick to respond to any provocation. With his pride dented he will move to defend his honour and can be quite bloody in his tactics. Here is the Knight who challenges his opponent to a duel. Even though he may decide to wash his hands of you afterwards, he is not prepared to let the interloper away. A full scale battle can ensue and things can turn nasty.

The problem with this Knight is that once his curiosity has waned, he can lose interest and is eager to be on his way. This can leave you devastated. The change in feelings can happen rather rapidly. At the outset of the relationship, he can often represent a partner who enters your life like a whirlwind and sweeps you off your feet. His presence in your life will be full-on and you will be caught up in a spinning wheel of activity and social engagements. This Knight will enthral and excite you. Be prepared for telephone conversations that will last until the wee small hours of the morning for you will never tire of listening to him. However, this level of intensity and high energy cannot be sustained, and once the initial fascination wears off, so too can the conversation. You will probably sense that the end is nigh for their behaviour can change quite dramatically, from being all over you and totally consumed, to a cool indifference and off-handedness. Suddenly the phone calls and texts dwindle or stop altogether. This Knight is often mentally ahead of his physical side which means that he or she can already be moved on quite some time before their body has caught up with them. There will be no mistaking the signals he or she will send off for they have little interest in hiding their cooling ardour. He will not stay around just because he doesn’t want to hurt your feelings, so it is pointless trying to use emotional blackmail with this Knight.  He has the ability to sever a relationship overnight in a clinical, aloof manner and not look back.  When this Knight says it is over (and he is not afraid to say it to your face) believe me it is over.  If you can accept that this Knight is only entering your life for a short time, and if you are not looking for a long term commitment, then there is no harm done. Enjoy this heady time but be prepared for the moment when he will mount his horse and take off into the sunset.  Bear in mind that this Card may be representing someone other than you so apply the information as necessary.

The Knight of Swords can also represent a partner who is in the army or Air-force and only home on flying visits or leave. This can have a disruptive effect on your life depending on your personality although time spent together when home can be action-packed and exciting.

This Knight may be difficult to deal with. He or she can be a bit of a perfectionist and therefore quite critical of everything and everyone around them. When they give a compliment it is well worded and carefully executed to maximise the full effect. You will be in no doubt that you are being admired and is genuinely given. However, depending on the mood or situation at the time, or if something is displeasing to the person represented by this Knight, a caustic or cynical remark can be delivered with a rapier sharp directness, and is intended to strike to the very heart. This often happens when a couple have a difference of opinion or The Knight is being challenged or thwarted in getting his or her own way.  It also happens on social occasions and in company when someone says something out of place, looks at him the wrong way and even when service is slow in a restaurant. Going out can become very stressful.  He or she can be cutting and rude, causing instant distress to their partner who is shocked by their stinging comments. A fiery temper can blow up out of nowhere followed by heated rows and arguments. This Knight would be famous for his temper and will insist on having the last word. He can become quite physical too as he slams doors and has a habit of storming off in anger. This is often an indication of immaturity.

Career and Business

The Knight of Swords often appears in a Career Reading to confirm that you have set very definite goals for what you want to be. You probably have fixated on achieving this goal from a very young age and are now focussed and driven in your pursuit of it. It suggests you know what you want and how you are going to get it. The Knight of Swords represents an extremely ambitious person where career and business are concerned. You are very single-minded and sometimes bloody-minded in this area. You have your sights set on your quarry, your career/business, and are now in full pursuit of realising the dream.  You are a go-getter and nothing is going to get in your way or steer you off course at this stage. In fact there is no stopping you and it appears your desire is to go to the very top of the career ladder. This Card would suggest that you are well on your way and have a building momentum behind you.  However, under this influence you can become very self-absorbed and pay little attention to others in your rush to career success. There is a danger of you riding roughshod over the feelings and needs of others. You may leave hoof prints on the backs of anyone who remotely wanders into your path. Don’t alienate those around you by being insensitive or uncaring.

If The Knight of Swords appears when you have a decision to make about a job or career change then you need to act fast.  Sometimes a window of opportunity opens in such areas, but only for a short period of time, so swift movement may be required of you.

The appearance of this Card can also indicate a situation where there is high competition for a particular job or position. Should you wish to secure this position then you must work hard and act fast. You will need to put yourself way ahead of your opponents, and yes, you may view it as having to go into battle to secure it. This will involve you well arming yourself with all the facts and information as well as researching well. You certainly do stand out from the rest, and probably only need to give a very good interview at this stage. However, The Knight of Swords in the present economic climate with diminishing employment or career opportunities, only those who are constantly monitoring the scene will become aware of new openings. Therefore you need to be very alert and vigilant. The early bird catches the worm so insist that you are notified as soon as there are any updates in ‘situations available’. Be prepared to react or respond immediately and have your paperwork, CV and references completely up-to-date. You need to get yours in ahead of everyone else.

Another aspect of The Knight of Swords where Career is concerned involves sticking your neck out or slipping your foot into a door opening. You may get your neck chopped off or your foot crushed in the door, but if the career or position of your choice is not coming to you, then you may have to make the first move and take yourself to where it is all at. This involves taking a risk by cutting out the middle man, the employment agencies for example, and applying directly.  Not everything is advertised. Put your mind to good use and come up with a plan or strategy. Find out who are the decision makers, the movers and shakers, in the companies of your choice and send personal letters of introduction, followed up by phone calls. Be persistent, but do not harass, and there is a good chance that you will be granted at least an audience, if not an actual interview. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. So, get out there and start letting these companies know you are alive and just what they are looking, for even if they don’t know that yet. You may have to push your fears and insecurities aside and show them what you are made of. Let them see how determined and committed you would be if they would just give you a break. You may have to offer to take on all the work no one else wants to do and all the running, but here you can show your true worth. You have what they call in Ireland as ‘the gift of the gab’ which means you can talk your way into our out of any situation. You are in effect an excellent communicator so make it count.

The Knight of Swords often suggests working as a journalist on the pursuit of the latest ‘hot story’. He can also be the courageous and brave war correspondent who stands side by side with the forces on the front line so that they may keep the world informed. This special version of The Knight of Swords gains access into the most notorious and dangerous conflict zones to secretly film evidence of massacres and human rights abuses. They heroically put their life on the line each day and can be the only source of truth in horrifically corrupt leaderships and terrain. They often get killed or taken hostage in the pursuit of exposing corruption and tyranny.  They become the voice for those who under threat and fear of reprisal cannot speak for themself.

The appearance of this Card can suggest that you are working towards a tight deadline. You have been given a task, project or mission which involves a lot of time management. You may think that there is too much to be done in the given time but you can achieve it if you totally focus on the workload and keep your head down. For the moment there is nothing but work, and you will have to forget or ignore all your friends and acquaintances that seem to be out enjoying themselves or relaxing. Your time will come too, but for now you must give 100% commitment. On the other hand, you may have left everything to the last minute as you run around like a headless chicken trying to complete end of year accounts, monthly statements or that lengthy report you should have started weeks ago. Mistakes can easily be made under such pressure.

The Knight of Swords can also represent the whistle blower in a work environment or can be a message to you to do likewise if you have encountered any wrong doings, underhand behaviour, discrimination or unethical work practices. Don’t just stand by and do nothing about it, even if it does not directly concern you. You must do the right thing in this instance.

This Knight has the makings of becoming a very successful Solicitor and Barrister. His ruthless pursuit of the truth and the facts make him a born natural in this position. His quick paced mind and highly articulate communication skills leaves him quite a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom. As a police officer or detective he has an impeccable record and a reputation for always getting his man.

The Knight of Swords can be quite stressful to work alongside if he is fiery and bossy. He can be impatient with those who do not think and act as fast as he does. This can make him intolerant and snappy with his work colleagues or staff as he is constantly giving out about something or other, and shouting at those who get in his way or upset his day.

