What does the knight of swords tarot card mean?

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The knight of swords is part of the Minor Arcana deck of tarot cards and is part of the Swords suit.

Keywords: Ambition, skillfulness, opinionated


The Knight of Swords is usually represented by a young warrior charging into battle on the back of his noble steed, sword in hand. He is highly skilled and powerful, ready to face whatever comes his way. The Knight symbolises that when you have an idea or an ambition, you charge forward and there is absolutely no stopping you.

This energy and dedication is good, but it must be paired with balance and sensibility; blindly charging forward with no consideration for possibly challenges or consequences will only lead to disaster. Ambition is good, but it’s important to keep an open mind and prepare for possible obstacles.

Reverse Keywords: Lack of concentration, confrontation, impatience

Reverse Meaning

In reverse, the Knight of Swords is an impatient and rash person, who is bursting with energy and is unwilling to wait for anybody or anything. He can be quite ruthless in pursuit of his dreams. However, this desire to move means there is little planning and concentration, and this can cause issues as there is no clear direction. If you draw this card in reverse, it indicates that you or somebody in your life is acting very rash and unpredictable, and you should be careful. Slow down and plan your course carefully to avoid careless mistakes and improve your chance of success.

Other Minor Arcana Cards (in the Swords suit)