Knight of Swords

"I temper my insights with tact."

XII: Knight of Swords

bluntness intelligence incisiveness investigation

It is time for the individual to be prepared for sudden changes; a new idea or vision erupts from within oneself. And the ability to move with this turbulence shows firmness, resoluteness and responsibility. A man who uses mental power and its duality or duplicity throws the old order into chaos, he needs constant mental stimuli in order to avoid becoming bored. This brings conflict and movement and going new ways means often breaking the heart of the beloved. But one cannot spend too long feeling guilty about who might be hurt when the mind abruptly turns and moves in a new directions. Right now victory over moods, communication, exchange of ideas or travel are important and lead to clarity and a broader vision of life.
Inverse: Merciless, self-destruction, victim of his own ideas or gossip, critical and tactless.



  • Speaking your mind.
  • Making your opinions known.
  • Offering constructive criticism.
  • Sharing your knowledge.
  • Making insightful observations.
  • Pinpointing the problem.
  • Clarifying what others have said.
  • Giving clear direction to others.
  • Uncovering the truth.
  • Shadow

    • Stating your opinions as fact.
    • Picking fights.
    • Starting arguments.
    • Using clever insults to undermine the confidence of others.
    • Tossing reason out the window.
    • Speaking without taking the feelings of others into account.
    • Going on a witch hunt.
    • Distorting evidence.
    • Symbolism

      The Upraised Sword

      Charge! In many different decks, the Knight of Swords is rushing off on a quest, sword upraised. But what is the quest? What's his destination? What are the terms of success? Charging ahead feels great - but before you do it, a little investigation and reflection can go a long way.

      Information vs

      Insight. The Knight of Swords is associated with information and investigation; be sure to pair this rush to research with intuition and a desire for insight!


      Expertise can speed an investigation, allowing us to identify issues others would overlook. Who's the expert on your challenge? How can you encourage him or her to work with you?

      The Marseilles Image

      The Marseilles Knight of Swords is, perhaps, the most confident of his counterparts. His prancing horse and battle-ready posture exude a level of competence other Marseilles characters seem to lack. How does information impart confidence? How might getting more information help you be more confident now?

      Knight of Swords' Advice


      • Words can hurt.
      • In addition to knowing why you're saying what you're saying, think about how you're saying it.
      • Don't read too much into the statements of others.
      • If you aren't sure what someone means, ask for clarification.
      • Resolve to be a better listener.


      • Ask good questions.
      • Before rendering judgment, be sure you have all the facts.
      • Refrain from cutting others short; even if you've heard it all before, give others a chance to share their ideas.
      • Resist the urge to correct; open the door to free-wheeling creativity before you become an editor.


      • Consider the words that have been used to shape your understanding of yourself (and Spirit) over the years.
      • If these terms have been poisoned by dogmatism and abusive spirituality, strive to find your own words for the higher powers and deeper realms you hope to explore.

      Personal Growth

      • Rather than be defensive, relax.
      • Give criticism a chance.
      • A mature person acknowledges his or her capacity for improvement, and isn't intimidated by the observations of others.
      • Take what will help you; discard the rest.

      Fortune Telling

      • A blunder leads someone to say something he or she regrets.
      • If this was you, be prepared to apologize and move on.


      • Between January 10th and February 8th.

      Questions to ask

      • What do I really need to know?
      • To what extent have I investigated the facts behind my situation?
      • How can I share what I know without alienating others?

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      Parts of this page's description of the Knight of Swords tarot card are taken from "A Guide to Tarot Card Meanings" by Mark McElroy.