Tarot: Knight of Swords {How To Resolve Conflict}


Distress Due To Past Traumas, Family Problems, Avenging Wrongs

The idea of the Knight of Swords is the festering of an old wound and retaliating because of it.

Battle or war is a key term with the Knight of Swords. He’s your typical military personnel – someone who is paid by the military-industrial complex in some form or another. Or someone who likes to carry his guns around. This warrior lives by the sword, but he’s under the command of another force – a hidden force.

This masculine energy is overly ideal, intellectual and hyper-logical. He finds himself in a non-productive state of smoldering irritation toward others, projecting his inner pain outwardly. But a fulfilling life requires us to accept and learn from our natural emotions, rather than hide them behind clever wit.

Here we have a symbiotic relationship between inner pain and external conflict. Patriarchal oppression {which suppresses intuitive and emotional feminine energies}, ancient wrongs, painful family memories, trauma from the past including past lives…. If not faced and dealt with, internalized pain can result in, or at least feel like physical pain.

Either way, unresolved emotional suffering creates a tendency toward inactivity, triviality, vengeance and possibly even war.

Knight of Swords from Shadowscapes, The Ghost Tarot, The Darkness of Light Tarot, and Lotus Tarot, intuitivefish.com
Knight of Swords from Shadowscapes, The Ghost Tarot, The Darkness of Light Tarot, and Lotus Tarot, intuitivefish.com

When The Knight of Swords Shows Up In A Reading

Health and Body Image: Buried trauma is likely creating health issues. Instead of surgery or other harsh treatments, consider bodily cleanses and well as counseling, past life regression therapy, journaling, or something to trigger the tears, such as reading a sad story. But you must “see” the message of self-empowerment in your tears to release the pain, or else you’ll just be doing a lot of crying.

Occupation and Finances: If you’re considering a career as a medical practitioner or surgeon, or a career in the military, the Knight of Swords is your confirmation card. Whatever your occupation, ensure you’re in a healthy state and that you don’t have your own internalized wounds before assuming work on those of another.

Relationships: Unresolved past trauma or painful memories are likely creating conflict in a relationship or family. Family distress is likely indicated here.

Hidden Meaning: War is cyclic. There’s almost always a hidden, underlying cause which will not be remedied through retaliation. Focus on the cause rather than the symptoms in order to break the vicious cycle of suffering.

Knight of Swords from Sara Kipin's Illustration Blog
Knight of Swords from Sara Kipin’s Illustration Blog

Reversed: The Knight of Swords reversed could indicate war or a revolt, hatred based on trivialities, as well as rude, inappropriate, brash, destructive, or disloyal tendencies. But these will likely be hidden or kept in the dark. Someone may be hiding their intentions. Or there could be fraud, excessive spending or unrestrained actions. Incapacity or incompetence is another possible message. In a health reading, there’s a destruction of organisms.

Advice: The advice in the Knight of Swords is that you or someone else needs to face and accept their internalized pain, or it will wreak havoc on your life and relationships. Face your inner turmoil with self-love, self-acceptance and self-care. Allow your emotions to guide you to your true self. Use your pain for self-empowerment by allowing it to awaken you to your strength, self-worth, and unique skills and magnetism. Then you can break the cycle of vengeance, and channel your emotional energy into problem-solving, activism for human rights, or being your highest self.

Astrological Association: Cancer and Pisces

Element: Earth on the 4th and 12th Houses

Timing: June 22nd to July 22nd – or – February 19th to March 20th

Court Cards: A resolution to an issue may depend on the actions of another

Yes or No: Not a good idea

Elizabeth, also known as Intuitive Fish, is a healthy vegan mama living in the Pacific Northwest. Her life mission involves researching the esoteric arts, guiding souls along their awakening path, and contributing to a world of humans doing what they love. She’s available for readings and counseling, and would love to be your friend on social media.