Knight of Swords

Holistic Tarot card meanings and correspondences for the Knight of Swords

“Cynics are – beneath it all – only idealists with awkwardly high standards.”
~ Alain de Botton

The Prince/Knight of Swords often suffers from ‘rebel without a cause’ syndrome. His quick wit can be his enemy as well as his greatest ally. He does his best work when he manages to channel his inherent idealism constructively. He frequently needs grounding and as he grows older he could quite easily turn to cynicism as a defense.

When he believes in something, he believes with his whole heart, but as soon as what he believes in stops making sense to him, he quickly (and without regret) changes direction, much to the surprise to people who thought they knew him (or her).

This Knight will always be on a quest for truth and knowledge. Without cynicism, this can be quite a beautiful journey to be on, with profound truths uncovered along the way. However, as soon as this Knight makes cynicism his travel companion, he will have nothing to show for his quest but scars – his own and those of people he did battle with.


Affirmation: “I consider the other person’s emotions before I open my mouth.”


Knight of Swords Prayer

Dear Mother-Father God (or whichever higher power you acknowledge), save me from cynicism and remind me – always – that being kind is more important by far than being right. So mote it be!

Correspondences for the Knight of Swords

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius (first two decans) and Capricorn (final decan)

Element: Air of Air

Archangel: Raphael (Ruler of the Element of Air) and Uriel (Angel of Aquarius)

Gemstone: Sugilite, yellow calcite, brown jasper

Scent: Rosemary


The Knight of Swords in Love and Relationships

Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
~ Albert Einstein

All the Knights are on a quest for something and this one is on a quest for Truth. He has an Aquarian feel to him. If he finds something to be true, he latches on to it for dear life but if a new (and possibly completely opposed) theory makes more sense, I promise you’ll never see anyone make a quicker 180 degree turnaround and cling to this new truth more forcefully.

So what if his friends or family can’t keep up? Let’s face it, they will never matter as much as The Truth to this guy.

He may be a an arrogant pain in the arse sometimes (aren’t we all?) but if you know this guy and he is mostly well-meaning then please stay here.

Pros: If he finds a worthy cause that he believes in, he will be a staunch ally and advocate for that cause. He is not emotionally manipulative and jealousy doesn’t float his boat.

He has a genuine interest in the bigger picture and doesn’t mind putting the footwork in to research things to get to the heart of the matter.

Having a sharp, analytical mind, he’s often found in the IT industry where he earns a good living. The money is never what motivates him though.

He’s not afraid to experiment and try new things in the bedroom.

Cons: The whole dating and romance game often seems silly and like a waste of time to him. He’s also quite quick to pick faults with things… and people. So if you’re sensitive to that sort of thing, you’re probably better off with someone who’s a bit softer.

Even though he often demands complete freedom for himself in the relationship, he can be oddly possessive about his partner.

Sexually, he may be more interested in technique than intimacy.

In his old age, you can find him pondering the evils of Christmas on ‘Grumpy Old Men.’

Type of date he prefers: The cinema (preferably SciFi) or simply a game of chess. Why complicate things?

Time from your first date until you introduce him to your parents:Not until he is convinced being with you makes sense. Since love never does, you may have to wait a while… Or he may introduce you to them after the first date. Expect the unexpected!

Because his heart is not always aligned with or in proportion to his mind, he often surprises himself too when the odd swell of emotions takes over.

Wedding style: If walking down the aisle to the theme of Star Wars is your idea of the most romantic wedding ever, then this guy is your man!

Type of dad he would make: Aloof but usually quite concerned with the academic side of things. He also loves his gadgets, so don’t be surprised if your baby is the first of the toddler playgroup kids who knows how to use a laptop.

His best match: The Queen of Swords as a) she probably bumped into him at Comic-Con in the first place and b) her heart is the least likely to get broken by his sometimes thoughtless fault-picking.

His worst match: The Queen of Cups because she would a) quickly be reduced to tears by his sharp tongue and b) would feel very lonely as she craves ten billion times more emotional intimacy than this man is capable of.


Knight of Swords as Situation, Challenge, Opportunity and Action Advice

Situation: Clashing ideals are at the root of the situation at hand

Challenge: Remember that it is more important to be kind than to be right

Opportunity: A new point of view may be gained if you are willing to listen

Action Advice: Stand up for your beliefs