King of Swords
My self-study of Tarot continues with the King of Swords. Or, as I just heard, “mind master.”
Straightforward; linear; no-nonsense; guarded; plays close to the chest; quiet passion; “It Cuts Like a Knife”.
Sword, crown, butterflies, angels, trees, grass, dirt, mountains, possible body of water just beyond trees.
As with the Queen of Swords, it’s the butterflies that stand out. In this instance, I have a feeling of immobility; as though the promise of those butterflies has been pinned to a specimen board. Very cold and unforgiving.
Black, white, gray, silver, gold, crimson, purple, orange, blue, green, yellow, tan, dark green, brown.
It’s the “cutting-edge” black and white of the throne and the clouds that provide many clues about this king. To say that he’s a person who sees things only in black and white would be spot-on. There’s no wiggle room here; no gray area.
What the Guide Says About the King of Swords
“He sits in judgment, holding the unsheathed sign of his suit.
“Divinatory Meanings: Whatsoever arises out of the idea of judgment and all its connections – power, command, authority, militant intelligence, law, offices of the crown, and so forth. Reversed: Cruelty, evil intentions, perversity, barbarity, breach of faith.”
I have an uncomfortable feeling that the description of this card is limited mostly due to the velociraptor-like intelligence of the energy depicted here. Bring to mind Anthony Hopkins in “Silence of the Lambs” and you’ve captured the feeling. (I can’t wait to sage myself.)
What We Say About the King of Swords
Person whose manner of persuasion is only that of the ego.
Person whose knowledge is profound.
Business person who is only focused on gain.
Creativity undermined by overthinking.
Unable to form a connection with the heart and soul, as with Adolf Hitler.
Mr. Wonderful, aka Kevin O’Leary of “Shark Tank”.
Sociopath or psychopath.
Not one to cross.
Think tank, brainpower.
“Cold as Ice”
Artificial intelligence such as Winston from Dan Brown’s “Origin”.
I Might Ask a Client…
“How might your way of communicating be limited by your perspective?”
“Can you think of a time in your life when you enjoyed creative pursuits? What were they?”
What comes up for you around this card?