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Monday, 11 April 2016

Oh you better watch out - King of Swords

Well, look who turns up again today. This time I actually drew from the Original Rider Waite Tarot Deck. (The image I was referring to as Original yesterday must have come from a PCS deck. I googled it.  I'd forgotten the brown coloration of the Original. Pardon the scan, my mac and I don't see eye to eye on things).

The King of Swords has the elemental affinity of Fire of Air. The other Fire of Air cards are Ace of Swords, 4 of Swords and 7 of Swords. The Fire of Air personality has a passion for what is 'right', and puts his or her principles before everything, including relationships. The King of Swords in particular tends to be a confrontational skeptic, a crusader against injustice, and so might become a class action lawyer, political theorist, ideological apologist, or take on the role of spokesperson for a particular cause.

He holds the sword in his right hand, the hand that corresponds to the left hemisphere of the brain, which is dominant in language, perception of facial expression, body posture and linguistic functions such as tone of voice, pauses, stress, and rhythms of speech (known as 'prosody'). In other words, the King of Swords can read you like a book, as soon as you stand before him and open your mouth.

He sees you when you're speaking,
he knows what you don't say,
he knows when you've been bad or good
 so be circumspect for goodness' sake

... or something like that.

Anyway, I've drawn the King of Swords two days in a row, so what's he saying to me?

'Oh, you better watch out,
You better be sharp,
Don't let anybody keep you in the dark,
The King of Swords
Is telling you now.'


  1. I like you Santa analogy. :)
    My dad was a King of Swords too with a few touches of the suit of Cups, because he was loving dad as well

    1. The first lines just popped in my head, so I went with it. Every time I read tarot, songs come into my head. It's how I work.

  2. I sometimes see him as someone perhaps overly willing to cut out the crap - throwing out the baby with the bathtub is an expression that springs to mind. Still, I like what you say about him being clear and insightful!

    1. Throwing out the baby with the bathwater, I've heard. Most people keep the bathtub. :D

      It's easy to get scissor happy when you're the king of blades, true.

    2. Ha ha, yes, you're right. A bathtub is much more useful than bathwater ;)