“Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.”
~ Anne Bradstreet
The King of Swords is the leader who is able to detach from his own needs and desires in order to make objective decisions in favour of the highest good of All. His leadership style is defined by wise words and equally wise choices. He could be a professor at the top of his game, lecturing to hundreds or even thousands of awestruck students…
“To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself.”
~ Albert Einstein
More than any of the other Kings (all authority figures in their own right), he understands the power of the word. If not found leading an organisation, this card symbolises the thought leader, the innovator or any extremely gifted writer/orator. There is a precise method and strategy behind all he does.
His scientific and detached approach can be off-putting to some who are quick to write him off as aloof and even arrogant. And it is true that at one end of the spectrum, the King of Swords is prone to display the more negative traits. It sees it as none of his concern if people get emotional about his decisions and he has no need for outside approval. He may also use words to manipulate people but usually for what he sees as a worthy cause. Many politicians and lawyers are King of Swords type personalities.
Affirmation: “I make all my choices with the highest good of All in mind.”
King of Swords Prayer
Dear Mother-Father God (or whichever higher power you acknowledge), thank you for the ability to choose wisely. Help me detach from my own desires and anxieties to always make the choices that best serve Light and Love. So mote it be! (Listen to prayer on Instagram)
Correspondences for the King of Swords
Zodiac Sign: Gemini (first two decans) and Taurus (final decan)
Element: Fire of Air
Gemstone: Yellow calcite, aquamarine and fluorite
Deck used: Faerie Tarot