Rider WaiteTarot Reading



Properties of King of Swords


Alternate Names: None


Keywords / Additional Meanings:

A lawyer, senator, doctor. Reversed: A bad man; also a caution to put an end to a ruinous lawsuit.



He sits in judgment, holding the unsheathed sign of his suit. He recalls, of course, the conventional Symbol of justice in the Trumps Major, and he may represent this virtue, but he is rather the power of life and death, in virtue of his office.

Divinatory Meaning:

Whatsoever arises out of the idea of judgment and all its connexions - power, command, authority, militant intelligence, law, offices of the crown, and so forth.

Reversed Meaning:

Cruelty, perversity, barbarity, perfidy, evil intention.


Astrological / Elemental Correspondence: Gemini - Fire of Air