Tarot Readings

King of Swords

Judgement Tarot Card
What does the Judgement Tarot Card mean?
  • By Gemma Irias
  • Published: 08/08/20 2:19 PM EDT
  • Updated: 11/01/20 2:34 PM EST
What does the Judgement Tarot Card mean?

King of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Element: Air

Function: Intelligence, the mind, sincerity, fairness

The King sits on this throne with his sword upright in his right hand and his left fist clenched. He has a very serious look on his face ad he stares straight ahead. The ground beneath him is green and the trees in the background no longer blow in the wind. We can’t see his feet, so we aren’t sure if or how he is grounded. His gown is blue, the color of the mind and spirit. His cloak is purple showing his royalty and you can also see red clothes, the color of passion. The angel on his crown is a symbol of rising to the heavens and a divine message. The butterflies carved on his throne are a sign of transformation.

Although he is stern, he isn’t cruel and wishes no harm. The King is intelligent, able, and fair. He will not tolerate fools, nor waste his time arguing with them. With his experience, his intelligence has become wisdom. He wisely chooses the battles he wants to fight and never leaves this to impulse. Part of being a good leader means that the King of Swords will not set a bad example.

The King of Swords knows that people will be watching him and mirroring what he does and so he takes care of how he appears in front of the world. He won’t lie or deceive others. He is a master of his own thoughts, intelligence, and investigation. There is no need to prove himself, it’s him up against all that is fresh and interesting but not against the world.

The King is the master of his own mind and values the truth to the extent that he wants to share it, regardless of what outcomes this brings about. It is scarier to tell a lie than it is for you to tell the truth. Others may fear coming up against the King because there is little chance of them winning. As with the Queen of Swords, the King holds his sword with confidence.

When making his decisions, the King will consider all of the options. He will make his judgments based on his expertise and the plans that will lead to optimal results. There is little emotion to his decision making. The King has strict rules and they are not to be broken.

When Reversed:

You too may possess the same intelligence as the King of Swords, but when reversed, it indicates that you use this for your own advantage or possibly to cause pain or manipulate others. The rules might mean so much to you that you play the role of the bully to ensure they are followed but then change them when the mood suits you. This means that the rules aren’t fair or show the real truth.

This card may also point to someone faking their intelligence or not being as bright as they want others to think they are.


There might have been a time in your past when you had to be more responsible or more mature than your years. People looked to you as an expert. You may or may not be in the same position today, but you can still use this experience to gain some control now. The King may represent a strict father. At the time this was hard for you, but it has helped you achieve your objectives.


This card implies a father figure in your life, but it doesn’t necessarily point to your father, it might be someone in your office. Listen to what this person has to say, regardless of whether they have followed their own advice. Find someone who genuinely wants to help you. Look for other interests that aren’t only based on your specialties.


You are probably on a happy path in your life if you are determined to continue working for it. You should be focused on reaching your potential rather than the income you can earn. You should work towards controlling your thoughts and making honest choices. This card is a sign that you have the talent, the will power and the motivation to reach your goals.

Yes/No Question:

The answer is yes.

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