The Knight of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

The Knight 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.

Knight of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

The Knight of Swords Keywords

Upright: Ambitious, Clever, Authority, Success-oriented
Reversed: Impulsive, Arrogant, Burnout, Restless

The Knight of Swords Tarot Card Description

The Knight of Swords Tarot card shows a horseman charging through the landscape on his white steed.

The rider wears heavy armor, decorated with a red cape and a red flag on his helmet, expressing his high rank and authority.

His visor is open, allowing him to clearly see everything around him and react accordingly quickly and thoughtfully. The sword is stretched forward towards the sky. His weapon expresses his ambition to fulfill his mission and not let anything stop him.

The rider leans with all his strength into the saddle. Despite the headwind that blows against him, he leads his horse with only one hand on the reins and gives the direction.

The white horse on which the knight rides looks powerful and graceful, symbolizing the passion and perseverance with which the knight pursues his goals to the end.

Although the horse must carry the knight along with his heavy armor, it does not seem to feel the weight at all but rides powerfully and energetically towards the common goal.

In the background, you can see what a heavy storm is raging, tearing the clouds apart and even bending the trees.

Despite this mighty force of nature, the knight does not let himself be diverted from his mission or take a detour but rides directly against the wind to his destination. It seems as if the rider wants to override even the forces of nature.

Upright Knight of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

In a tarot reading, the Knight of Swords reveals that now is the right time for you to realize important life goals.

Your ambition to achieve and realize your goals gives you tremendous strength. With their help, you can easily overcome even the most challenging obstacles.

Even if you get a strong headwind with one of your plans, you stay on your path to achieve your goal. On the contrary, you are even more motivated and ambitious to realize your plans.

As you progress, you develop more and more energy and strength which help you to accomplish your mission.

The Knight of Swords Tarot card encourages you to achieve your goals with intelligence and planning. Good preparation is essential to be prepared for and overcome upcoming adversities.

The knight is well protected against oncoming enemies and has wisely chosen his armor and best horse for his journey. By following the knight’s example and carefully planning and preparing your actions in advance, nothing will throw you out of the saddle so quickly.

Always include the component of chance in your considerations and always have a backup plan ready to protect you from unpleasant surprises in case of emergency.

Another meaning of the Knight of Swords is that you must use your authority to implement your plans. In positive terms, authority is about holding the reins firmly in your own hands and not letting other people take them away from you.

By giving clear direction to your plans and speaking to your fellow men with the help of your rationality and ambition, they will follow your authority and support you on your mission.

Authority is always connected with responsibility. Even if your mission fails, you should take full responsibility and protect the people who have supported you.

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Upright Knight of Swords Tarot Love Meaning


In a love tarot reading, the Knight of Swords reveals that you should be very ambitious in your partner search so that you can find your dream partner. Don’t let a few rejections throw you out of the saddle, but persistently pursue your goal to find your partner for life.

It is often necessary to jump over your own shadow and take the initiative, for example, by directly revealing your feelings of love to the appropriate person.

If you continue to look for the love of your life and are willing to invest time and energy, your efforts will bear fruit.

The Knight of Swords symbolizes that you should proceed strategically in your search for a partner. Use your intellect to eliminate disturbing elements from the beginning of a date.

By reacting to unexpected events during a date, spontaneously but still with intellect and strategy, you will be able to deeply impress your partner with your abilities and radiate a sense of security and sovereignty.


In a partnership, the Knight of Swords shows that you enjoy a firm authority in some areas of your relationship that your partner can lean on.

Having self-assurance and self-confidence helps you to be steadfast in stormy times and to be able to give your partner support as well.

Having authority in a relationship does not mean that the other partner is oppressed. However, in certain areas, like finance, job or raising children, one of you takes the main responsibility to relieve the other and thus contribute to a balanced partnership.

The Knight of Swords Tarot card also symbolizes that you are very success-oriented as a couple and like to realize your plans together.

Common goals or projects are a wonderful opportunity to strengthen your relationship as a couple and develop your skills.

The more goals you achieve, the more difficult challenges you can face together and will turn them into another success.

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Upright Knight of Swords Health Meaning

The Knight of Swords Tarot card shows good news for your health. In case of an illness, you will soon see treatment successes.

Your body will slowly regain its former strength so that you can master your everyday life with confidence again. Physiological values such as blood pressure or blood sugar can also recover.