As a boss he has extremely high energy and can be a bit of a workaholic. His standards are also very high and he can be quite a perfectionist. When he gives an order or instruction he expects it to be carried out immediately. He has a critical eye and an often serious nature. However, he is approachable and prefers to hear when there is a problem rather than have staff try to cover it up, even if his initial reaction is irritable or explosive. He prefers to call a problem a challenge and seems to thrive on coming up with ingenious solutions. He also enjoys chairing staff meetings and excels at motivating his staff who is under no illusions as to what is expected of them. In his Upright Aspect he can be a tough task master but will be extremely fair in his dealings with staff once they are fair and upfront with him. Once his trust has been breached, the offending staff member will be hastily shown the door and he can be quite brutal in his handling of any treasonous behaviour. He suffers no fools and has little or no time for trivial pettiness between staff. He also hates a liar or manipulator who he can spot at a great distance. He is the type to pile overtime on you without a thought, but will as readily give you the day off should you be experiencing a problem at home. This may not be because he is trying to be nice, but rather deems you to be less productive if your mind is elsewhere. To him it makes complete sense as he can separate his heart from his head. He will look after his staff once they look after his interests. The Knight of Swords can have two distinct sides to his personality which he can switch on and off at will. On staff night’s out he often lets his hair down and joins in the party where he is the life and soul of the party. He enthrals and amuses all with his wit and humour. However, he will probably drink less than everyone else and takes in everything that is going on around him; who is with who, what they are saying and who is making a fool of him or herself. He makes mental notes and files them away in his brain for use at a later date.  He sees everything and forgets nothing. When work does resume, he will instantly revert back to his normal business-like self.

When The Knight of Swords appears for you in a Business Reading he really does give a good indication of what you are about. You are running with a business idea that you feel very confident about. The planning and discussion stage is now over as you actively begin to put it to the test. You may be launching a new business or branching out. You feel fired up with enthusiasm and there is bound to be a lot happening right now. There is also a sense of urgency and impatience with this card and you may have grown tired of waiting for things to happen. Others may have held you back or there was a mountain of red-tape to get through, but here you are now and free to make progress. You know what you want and how to go about it.  You are speeding ahead and intent on making up for lost time.

On the cautionary side, be careful of moving too fast or running with an idea that has not been thought out sufficiently. There could be high-risk involved in the Business Venture so you need to be aware of what is at stake before you do something you might regret. Hasty, impulsive decisions may come back to haunt you. You may also be trying to push a business too fast too soon if you feel that it is not taking off as quickly as you had hoped.  You might be trying to launch too soon or at an inappropriate time. Be patient in this instance and let it evolve naturally. You have to walk before you can run and your business may still be at the crawling stage.

In business you may be launching an aggressive advertising campaign or are working hard to get your name and reputation established. There is often a lot of competition in business when this Card appears, and some very definite rivals or threats. You may be caught up in a price war as you go head to head with the top opponents in the field. If you are involved in politics, The Knight of Swords can represent your election campaign, lobbying for a cause that you feel intensely about, or rallying for support. You are driven and focussed on the battle and prepared to fight to the death.

The Knight of Swords can suggest the following careers:

The Military/Police Force; Battle Strategist/Analyst, Soldier, Marine, Sniper, Fighter Pilot,  Air Force, Search & Rescue, Police Officer, Detective, Personality Profiler, Criminologist, Swat Team, Bob Disposal,

Government/Law: Politician, Lobbyist, Secret Services, Solicitor, Lawyer, Judge, Statistician,

Communications/Media: TV Presenter, Disc Jockey, Talk Show Host, Political Debates/Answers and Questions, Reporter,  Journalist, War Correspondent, Writer, Editor,

Science: Pharmacist, Researcher, Mathematician, Computer Technician/Analyst,

Sports Career: Formula 1, Motor Bike Racing, Rallying, Skiing, Jockey,

Others: Historian, Public Speaker, Stockbroker, Executive, Business Consultant, Administrator, PA, Manager, Workshop Facilitator/Trainer, Commercial Pilot, Bookie,

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The Knight of Swords Reversed

The Reckless, Malicious Minded & Manipulative Aggressor

Knight of Swords Reversed

Keywords

Negative, Mentally Un-Disciplined, Rash, Mental Confusion, Clueless, Out of Your Depth, Chaos, Out of Control, Riding to Ruin,  Runaway Train, Insensitive, Rude, Ignorant, Hurtful, Tactless, Sarcastic, Cynical, Cutting, Critical, Talk is Cheap, Lip Service, Meaningless Words, Preposterous Arguments, Over Inflated Ego, Arrogance, A Know-it-All, Uneducated, Chip on the Shoulder, Deep Inferiority Complex, Fearful, Cowardly, Following the Pack,  No Leadership, No Plans or Strategies, Bringing Others down with You, Leading others into Danger, Manipulative, Forceful, Self-Serving, Bully, Blamer, Insincere, Dishonest, Getting Away with Something, Being Left Behind, Revenge, Threatening, Ruthless, Cruel, Brutal, Aggressive, Intimidating, Vicious Battles, Nightmare Situation, Looking for A Fight, Fighting for The Enemy, Tempers/Tantrums, Ranting and Raving, Manic, Over-Reacting, Explosive, Dangerous, Violence, Attacker, Mugger, Thief, Arrogant, Superior, Criminal/Unlawfulness, Soldier, Henchmen, Assassin, Traitor, Treason, Radical, Extremist Mentally Dysfunctional, Frustration/Impatience, Not Paying Attention, Not Looking Where you are Going,  Going in the Wrong Direction, Getting Lost, Missed Opportunities, Lost out to Competition, Mistakes, Heading for a Fall, Disaster, Reckless Speed, Accidents, Injuries, Remorse, Physical and Mental Exhaustion, Overworked, Battle Weary, Retreat, Withdrawal, Surrender, Wanting to Get Away from Hostilities, Slowing Down, Making an Escape, Mental Health Issues, Depression, Self-Harm, Speech Problems, Shyness, Passive,  ,

Meaning

As we immerse ourselves in the scene of The Knight of Swords Reversed, we find a very different story. However we are not entirely shocked or surprised to see such a change in his personality, attitude and behaviour. We always knew he walked a very fine line, and that it was always going to be a challenge for him to maintain the balance between Fire and Air. It was imperative for him to keep on the straight and narrow, even if he did move, think and talk at incredible speed, was sharp and abrupt in his manner, and at times quite arrogant. He possessed the power to become that dynamic, daring and courageous Knight with a super-intelligent, analytical and perceptive mind that was the envy of all the other Knights. His morals, standards, sense of fairness and justice made him stand out from the crowd. This was a Knight who knew what he wanted and was going to waste no time in going after it.

However as The Reversed Knight thunders down towards us like a runaway train, we quickly realise that instead of being in awe of this powerful armour-clad Knight and his tank-like horse, we immediately feel under intense threat. Respect is gone to be replaced by fear. When we first encountered The Knight of Swords we were unsure at first which version would present to us.  Even though he was quite intimidating and even a little scary, he was thankfully Upright, and would have gone out of his way to help us rather than harm us. That Knight is now gone and in his place is The Dark Knight he alluded to.

As this Reversed Knight of Swords approaches we also discover that he is travelling much faster than his Upright Version. In fact, we worry about whether he will be able to stop at all. His Horse slips, slides and stumbles, but The Knight forces him on relentlessly over the rough terrain and around twists and bends. We rapidly scan the approaching roads in search of any oncoming traffic; other horse and riders, carriages, oxen and carts, or even people out walking along the roadside. His blind indifference to his personal safety, the safety of his horse, and for any other innocent being going about their business leaves us shocked and horrified. We now feel threatened and very possibly in danger. The Reversed Knight of Swords cannot possibly see where he is going and seems to have no contingency plan should anything unexpected happen along the way. He is riding hell for leather as we hastily retreat from the danger zone. It is not safe for man, woman, child or beast to be in the immediate environment for they may be putting themselves at great risk with such a reckless Knight afoot. Does he not have a care for what he is about? The roads and pathways are certainly not safe when The Reversed Knight of Swords decides to head out.

As the Reversed Knight and Horse pass, we see the once lovely Grey Mount has lost his focus. His eyes look wild and glaring as his nostrils flare and teeth bare. He becomes a frightening spectacle to observe. His coat foams with sweat as his head is severely yanked to the left and right by The Reversed Knight of Swords who treats him as if he is a machine. The Reversed Knight’s dagger-like spurs plunge into the Horse’s flanks leaving a trail of blood seeping into his sodden coat.  The horse looks terrified and is breathing rapidly; long plumes of his smoke-like breath linger in the air after they rush by. We couldn’t help but notice the sharp pointed Sword The Reversed Knight waved so callously and threateningly in the air. The black piercing cold eyes and aggressive set of his jaw told us only one thing. He was out to cause trouble, to start a fight or cause injury. It was doubtful if anyone could stop him for he seemed to seethe with revenge, and we feared for the individual or individuals who would be on the receiving end of his Sword that night. Here was someone who couldn’t get to the battle ground quickly enough and he certainly wasn’t interested in sparing his Horse.

Thankfully he has not seen us hide behind a big boulder and we now watch him disappear across the hills. We hang our heads low and place a hand on our racing hearts. So it is true then, The Knight of Swords has lost control, is out of balance, his personality has become extreme. From what we can see he has either let Fire take complete charge or he has used an inappropriate amount of Air and Fire to create a volatile and explosive reaction. We shall get little good out of this Knight under this influence.

Here we find the negative and volatile aspect of combining Fire with Air in the potentially explosive Reversed Knight of Swords. So let us look at what that might mean for us when he appears in a Reading. In this particular negative aspect, it really depends on the level of extreme, and whether it is Fire alone taking over or an unbalanced combination of both Fire and Air.  We will also be looking at the effects of too much and too little Air being applied to his personality, as well as what happens when his Fire burns out.

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An Over-Fired Reversed Knight of Swords and a Dangerous Leader

This version of The Reversed Knight of Swords can be found rushing headlong into all types of situations. He is known to be extremely impulsive. If he just slowed down, sat still for a moment or exercised some discipline, patience and self-control it would give him time to think things through before he acted. However, that is not his style. He reacts instantly to incoming stimuli and is up and off before anyone can halt him in his tracks. He always thinks he knows best, believes he is on to a good thing, or that the situation needs an immediate response. He is overly-cocky and overly self-assured so can easily talk himself into any crazy action on the basis that he knows best and therefore knows the only way to proceed. He will find it impossible to stop for long enough to listen to the advice of others for he is deaf to all but himself. The only opinion that counts is his. Even if it has let him down, and it must have many times in the past, he fails to learn from his mistakes. He always believes that this time it will all work out. People around see him as a loose cannon, someone best to avoid, and certainly not enter into any involvement with, for in The Reversed Knight of Sword’s impetuous and ill-fated reputation, he can often bring down those around him when his plans go dreadfully wrong. There are many who have been stung in the past and have a story to tell.  His friends, family, partner and work colleagues have heard it all before and wonder as to why he keeps doing what he is doing.

The Knight of Swords Reversed can come across in a very believable and persuasive manner to those who do not know him, especially those he is trying to impress or needs something of. We must remember that even though he is out of control, this does not mean to say that he lacks strong communication skills or intelligence. His Element Air is still there, even though it is overshadowed by Fire. When he wants something badly enough he will allow Air to do the talking and convincing for him. Under this influence he can tell the most incredible lies that sound very plausible. He can easily sway the unknown or naive to his way of thinking and get them caught up in some mad hair-brained scheme of his design. This Reversed Knight is just as good as his Upright Version at rallying people to his cause, but this time it is generally a dubious cause, and those he rallies are bound to be of questionable character. However he will always find a few genuine honest to god folk who can be convinced to follow him. And there is his downfall, for not only does he engage in action and battles that are unnecessary, or areas he has no expertise in, he also has zero Leadership Qualities. He readily puts himself in charge of operations but hasn’t a clue what he is doing. He couldn’t organise a party but is prepared to allow others to follow him into all kinds of trouble just because he says so.

He may be a poor Leader but he has the potential to be a very dangerous one.  Too eager to engage in battle, The Reversed Knight of Swords gives little time or thought into preparing a battle strategy or plan of action. His interests lie in getting stuck in immediately. There is never any question as to whether the battle is justified or not, it just has to be fought. He rushes in all guns blazing, like a child playing cowboys and Indians, but quickly loses control of the situation. His actions often cause dreadful grievance for those he has dragged along with him who realise all too late that the one in charge has no control whatsoever. Neither does he have any contingency plans put in place. He brings lambs to the slaughter without giving it a second’s thought. He leaves everyone involved vulnerable and exposed as a result of his stupidity. On an extreme negative level this is the ring leader of a gang or group of friends who through manipulation and coercion, involves his or her companions in trouble, leading them into dangerous situations of one sort or another.

The Fire that Burns Too Brightly

Unfortunately, much of what spills out of his mouth can be considered as a lot of old hot air. He will be fired up for all of one or two days, restless and impatient to get going but he rarely achieves anything. His Fire typically burns too brightly at the out start when all is new and exhilarating, but tends to begin to burn low before anything actually happens. If he does manage to get up and going, it often burns out completely before he has even got out the front gate. What was so exciting and motivating for the last few days or weeks is now seen through lack lustre eyes. He has failed to control the pace of Fire, which when neglected either turns into an inferno or blows itself out. It was all too much too soon, he failed to tend to his Fire and now has no reserves to carry him through. In this state he can fail to deliver on the passionate promises he made which convinced all to believe or invest in him. Those who eagerly jumped on board with him will be enthusiastically waiting to see what he is going to do. He will either go to ground to avoid them, or quickly come up with a list of very plausible reasons why it won’t work and is therefore best forgotten about (he has already moved on to something else). He will tell all his followers that he is just as disappointed as the rest of them and will then want rid of them as quickly as possible.

Fire Distracting Air

The Reversed Knight of Swords can only keep his focus for a very short period of time. However, during that period of time he can become very intense and can think or talk of nothing else. Whereas the Upright Knight of Swords did not need to burden his horse with blinkers to keep him on track, The Reversed Version could do with a pair of blinkers for himself, for he cannot keep his mind on the job, task, plan or goal in hand. Neither can he keep track of what others are saying. His mind and enthusiasms sway and he is easily distracted by something that appears to be more interesting or novel to the one he is actually pursuing. He keeps moving the goal posts and changing Horses midstream. He also changes directions many times. As a result it seems he never actually arrives at any particular destination. He might even be going around in circles. He loses credibility and respect as people see him as unstable, ungrounded and dreadfully unreliable. He is one day delighting all by Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk only to fragment the next into either Walking the Walk or Talking the Talk, but never both at the same time. As time goes on he can fail to do either. No one knows where they stand with him and shudder and what he might do next. This often brings about disastrous results in any relationships he gets involved in. He may still be arrogant enough to think that he is indispensable to those around, but no one trusts him as far as they can throw him. Neither do they pay any attention to his continuous outlandish ideas and plans, which are never followed through on, or delivered in the manner promised.

Looking The Other Way – It’s Nothing to do With Me!

In The Upright Knight of Swords we found a very honorable and principled young man who was very interested in the welfare of others. He took action whenever he came across situations where he felt he could help or make a difference. He defended the honor of many and spoke out on behalf of those who were weak or oppressed. In The Reversed Knight of Swords we have a different personality. This time, there is a lack of interest in anything that does not concern or affect him. He turns a blind eye to discrimination or underhand goings on. He stands by and says nothing when others are being unfairly treated or abused. He feels no responsibility to his fellow human being but will rant and rave about how unfair his own life is and what others should be doing for him. He expects someone else to sort or fix problems for he believes it is none of his business and is far too caught up in his own importance and protecting his own backside to stick his neck out for anyone else. He is all fired up with talk and high opinions of how things should be and who should be doing them but that is as far as he goes. He prefers to take a back seat and let other people fight his battles. He sees risk of litigation in everything and will drive past the scene of an accident rather than become involved in helping. He also expects someone else to ring the police should he see criminal behaviour on the streets. He is a fence sitter who likes to tarry with both sides. He likes to position himself well so that he does not lose out or is affected by the outcome of taking sides. He takes the high ground instantly when challenged or questioned and will be quick to let others take the blame for mistakes he has made. He abhors getting involved in anything controversial and will decline his signature when petitions are being passed around. He believes himself to be an outstanding member of the community and above reproach.

Out of His Depth

The Reversed Knight of Swords often suggests being out of your depth or in unfamiliar territory. This is not related to the past or the future but more so that you are caught up in a situation or event right now. Even though you will be the last person to admit it, but you are quite clueless about all. Regardless, you will try to give the impression that you know what you are doing, but really you haven’t a clue where you are going and what you are about. This results in you going around in circles which will make you very frustrated. Up to now you have thought you could cope with any situation, that you could think your way out of it, but this is very different and you will struggle to find any solutions. You will have to admit that this is not you field of expertise or that you knowledge is limited in this regard. Don’t just blunder ahead.  Dreadful mistakes can be made.

