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Knight of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Knight of Swords Keywords

UPRIGHT: ambitious | quick to take action | driven to success | fast-thinker

REVERSED: unfocused | restless | impulsive

Knight of Swords Description

The Knight of Swords depicts a knight in armor, fervently advancing on a white horse, emblematic of his aggressive pursuit of goals with intellectual fervor and clarity. The raised sword signifies his commitment and focused intent on achieving his objectives. The white horse represents the purity and vigor of the mental drive propelling him forward.

The backdrop of gathering storm clouds and bending trees indicates the tumultuous environment through which he charges, symbolizing the potential challenges and opposition he faces. Yet, these obstacles do not deter him; instead, he rides headlong into the wind, demonstrating his readiness to confront difficulties head-on. This card illustrates a figure embodying determination, courage, and the power of intellect in action, undaunted by the potential conflicts or hazards in his path, driven by a clear mission and unwavering resolve.

NOTE: The tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider-Waite deck and Decoding The Cards

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Decoding The Cards goes further than keywords and traditional interprations by providing exercises for each card in the tarot.

The exercises this book are designed to challenge you to delve deeper into the meanings of each card, as well as consider your own personal experiences in relation to the traditional meanings.

Knight of Swords Upright

The Knight of Swords is an unstoppable force. He is courageous and thrives in high-energy situations, jumping to make the first move. He is not fearless, but rather feels the fear and does it anyway. He is on a mission — once his mind is made up, there’s no stopping him.


When this card appears in a reading, it’s a sign to take the first step and speak your truth. Don’t let anything stand in the way of your ambitions — you have the necessary courage and confidence to pursue them.


Make sure to communicate clearly and seek out people who can help keep you motivated as you move forward. The Knight of Swords will be by your side, giving you strength!

Knight of Swords Reversed

The reversed Knight of Swords can be incredibly restless, frustrated, and impatient. He is brimming with energy but can’t find an outlet to channel all that excitement. The timing may be wrong, or the resources necessary for his endeavors may not be available. 


When the Knight of Swords appears reversed, it may be a sign to take caution and move slowly. Impulsive decisions are not wise and should not be taken lightly. It is important to think things through before making any decision or taking any action.


The reversed Knight of Swords can also denote bluntness or rudeness in communication.

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