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Knight of Swords | Symbology & Interpretations | Tarot Card Meanings

Imagery & Symbolism

Knight of Swords
Knight of Swords

Clouds: The clouds are sharp and scattered, expressing the reckless energy of the character.

Direction: The direction the character rushes towards is the opposite of the forward moving, showing he may be recklessly moving wrongly.

Winds: Notice in the background the trees are being blown, symbolising the pace of the card.


The Knight of Swords is an individual who can go to extremes when it comes to getting what they want. They put all their energy into going further than they can, which can make them burn out easily. They are prone to being reckless and rushing towards something without thinking of the consequences, or how their actions affect people around them.

Their reckless nature makes them a force to be reckoned with, as they are unpredictable and can easily find themselves in difficult situations. They are quick-witted and fast, rushing through scenarios to get where they want.


The Knight of Swords isn’t afraid to go for something they want. They are a go-getter, even if it means sacrificing those around them for their own benefit. This ruthless nature allows them to be able to set strong boundaries and easily remove toxic people from their lives.

It is likely that a situation will pass over quickly with the Knight of Swords, or you will be able to easily move through to your goals.


The Knight of Swords attracts conflict wherever they go. They are prone to starting arguments and conflicts, and they also have a tendency to use violence if need be. The Knight of Swords doesn’t care too much about the feelings of others and will manipulate or discard people if they need to.

They stir up trouble and drama, and their reckless nature makes them speed past the needs of others, which can easily make them lose relationships. Sometimes, due this their unpredictability and recklessness, they can easily make mistakes that are detrimental.


RELATIONSHIPS: The Knight of Swords can be a sign of arguments or conflict in your relationship. It may be that you or your partner are not being considerate of each other’s needs, or are rushing around so much that you are both losing focus on what is important. Alternatively, the Knight of Swords can be a bad omen for toxic relationships or violence.

CAREER & BUSINESS: The Knight of Swords can indicate rushing around and being reckless in your work or career. Be careful not to make silly mistakes that could turn out badly in the long run. You may also be rushing into situations or feel extremely busy. It is important to slow down.

FINANCES: The Knight of Swords can indicate you are making reckless decisions about your finances. You probably don’t even know what you are fully doing, and should be taking the situation more seriously. Slow down, and think carefully through the situation.


Knight of Swords + The Emperor = A controlling or manipulating partnership or relationship.

Knight of Swords + Five of Wands = There is too much going on. You are being pulled apart by so many demands, slow down.

Knight of Swords + Two of Pentacles = Making reckless choices or decisions regarding your finances or career.


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