Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Into this house we’re born
Into this world we’re thrown
Like a dog without a bone
An actor out on loan,
Riders on the storm…
~ The Doors, L.A. Woman
Fasten your seatbelts! For only the second time ever, the wild rider of the court cards charges in. For better or worse, make way for the Knight of Swords.
As you probably know, the Swords suit corresponds to the element of Air, and is therefore associated with intellect and ideas, as well as the power of thought itself. The knights of the Tarot are the action heroes — questing, seeking, journeying (okay, maybe the Knight of Pentacles is not all that energized, but at least he’s mounted).
The Knight of Swords charges headlong into the storm, his weapon drawn and ready for battle. Fierce, aggressive and convinced he is right, he is clearly eager for the fight.
He will not take no for an answer, for although his horse seems to look back at him with trepidation, he is at a dead run. No wonder, for we can clearly see the long, sharp spike that is the knight’s spur.
Author and deck artist Robert Place offers additional insight to the Knight of Swords, noting, “He is like a personification of the wind, and he expresses better than any of [Pamela Colman] Smith’s knights the Golden Dawn’s theme for the knights, the ‘power of action.’”
Also of interest is the speculation that this knight is actually Pamela Colman Smith’s friend and patron, famed actress and suffragette, Ellen Terry. Look closely and you will discover it may be a woman’s face inside that armor.
Whether male or female, this knight charges forth with everything s/he’s got. This is someone who is completely committed to destroying the foe, take no prisoners, and nothing held back.
Like him (or her), as long as we have considered carefully before the charge, and we are seeing the truth of things, this is the ultimate in bravery. If we are certain we’re engaging “might for right,” then let us put the pedal to the metal and give it all we’ve got.
But …what if we are wrong?
There is no more courageous champion, no hero more brilliant and daring than the Knight of Swords. But his rush to judgment, and his argumentative viewpoint are not always the best way to deal with problems and conflicts.
And his dazzling intellect can make him believe he is infallible and superior to others, so he may not heed more tempered opinions. Being extremely smart does not necessarily make us wise.
This week, there may be battles ahead. Be alert!
A sudden message may wreak havoc with our plans or routine. Or we may face situations where we are called on to summon courage, or respond with rapid intelligence.
With Pluto, the transformer going retrograde on the 10th, and warrior Mars slowing down and preparing to reverse from retrograde back to direct on Saturday the 14th, there could certainly be real challenges.
Be careful of pouring on too much aggression in conflicts. Is there a way that such situations could be better remedied by taking a breather and toning down the drama?
The urge to respond with a smart comeback, a nasty remark, or verbal dressing down may be powerful, but the intensity of this knight unleashed wrongly could cause real trouble.
His daring, and his swift, courageous action can empower us in important ways. It is essential above all, that if we must dash headlong into battle, we shun hubris, making sure instead that the blade we wield is tempered with fairness and justice.