Upright: discipline, truth, order, clarity
Reversed: manipulation, cruelty, malice, mental abuse
The King of Swords sits on their throne, holding a sword in their right hand with their other hand resting on their lap. The throne is decorated with butterflies. The King wears a blue tunic with a red-lined cape and a red head covering under their crown. The clouds on the horizon are clearing away, leaving a blue sky with two birds flying off in the distance. The trees in the background are still.
Kings: authority, leadership, outward focus, mastery
The King of Swords is intellectual, analytical, and a good communicator. They know how to get to the root cause of a situation immediately. They uphold rigid expectations for themselves and others, and they are impartial in their leadership and decision-making. They remind you to use logic and intellect to find your path forward.
The King of Swords in reverse represents someone who is ruthlessly critical in a way that isn’t helpful. They are ambitious and self-serving, and may use their intelligence to manipulate others. They make decisions based on their personal interests rather than the greater good, and they are prone to misusing their power. Remember that compassion is just as important as intellect.