The King of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

The King of Swords is one of the most important cards of the Minor Arcana.

Below you will learn everything about its meaning both in the upright and reversed position.

In addition to the general interpretation, the topics of love, health, career, finances and destiny are also explained in detail.

King of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

The King of Swords Keywords

Upright: Ethical, Analytical, Leader, Just
Reversed: Pedantic, Abusive of Power, Ruthless, Arrogant

The King of Swords Tarot Card Description

The King of Swords sits upright and faces the viewer, ready to meet all the coming challenges of life.

He wears a red cloak expressing his intelligence and devotion, and a blue robe, representing his connection to his inner, spiritual being.

In his right hand, he holds a sword, which is an expression of his razor-sharp, analytical mind, with the help of which he makes his decisions. The king does not hold his sword convulsively, allowing him a certain freedom of movement.

This flexibility in his decision-making is made possible by the king’s use of his intuition, in addition to his intellect, to find an ethically and morally optimal solution to life’s problems.

The king sits on a stone throne, which always reminds him to be mindful and focused in carrying out his duties as a leader and not to surrender to idleness and comfort. The throne is decorated with butterflies, symbolizing change and new ideas.

Behind his left ear is carved a small angel. It seems as if he whispers heavenly secrets to the king, which help him to bring justice on earth.

In the background, the storm that had raged on every Sword card has slowly calmed down. The landscape is calm and grounded.

The mind of the King of Swords also shows calmness and clarity that allows him to make rational and analytical decisions.

Upright King of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

The King of Swords card stands for approaching challenging problems you are currently facing analytically and strategically. Think of problems as challenges that will help you sharpen your mind and strengthen your problem-solving skills.

Use all facets of your mind to develop different solutions and make a detailed plan of how you will implement your solution.

Always include your intuition in your planning, as it will quickly give you a sense of the direction you need to take if you run into an obstacle.

By further training your analytical skills through overcoming challenges, you will be able to overcome any life crisis, no matter how big, with inner calm and rationality.

Another meaning of the King of Swords is that you should always be guided by moral and ethical aspects in your judgments and decisions.

Whether at work or in the family, every decision you make will have a short- or long-term impact on your fellow human beings and your relationship with them.

If your judgments weigh the individual and common welfare against each other, you will not be guilty of anything and always have a clear conscience towards your decisions. Take the dignity of man as an evaluation basis for your evaluations.

By exemplifying high morals and acting accordingly, your environment will hold you in high esteem and regard your judgments with respect and appreciation.

The King of Swords in a Tarot session means that now is the right time to use your leadership skills to guide your fellow man through a difficult time.

Perhaps there is a crisis at work due to a lack of orders and great insecurity or in the family where all members seem to be disoriented due to a heavy loss.

Leadership qualities do not require any titles but rather include giving your environment support and security in times of chaos and uncertainty.

By being clear-headed and determined to find a way out of the crisis, you will be a rock for the people around you.

Your inner calmness and steadfastness will transfer to your environment. Together you will safely survive the turbulent times under your guidance.

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Upright King of Swords Tarot Love Meaning


As a single, the King of Swords reveals to you that you will quickly find a new partner through your natural gift of responsibility and leadership. After all, it is important to have a partner who can provide support and security in difficult times.

Your great sense of responsibility gives you a natural aura of calm and strength that quickly captivates other people.

However, when looking for a partner, make sure that your potential partner can also give you comfort and support in difficult times so that you complement each other.

Another characteristic of the King of Swords in a love tarot context is to choose your partner carefully and analytically. First, become aware of what character traits you expect from a partnership before you rush into the next relationship.

Because often we get to know our counterpart only after the first infatuation so correctly and by an exact pre-analysis on your part, you can decide relatively fast and surely for you whether from a love affair something more serious becomes or not.


In a partnership, the King of Swords represents a high ethical and moral way of life that you live as a couple in everyday life. You put your own needs in the background in favor of your partnership. Both partners work to keep your relationship happy and fulfilling.

Through your open and appreciative communication, you are able to resolve even difficult conflicts without hurting or humiliating your partner.

Each of you has a clear conscience towards the other so that nothing stands between you, enabling you to feel true love for each other.

In the love tarot, the King of Swords also shows that justice is a high good in your relationship. You are very concerned that the tasks in your relationship are fairly distributed so that you can handle the burdens of everyday life together well and thus still have enough strength to spend time as a couple.

Fairness in a partnership also includes both of you being able to apologize and make amends for your misbehavior after arguments.

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Upright King of Swords Health Meaning

The King of Swords advises you to see a specialist if you have persistent symptoms. Your family doctor can only help you with general illnesses.

You should not risk worsening your symptoms and ask for a referral in time. The sooner you have clarity about your symptoms,
the higher the chances of cure.

Another meaning of the King of Swords is making a concrete plan to achieve your goals.

That includes a fixed daily structure with times for getting up, eating and exercising, which you can follow. This way, you will quickly develop healthy habits that will significantly increase your well-being.

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Upright King of Swords Career Meaning

In professional terms, the King of Swords encourages you to live out of your leadership potential. Convince your colleagues of your goals with words and deeds.

They will support you more willingly than if you try to exercise power through the mere hierarchy. Leadership also means taking responsibility in case of failure and protecting your employees.

Another meaning of the King of Swords is that you should be a role model for ethical behavior on the job.

That includes appreciative communication and support towards your colleagues. In this way, you contribute to a relaxed and trusting working atmosphere and are a role model for younger colleagues in particular.

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Upright King of Swords Finances/Money Meaning

For your finances, the King of Swords encourages you to use your mind before investing a large sum. Carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages of your financial plans.

Don’t let time pressure you in your deliberations. Instead, gather as much information as possible to have a solid basis for your decision.

Another aspect of the King of Swords is to spend your money responsibly. Everything we buy has a direct impact on other people’s lives.

Therefore, invest your money in sustainable products produced under humane working conditions. In this way, you make an important contribution to the common good of many people with your daily purchases.

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Upright King of Swords Destiny Meaning

As a card of destiny, the King of Swords stands for a leadership role that is given to you. However, with the associated power also comes great responsibility.

Therefore, use your position of power wisely and try to act in the best interests of everyone involved. In this way, you will become a person who is appreciated and respected by others because of your responsible and moral behavior.

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Upright King of Swords Personality

The King of Swords reveals the leadership qualities of a person. This person can inspire people with their goals and motivate them to give their all.

Furthermore, it means a character that has a high sense of justice. The person wants conflicts to be fair and on an equal footing and interferes if necessary to create a balance.

Upright King of Swords Tarot Past/Future


Take the time to analyze your successes and defeats from your past. You will gain some valuable insights.

To develop yourself ethically, you should think back to actions in which you helped others selflessly.


Soon you will encounter a situation in which you should do justice. Don’t get distracted by unnecessary details, but focus on the essentials.

Soon, your leadership skills will be in demand. Don’t worry. You will be a good role model for your fellow men and guide them safely.

Upright King of Swords Tarot Card – Yes or No

The King of Swords indicates a yes answer. You have already carefully weighed the pros and cons of your question. Therefore, you know that a yes answer is the best alternative in this matter.

Use your sharp mind to also assess the long-term consequences of your choice.

Reversed King of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Reversed King of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

The King of Swords Reversed warns you not to be too pedantic in your decision-making. You think too much about problems or decisions that are coming up and get lost in unnecessary details and contingencies.

Especially when faced with challenges that require a quick decision and decisive action, you lose too much time searching for the perfect solution and your problem grows.

Try to focus more on the big picture and derive a solution from it instead of controlling every detail.

In addition, use your intuition to shorten and accelerate decision-making processes because our inner voice often reveals more information than we can grasp with our minds in such a short time.

The King of Swords Reversed admonishes you not to use the power and responsibility given to you exclusively for your own benefit. Abuse of power leads to greed for more influence and reputation. Therefore you become more and more unscrupulous in your thoughts and deeds.

In a leadership role, you are primarily responsible for the people subordinate to you and relying on your intellect and judgment.

By using your power to serve the common welfare and make life easier for your fellow human beings, you fulfill your responsibility and reap much credit for your deeds.

Another aspect of the King of Swords Reversed is that you behave arrogantly towards the people around you. You look down on other people because of their social status or profession to increase your self-worth.

You also overestimate your own knowledge and abilities, which leads to you being exposed to many situations and losing authority.

Always treat your fellow human beings with respect, regardless of their social status, and you will be amazed at the wonderful characters you will meet who have only “simple” professions.

Use your knowledge and skills to help and support your people, to be most respected and appreciated.

Reversed King of Swords Tarot Love Meaning


In a love tarot reading, the King of Swords Reversed symbolizes that you are too petty and pedantic in your search for a partner. You try to plan everything down to the smallest detail and thus lose sight of the big picture.

As a result, your flirting attempts often seem bumpy and insecure since a lot of spontaneity is more in demand on a first date than a well-structured conversation.

During Smalltalk, you often get bogged down in details and lose the thread of the conversation. Let yourself be guided more by your gut feeling and give in to the intoxication of first loves and the spontaneity associated with it.

In addition, the King of Swords Reversed Tarot card warns you not to be too arrogant when getting to know someone for the first time. No one likes it when you embarrass them with your knowledge or constantly correct them.

Also, don’t exaggerate your skills, as it will quickly become apparent when you get to know each other whether you have magnified your knowledge and skills.

A new partnership can develop from the first date by being honest and respectful to yourself and your counterpart from the beginning.


The King of Swords Reversed reveals in a relationship that one partner abuses his power to create advantages for himself.

Power in a partnership can involve financial, emotional, and social aspects and can become a great burden if one partner uses it only for his own purposes.

If you are a victim of such dependency, it is high time for you to act and reduce the power imbalance and not enslave yourself any further. First of all, talk to a good friend about your worries or seek professional help.

The King of Swords Reversed also shows that your partner behaves very inconsiderately towards you. Your partner tries to enforce his wishes and needs in the relationship by all means and does not consider you.

Show him clearly your limits and stand up for the fact that you demand a partnership at eye level, in which also your feelings and needs are considered.

Reversed King of Swords Health Meaning

For your health, the King of Swords Reversed means that you have little regard for your body.

Overexertion, eating or substance abuse (alcohol or cigarettes) will promote the development of secondary diseases. Take more care of yourself and reflect on how you can get back into better harmony with your body.

Furthermore, the King of Swords Reversed warns you to be too pedantic in the implementation of your health goals. Especially with diets, obsessive calorie counting can quickly spoil the pleasure of eating.

Don’t plan your life around any numbers. As long as you are actively trying to live healthier, you will be successful.

Reversed King of Swords Career Meaning

The King of Swords Reversed warns against abuse of power in your company. If you are in a leadership position yourself, you should assert your views with arguments instead of your hierarchical power.

As an employee, the Tarot card may indicate that a superior is trying to make life difficult for you with the help of his position.

In addition, the King of Swords Reversed stands for inconsiderate behavior by colleagues that you are exposed to. Do not allow yourself to be pushed into the role of victim and mobbed out of the company.

Instead, defend yourself at an early stage against the transgressions of superiors and colleagues. If necessary, seek support from other employees or the works council.

Reversed King of Swords Finances/Money Meaning

The King of Swords Reversed warns you not to abuse your position towards your debtors.

If you have lent money to someone, you should continue to treat them respectfully and not put unnecessary pressure on them. Put yourself in the debtor’s position and treat him as you would want to be treated in such a situation.

Another meaning of the reversed king of swords is arrogance in handling money. Buying things just to show off your wealth can quickly lead to money trouble.

Don’t boast about your wealth, but rather put your money aside for meaningful or difficult times.

Reversed King of Swords Destiny Meaning

As a card of destiny, the King of Swords Reversed warns you against abuse of power. A high position can change your character negatively, for example, by trying to hold your position without regard for your fellow man.

However, if you use your influence to help the people around you, they will reciprocate in many ways.

Reversed King of Swords Personality

In the reversed position, the King of Swords stands for a person who is very arrogant towards his fellow human beings. He thinks better of herself than of others and quickly overestimates herself.

In addition, the card describes a character who often acts recklessly. He is not interested in the consequences of his actions for his fellow men as long as he achieves his goal.

Reversed King of Swords Tarot Past/Future


In the past, you have been the victim of an abuse of power. The feeling of powerlessness is a cautionary tale for our own actions.

You sometimes rummage around very pedantically in past experiences. Rather invest your energy in things you can still influence.


In the near future, someone will not consider you and will only pursue his own interests. You should quickly defend yourself and your boundaries.

Beware of becoming arrogant in an upcoming task. A little humility will save you from harm even if you have strong skills.

Reversed King of Swords Tarot Card – Yes or No

The decision in front of you has been causing you headaches for a long time. You are pedantically weighing every detail, which is why you can’t come to a correct answer.

With a no, however, you can be sure not to take any unnecessary risk for future plans.

The Swords Tarot Card Meanings