Knight of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Tarot, like astrology, has long been one of our favorite divination systems. Interpreting either takes practice. As you learn, we wanted to help you to quickly connect to the cards and use them in ways that are actionable and practical in every area of life. xoxo, Tali & Ophira

Co-authored by James Kerti

What does the Knight of Swords tarot card mean?

The Knight of Swords is a direct and sharply focused card. This Knight carries a tenacious spirit and a laser focus on the goal, stopping at nothing until success is achieved.

There’s a feeling of “seizing the moment” with the Knight of Swords. You recognize that there’s something special about the present circumstances and you need to give this everything you got. While that ripe opportunity may not be of your own making, you have control over your effort, energy and focus. You can decide to do your very best.

This card is about living so that you don’t have regrets. Winning isn’t the point; effort is. Under the energy of the Knight of Swords, you want to be able to look back and know that you tried your hardest to succeed.

What is the Knight of Swords zodiac sign?

The zodiac sign of the Knight of Swords is Gemini

Knight of Swords Tarot Guide

Keywords for the Knight of Swords: Directness, daring, courage, seizing the moment, ambitious, action-oriented, focused

Yes or No: Yes

Planet of the Knight of Swords: Mercury

Element of the Knight of Swords: Air

What does the Knight of Swords card mean in a love reading?

The Knight of Swords may represent someone in your love life, perhaps you or your partner. As this card relates to seizing opportunity, it can also be an indication of a big change coming. Tune in to where the energy feels most alive and exciting, like a shared interest or an activity that brings out the best of you both. Cultivate more of that in your relationship. There couldn’t be a more entertaining way to strengthen your bond!

This court card emphasizes the importance of directness and tapping into courage.

If there’s discord in your dating life, the Knight of Swords encourages handling things with clear communication. No dropping hints or beating around the bush—just be direct! That may ask more courage of you than you feel comfortable with. But the Knight of Swords is here to let you know it’s time to lay your cards on the table, and that you have what it takes to do it.

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What does the Knight of Swords tarot card mean for career, money and finance?

When the Knight of Swords brings its drive and focus to a career reading, you may be feeling a lot of positive energy that you’re ready to put into action. If you’re seeing this card here, chances are you already have a particular objective in mind.

This card is an encouraging sign. Whether you have any doubts about your ability to come out on top here, the Knight of Swords urges you to keep forging ahead. You have plenty of drive, skills and resources to get the job done. And what you can’t handle on your own, you can enlist someone else to support you with. Your research abilities and gift of gab will come in handy for that!

With this achievement card present, you can trust yourself, perhaps more than you ever have. Yes, even if you’ve never tackled something this big and bold before.

What does the Knight of Swords tarot card mean for health?

When you see the Knight of Swords in a health reading, it’s generally a positive omen.

As this is a change-oriented card, you can expect that any illness or challenges you’ve been struggling with may soon take a turn for the better. But you must take charge of your own wellness plan. This communicative Knight encourages you to ask as many questions as you can to understand your body’s needs or a condition or illness you’re dealing with. Read, research and consult multiple practitioners who can review your labs and test results. They may interpret the data in ways that you can synthesize into an overarching plan that works for you.

The Knight of Swords urges you to stay positive and keep putting in the work. If there are self-care or recovery practices you’re doing to heal, keep doing them. You’re on the right track. If you’re not already noticing progress, you will soon.

Knight of Swords Tarot Card in Reverse Meaning

As the Knight of Swords is a card of opportunity, when it turns up in a reversed position, it may be a flashing light, trying to summon your attention to a moment that you’re missing or not rising to. What haven’t you noticed what’s right in front of you? Have you been stuck in self-doubt, unable to take advantage of this change? The Knight of Swords urges you that this opportunity is an important one that is good for you. You’d do well to take it!

Similarly, this card in reverse can signal that you’re directing your energy toward something that is out of alignment for you. Maybe you’re scattered and frenetic, or focused on the wrong goal, or so blinded by your pursuits that you’ve neglected other responsibilities in your life.

Whatever the case, the Knight of Swords reversed is trying to nudge your focus into the direction it’s meant to go. Rather than ignoring an opportunity that is ripe for the picking, do your best to summon your courage and put your attention in the place where things are lining up for you.

Is the Knight of Swords tarot card a yes or no?

With its bold ambitious energy, the Knight of Swords represents a yes in a yes or no reading.

What does the Suit of Swords mean?

Swords are associated with air signs (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius), which get things moving, acting as the winds of change. Air energy is communicative, and people with air signs like to connect and share ideas.

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