Your Chosen Card – Master of Athames Reversed Salem 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 Master of Athames is reversed you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise. If Master of Athames is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is Master of Athames 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 Master of Athames using cards from the Salem 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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Angel Encyclopedia: The idea of judgment after death may have originated with the Egyptians. In order to reach paradise, or Sekhet Hetepet, the body and soul travel by the boat of Ra, the sun, along the river of the Milky Way, much like later Greek souls navigated the river Styx. Upon disembarking, the dead must pass through seven gates, each with a gatekeeper, watcher, and herald, then enter the Hall of Justice. Thoth, god of wisdom, prosecutes the case of the soul before Osiris the Judge, and the soul may defend itself. Eventually Anubis places the petitioners heart on the scales of justice, and if the heart sinks lower than a feather from the headdress of Maat, goddess of truth, the soul is eaten by the horrid monster Ammit. Christian parallels are St. Peter as gatekeeper of heaven, and the archangel Michael as psychopomp and weigher of souls. (See
Complete Book of Tarot: Knights correspond to the element Fire, which suggests action, enterprise, movement, novelty, and challenge coming into your life. When upright, the Knight of Swords prompts you to take decisive action to defend your rights and protect whatever you hold dear. This clever and assertive knight makes a good ally and a formidable opponent. Like the protagonist of Shakespeares Henry V (1598), the Knight of Swords rallies you with the words: ‘Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.’ He readily connects the dots and is able to cut to the chase in any situation. His arrival is sometimes accompanied by the passing of misfortune. In many ways the Knight of Swords resembles Sir Galahad of Alfred Lord Tennysons 1834 poem of the same name:
Tarot for Beginners: Reversed, the Hanged Man may indicate that it is you who is causing the immobility. You may be avoiding making a life-changing decision for fear of the initial discomfort it will cause. Fear of change is very powerful, even when we know the change will ultimately lead to better circumstances. Beware of betraying yourself in the effort to stay in your comfort zone.
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Reversed Cards: The sevens are a very interesting group of cards. In numerology, seven is often referred to as the master/student number as well as the rest and retreat number. A lot of people dont think of seven as much of an action number, but the truth is the seven is all about the process of movement. It teaches us when to move, when to be still, when to retreat, and when to inspire action via leadership. As we saw in the chariot, for a so-called passive number the seven sure has a lot to teach us about action, momentum, direction, and distraction. Sevens are naturally quieter than other numbers, but dont let that fool you. Quiet consistency is what moves mountains. A seven may not need to be flashy to get a result, but that doesnt mean the results arent fabulous. The biggest challenge for the seven is lacking intellectual stimulation. Being a very cerebral number by nature, a seven can get bored easily, which means it gets distracted easily and often. When a seven wanders into your life, you will need to be mindful of staying on task and all the little things that can pull you off course.