Out of Control

This Reversed Knight can also point to a situation or person that is out of control. Things have been allowed drift unchecked for too long and now it will be hard to pull it back. This could involve anything; it could be a person’s actions or a situation that has been aggressively developing while everyone looked the other way. Stupid and senseless battles may have blown up into full scale war. Tempers and grudges may flare; friends and family could turn on each other. Someone may be riding to their ruin, not looking where they are going. They might be heading the wrong way, into trouble instead of away from it. They could be jumping from the frying pan and into the fire. They may not be paying attention to small details. The dream or goal that was chased so doggedly may turn into a nightmare. It may feel as if a terrible mistake has been made or the expected result was dreadfully miscalculated. This Card can also suggest your inability to let go of a situation or person. You just can’t let it drop, can’t draw a line under it. You relentlessly pursue or obsess over something that you can’t have or are very wrong about. You refuse to take no for an answer. It may have been relevant some time ago, but whereas everyone else has now moved on or have become totally bored with the issue, you have become stuck and won’t budge. You need to say enough is enough now and walk away.

Stormy Weather and Losing your Way

When travelling, The Reversed Knight of Swords warns of severe weather conditions and the danger of driving off without first checking that the car is roadworthy. Brakes, tyres, oil and fuel levels could be ignored due to an impatience to be off. There is a risk of losing your way so ensure you check the exact route before leaving. A simple wrong turn could easily find you heading in the wrong direction for many miles before you discover your error. You could waste a lot of precious time.

The Interfering Know it All

On the other hand, this Reversed Knight of Swords just doesn’t know when to stop, when enough is enough. Where angels fear to tread he is first in the door whether invited or not. He goes where he is not wanted and pokes his nose into other people’s affairs and business. He spews out advice that no one has asked for or wants. He takes action on other people’s behalf without seeking permission first. He thinks he knows it all and that he can solve any problem. He is either terribly egotistical or actually believes he is genuinely helping. He has a tendency to get involved in other people’s battles which often become more intense once he sticks his Sword in. Without a grasp of all the facts, or any at all, he impulsively sums up the situation himself and arrives at outrageous hasty conclusions. He then acts on these conclusions, riding roughshod over everyone’s feelings. It is generally none of his business and has it all wrong or twisted, but that isn’t enough to stop him. Often totally on the wrong track he just makes the situation worse instead of better. He leaves others to clean up his mess.

Air Gone Sour and Poisonous – The Professional Conman and Swindler

On a darker note, The Reversed Knight of Swords is the master con man and swindler who is constantly setting up or getting involved in pulling ‘fast ones’ on the gullible and weak. He can use his brilliant mind to design the most elaborate cons and scams. This guy can know the law inside and out and will bend it to suit his needs. He is two faced and duplicitous. He rarely leaves a trail behind him and is very clean and efficient in his dealings. His name and face appear to pop up all over the place when his operation or scheme is going down. He will be constantly at the other end of the phone and ready and willing to meet with you at any time to discuss his business or ideas, all for your benefit of course. He will appear impeccably dressed and well spoken. How could you not trust him? However once a deal is signed, money has changed hands or bank details revealed, he does have the reputation of vanishing overnight without a trace. Everything you own is likely to have vanished with him.

This version of The Reversed Knight of Swords works to give the impression that he is Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk totally in your interest. In reality he is spinning you a load of lies and deceit, even if it is delivered in an intelligent and articulate manner. Both his Talk and his Walk carry a hidden agenda. He is very convincing and comes across as totally professional in his manner and dealings. He is extremely clever in a negative sense and is well able to out-smart the smartest. He prides himself on his abilities and believes that if people weren’t so stupid and foolish it wouldn’t happen to them in the first place. He believes that most people are just asking to be taken advantage of and is certainly not going to take the blame for their stupidity or gullibility. It would never happen to him of course. No one would ever be able to pull the wool over his eyes. He knows what he would do should they try. Watch out for this guy especially if the Reversed Magician, Reversed King of Cups or The Seven of Swords appear in the same Reading. Sign nothing without getting it carefully checked out by a reputable source. Do not so easily give your personal details to strangers over the phone, at the door on on the internet.

The Hacker

In The Reversed Knight of Swords we find the Computer and Internet Whizz Kid. However, this Version is not here to help develop worthwhile software or run legitimate Online Business. On the contrary, this Reversed Knight spends his time Hacking into other people’s computers or networks for illegal purposes. He steals bank details and identities so that he can clear you out of the last cent you have in your account. He will also use your credit card details for his own purchases and to gamble online. This nasty specimen is behind the most crippling computer viruses and spyware. He and his like can hack through the toughest of Firewalls and Security Software. He is super intelligent and good at what he does. His is impossible to catch and gets his kicks in causing as much chaos to businesses, all computer owners and those who enjoy buying online. He can operate on several levels; on a simplistic level just because he can, and for sport, or on a very organised level where he possibly coordinates attacks with groups of others. They can run their illegal set ups from any country and when you next answer the phone and hear what sounds like a call centre somewhere with an agent asking you to turn on your computer because they wish to run a system check for your benefit, The Reversed Knight of Swords is generally behind the scam.

Revenge

If you have been on the receiving end of a situation similar to the above, then this Card appearing in a Reading can suggest your anger and desire for revenge. You may be determined to track down this villainous perpetrator and bring him to justice, or more dangerously so, deal with him yourself. If this is the case you would be advised to rethink your plans. Yes, by all means seek to catch this Reversed Knight with the law on your side, but do not try to go it alone for he can turn very aggressive and dangerous, if not violent when cornered or threatened. This is not someone you want to come face to face with except in a court of law. By the way he is exceptionally adept at jumping through legal loopholes so you could still find yourself fuming with clenched fists as you watch him walk free. Proceed with extreme caution.

Toxic Air – Tactless and Rude

The Reversed Knight of Swords can be guilty of digging big holes for himself which he readily falls into and then has to find a way to crawl back out. This happens when his big mouth takes over and is allowed run unchecked. He becomes careless in his speech and says things he shouldn’t. He is insensitive to the feelings of others. This exposes his lack of mental discipline. He is very opinionated and arrogant. He is known for his blatant sexist or racist remarks which can get him into hot water. He just never stops to think who might overhear him or who might be hurt by his tone or sharp comments. He can’t keep a confidence or secret and spreads malicious gossip like an infectious rash. He has a problem apologising and prefers to blame the upset or offended person rather than admit he was out of order. He has a habit of undermining those around him and makes enemies wherever he goes. This Reversed Knight of Swords certainly does not make it easy to warm to him.

If you thought that The Upright Knight of Swords was argumentative and highly opinionated then the Reversed Knight of Swords can take this to another level altogether, and quite a low negative level at that. He can cause chaos and hurt wherever he goes and doesn’t give a damn who he upsets. He has little feeling for anyone and is known to be tactless, rude and sarcastic in his manner of speech. He leaves his mind and mouth unchecked and it therefore runs away on him. He is impervious to chastisement for his behaviour and sees himself as superior to all around him. With an over-inflated ego he oozes arrogance. He can either talk without thinking, or carefully loads his speech in a very deliberate manner to inflict the maximum sting and hurt. Sometimes he intends it and sometimes not. One way or another the effect is the same. He just upsets people everywhere he goes and seems to get a sick pleasure out of it. His attitude to those who take offence is to call them cry-babies or that they need to toughen up and not be so soft or sensitive. He likes to think he is tough skinned but would be the first to flare up if anyone dared speak to him in the same manner. By god he will get red-hot mad if a negative comment is passed about his ability, intelligence or behaviour.

In this manner, he gets ridiculously worked up over the slightest issue and over-reacts to incoming stimuli. His aggressive rants are legendary but his arguments are often preposterous and totally illogical. However, he will relentlessly hold on to them regardless if the evidence proves otherwise. He rams his opinions and views down the necks of those who regularly have to suffer his tantrum outbursts. This behaviour continues because he is allowed get away with it each time. He intimidates people who then fear standing up to him. What he needs is a cold hard sharp slap across the face and to be told to shut up, sit down and behave himself. Who will have the guts to take him on?

Feeling Personally Aggrieved

On a lighter note, this Reversed Knight of Swords can suggest that you are pretty hot under the collar about something right now and are fit to explode. You could be sounding off to people around you or even shouting at the walls. You are very angry and very annoyed. You might also be deeply upset. You will find it hard to relax, sleep or sit still while this issue is so raw with you. Be very careful about giving into knee-jerk reactions right now for they may backfire in the long run. It is clear you do not have all the facts and are not thinking clearly. Try to exercise some self-discipline and allow your mind to settle. Things may have been blown up out of all proportion; it may not be as bad as you think it is. Don’t go pointing the finger of blame at anyone until you have the full story in your possession.

Toxic Air being Cheered on by Negative Fire – The Bully

By nature The Knight of Swords Reversed is a bully of the worst kind. He is totally self-serving and self-absorbed. He gets his way at all times through force and intimidation. He likes to make people feel small and has a nasty sharp caustic and cynical tongue which he uses to criticise, humiliate and insult. When this aspect of The Reversed Knight of Swords sinks to a very low level, he can cross the line from verbal and psychological bullying to engage in physical bullying. Along with the name calling, insults and put downs, he can be known to ‘ruff up’ people for the slightest reason or no reason at all. He likes to push and rough handle people, and will pick on those who he knows are weaker than him. He causes heated arguments and tension wherever he goes.

Trapped Intelligence and Inferiority Complex Creates a Dangerous Bully

There is an inner anger with this Reversed Knight of Swords which is etched all over his face. His behaviour can generally be traced back to his childhood and upbringing. He can have a large chip on his shoulder and whereas he likes others to see him as their superior, deep down he is battling with an inferiority complex which makes him lash out at the world. One of the sad and tragic aspects of this type of Reversed Knight of Swords is the fact that he is actually very intelligent. Intelligence that is never allowed realise its potential often turns inwards and is then used in a negative manner. This Reversed Knight of Swords despises those who are intelligent and the ordered life they live. He hates those who have done well academically and those who are forging ahead in their careers. The truth is he too could have what they have but somewhere along the way, and most probably during childhood, he lost his way or was never encouraged to develop his abilities and talents. He very possibly showed promise but it never came about. Maybe he did not receive sufficient praise, nor had parents who understood him. There may have been a lack of money or a dysfunctional family life. There might even have been learning difficulties that masked his super intelligence. He may have lacked the support and interest at home, or possibly fell in with the wrong crowd who led him astray.

He will be the last person to admit it but he is bitterly disappointed inside and feels his loss acutely. On this level we must try to understand him, but it is hard to be sympathetic towards him when he projects his self-loathing onto others. When he does, it is usually in an aggressive or violent manner. He feels vindicated by his actions because his desire is to knock people down from their high and mighty positions, bring them down to his level so to speak. Instead of trying to improve himself or take inspiration from those around him he seeks to destroy anything that is positive or constructive. He is going nowhere very fast and wants to bring everyone down with him. This Reversed Knight would need considerable professional help and time should he choose to Upright his personality and put his intelligence to good use. He would need very careful handling as one aspect of him would crave the help while another aspect would repel it.

Depression and Mental Health Issues

One of the very sad aspects of The Reversed Knight of Swords presents as depression and Mental Health Issues. Here we have the Knight’s natural Governing Element of Air begin to whip up a storm. Thought processes become confused and irrational. The Sword begins to turn in on its owner and the mind now becomes an unfriendly place to go. Unfortunately, The Reversed Knight of Swords is stuck with his mind and even though he may try to outrun his negative attitudes and mind-sets, he cannot escape them. There may have been a particular incident; a trauma, an upset or personal hurt that has temporarily disturbed his mental equilibrium enough to cause depression, but he also may have a history of mental health issues. When Reversed, this Knight could be suffering from either regular depression, or a more clinical version such as manic depression or bipolar. His mind is responsible for hurting him instead of healing him and he will find it hard to view life in a positive manner. He may have lost touch with reality and has become delusional, irrational, paranoid and phobic. This Reversed Knight will need the strong support of family and friends around him as well as some professional intervention. Counselling may be needed or hospitalisation depending on the severity of the situation.

Where Knights are concerned they may try to put on a brave face and pretend to the world that all is well, but very often it is a mask or facade. Regardless of how well this Reversed Knight will try to conceal his depressed state, there will be some obvious tell-tale signs that should act as a tip off to friends and family that suggests something is wrong. The Reversed Knight of Swords in this state can come across as too bright, too animated, too restless and agitated. He may find it hard to sit down and relax. People may see him as having too much energy or that he wears them out.  On the other hand, he may find it hard to get up. He may start sleeping more than normal or will find it hard to get to sleep. He will be lethargic and disinterested. However, if asked if he is alright, he will always say that he is fine but just a bit tired. This Reversed Knight of Swords needs to communicate his feelings to others. He needs to share his problems, to talk things over but he will find this extremely difficult to do. At times the only way this Reversed Knight can release some of his pain is through anger. Uncharacteristic violent outbursts can be an indication of psychological dysfunction. If allowed go unchecked or worsen, there may be an attempt at self-harm or even suicide. Friends and Family may have backed off at this stage as they cannot cope with his moods or change in personality. The Four, Five, Eight, Nine and Ten of Swords as well as the Reversed Page of Swords can suggest that this Reversed Knight of Swords is in serious trouble and needs help.

This Card can also suggest that a very traumatic or stressful time is eventually beginning to move away from you, or that you are coming out of a period of depression. You may feel as if your life turned upside down and that you were starring in your own personal nightmare or horror show. It was an extremely stressful time and one you are happy to be emerging from. However, because of the flip side of the Reversed Cards, this may be a warning that there is a situation beginning around you, barely noticeable on the horizon, that has the potential to seriously impact on your life. You may be able to take steps at this early stage to avoid it. Someone may have warned you but you may not have taken them seriously as it seems so unlikely at present. Dwell on your gut feelings in relation to the implications involved. You may also have been expecting a situation of doom and disaster that never materialised. You may have grossly over-exaggerated an issue, making a drama out of nothing, or cleverly managed to avoid letting something get out of control.

 Air and Fire out of Control – The Radical and Extremist

And so we come to a particularly dark aspect of The Knight of Swords Reversed when he decides to don the armour, uniform or colours of a Radical or Extremist Group. In the Upright Knight of Swords we found him championing noble and worthy causes. He volunteered for dangerous missions so that others may be saved, or the rights of the oppressed or weak be reinstated. He also became the fearless soldier who was prepared to ride out into battle to protect or defend his country. He came to the rescue of many who could not help themselves. His principles were always honourable, respected the rules of engagement and tried to act in a conscientious manner. He worked hard to put plans and strategies in place so that law and order could replace chaos and mayhem. He helped remove those who were responsible for destruction and instilling terror.

Everything changes when we meet The Reversed Knight of Swords as the young Radical or Extremist. Gone is the psychologically balanced Knight who is fired with a passion to help and cure the world’s ills. Gone are his emotional responses to those who suffer, the weak, frail and ill. His inherent single-minded personality becomes rigid and fixed on an ideal or belief system that is warped and diseased. He loses his ability to be objective, and worst of all, becomes totally ungrounded. His Air Element whips up an ice cold storm in his head and heart, while his Influencing Fire ignites a burning cold flame which courses through his veins. He loses touch with reality and becomes all consumed by his dangerous passions and obsessions which take over his mind and body. He departs from a position of clear thinking processes, logic and thorough analysis. His mind closes down to a very set and one-track way of thinking. All incoming impressions, information and stimuli are rejected unless they conform to his fixed belief system. The open mind that was curious to know all and weigh up the pros and cons, or the validity of differing opinions, closes down into just a pin-head of light, a dark, very dark light. There is no room for variety or independent thinking. This mind becomes entrapped and conditioned to think in a very rigid manner as it narrows its belief systems so that everything else is blocked out. Only the thing, the it, the ideal, the obsession, is believed and accepted. The mind is no longer open to negotiation or self-control, for it has given away its right to freedom of thought. It now operates in only one way which can never be healthy.

How the mind resulted in this state depends on the individual and their predisposition to be taken over by external forces. There is a fine line between a mind that can become passionate about a noble cause and a mind that becomes fanatical or obsessed with a belief system. Usually this belief system operates outside what is considered normal or healthy. Some are more vulnerable than others, but The Reversed Knight of Swords in this aspect is ripe for the picking and no longer in touch with reality. He is susceptible to manipulation by others through repetitive indoctrination. The double- edged Sword can be put to two very opposing uses. Its power can wield good or bad, love or hate, healing or hurting, saving or maiming. It also has the power to Kill. The end justifies the means.  As long as it is in keeping with the fixed belief system it can do whatever it wants with The Sword and feels righteous in doing so. It becomes totally delusional.

