Tarotka Minor Arcana: Knight of Swords

Knight of Swords
The Knight of Swords represents youth, intellect, Air, and Fire. Air is the element of the mind, Fire is that of action and dynamism. Combined, this is a person with a strong beliefs and a person that acts forcefully on those beliefs. This is someone with a powerful mind and a powerful will. He’s assertive and passionate, and when he’s decided to act, he acts quickly and fiercely – he hits like a bolt of lightning. His emotions are channeled into his idealism, which means he is powerfully courageous but can come off as intimidating. His certainty can be frightening to some people, and he can sometimes act like he’s invincible. This can be a fault, but also gives him the confidence to act swiftly when swift action is called for. He can quickly think things through and charge into a situation without doubt, which can make people uncomfortable, but is sometimes needed. Strike while the iron is hot!

I said above that the Knight of Swords can make people uncomfortable, and you can probably guess why. You’ve probably met the Knight of Swords inverted – a pushy, belligerent rabble-rouser and malcontent. It doesn’t matter what stupid little matter he’s encountered that doesn’t fit his ideal world, he is offended, and everyone is going to suffer until things either cave in to his every demand or he dies. Much like the inversed Empress, the inverse Knight of Swords’ “ideals” are usually all about himself – everything has to be done his way or the world has wronged him, personally, and he’s going to push and fight until it gets back the way he wants it to be. If he’s not completely self-absorbed, then he’s probably a fanatic. Having this person around is going to cause strife, so be warned.

Of course, one person’s upright Knight of Swords is usually another person’s inverted Knight of Swords. Anyone who’s saying something people don’t like will quickly get branded a selfish rabble-rouser. The knights tend to represent dualities and extremes, so it can be hard to tell his virtues from his faults. Thus, this confusion is the usual way of Knights… and the way of the world, sadly enough.

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