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King of Swords and Queen of Swords

Updated: Feb 19

King of Swords and Queen of Swords are a power couple under the air element and better halves of each other. They display similar qualities and yet have certain meanings specific to them. So, let us understand the King and Queen together.

King of Swords tarot

King of Swords and Queen of Swords Meaning - General

As a Person

Both the King of Swords and Queen of Swords have extremely strong and powerful intellect. They are driven by logic and reason. They can be intolerant of those who they perceive to be of lesser intellectual wavelengths.

They have a quick mind and prefer applying their brain to situations than the heart. King of Swords and Queen of Swords engage in careful analysis and planning. Being intellectually wise, they can offer good and sound rational advice.

With this royal couple, there is no beating about the bush. You tell things as is, keep emotions at bay and discern things based on rationality.

However, neither of them is a risk taker. They lack spontaneity and tend to be too rigid and stubborn.

As a Situation

As a situation, either of these cards can indicate the need to imbibe the above qualities. It can also suggest that the situation requires organization, planning, and careful risk assessment.

The Queen wears a crown with butterflies, while the King sits on a throne that is carved with butterflies. Both these cards, therefore, represent a transformation.

Queen of Swords Tarot

Queen of Swords Meaning – Specific

Queen of Swords is the most masculine of all the Queens in the Tarot Deck. She is emotionally the most subdued and gives more weightage to her mind and intellect than emotions.  She is one with the gift of gab.

Having said that, one can see her holding out her left hand in offering. But even so, she prefers connecting through her intellect rather than emotions.

Queen of Swords holds an upright sword which indicates the desire to be truthful. This can also mean some past hurt that you are trying to hide.

Since Queens are about looking inwards, Queen of Swords can be suggestive of looking at your current situation and aspirations with a rational mind and working towards cutting off any limiting beliefs or fears or anxieties.

King of Swords Meaning – Specific

King of Swords points his arrow upwards and yet slightly towards the left. This indicates that while the King prefers being rational and logical in all his decisions and actions yet staying open to his intuition.

Also, the blue robe is suggestive of a spiritual side of this King.

Kings are more about our interactions and responsibilities with the outside world. King of Swords, by that logic, can suggest seeking out sound advisor or mentor. This could be a financial or legal advisor, or someone who is an expert in their field and can guide you with logic and reason.


Let us look at the King of Swords and Queen of Swords in specific contexts of a love tarot reading and career tarot reading. Remember to apply all the above general readings to the below readings as well.

King of Swords and Queen of Swords - Love

Love Reading for Relationships

Queen of Swords

King of Swords

Queen of Swords, like we know, tends to be distant and cold. This can be indicative of a relationship that is too straightforward and lacks emotional intimacy.

There might not be any public displays of affection here, but the relationship stands on devotion and honesty.

If there are challenges, it might be worthwhile to add a bit of passion to the pragmatism of the relationship.

Queen of Swords likes her boundaries, and hence it will be good to establish clear boundaries in the relationship and also ensure each partner has their personal space and time to evolve.

On the downside, Queen of Swords might find it difficult to relax and be spontaneous in relationships.

King of Swords has his head firmly planted on his shoulders. If this person is you or your partner, this is a great partner to have to steer the relationship forward with a sound and cool mind.

This person is not very romantic, but he or she is a thinker. He takes responsibility of the relationship. He prefers intellectual connection, clear communication and rational thinking.

On the downside, this King can set very high standards and intellectual goals and there might be no room for daily stupidities. If there are challenges, Kinf of Swords encourages you to adopt a logical problem solving approach.

Love Reading for Singles

Queen of Swords

King of Swords

Queen of Swords can indicate your tendency to be a loner. You are seeking someone who matches your intellectual wavelength and are very choosy about your partner.

This might be a message to letting out your emotional side a bit. There is no need to discuss personal finances and retirement goals on your first date.

This card can also suggest meeting someone who is older, wiser or divorced.

Queen of Swords could also mean that you are enjoying singledom and are in no hurry to meet someone. You are very self-assured and independent and are unwilling to compromise.

King of Swords could indicate that you are looking for a companion with whom you can connect at a celebral level.

This card can also indicate an energy of a person who is enjoying his bachelor life and is in no hurry to settle unless he finds his intellectual match.

King of Swords and Queen of Swords - Career & Finance

Queen of Swords

King of Swords

Queen of Swords in career could be an indication for you to look at your professional life with an objective lens.

See what is serving you and what is not, and eliminate the latter.

Honesty and uprightness might be a good approach at work currently. Your colleagues and team may see you as too focused and cold, but they respect you for your wise and strategic thinking.

Financially, Queen of Swords suggests taking stock of your financial situation with a sound and rational mind. Ensure that your plan aligns with your financial and personal goals. Be shrewd in your monetary decisions. Queen of Swords also encourages financial independence.

King of Swords could indicate the need to have a cool and composed approach to work. Your moral and ethical standards are very high and others appreciate and look up to you for guidance.

This could also point to an older, wiser and experienced person at work who could be a good mentor or advisor.

King of Swords is a message to think rationally and take logical business decisions.

You set high standards for yourself and others at work. This can be inhibitive for some.  

Financially, King of Swords suggests being rational in your financial planning. Do not think sentimentally. It might also suggest seeking help of an experienced financial counsellor.

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