Your Chosen Card – Knight of Swords Reversed Thoth Deck
When reversed, the King of Swords uses his sharp intellect and skill with words heartlessly to inflict harm on others. He may even delight in causing pain in a cruel and exploitative manner. Aggressive and domineering, he enjoys forcefully confronting others in an effort to make them squirm. His measure of justice is ‘an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.’
Keywords Reversed: Aggressive, hurtful, pushy, harsh, cold, judgmental, intimidating, obstinate, domineering, cruel, heartless, wicked, devilish, manipulative, exploitative, barbaric, evil, perverse.
Decans/Timing: 20 Capricorn to 20 Aquarius. Tropical, 10 January09 February. Sidereal, 03 February04 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.
Etteilla: A man of law, a judge, attorney, advocate, physician, businessman; (R) a wicked man, inhumane, cruel, perverse.
When Knight of Swords is reversed you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise. If Knight of Swords is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is Knight 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 reversed card reading for Knight of Swords using cards from the Thoth 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: As mentioned, the Golden Dawn occultists made use of Kabbalah to assign meanings to tarot cards. In particular, they paired the meanings of the numbered Sephiroth (emanations) of the Tree of Life with cards of the same number. The Tree of Life is oriented in space like the Hanged Man, growing upside-down. The initial spark of creation takes place at the top of the tree in the Sephirah Kether (‘the Crown’), numbered one. The roots of the tree lie in heaven, and its ultimate fruit manifests at the bottom in Malkuth (‘the Kingdom of Earth’), numbered ten. Keywords for the Tree of Life include:
Complete Book of Tarot: 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 querents 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.
Complete Book of Tarot: The Crowley-Harris Thoth Tarot, created between 1938 and 1943 but first published as a tarot deck in 1969.
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Complete Book of Tarot: To determine how two cards interact, the Golden Dawn used the system of elemental dignities to determine how two adjacent cards affected each other and also to judge how two flanking cards of a three-card sequence interacted to affect the dignity of the central card. The basic principles are: