63-King of Swords – Upright Rider Waite Deck

Your Chosen Card – King of Swords Upright Rider Waite Deck

Kings are mature accomplished individuals (father figures) who are in charge of the matters related to their suit and element. They represent important men in the querent’s life or significant personality traits needed by the querent to navigate the situation. When upright, the King of Swords represents a decisive person who uses his or her sharp intellect to achieve success. This King, for example, could be a physician, surgeon, lawyer, judge, or an astute negotiator. He can be quite confrontational in his search for the truth, and he does not suffer fools gladly.

Keywords Upright: Assertive, powerful, commanding, decisive, straightforward, authoritative, just, clever, rational, discriminating, confident, uncompromising, no-nonsense, factual, clear-thinking, pierces to the quick of a matter; clarity of communication, head over heart, confrontation, a professional, a man of law, someone who sits in judgment.

Decans/Timing: 20 Capricorn to 20 Aquarius. Tropical, 10 January–09 February. Sidereal, 03 February–04 March.
Astrology: Air of Air. (Notice the clouds, high peaks, blue sky, and the presence of airy butterflies on his throne.)
Associated Trumps: The Devil and the Star.

Rider Waite: He sits in judgment, holding the unsheathed sign of his suit. He recalls, of course, the conventional symbol of justice in the Trumps Major, and he may represent this virtue, but he is rather the power of life and death, in virtue of his office. Divinatory Meanings: A man who sits in judgment with power over life and death; whatsoever arises out of the idea of judgment and all its connexions – power, command, authority, militant intelligence, law, offices of the crown, and so forth; (R) cruelty, perversity, barbarity, perfidy, evil intention.

When King of Swords is upright you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise.  If King of Swords is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is King of Swords is trying to tell you.  If you had a particular issue in  mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.

This chosen card is part of your upright card reading for King of Swords using cards from the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.

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Complete Book of Tarot: Ruled by taskmaster Saturn and in modern astrology by Uranus, Aquarius is the eleventh sign. Aquarius the Water Bearer, a consolidating fixed sign, is associated with the Star, trump XVII. The King of Swords falls largely under Aquarius, a sign whose natives are characterized by these traits:

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Creative Tarot: Which is, essentially, what the imagery of the tarot does as well. Every gesture, every color, every archetype and figure stands in for something greater, something very personal and meaningful to us. It’s no wonder, then, that surrealists were drawn to the tarot.

Complete Book of Tarot: The Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot, published in 1909, undoubtedly the most popular deck of the last century. It has been cloned many, many times.

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Tarot Triumphs: I suggest that you choose a straightforward Marseilles set of cards, not one where the High Priestess and the Pope are replaced by Juno and Jupiter, a pack often known as Tarot de Besançon; these look out of place among the other Trumps, especially for divinatory purposes.