Furthermore, the Knight of Swords stands for ambitiously pursuing your own health goals. By regularly doing something for your health, you will sustainably strengthen your defenses.

It is often the small changes in everyday life, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, that have a big effect. The more
small successes you have regarding your health behavior, the stronger your well-being and immune system will be.

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Upright Knight of Swords Career Meaning

Professionally, the Knight of Swords stands for ambition. You have concrete goals for your career and do everything to achieve them.

In the past, you showed that you can put your plans into practice. Through your ambition, many doors are open to you for your career, between which you can choose freely.

Furthermore, the Knight of Swords shows that you should express your authority in your profession. That includes representing your opinion even in the face of opposition from colleagues and superiors.

Learn to convince by arguments instead of threats. In this way, you will radiate a natural authority and better implement your plans in the company.

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Upright Knight of Swords Finances/Money Meaning

In the financial field, the Knight of Swords stands for well-thought-out investments. Do not blindly follow every money advice, but think for yourself.

By reading a lot and talking to other people about finances, you will gain valuable knowledge on how to invest your money. Follow your own thoughts because they are your best advisor.

Furthermore, the Knight of Swords symbolizes that a lot of ambition is needed to achieve your financial goals. That includes the ability to put aside material desires in favor of your plans.

But if you always have your financial goal clearly in mind, you will survive even minor setbacks well and soon achieve prosperity.

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Upright Knight of Swords Destiny Meaning

As a destiny card, the Knight of Swords stands for a dynamic departure. The time is ripe to realize your dreams with verve and ambition.

You won’t let anything stop you from your plans and you will approach your goals unstoppably. As long as you stay on course, you will be sure of success.

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Upright Knight of Swords Personality

The Knight of Swords represents a success-oriented personality. He wants to finish everything he starts. Therefore, he sets new and higher goals.

Furthermore, an extremely ambitious character is described by this card. Even if the situation seems hopeless, he does not let himself be dissuaded from his plan and puts in the extra effort.

Upright Knight of Swords Tarot Past/Future


Already in the past, you have been very focused on the fact that your plans must always succeed. However, this has also created enormous pressure on you.

Recently you have acquired a high degree of authority in some areas of life. That makes it easier for you to realize your plans.


Your inner ambition can help you to face even bigger challenges in the future. Rely on your inner strength and endurance.

You should use your mind well in the near future so you know how to use the opportunities lieing ahead of you.

Upright Knight of Swords Tarot Card – Yes or No

The Knight of Swords encourages you to decide for a yes answer. In this matter, you have been searching for the right answer for a long time. But with your ambition, you should definitely decide for a yes.

That is the best way to bring out the dormant potential in you. Just be careful not to become too impetuous.

Reversed Knight of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Reversed Knight of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

The Knight of Swords Reversed warns you not to be too impulsive in achieving your goals.

If you let yourself be guided only by your spontaneous feelings and needs, it can quickly happen that you act rashly and fly out of the saddle, so to speak, because you have overlooked an obstacle.

Your impulses give you a first hint in which direction you have to go, but often it needs a well-thought-out strategy to reach your goal.

Try to dampen your rising emotions and use your mind to plan your further course of action, so you can channel the energy of your first impulses and reach your goal unharmed.

The Knight of Swords Reversed also symbolizes that you are spending too much energy on an important project and are on the verge of a breakdown.

A high level of passion in you, especially at the beginning of your project, is a symptom of burnout.

However, there are more obstacles on your way than you thought at the beginning and every obstacle you remove exposes new barriers. You have the feeling that you are not making any progress despite the time and energy you have invested, and you lose your confidence as a result.

Not every path must be taken alone, get help from friends or colleagues and thus distribute the burden of your project on several shoulders so that you get time to breathe again.

Another aspect of the Knight of Swords Reversed is that you are very arrogant towards those around you. You are very taken with some of your abilities and like to compare yourself to other people on this level.

Even if you have great achievements in certain areas, such as in sports or at work, and are an authority there, you should not boast about them unnecessarily or place yourself above your fellow human beings.

Because arrogance quickly leads to people turning away from you and refusing to help you when dependent on them. Instead, use your abilities to help and support the people around you so that they will stand loyally by your side in difficult times.

Reversed Knight of Swords Tarot Love Meaning


The Knight of Swords Reversed shows that you are very impulsive in dating. Especially at the beginning of a date, you leave yourself very little time to really get to know your counterpart, but either serve him immediately or rush head over heels into an uncertain love adventure.

