Inverted Knight of Swords


Inverted Knight of Swords“Fools rush in where others fear to tread,” is the battle cry of this knight. This is a young man between the ages of 21 and 35, with a lot of air (Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius) in his chart. This could also be a woman in touch with her masculine side. This young man reacts rather than thinks. If he had good instincts, this might be a gift. Unfortunately, he only gets himself in trouble with his impetuous behavior.

If you identify yourself with this knight, take a little time to breathe. Your initial instinct to run, fight, or move forward needs to be tempered with reason. This might be a good time for you to balance the runaway air in your sign. Try introducing water with a warm, meditative bath or shower. Get in touch with nature by gardening or going for a walk in a park. Introduce fire by drinking a cup of warm tea. Ponder what is going on in your life. Make the effort to work through every option before you act. Ask for the advice of experts in the field. Practice listening to your good instincts, not the first thing that pops into your head.


The Knights add energy and movement to the surrounding cards.

Major Arcana

Fool: If any of the Knights appear in a spread with the Fool, they indicate travel.
Lovers: If any cards from the suit of Swords come after the Lovers, it indicates the end of a relationship.
World: If any of the Knights appear in a spread with the World, they indicate long-distance travel.

Minor Arcana

Eight of Cups (Hearts): If any of the Knights appear in a spread with the Eight of Cups (Hearts in other decks), they recommend leaving a situation.
Six of Swords (Spades): If any of the Knights appear in a spread with the Six of Swords (Spades in other decks), they emphasize the need for quick action.

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 — Knight

Traditionally, knights represent men between the ages of 21 and 35. Energetically, the knights represent quick action, commitment, and energy.

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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