It is quite impossible to reach the mind of the Radical or Extremist Reversed Knight of Swords for it is very far removed and not able to use it lost powers of reason and understanding. It becomes unapproachable and cut off. Also gone is its conscience, and without that this Reversed Knight can become a lost cause and beyond saving. He can turn into a machine which bulldozes its way through everybody and everything because his belief system tells him it must be done. The Upright Knight of Swords who would question every impulse or thought emitting from the brain, loses this ability and blindly follows the path he has chosen to tread in a robotic manner. He is prepared to do anything for his belief system or ideals and sees himself as vastly superior to all else. Anyone who thinks differently is viewed as the enemy which must be destroyed.

He uses his powers of communication to spread hatred, intimidation, threat, fear and violence. He seeks to find others who he can make into clones of himself. He lives in a dark and fearsome world, where should he be of sane mind, he would instantly flee. He will carry out atrocities and bloody massacres without thinking twice, each one building on his craving and addiction for more.

The Mercenary and Assassin

Another extreme negative version of The Reversed Knight of Swords is the cunningness and ease in which he Runs with the Hare and Hunts with the Hound. This is a self-serving Reversed Knight who is only interested in what is in it for him. With no conscience, morals, principles or standards he will sell his services to the highest bidder. Money and power are the driving force for him and he is not too concerned about which side is doing the bidding or what they stand for. As long as he gets his large fee he will callously carry out whatever heinous deed is asked of him. He is quite fearless in this regard and is known to make deadly enemies as a result of double crossing and selling out to the other side. He has no qualms about working for both sides at the same time, and is well placed to become the spy or assassin whose job it is to get close to his target so that he may easily eliminate it. He is a clean and swift mover who carries out his work in a clinical and efficient manner and then vanishes. He is highly sought after or feared in very low quarters but carries a large bounty on his head where the law is concerned. This Reversed Knight of Swords is a treacherous traitor who will sell you out as quickly as look at you. He is loyal only to himself and should you let yourself be drawn into his plots and plans, you will quickly find that he cannot be trusted. Not only that, but you are likely to carry the blame for whatever it is he has done and he will be nowhere to be found should you call for his help. In fact he will deny all knowledge of you and no one else will have heard of who you talk about. He leaves no trail.

In this negative aspect we may also find the crooked cop, the corrupt judge or lawyer who takes backhanders from criminals or shady business corporations so that they look the other way, conceal and mislay evidence, or throw a case.

The Delinquent Criminal – Angry Fire and Air

We must also look at a particularly nasty version of the Extreme Reversed Knight of Swords and this time it is as the delinquent. Here he does not know or understand how to live within the law. Where the law is concerned he is drawn to breaking it rather than abiding by it. He can become the vandal, the looter, the thief, the mugger, who takes advantage of opportunities that come his way much to the misfortune of his victims. Be on the alert if The Five and Seven of Swords is also present in the Reading. He can be quite ruthless and very violent. His weapon of choice is a knife or dagger which he is quick to use. He rarely leaves home without one and is known to actively seek trouble if it does not come looking for him first. He is not too concerned about being picked up by the law for his behaviour and is regularly seen in the back of a police car or detained in a holding cell, that is if they are quick enough to catch him. He does have a habit of getting off on any charges and provides a constant thorn in the side of the legal system. When shop fronts are damaged and windows smashed in, the Reversed Knight of Swords is bound to be the cause of it.

He likes to steal and this probably started as simple shoplifting or dipping into his mother’s purse as a child, but has steadily become more serious over the years. He may have spent some time in prison or detention centres. He also is responsible for graffiti on buildings, but this may be a form expression as he unconsciously communicates his deeply troubled self to the world. For some Reversed Knights of Swords, venting and expressing through graffiti can gradually bring about a healing as their work begins to take the form of art rather than defacement.

Speed and The Reckless Driver

Here we see a very common sight these days when The Reversed Knight of Swords appears especially as the young male adult driver or ‘boy racer’.  Risk, thrill and a love of speed gets these Reversed Knights out of bed each morning. Their cars vibrate with noise from the moment they sit into the driver’s seat. We can hear the boom, boom of the music system practically lift the car off the ground. The special Exhausts sound like rocket engines and their cars are pimped all over. No expense has been spared on body kits and super headlights. The car is worth a fortune as it accelerates rapidly after being revved noisily for several seconds. It takes the corners and bends on a sixpence and leaves tyre scorch tracks in its wake. The windows are tinted with banners splashed across the windscreen and rear window. The drivers typically drives with just one hand on the steering wheel showing off their formula 1 style driving abilities. They like to impress those they pass and will instantly speed up should they spot another of their own, or members of the opposite sex. Their car and speed empower them and they feel invincible.

We have two different Reversed Knights of Sword operating in this manner. The first invests quite heavily in his car and likes to drive it fast and break speed limits. He is a danger to everyone else on the road and many of his type either cause a serious accident or come to a tragic sudden end. However, he uses his car predominantly for driving from A to B and prefers to spend money on buying the most up to date high, end of the market motor which he wears like a designer label. He is usually happy to leave his car in the driveway after a long hard day at work.

The other kind typically favours an older or less expensive car which can be customised and re-conditioned so that it stands out from the rest. It is not just another car but an extension of his personality. To him it is a work of art. This type of Reversed Knight tinker with their cars constantly. They research auto magazines and websites where they can keep up to date with all the new trends. They do drive their cars during the day, but night time is when they come into their own. The streets are less congested with traffic which allows them to fully test out the maximum speed they can reach, and how close they can cut the bends and curves in the road. They compete against themselves and others. It is when we are in bed at night we hear them truly come to life as they practice hand brake turns on the main roads or in deserted car parks. They tend to move in a pack as night falls and our found in groups outside petrol stations and shopping centres where they gather to chat, brag and boast. Many have girlfriends or several friends in the car with them. Alcohol is not too important to these Reversed Knights, with many of them shunning alcohol in favour of spending their money on the car instead.

However this does not mean that they behave in a sensible and responsible manner for they are show offs, and what they like to show off to their passengers or to observers, is their ability to drive as fast as they can. They believe themselves to be superior drivers to all others, and when they take off, they can lose touch with the reality of the potential danger around each corner as they disappear into the make believe world of the X-box and PlayStation Racing Games they are so fond of playing. They drive in a reckless manner with no thought or care for their own safety or the safety of others. In their video games, they can always start again if they happen to crash. They are thrill-seekers; believe they are immortal, and that they and their car can handle every eventuality. Unfortunately, for many, they are proved wrong, and time and time again they end their young lives, and the lives of their passengers, in a tangled mass of crushed metal, broken windscreens and burning tyres. Their much loved car mangled or wrapped around a tree, unrecognisable. Seat belts are rarely used as they are deemed to be uncool and only for softies. They leave behind horrific trauma and destruction. The loss of young life is often multiple. Families and communities are left traumatised, confused and devastated by the senseless young deaths of so many. It is a sad thing to say but The Reversed Knight of Swords is typically the driver behind the wheel on these tragic occasions. He just can’t be slowed down and dismisses all warnings that are given. He rarely pays attention to bad weather conditions when driving and people often refer to him as an accident waiting to happen. When an accident does occur no one is too surprised.

As mentioned in the Upright Version, The Reversed Knight of Swords can also act as a warning if speed and driving are an issue. Should The Chariot appear Reversed along any of the following; Tower, Death, Four, Five or Ten of Swords then take it as a very serious warning to pay particular attention to your driving and car. You may be driving too fast and taking too many chances. This may not apply to you in particular, but it may to the person whose car you take regular lifts in.

Being Forced to Slow Down – The Wake-Up Call

When the warnings fail to slow down this Reversed Knight of Swords, time generally catches up with him and he will eventually run out of luck. When moving too fast without thought or care, he is bound to make a mistake sooner or later. His speed could find him prone to accidents so he needs to be more careful in his actions. This Reversed Knight has been brandishing his Sword, a dangerous weapon or instrument, very casually as he races here and there. Where the Swords Suit is concerned, failure to responsibly tend to the natural power of their Swords leads them to turn in on their owners.  This Reversed Knight may have been riding for a fall for some time. When this happens The Reversed Knight of Swords could fall on his own Sword, thus inflicting self-injury and harm. The shocking suddenness of it may cause him to fall from his horse and come down to earth with a bang. He now has plenty of time to think of the damage he has caused as his horse bolts off into the distance leaving him alone with just his thoughts. Without his horse to carry him to and fro, he will have to give much consideration to his dilemma and how he is going to get out of it. He is now forced to stop, and for the first time may realise just how exhausted he actually feels. This fall may be a wake-up call and an indication that the Reversed Knight, who thought himself to be invincible, has now run out of steam. He ran the gauntlet and has possibly paid the price.

