Inverted King of Swords


Inverted King of SwordsThis is a man, over 35, with a great deal of air (Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius) in his chart. This could be a woman in touch with her masculine self. Inverted, this card represents a man who is jaded. He reacts by being cruel or checking out.

The cruel side of this coin is harsh, violent, unsympathetic, and sometimes criminal. He either has no sense of humor or he is overly sarcastic. This could be a bully, who enjoys the suffering of others, and who creates suffering in others for his own enjoyment. He does not forgive and he never forgets.

The kinder interpretation is the absent-minded professor, who has tremendous intellect but little common sense. This card can also represent senility, dementia, or extreme and chronic pain. In any case the suffering of this man flows over into his community. Unfortunately, there is little the community can do to stop his suffering, and they will very likely suffer more from trying.

The Suit — Swords

The sword cuts and dissects. Swords represents the element of air. They are intellect. They are double-sided, which allows them to both damage and heal. The images in the suit might be alarming to some, but they are not simply aggressive. Yes, we can use blades to inflict pain, but we also use them to carve, shave, and trim.

The Rank — King

Traditionally, kings represent men over the age of 35. Energetically, the kings represent authority and competence. These cards are not easily influenced.


The King of Swords only interacts with the Lovers if it follows that card.

Major Arcana

Lovers: If any cards from the suit of Swords come after the Lovers, it indicates the end of a relationship.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous

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