Knight of Swords – Tarot card meaning

Knight of Swords - Rider Waite Minor Arcana - Swords

The Knight of Swords is the 12th Sword card. The Knight of Swords can likely represent somebody in your life, or perhaps yourself. If you’re struggling to think of somebody, it could be someone with an overbearing personality, or somebody with an inflated sense of authority.

Slightly more positive than previous cards in the Swords suit, the Knight of Swords represents the unexpected, ruthless behaviour, as well as logical thinking and a dominant personality.

Card meanings


The Knight of Swords in the past position can represent your history of working to the book. You may be very clear cut and definitive when working on something.

You may not think of your past as a satisfying one. Perhaps you feel you missed out on certain things; relationships or travel for instance. It’s never too late to do these things, and you can usually have a better experience later on.

As a child you may have had clear goals you wanted to achieve, but in time you’ve lost these.Think back to what you wanted to do. Is this still possible now? It may be worth working towards.


The Knight of Swords in the present position resonates with the unexpected. Perhaps your life will change for the better very soon. It’s possible that you will be presented with a choice which could impact your life greatly.

Regardless of what the offer is, you should strongly consider saying yes! When it comes to regrets, we often regret the things we missed out on, rather than the choices we followed through with. This choice could lead you down a fantastic road in life!


The future is probably quite clearly laid ahead of you when you see the Knight of Swords in the future position. You may have just started a rigid course of study, or started a job which has clear progression. Your way onward and upwards should be clear and easy to visualise.

If you’re making future plans, then a strict plan will be the best choice. Make your plans public far in advance. While life can change quickly, you should stick to your word when it comes to promises.

Work, careers and education

The Knight of Wands suggests change for the better within your career. An unexpected change, such as a sudden change of role or surprise promotion may be just around the corner. Whatever the change is, it’s a step in the right direction.

Look to work with people whom inspire you, especially those more skilled than you. It may be intimidating at first but you will learn much from them, and in the long run it will be good for you.

Breaking the ego every now and then is healthy. We can get so caught up in what we think of ourselves rather than what we actually are.

Love and Relationships

The Knight of Swords is a slightly positive card to draw when it comes to love and romance. While a sword is quick, and you can expect quick results, do not expect to be swept off your feet. A series of good things happening is more likely here.

It may be best to consider the other tarot cards in your spread when you see the Knight of Swords showing for love, just to get a clearer and rounder view of the whole scenario.

All Knights are good to see if you are single and looking, especially the Knight of Swords. Expect something positive to happen very quickly. While this may not mean the start of a new relationship, it could mean something smaller, the steps toward something great.


As a slightly more positive card, the Knight of Swords is a welcome card to see in regards to money. You’ll likely receive some good news, and very soon.

Consider working on your own thing when you see the Knight of Swords in a money based position. True wealth is only really gained when you work for yourself.You gain the wealth of money, and the wealth of satisfaction.

Be quick about your money decisions. You shouldn’t overthink a purchase too much, or the deal may be lost.

Health and well-being

The Knight of Swords is a mixed sign in health, although really that negative. You aren’t immortal, and you shouldn’t act like you are. Be extra careful with any risk in life.

The Knight is quite a solitary card. You may have to go through the next stage of your life alone. Tackling issues on our own is empowering. We can achieve without help from elsewhere.

Other associations

Element: Air

As a Yes or No question: Yes


Action, impulse, speedy results, fast decisions

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