King of Swords



A person with long hair, shrouded in light blue and wearing a cape, kneels at the center of a large blue wave. They seem to hold the water at bay by holding their sword straight up for protection.

Key words

Upright: discipline, truth, order, clarity

Reversed: manipulation, cruelty, malice, mental abuse

Reflection questions

  • How can I lead with clarity and conviction while also seeking to understand other perspectives?
  • How can I use my privilege to empower and support others?
  • How can I cultivate greater honesty and transparency in my communication and relationships?

King of Swords Upright

The King of Swords is intellectual, analytical, and a good communicator. They know how to get to the root cause of a situation immediately. They uphold rigid expectations for themselves and others, and they are impartial in their leadership and decision-making. They remind you to use logic and intellect to find your path forward.

King of Swords Reversed

The King of Swords in reverse represents someone who is ruthlessly critical in a way that isn’t helpful. They are ambitious and self-serving, and may use their intelligence to manipulate others. They make decisions based on their personal interests rather than the greater good, and they are prone to misusing their power. Remember that compassion is just as important as intellect.