Swords are the suit of Air, of the mind and intellect; they rule communication and decision-making. The King of Swords is the only court card that looks directly out at us. He is very similar to the Emperor and Justice, two other figures who sit upon their thrones, gazing at us, and passing judgment.
As you can see, this King’s throne is in the clouds. He may be an idealist, or even out of touch with the ordinary lives of those he rules. The King of Swords represents the ultimate authority of what our logic and intellect can achieve.
He is a perfectionist, and may be hard to please. He can seem remote, aloof, and even argumentative. But at his best, he has the clear-eyed view of how things really are, and he can intelligently, impartially wield his sword for social justice and progress. Will he?
Only three months have passed since Barack Obama took office. Already, his opponents are labeling him a failure, a fascist, a socialist, and a dangerous traitor to American values. I am pretty sure most of you reading this would agree that these are absurd, counterproductive histrionics.
Attempts to stir up the fears and illogical emotions of the “base” simply create further havoc and suffering. If we, as a global community, are going to restore any semblance of prosperity and good will, we must refuse to be manipulated.
Instead, this card is a reminder to do our homework and look at the facts. When times are difficult, we need to think clearly and logically, with a certain amount of emotional detachment. We must ask the tough questions, listen carefully for the truth, and make smart choices.
In your personal dealings, it is time to see things with clear eyes and incisive analysis. This card may show up for you this week if you are dealing with attorneys, government bureaucracy, or academia. This also might be an opportunity to make an important decision. And the King of Swords is a good ally when we need to break free of emotional and energetic drains.
The King of Swords is a master of the intellect. But he must temper his brilliant mind with an open, compassionate heart, in order to be, not just smart, but wise.