Of course, the first feelings are important on a date and should not be ignored.

But do not take them as the sole source for your choice of partner, but also take into account how your counterpart behaves in words and deeds, which say a lot about his character and give him time to introduce himself to you properly.

The Knight of Swords Reversed also reveals that you sometimes behave very arrogantly when getting to know each other and thus tend to scare your counterpart away.

If you want to score points with your abilities and skills, wait for a suitable moment when you can present yourself.

However, give your partner the same attention when he tells you about his skills. The most important thing is that you do not exaggerate your skills and stick to the truth.


In a relationship, the Knight of Swords Reversed represents a great emotional strain you are experiencing in the partnership.

You feel that you alone put a lot of energy into the relationship to keep it alive, while your partner makes little effort to take care of you and your needs.

Ask yourself how long you want to put so much emotion and energy into a relationship before you burn out. Discuss your emotional burden and the perceived imbalance in your relationship with your partner. Then decide on how to move forward.

Another meaning of the Knight of Swords Reversed is that you are rushing back and forth between the challenges of everyday life without once finding time and peace together as a couple.

Consciously take time out from the hustle and bustle of your daily lives and create something for your relationship by enjoying something nice together, like dinner or a movie.

Reversed Knight of Swords Health Meaning

The Knight of Swords Reversed warns you against too much overload in everyday life. Always wanting to be perfect can lead to burnout. Such exhaustion builds up over years if you don’t have enough breaks and constantly work at your energy limit.

Learn to let go of more responsibility and share your burden with others. Use the won free time for yourself to recharge your batteries.

Another aspect of the reversed Knight of Swords is that you endanger your health through impulsive behavior. Uncontrolled behavior with food, alcohol or smoking can cause lasting damage to your body. By learning to be more moderate, your body will recover quickly.

Reversed Knight of Swords Career Meaning

The Knight of Swords Reversed warns of overwork in the workplace. You put yourself under a lot of pressure because you take over a lot of tasks.

At some point, you reach your breaking point and have difficulties coping with the basic requirements at work. Learn to say “no” sometimes and pay attention to your breaks.

Another meaning of the Knight of Swords Reversed is that you often want to go through the wall with your head in your professional plans.

However, your impetuous nature snubs your colleagues, as you have little regard for their way of working. Practice a little restraint and discuss your plans with your colleagues in advance so that you have allies instead of opponents on the job.

Reversed Knight of Swords Finances/Money Meaning

The Knight of Swords Reversed warns you against impulsive spending. By giving in to every material desire immediately, you will soon overstretch your bank account.

Instead, sort your needs by importance and always leave a reserve in your account. In time, you will be able to fulfill your desires without fear of having no money in the bank.

Moreover, the Knight of Swords Reversed reveals that you are chasing assets and money too much. There is a danger that you neglect other areas of your life.

Lost friendships or partners cannot be bought anew by money. Therefore, do not chase after material possessions senselessly. Concentrate instead on the riches in life, which you can’t buy with money.

Reversed Knight of Swords Destiny Meaning

If you draw the Knight of Swords Reversed for your destiny, this is a warning of an impending overload. You push your goals without regard for your health.

Thereby you run the risk of not reaching any of your goals in the end because you simply don’t have any energy left. Rather divide your forces well. Then you will realize all your dreams without taking damage.

Reversed Knight of Swords Personality

In the reversed position, the Knight of Swords reveals an arrogant character trait. The person overestimates himself and his abilities to such an extent that he often lands rudely on the ground.

In addition, a restless person is described, who hardly finds rest. He is constantly looking for new ventures without having even finished the previous ones.

Reversed Knight of Swords Tarot Past/Future


Arrogance has harmed you in the past more than you want to admit. Therefore, learn from your mistakes and do not repeat them.

You know from past days what burnout feels like. Be aware of how you have successfully overcome it.


Your impulsiveness can do you more harm than good in a future decision. Always remember to use your mind again.

Upcoming tasks will cause you sleepless nights. Instead of restlessly wandering around, you should think about a strategy.

Reversed Knight of Swords Tarot Card – Yes or No

You are about to make a very impulsive decision without considering the risks.

On closer analysis, you should decide to say no to come out of the situation as unscathed as possible. This way, you have at least gained more time to look at alternative paths.

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