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King of Swords
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King of Swords. (Aquarian deck published by US Games) King of Swords. (Morgan-Greer deck published by US Games) King of Swords. (Universal Waite deck published by US Games)





Some keywords from the King of Swords:

  • Wise
  • Kindly
  • Logical
  • Soulful
  • Logical
  • Isolated
  • Truthful
  • Fatherly
  • Seasoned
  • Generous
  • Insightful
  • Analytical
  • Intellectual
  • Counseling
  • Introspective
  • Retrospective
  • Philosophical
  • Conscientious
  • Contemplative
  • Transformative

"I am the King of Swords and this is my legend.

My eyes have seen such revolutionary images. Battles won and lost. Unmatched bravery of men, and shameful cowardice too. Boundless generosity of humankind and the disdain of greed too.

I have observed and been a part of all these human sagas because I am the oldest of all the Kings of the Tarot. I have the benefit of retrospect and reflection.

These days I spend most of my time contemplating these cycles of life I have observed. Yes, I still rule, and I do so with authority, but I would much rather be engaged in intellectual pursuits.

This is why I'm grateful for a smart match in marriage. To be honest, my wife, the Queen of Swords does most of the commanding in the kingdom. Both behind the scenes and outwardly, she has a firmer grip on the realm than most would think. She likes to be in charge, and I'm content to let her have it.

The older I get the more I'm fascinated with the natural laws and how the mind of man interacts with these laws. Science and metaphysics are infinitely engaging for me. I'm often found in the lower chambers of my castle going over formulas and analyzing statistics. Numbers yield their magical language to me, and my analytical mind cracks code as effortless as birds crack nuts.

I recognize I am in the winter of my life, and this gives me a solemn, philosophical outlook on most things. These days I rule with compassion, where once I was considered tyrannical. I give more leniency now than ever before.

As an aged King of Swords, I remember the mistakes of my youth before I pass judgment. Indeed, I need not look further than to my son, the Knight of Swords to see the effects of arrogance and impatience for battle.

Although, my gallant Knight serves a vital purpose in my kingdom. I delegate to him what I no longer have a taste for. Rather than coat my sword with the blood of my foes, I leave that to him now. When my kingdom is in conflict, my prime function as the King of Swords is to seek out strategies for solutions.

In all my years, I learned the first and most important battle we must win is the war waged in mind. Once we conquer discrepancy in our thoughts, we can begin to master a time of peace throughout all realms.

My subjects still respect my authority, and my presence is still epic. But, I think they detect a bit of sorrow in me - perhaps they recognize my regret over past mistakes in my rulership. Nevertheless, they are more loyal to me now than ever before because they see in me a kindness and compassion that was lacking in my earlier days of authority.

As the King of Swords I have come to many conclusions in my time. Not the least of which is the understanding that power can corrupt completely. Power tempered with objectivity are the true tools of an effective king.

When I look in the mirror, I still see the surging strength and stern, commanding presence I've always had during my reign. However, as time continues to march through my veins, I recognize a wistful melancholy in my eyes. They are blue, and a little filmy these days. My hair is silvering too. My wife says its distinguishing.

When I take the time to enter your attention in the cards, I'm there to remind you to take heed about the actions of your life. Consider me as your own personal grandfather figure; kindly and full of remarkable advice that only the tests of time can serve. I can offer you the perspective no other king can. If you heed my advice, you shall rule your inner and outer domain with ease."

Some symbols of the King of Swords:

click for a larger view of all cards with an Butterfly symbol

Butterfly: A universal symbol for transformation. Butterflies are shown on the queen and king of sword cards, and typically indicate a change in the thoughts of the querent, or someone close in the querent's life. Butterflies go through several changes and transformation before they develop into their final state of beauty. They are a symbol that we as human do the same thing to reach our end goal and to obtain a better way of thought and living. Other butterflies in the cards.


click for a larger view of all cards with an cloud symbol

Clouds: Clouds hold the symbol meaning of revelation. Consider out of the mists of our deepest thoughts suddenly an epiphany comes, a bright idea comes out from nowhere - this is the basic cloud symbol meaning. Depending on the card, clouds can also symbolize confusion or clouded judgment. Primarily, clouds represent higher thought and messages from the divine. Other clouds in the cards.


Some questions the King of Swords asks of us:

  • What is your hurry?
    Trust me. Enjoy the moments you have right now. Otherwise, you will have plenty of time in your elder years to regret the time you are not enjoying now.
  • Why are you so worried and anxious?
    This is another area of life I'm familiar with. Life is crumpled up and tossed away on worry and stress. Rule your life with a kingly confidence that all things will work out for you. One way or another, in time, they will.
  • What is the purpose of your battle?
    If your purpose is anything other than working to a solution, then your battle is folly. And, remember what I said about the first and most important battle.




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