He now has time to regret at leisure any mistakes of his past that have led him to this point in his life. With his forced removal from the battle field of his life and environment, he may now feel sick and weary with the thoughts of having to return to it. He may be burned out and his Horse exhausted from being ridden to hell and beyond. It is time for change, a new way of thinking, a new way of acting and a new way of living. He must use his mind in a positive manner now to find a way forward.  His presence in a Reading may be suggesting that you are already making the effort to turn your life around. You may have been rudely awakened by a life changing event and are now trying to slow down. You might be getting your priorities in order and learning to discipline your overactive mind and mouth. You could feel duty bound to apologise for your past actions or to ask forgiveness of others. On a more serious level, depending on surrounding cards such as The Reversed Page of Swords, the Eight, Nine or Ten of Swords, the appearance of The Reversed Knight of Swords could signal a desire to self-harm or self-destruct.

Surrender or Retreat – The Battle is Over

The Reversed Knight of Swords can suggest that the time has come to step down or give up on a battle you have been fighting for some time.  A truce may be called on hostilities. The battle may be internal or external. The whole thing has worn you down and left you totally battle weary. You may have been fighting a battle that was not worth it. A hurt pride may have been the driving factor and allowed it all to go too far or out of control. It is now time to draw a line underneath it all and move on with your life. The opposition may also be stronger than you and the time has come for you to accept this, admit defeat or surrender to their demands. However, you may simply need to retreat for a while in order to regroup, rest and work out new plans and strategies. Take a break from the front line as you appear to be getting nowhere at present. You have been chasing the same target, in the same manner for too long. An approach from a new direction may be necessary.

Communication or Speech Problems

Another aspect of The Reversed Knight of Swords is shyness and hiding from the spotlight. He may have difficulty in communicating or expressing how he feels. This could come down to speech problems, such as a stutter or stammer. He may be extremely intelligent but is not able to vocalise it.  He may also have a fear of public speaking and could easily suffer panic attacks at social occasions. On the other hand, in his other extreme, we may be looking at manic behaviour. This may be a personality who is loud and appears wired to the moon most of the time. He or she could talk constantly, whether it is relevant or not. They have a habit of rambling on and on about the slightest of things, can be found talking to themselves or addressing the thin air.

Keeping Your Mouth Shut and  Back-stabbing Friends

This Card can also suggest that it may be best to keep your thoughts to yourself right now and your mouth shut. Sometimes things are best left unsaid. Keep your opinions to yourself, it may be none of your business anyway. The less said the less damage that is caused. Take a back seat and keep quiet on this one. Do not get involved and do not give in to gossiping or speculation. If you have been entrusted with a confidence or secret you may feel tempted at present to divulge it as you feel ready to burst. Do not give in to temptation in this matter. Hold your tongue. Then again you may have some vital information that could help someone but you choose to keep it to yourself. You will have to question your conscience as to why this is. Look for The Moon or The Seven of Swords.

The Reversed Knight of Swords is not terribly loyal to his friends. In this capacity he represents the young man or woman who happily runs down or spreads malicious gossip about whichever friend is not in their immediate company. Check for the Reversed Three of Cups and  you will find a back-stabber in your group.  There may be jealousy involved. He or she will elaborate on stories about you and add a bit of drama in order to captivate their audience. They can be very clever and devious with the ability to turn others against you.

Love and Relationships

The Knight of Swords both Upright and Reversed is quite a complex character and can carry a myriad of interpretations. Therefore, it is vital to refer to surrounding cards when analysing his significance in a Reading. This Knight Reversed can be interpreted in a very dramatic and disturbing manner if one allows their imagination to lead them there. Like the Knight himself, balance and discipline is required when analysing him on a Reversed level. Do not automatically go for his extreme negative aspects unless the surrounding Cards, and the Querant, give you just cause to. Keep your feet on the ground and remain objective.

I want to be Alone

In a nutshell, if asking about a relationship with a certain person and The Reversed Knight of Swords appears, he may simply be trying to tell you that he is not interested in pursuing a relationship at this stage. He may prefer to be single right now, or if already in a relationship is beginning to want out. He or she might be desperate to get away. He or she may just not be interested in you or are distracted elsewhere. This Card may suggest a commitment phobic. This Reversed Knight can also suggest the one that got away, the offer of love you declined but now regret. You may have let a golden opportunity slip through your fingers or left it too late to act on an attraction. Someone may have beaten you too it while your dithered and waited. On the other hand you may be counting your lucky stars that you didn’t get involved.

Too Little or Too Much

On a basic level The Reversed Knight of Swords in a Relationship Reading can highlight a personality that is quite weak and ineffective. He or she may not be the sharpest tack in the box. They may not be totally reliable and rarely deliver on any promises they make. They can be all talk but have a problem putting their money where their mouth is. Talk is cheap and in the early stages of the relationship his/her partner is bound to be impressed by what he or she is being told, for this Reversed Knight sounds very convincing on the surface. Unfortunately sooner or later it will become quite clear that he or she lacks the get up and go to complete anything. There may be a lack of basic intelligence or logic. Everything is just let drift by and the partner of this Reversed Knight might have to assume total responsibility for everything that goes on. Left to the Knight to sort out, it will probably never happen.

Then again, this Reversed Knight can wear his partner out chasing after crazy dreams and poorly thought out plans. He is on the go constantly and gets involved too quickly without checking the fine detail. He can be taken advantage of by others as a result. His impulsiveness and unrealistic outlook lead him to make disastrous mistakes. His partner will have to be all forgiving if he or she wants to continue the relationship. One cannot help but smile at his enthusiasm but he needs to be kept on a tight leash to prevent him for getting into trouble all the time.

The Reversed Knight of Swords can suggest a habit of jumping into and out of relationships. Little thought is given to compatibility or suitability. There may a quick turnover of relationships or a string of one night stands.

An Unsavoury Character

Unfortunately, The Reversed Knight of Swords does not augur well for relationships and can highlight a not too savoury character. Unless other Cards outweigh this Reversed Knight, a Reader would not be promoting getting involved with the person this Card represents. In some cases it would be act as a warning to get as far away as possible before you get yourself involved with someone who might be quite difficult to shake off. This character could also cause dreadful disruption and upset in your life. It could take you a long time to sort your life out and very possibly your psychological state would be affected too.  If The Seven of Swords appeared with This Reversed Knight then it should be taken as a strong warning. There could be dreadful deceit, underhand behaviour and control in this relationship with one partner possibly living a secret life or involved in underhand, illicit or illegal behaviour. There may be disloyalty and unfaithfulness. Not a positive sign for a healthy relationship.

The Partner From Hell – Controlling and Aggressive

The Archetypal Reversed Knight of Swords in relationships is intimidating, insensitive and often aggressive.  He uses threats and mind games to control his partner, and is great at offloading any responsibility for his part in the situation as he wheedles his way out with convincing arguments and rants. He will be the one demanding an apology and not the other way around. He is as sly as a fox and as slippery as an eel.

This Reversed Knight is hyper-critical of his partner’s appearance, attitude or behaviour.  He knows he holds the power and can delight in taking his partner down a peg or two whenever it suits him. He knows all the chinks in his partner’s armour and where a strike will hurt the most. He is controlling, possessive and jealous. He rules by fear and his partner will never be quite sure which side of The Sword he or she is dealing with on a day to day basis as he has a Jekyll and Hyde personality. He can come across all sweetness and light one day only to turn into raving monster the next.

Incidents and scenes when out on social occasions with friends and family are quite common and most who know this personality find his company oppressive and unnerving. They are well aware of what he is like.

In arguments he will always have the last say as he is sharp as a tack and of high intelligence. He has an overly-inflated ego and is totally arrogant. He feels superior in the relationship. In his most negative aspect The Reversed Knight of Swords can use violence to control or punish his partner. He will plunge and twist his Sword to inflict physical pain along with insulting and demeaning words. He demands obedience and compliance at all times.

He can be a twisted and dysfunctional young man who carries excessive psychological and emotional baggage which he projects at will onto others. When life goes against him, or he doesn’t get what he wants, he can take it out on his partner. He rarely blames himself for anything. He nurses a deep burning anger within which erupts regularly into vicious outbursts of temper, when he practically foams at the mouth. He is heading for disaster and could take down his partner with him.

In a very extreme sense he is the sadistic psychopath or sociopath who has no conscience. He feels nothing and shows no mercy. He cannot be reasoned with. He is capable of carrying out horrendous crimes within a relationship or the family. If he has children they are bound to fear him. In the Upright Knight of Swords, there was an issue with him taking flight when he tired of his partner. In this extreme negative aspect of the Knight, he can be impossible to get rid of. He might refuse to leave, fail to accept that the relationship is over, and force his presence upon his partner. Legal intervention may be required to make him go away but he has a tendency to disregard the law and sneers at court orders.

Career and Business

In work you may be charging ahead with an unworkable idea or plan and refuse to listen to advice or take on board anyone else’s opinion. Whereas The Upright Knight of Swords had the bit between his teeth and rode furiously towards his goals, this Reversed Knight of Swords is more  like a dog with a bone who even though it has been chewed to bits and needs to be binned continues to gnaw away and wastes time guarding it. Its use or time has past but he just refuses to accept it and won’t let go.

This Card in Business can act as a warning where the signing of Contracts and Agreements are concerned. There may be a desire to rush forward but not everything is in order. It may be necessary to read and re-read all the fine print or get it checked out professionally before lifting that pen.

There may be a project that has gone past its deadline and you think you will never see the end of it. You most likely feel under terrible stress as you are working flat out all the time, yet feel you are getting nowhere. Avoid cutting corners or doing a rushed job as you will feel even more stressed with the less than adequate results. You may have to do it all again. At present you might see yourself as the hamster on the wheel; going around and around in circles, wearing yourself out and gaining little in the process. With the onset of global recession in recent years, this Reversed Knight of Swords can represent the pressure some employers put their staff under after cutbacks and redundancies. You could feel angered about being expected to be here, there and everywhere all at the one time, or possibly doing two or three people’s work. Costly mistakes can occur when no one has the time to double-check or pay attention to fine detail. Exhausted and resentful staff is generally counter-productive. This Card can suggest that you may be pushing yourself too hard and are under considerable psychological strain in work. You are in danger of crashing and burning.

Then again, this Reversed Knight of Swords could feel aggrieved by the fact that he is not being allowed to realise his full potential in his career. He may be in a job where he is not utilising his intelligence, his qualifications and abilities. He will feel bitter and taken for granted. He may not be given any opportunity to voice his opinions or share plans and ideas. He may feel wasted in his position and this could signal a time when he needs to start looking for a job elsewhere.

The Reversed Knight of Swords might easily be worn out at this stage as he searches in vain for suitable employment. One gets the sense that he is blitzing all the recruitment agencies with his CV, being sent for one interview after another, but all seem to run to a dead end. There is a danger that this Reversed Knight may be presenting in a hyper and manic demeanour at interviews in an attempt to impress, but prospective employers may find him a bit over the top and potentially disturbing in the work force. Instead of assertively selling his abilities, he may be aggressively bragging and boasting. This will not go down well with an interview panel. On the other hand, he may be overselling himself for a position. Has he really got the necessary qualifications? Is he trying to pull a fast one and bluff himself into a job? Is he winging it? This type of personality does not have great staying power in the work place and can get bored after a very short period of time. Usually this will be spotted during interviews. If this refers to you or someone you know, then it is time to stop and take a step back. You will have to narrow down your field of search as well as exerting self-discipline and self-control. Attending mock interviews where feedback on your performance is given may be of great benefit.

Yes, failure to impress at interviews is a common trait of this Reversed Knight in a Career Reading and unfortunately does not bode well for securing a particular job you have applied for. Your CV may not be up to scratch. Have you checked it for spellings, grammar and punctuation? Is there something amiss? Have you done enough research? Are you prepared? There is a good chance that you are up against stiff opposition when this Card appears, and if the Five, Six or Seven of Wands appear nearby you are probably one of hundreds that have applied. It will depend on whether these Cards are Upright or Reversed to determine whether you are in with a chance or not.  It also depends on how hungry you are for the job in question. The Reversed Knight of Swords unlike his Upright Aspect, is rarely ahead of the posse, in fact he is probably lagging behind or racing furiously in the wrong direction, turning up at the wrong time and in the wrong place (he just skimmed through the details in the interview letter). All opportunities may have gone by the time he arrives. He his missed his chance and may as well go home. Better luck next time hey?

Unfortunately, The Reversed Knight of Swords can refer to lack of education and qualifications. You either settle for a job that may have no long-term prospects or high salary expectations, or you do something about it. Go get the education or training you need to succeed and stop wasting your time. This Reversed Card can suggest a lack of purpose, no plans for the future and no goals to work towards. It can point to a lack of ambition. Then again, the Reversed Knight of Swords is famous for changing Horses mid-stream. He may have rushed into a career or college course without giving it much thought. It probably sounded very exciting at the time but he didn’t think further than his nose. He bores easily so has more than likely dropped out of college and fails to complete any course or training he might start. He ends up with a bit of this and a bit of that and quite likely hasn’t a clue what he wants to do or who he wants to be. If he is still at the young stage of Knight and others are pressuring him into taking a certain direction, then he must insist that it is his decision. If he is approach his more Kingly years then he needs to do something about it before he begins to drift and opportunities slip by him. He could leave it all too late.

The Knight of Swords when Upright is strongly focussed on his career and has his goals firmly in sight. When Reversed he may find it hard to stay focused, or very possibly he or she is being distracted by something else in their life. This could come down to a relationship you are involved in or family problems. You have taken your eye off the ball and you need to decide if it is in your interests in the long-run. If you are letting things slip in work then it is bound to be noticed. Wake up to what you are about and learn to separate your personal life from your work life.

The Reversed Knight of Swords represents the archetypal office bully or tyrannical boss. This is someone who likes to get their own way and can make the working day very stressful. He or she likes to pick on a certain individual and make their life a misery. Look for the Five of Swords which will support this interpretation. You must also ask yourself if you have a habit of acting aggressively with your work colleagues or staff. If so, you will have to work hard to change this undesirable trait.

Profits in business may begin to rapidly decrease. Gross mistakes come to light and there may be someone responsible for running the business into the ground. Someone could vanish overnight or try to get away with something underhand. Look for The Seven of Swords and The Moon. The Reversed Knight of Swords lacks the discipline to make a success in business. He is either overly aggressive or cannot assert himself sufficiently to make a lasting impression. He is fearful and indecisive. He either makes dreadfully impulsive decisions or takes too long arriving at one. He is scattered and unfocused which will be reflected all the way down onto the shop floor. Where the Upright Knight of Swords has a commanding presence in work and presents as an authoritative and knowledgeable figure who is widely respected, his Reversed version is not really taken seriously by his staff. His managers may be running the show and not him. He may be a figure head or called the boss, but he lacks leadership skills.

Where politics are concerned, The Reversed Knight of Swords might be running a dirty campaign. He may be seeking election for power and not because he wants to help the people. He is bound to promise many things he has no intention of delivering on. He very possibly has a hidden agenda. Then again he may genuinely promise great things should he get elected. His intentions may be sincere. However, it is all very well to proclaim to be the one to cure the country’s ill and give every voter what they are looking for, but this poor Reversed Knight of Swords may be too idealistic. His claims and promises are not based on reality at all, are not feasible or sustainable. He hasn’t a hope in hell of putting them into action. He is likely to be away in La, La Land.

Where work is concerned this Reversed Knight of Swords can represent the brave but personally reckless war correspondent who after being given an official warning or ordered not to, purposely rides into the most dangerous battle zone without giving full thought to the consequences of what might happen should he been taken hostage or killed. While others flee the scene, he turns about and heads back in to the thick of it. He is after the hottest stories and is prepared to risk all and everyone to get them. On a military level, this Reversed Swords could be involved in espionage or become a mercenary. He may desert or change allegiance to the opposition. Then again he may simply be retiring from the army.

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Health Card Combinations Minor Arcana – Ace to Ten

The 78 Cards – Detailed Study Version (Card Description, Keywords, Upright & Reversed Meanings)

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